Sunday, August 12, 2007

I spy with my wandering eye......

......a 25th Anniversary special edition Fall issue of Vogue Knitting, Kim Hargreave's website, and my first Phildar catalogue. How's a girl supposed to stay loyal to a project with so much temptation around?

I saw the new issue of Vogue on an innocent trip to the grocery store to get milk yesterday. I bought it but have not looked at it yet. Partly because I have a mile long to-do list that's keeping me very busy lately. The other reason is because I'm determined to finish the Side Tie Vest I've been working on. I've gotten so annoyed with the errors in the pattern (yes, there are errors) that I'm only using it as a reference point and improvising the rest as I go. I think I understand now why I had so much trouble finding anybody who admitted ever having knit it - there are random houses around the country with a half completed Side Tie Vest stuffed behind their couch. From this point on, that project will be known by the name "She Who Shall Not Be Named". I've finished the left front and started the right front. I'm afraid if I start something shiny, pretty, and new, She Who Shall Not Be Named will gradually get pushed to a dark corner where it'll collect dust. I've been knitting long enough to know that my self control is a very fragile thing. I'd start off by telling myself that I'm just going to flip through the pages, look at the designs, maybe read a few articles. Then I'd spot something that made my heart rate quicken. Of course I'd have to check the gauge of the pattern, you know, just to see if there's something in my stash that would work. The next thing I know, I'm sitting on the floor surrounded on all sides by baskets and bags of yarn. "What's the harm in picking out the yarn now?", I ask myself. When I've singled out what I think might be a perfect candidate, I'm left with that nagging feeling of, "How can I know for sure unless I swatch with it?" And well, I'm sure many of you know from personal experience how the story ends.

There are so many talented knitwear designers out there. But if somebody said to me, "Quick, name your favorite designer!", I would say Kim Hargreaves. Her designs are classic, tasteful, feminine, original and beautifully void of atrocious fun fur.

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I think I found her website about a year ago. I periodically go back to drool. I've yet to purchase a kit though. All the kits have Rowan Yarns, which I love. But it's Rowan Yarns at retail price, which I almost never pay. Why would I when there are places like this or this or this? Warning: you are going to see me knitting a lot of projects with Jaeger Extra Fine Merino. Not too long ago, I visited the first sight listed above and stumbled onto a sale of full bags for $40 (they retail for $90) with..............brace yourself...............free Airmail shipping from the UK!! Let's just say I was intoxicated by all the pretty colors, too many to choose from - so I didn't. I got one (and in some cases, two) of each. When I awoke from my greedy seizure, my bank account had a size able chunk missing. So visit the above sites at your own risk. Any-hoo, my whole point before I got off track was that I wish I could buy just the patterns from Kim Hargreaves sight, because I can find Rowan yarn so much cheaper elsewhere.

I discovered Phildar Tendances through reading other knitter's blogs, and quickly added it to my obscenely long list of coveted knitting things. Then I won a back issue on ebay. Want to see some pretty things? =)
Well I would love to show you. But first I have to figure out which unpacked box has the Phildar magazine in it. Next post.

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