Archive for February, 2007

A new obsession

Can’t stop thinking about this:


It is Blithe from Kim Hargreaves’ new collection Shades of Pale. I wants it.

Here is the problem though, I can’t just buy the pattern. I have to buy the full kit. From England. In Pounds. Ugh. What a hassle.

If I do buy it, I am thinking of one these colors…



Steel Blue:




What do you think?

The following 37 comments were originally left at blogspirit:

I don’t see the hassle…you just give them a CC and in a few days you’ll be knitting’ and be happy and then you can wear it. Doesn’t that all sound good?

Posted by: margene | 02/28/2007

i love that too. but yeah the sterling to $ conversion is a KILLER. i am partial to the neutral color. but then again aubergine is hard to resist…

Posted by: domesticat | 02/28/2007

No wonder you can’t stop thinking about it – it is beautiful and would fit you perfectly.

I would go for a lighter colour to show off the pattern. I think a darker one would look just like any other vest.

Posted by: lisa | 02/28/2007

I love it! Very cute! I’m not that keen on having to buy the yarn and all from her, but if you’re going to do it, then do so. I like Manderin and Steel Blue. Both are pretty.

Posted by: Wanda | 02/28/2007

mmh, but the package comes wrapped so beautifully, like a present! I think steel blue would look fab on you.

Posted by: Steph | 02/28/2007

I had the same problem! I am eyeing Ali and emailed Ms. Hardgraves with the whole “can’t I just buy the pattern and not the yarn?” and she actually responded politely saying “unforutnately, no.” I still love it and will most likely be getting it anyway! I agree with Steph – I like the Steel Blue!

Posted by: margaux | 02/28/2007

Manderin. You know you’re gonna get it.

Posted by: Posted by: Katherine | 02/28/2007

Oooh, you bad linking linker! I hadn’t seen this site before, and there are all kinds of lovely things there!

So, I’ll be the enabler and say, you know, the prices of the kits really aren’t *THAT* bad, and think of the convenience factor! That said, I like the aubergine.

Posted by: Kim | 02/28/2007

P.S. Do you think they photoshopped that model, or is she really actually THAT skinny?

Posted by: Kim | 02/28/2007

I vote steel blue, followed by aubergine. You should totally make this, it would look terrific on you.

Posted by: David | 02/28/2007

You have to knit that! Any of those colors too!

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Posted by: susan | 02/28/2007

Such a cute pattern! I have seen many of the patterns that I like on there, but the whole kit thing is not economical. She would make more money if she had an option to sell patterns alone!

Posted by: Lolly | 02/28/2007

buy the kit!! to be honest i’ve been lusting after it myself….how cute is it!

just as clarification, the reason kim doesn’t split up her yarn and patterns is that although we think of her as a big name famous designer, since she left rowan she is basically a small business owner. the cost of writing, test knitting, printing and producing the patterns alone would never be compensated just in pattern sales so she has to sell them as kits or else her business won’t last.

i’ve purchased from her and if you have any problems you get a personal email back from kim or her mum kathleen within 24 hours. the customer service is exceptional!

ok…i didn’t mean to rant.

steel blue or aubergine! beautiful!!!

Posted by: jacqueline | 02/28/2007

Aubergine is my first love, but the steel blue would look great with your skintone and eyes. 😉

Posted by: Stitch-n-Snitch | 02/28/2007

Now I want to knit this too! AAah!! I like all of those colors.

Posted by: Posted by: Melissa Ryan | 02/28/2007

I tried to just buy a pattern too but ended up purchasing the whole kit. Too bad. I’m sure if she would just sell the patterns themselves she would do much better business.
I love this top! I hadn’t realized she has a new collection. Aubergine would be nice…

Posted by: jen | 02/28/2007

Hubbs says if you can pay via paypal it does the conversion for you!

Posted by: Beth | 02/28/2007

I say blue. I think it would make your eyes pop. Plus I think after the orange of glee you need to go on the other side of the color wheel. However I would do Aubergine too. But that’s since Purple is my signature color…

Posted by: Cassi | 02/28/2007

Steel Blue or Aubergine. Steel Blue is a great color for you, but the purple would also look great.

Posted by: Heather Joins The Round | 02/28/2007

too cute ~go with manderin the steel blue is too close to color and style of your molly ringwall

Posted by: Posted by: annzy | 02/28/2007

Oh, it’s very sweet. I like the Aubergine best.

Posted by: Amy | 02/28/2007

I love that vest, I want it too.

Posted by: Posted by: yvette | 02/28/2007

What a great pattern. Go with blue – I agree w/ others that after Glee that would be a good different direction.

Posted by: Amy Artisan | 03/01/2007

Isn’t that so frustrating? I love all her stuff so much too but it ends up being like 2 or 3 times as much as I would usually pay because of the exchange rate. She’s just trying to rip us off!!

Posted by: Sarah | 03/01/2007

Ooo that’s pretty. I think the blue would be a good choice. 🙂 Thanks for the link too.

Posted by: Julie | 03/01/2007

what a great sweater – and thanks for the link to all those other cool sweaters also!

Posted by: Teyani | 03/01/2007

hmmm, i like the mandarin…but i also like the steel blue…and that aubergine would look great on you too…ok, so now that that’s settled… ;0) ok, ok just one? mandarin. there, that wasn’t so hard…phew! but seriously i could see you in any of them…
the conversion rate is a shocker for us aussies too. i have wanted to order a couple of kits too, but i just can’t afford it! maybe one day when i am rich and famous i can have them all.

Posted by: vera | 03/02/2007

Steel blue would make you look stratospheric! I love aubergine, but not on you. Negatively ompetes with your stunning shade of brown hair. So mandarin is the second choice.

Posted by: Lark | 03/02/2007

Steel Blue = Stratospheric look for you!

Posted by: Lark | 03/02/2007

1) Mandarin
2) Aubergine

Skip the blue.

Posted by: Posted by: jeff | 03/02/2007


fo’ sho’.

Posted by: Rachel I. | 03/02/2007

Delurking to vote. My fave is the aubergine, but I think the pattern my show up better in the steel blue. So, I vote steel blue. Great pattern!

Posted by: Jennifer | 03/02/2007

I swear it is like you read my mind! I love that pattern too! And I too am detoured from purchasing it because it only comes in kit form and the conversion of dollars to pounds is high! But I do love it. I say Manderine, even though you just finished Glee in an orange color. Too bad Kim wont just start selling her patterns.

Posted by: Stefanie | 03/03/2007

You’ve got it stuck in my head too. I’ve visited the Kim Hargraves site 1000 times since I saw that pattern here.
I wants it!

Posted by: Kateastrophe | 03/04/2007

Congratulations on finishing Glee! I like it in the lighter color scheme. I wonder if you could find it in a Canadian shop? The exchange rate might be better there…

Posted by: Debby | 03/06/2007

Go with the aubergine — I mean, come on, how cool of a word is “aubergine”. That should be reason enough.

Posted by: Posted by: MM | 03/07/2007

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I started Glee last summer. Like in July. It was going to be my fab fall sweater. I even knit it in orange to match the falling leaves. I don’t know why I didn’t finish–most likely it was the monotony of stockinette stitch that distracted me. After many months on hold I finally picked up Glee again in January. It has been done for a couple weeks now but it took me a while to get the hooks sewn on and pictures taken. I guess everything about this knit was meant to be delayed.

So here you go, my perfect fall sweater, just in time for spring…


I told you it was orange. The yarn I got at Estes Wool Market last year and spent much time holding it up to my face and pestering my sister and strangers at the booth with, “are you sure I can pull this color off?” and “it’s pretty right? Right? So why did you hesitate?” Sometimes I just need to chill out. The color is fun and I love it. The yarn is a 100% alpaca and is oh so soft. I wish I could take a picture that shows how soft it is. Take my word for it will you?

medium_glee_collar_up.jpg This sweater is great. You can wear it with the collar down (as above) or up (to the left). I think I am more of a collar down girl but it is nice to know there is the option.

Here are the details:

Pattern: Glee

Source: Zephyr Style.com

Yarn: Larkspur Funny Farm, 100% Alpaca, Yam

Needles: US 3 and 5 bamboo circs

Mods: I added some waist shaping but other than that none. medium_glee_side.JPG

Notes: The one wish I had for this sweater is that it was longer. The pattern calls for it to be a bit longer but I ran out of yarn in the end and knit until I literally had about 10 inches of yarn left. Not the end of the world–just something I would have done differently if I could. Other than the length, I am really pleased with this project.

Yea for a finished Glee! Finally.


The following 34 comments were originally left at blogspirit:

Wow…where did all that snow come from? The Glee looks wonderful on you…nicely done Erin. Did you sew on those hooks all by yourself? I am so impressed!

Posted by: Posted by: mom | 02/25/2007

It looks fabulous! The color looks great on you too.

Posted by: Lauren | 02/25/2007

VERY NICE Erin! Love the colour, but then orange is one of my favs!

Posted by: lisa | 02/25/2007

Glee looks great! It will be a great spring sweater indeed & just think how much you’ll enjoy it later this fall as well. 🙂

Posted by: Amy Artisan | 02/25/2007

Very cute! I was thinking of making that but wasn’t sure about all the stockinette either.

Posted by: Meredith | 02/25/2007

Great job! I love your color choice – you can definitely pull it off:)

Posted by: Kelly | 02/25/2007

When I first saw this pattern, I wasn’t so sure of it. But the way you knitted it and modeled it – it’s beautiful! Now, I have to buy the pattern too.

Posted by: tiennie | 02/25/2007

I love it! You look fantastic, as usual.

Posted by: Heather Joins The Round | 02/25/2007

And the length isn’t that bad! I like it over something…red would work, too and might tone down the orange a bit. It looks like a fun sweater to wear. Good work!!

Posted by: margene | 02/25/2007

glee looks fantastic! and i’ve got to hand it to you…you can indeed pull the colour off!

the one major positive about running so close on yarn is that there is nothing to stash bust later on.

Posted by: jacqueline | 02/25/2007

You are the queen of sweaters out of itty-bitty yarn and teensy needles. It looks great!! 🙂

Posted by: Stitch-n-Snitch | 02/25/2007

I’ve noticed quite a few just-finished Glees in knit-blog land lately, so you’re in good company. 🙂

Love the orange color on you too! Do you like the hooks? Were they a pain to put in?

Posted by: Lesley | 02/25/2007

I just finally finished a knit that I started in August.
Your Glee is super cute; I love the orange. You can definitely pull it off. I have some yarn for Glee. I will hopefully start it next month, so it is nice to see the different shots of the collar.

Posted by: Christy/ Not Hip | 02/25/2007

That is lovely! I’m going to have to be good and not buy that pattern yet, I’m working on enough other stuff. But you make Glee look very tempting…

Posted by: artmomma | 02/25/2007

What an impressive photo shoot! What are you doing OUTSIDE in the snow with just your Glee on?! Wow, you’re committed.

Glee is gorgeous!

Posted by: knittingphilistine | 02/25/2007

what a dramatically lovely sweater!

Posted by: Teyani | 02/25/2007

YAY for orange!!! it looks perfect! good color, good project, good yarn, good job!

how’s the HR monitor? looks to me like you’ve already lost some weight, no? still got my fingers crossed for you to win!

Posted by: rachel i. | 02/25/2007

So pretty! I dowloaded that pattern a while ago, but haven’t decided on a yarn for it yet. The orange looks awesome on you!

Posted by: bunchkin | 02/25/2007

Yummy orange alpaca!

I love it.

Posted by: Coralie | 02/26/2007

It looks terrific! The color and fit are very flattering.

Posted by: Kathy | 02/26/2007

Actually, I think it’s really cute at the length that it is. You know, now it seems like sweaters are only “in” if they’re really short or really long. No more perfect length I guess!

Posted by: Erin | 02/26/2007

It looks great! You are really good at knitting flattering sweaters.

Posted by: Posted by: Katherine | 02/26/2007

You look great in the glee! You are right though after seeing that beautiful yarn in person the photos don’t do the lovely softness of alpaca justice.

Posted by: Posted by: annzy | 02/26/2007

yay! it’s beautiful! the colour looks really great on you. and it looks soft to me…mmm really nice and soft… and i don’t suppose it matters: fall, spring, winter, it’s done- yay!

Posted by: vera | 02/26/2007

Gotta love the orange! Glee looks great! You’ve sold me on the pattern. Now I have to make one for me.

Posted by: Bear Knits | 02/27/2007

Beautiful! I love the color and the fit looks great! (popped by via Lolly!) makes me want to cast on now!


Posted by: margaux | 02/27/2007

You look so cute in it! The color actually works on you. I love it. You also look happy in it. Nice smile. : )

Posted by: KatherineOfItAll | 02/27/2007

Glee looks fabulous on you! Bravo!

Posted by: Kristi aka Fiber Fool | 02/27/2007

I couldn’t carry off that orange, but you sure can. Admired the pattern – now, I’ll have to get it, too! Am thinking of joining the 2 fronts sooner/higher, to avoid the hook/eye attaching. And I love mindless miles of stockinette, find it very soothing.

Posted by: Petunia | 02/27/2007

Oooh, looks great! I love those zephyr designs. I think the orange looks really nice on you!

Posted by: Kim | 02/28/2007

I love the orange!

Posted by: Julie | 03/01/2007

Great color and it looks fab on you!

Posted by: keri | 03/01/2007

Ha, it’s all your doing! I downloaded Glee AND, while on the site, also got Green Gable, the one with the YOs at the neckline! Checked with “knitty daughter” and she also liked both patterns. I’m thinking cotton-blend here, warm sunny weather, spring colors. Now I’m trying to convince myself to “go to the stash” rather than the LYS.

Posted by: Petunia | 03/03/2007

Yes you did! You pulled it off. The orange is fabulous – that brown tee underneath pulls it all together. Nice job!

Posted by: Vanessa | 03/08/2007

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Kara and I have declared today “Knitting and a Saga” day. This means we will knit and watch a saga together. Could that sound any more fun?

I define a saga as any movie with more than one DVD. And I love them. Today we are watching Jewel in the Crown which is a pretty old mini-series that neither of us have seen. But it is set in India and there are British people in it so I don’t know how it can go wrong. The saga is 13 episodes at 50 minutes each and so we may not get through it all today as we aren’t getting started until around 4 or so but we sure will try.

As for what I am knitting, I have started a new project. I was looking for a new sweater to knit and couldn’t settle on anything. I just wasn’t feeling a project enough to drop money on yarn and commit to it. Then, in a moment of clarity, I realized that last Spring I bought the yarn and pattern for a project that I never started. I loved the sweater but as soon as I saw that it required tiny needles I held off. Of course, I have knit several sweaters since with really small needles and learned it is no big thing. I like the tiny needled sweaters. It is my thing.

So I cast on for this beauty:


Oh I like this sweater. It is from Phildar Tendances, Spring 2005. Phildar is really bad at naming their projects so this one is just Zip Cardigan. I am actually using the same yarn (color and all) for mine and am LOVING the yarn. This is how it is knitting up so far…


And yes, that is the handle of my camera I brilliantly got in the shot.

It might seem like I am taking a picture of the WS but the sweater is knit in reverse stockingette. It throws me off a little as it seems counter-intuitive but I think in the end I will like it. I am finished knitting the back and am casting on for both fronts today (I will knit them at same time.) The only hesitation I have about this sweater is the zipper–specifically the fact that it needs to be sewn in. I guess this is why I have friends…right Ann?

Next up is a finished Glee. I promise. Happy President’s Day everybody!

The following 14 comments were originally left at blogspirit:

Knitting & a saga sounds like a great way to spend the day! 🙂 I’ve done knitting & scrapbooking days like that – Alias & Wonder Woman were good for that. 🙂 Have fun! The new sweater project looks like it will be great.

Posted by: Amy Artisan | 02/18/2007

i actually started this cardigan just over 12 months ago and got the back and most of the bands finished. since then it has stalled big time so i am actually considering restarting it but in debbie bliss baby cashmerino from stash. i can’t wait to see how yours turns out.

Posted by: jacqueline | 02/18/2007

That is a cute sweater! I’m all for knitting and a saga. I don’t have any sagas to watch, but a few videos and as M is gone for a few hours, uninterrupted knitting time is here for me! Yay! Enjoy your day.

Posted by: Wanda | 02/18/2007

Margene can help you–I’ve seen her do it!

Knitting and a Saga sounds like a wonderful tradition.

Posted by: Alarming Female | 02/18/2007

I love that mossy green color! Knitting and a Saga sounds great too, around here we have weekends of Knitting and a Video Game. Not quite as great.

Posted by: artmomma | 02/18/2007

I can’t wait to help you put in the zipper ~and start my next knit ~this week?

Posted by: Posted by: annzy | 02/18/2007

Love the new sweater; I love the really long arm ribbing. I, too, am a small needle sweater kinda girl. And Knitting and a Saga sounds like such fun (as long as there’s no Titanic involved!)

Posted by: knittingphilistine | 02/19/2007

That sweater is going to be beautiful! Sounds like a perfect day!

Posted by: tiennie | 02/19/2007

What a wonderful way to spend a winter day off! So cozy.

Posted by: Debby | 02/19/2007

i’m all for a good saga and a good bit of knitting time!
i like the zip cardi, what a great pattern. phildar have such cool designs and i’ve been lusting over some of the tendances booklets for a while now.

Posted by: vera | 02/19/2007

I LOVE Phildar designs. The cardigan you picked out is lovely. Love the lines! Reverse stockinette is fun for a change too!

Posted by: Lesley | 02/19/2007

knitting + saga = best idea ever

i’ve been watching the BBC pride and prejudice every weekend. if any of those sagas you watch are really good, give us a review on the blog! not that there’s anything wrong with P&P every weekend. 🙂

that sweater is going to be SO CUTE! i can’t wait to see the finished product!

Posted by: rachel i. | 02/19/2007

Oooh, pretty! Can’t wait to see how it turns out! I so wish I had time for knitting and a saga! One of these days I’m going to rent the first season of 24 and lock myself in my house all day. It’s not really a saga, I guess, but it’s long, and would be a good excuse not to move my butt off the couch! I’m all for not moving my butt off the couch, you know.

Posted by: Kim | 02/20/2007

I’m so glad you’re working on this! I think this will be the next one that I pull out of the closet of in-progress pieces. Yours is looking really fabulous 🙂

Posted by: Sarah | 03/01/2007

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…you can’t even knit. I haven’t been feeling 100% for the last few days and this morning I woke up to what feels and acts like food poisoning but could be something else. It is awful. I don’t like not being at work unless I am doing something fun–it is such a waste. So this is torture.

Anyway, I have so much to share…a finished Glee and a new sweater project. It will have to wait until I have a little more energy.

And maybe it is just sick me talking but in light of the horrific events that transpired list night in Salt Lake City, is anyone else terrified by what destruction one idiot can bring into the lives of innocent people? This mall is 5 minutes from my house. I shop there. It is simply a nightmare. Sometimes people in this world really scare me.

The following 15 comments were originally left at blogspirit:

(((((())))))) Sick and sickened – a horrid combination. I guess it’s natural that these things always feel worse when they are close to home.

Hope you’re feeling better soon

Posted by: Anne | 02/13/2007

You were one of the first people to pop into my mind when I heard the news last night. Thank goodness you are safe (even if you are sick)! 😉

Posted by: Stitch-n-Snitch | 02/13/2007

I am so sorry to hear what happened. It defies understanding. My thoughts are with your community.

Hope you are feeling better soon. There seem to be a lot of stomach bugs going around right now.

Posted by: Debby | 02/13/2007

I look forward to seeing your FOs!!! Yeah for you.

Not so yeah for you with your sickness – hope you feel better soon.

Posted by: lisa | 02/13/2007

that is terrible news. why do these things happen in such nice places? i don’t understand. my prayers are with you and your community. hope you get better soon.

Posted by: Rachel I. | 02/13/2007

Hope you feel better soon. All that time to rest and you can’t even knit.

I’m so sorry about what happened. It was on the news here in Seattle too.

Posted by: tiennie | 02/13/2007

It’s just good to hear your “voice.”

Posted by: Baubo | 02/13/2007

So sorry that you are down – both with some crud & the awful news from your neighborhood. Hang in there!

Posted by: Amy Artisan | 02/13/2007

hope you are feeling better really really soon :0)
i was so sad to hear of what happened. it really is tragic. it does just make you wonder what is wrong with the world and the people in it. of course not all people, but way too many. x

Posted by: vera | 02/14/2007

Sorry to hear you’re feeling so poorly, feel better soon!

Posted by: Jeff | 02/14/2007

Sorry you’ve got the nasty virus thing! Icky. Wear the new sweater next week!

Sometimes I don’t understand the world.

Posted by: Heather Joins The Round | 02/14/2007

ugh.. I had that same illness last weekend. I didn’t get up for more than 5 minutes at a time – and definitely there was no knitting. I hope that you are beginning to feel better now.
and I’m totally glad that you were not at that mall. what a tragedy that is. glad you’re safe.

Posted by: Teyani | 02/14/2007

I’m sorry your feeling icky. Both my girls have double ear infections. It’s fun here at our house. You can come on down and be babied with them if you want. We are doing a Cinderella III and Chicken Soup party.

As for the stuff up at Trolley, I have to admit when they said that there were two 28 yo women I had to double check how old I was and then double check how old Kara is. I was sure that you and Kara were at Trolley having a totally posh time that night or something. I’m so glad that you weren’t there. Love you guys!!!

Posted by: Cassi | 02/14/2007

i hadn’t heard this news. it is absolutely awful.

i’m also so sorry to hear that you have been under the weather.

Posted by: jacqueline | 02/14/2007

I heard a news item today on NPR about a rash of salmonella cases linked to Peter Pan peanut butter. I have no idea what you have, but it might be worth a peek in the cupboard.

It’s really sad when a tragedy like Trolley Square happens so close to home. A few years ago, a kid at my little brother’s junior high school walked in one morning and shot the principal followed by himself. That was the same school I went to as a kid. I was disciplined by that same principal. Sadly, violence like this happens, and thanks to statistics and population density, things like this will always seem uncomfortably close. It’s a tragedy, yes, but I don’t think we as a people will be judged by the tragedy but by our response to it, which by any measure has been noble and compassionate.

Posted by: David | 02/16/2007

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I know what you all think…that Erin sure loves to knit for herself. And it is true. I believe most people don’t appreciate the time, effort, and love that goes into a hand knit. Most would be just as happy with a sweater from the Gap. So I don’t knit for most people. Lucky for her (and me), Bri is not most people.


Bri is my baby sister. She is smart, fun, good, and wearing the Central Park Hoodie I knit for her. Bri loves anything with a hood. So I figured CPH was the perfect knit for her. Only problem, I love hoods too which means CPH was also a pretty perfect knit for me. It grew more and more difficult for me to embrace my generous nature as the sweater blossomed into its finished state. You see, more than any knit before it, this is a sweater I could see wearing all the time. It is just so wearable.


I love the cables (cabling without a needle=best idea ever) and the long ribbing on the bottom and the sleeves. It was really a easy and relatively fast knit. And so pretty. I should just make myself another one but I know myself and I think the boredom of repeating a knit would take away from the pleasure of having it. Must remind myself, giving is good.

medium_cph_side.jpg Here are the details:

Pattern : Central Park Hoodie

Source : Knitscene, Fall 2006

Yarn : Four Seasons “Classico”, tweed taupe

Needles : US 8

medium_cph_back.2.jpg Mods : I choose not to add buttons as I thought it was the kind of sweater that looks better open. Also, I knit the body of the sweater in the medium size and the sleeves in the smallest size and made the two fit when seeming. I liked giving her a more snug sleeve.

Easy, comfy, attractive, wearable, warm…what more could you want? I love this sweater. I hope Bri loves it but if she doesn’t I would gladly welcome it back to my hands. Actually, that would be awesome if she didn’t want it because then I would get my CPH back AND I would still get points for being so thoughtful and giving. Definitely a win-win. I think we should all tell Bri how gross it looks.

I love you Bri. Even if CPH is hideous on you…can I have it back now?

The following 24 comments were originally left at blogspirit:

this is freaking gorgeous…i mean hideous… i mean gorgeous…i mean it would look so much better on you. maybe you could knit Bri a scarf 😉

hurry up autumn, so that i can start my own CPH

Posted by: jacqueline | 02/07/2007

It’s fantastic!

Your sister is a lucky woman (that is, until her big sister gets her drunk enough to pass out and steals it back… but you wouldn’t do that, right? Right?)

I must get back to knitting, I’m missing it a lot- but there is just SO. MUCH. DUST. in the house. I just can’t bear it.

Posted by: Coralie | 02/07/2007

Lucky sis!! Nice work and I can see why you want it back.

Posted by: margene | 02/07/2007

I need to make myself one of those. I don’t blame you at all for wanting to steal it back!! 🙂

Posted by: Stitch-n-Snitch | 02/07/2007

You’re such a good sis. And I am such a thankful person that my sis can knit. And luckily, though a little time consuming, the CPH is an easy knit. Your first one turned out beautiful!

Posted by: knittingphilistine | 02/07/2007

You really ARE a great sister!!! All I knit for my sister is socks. And both of my daughters knit.. so I don’t have to knit for them. The CPH turned out awesome. Now that you have had lots of practice it’s time to make one for yourself.

Posted by: Posted by: Knitting Philistine’s Mom | 02/07/2007

I think the chances of you getting that sweater back are about zero. Better cast on for another one for yourself – it’s wonderful!

Posted by: Cheryl | 02/07/2007

Oh! Wow, it’s gorgeous. You are so sweet, I could never give it away.

Posted by: Knittypants | 02/07/2007

Great sweater. I like the deep ribbing too.

Those pictures are lovely – your sister looks so happy. Where was the photoshoot taken? The mountains are beautiful.

Posted by: Shannon B | 02/07/2007

I wish I could lie, but I can’t – the sweater looks great on her!!

It’s good of you to be so generous!

Posted by: Kaitie Tee | 02/07/2007

This is beautiful. I’m sorry I can’t lie!

I know the pain too well of knitting this 3 times – 1 for me and 2 for my sisters and I refuse to tell my other 2 sisters that I can knit!

Posted by: tiennie | 02/07/2007

sorry erin, but it looks fabulous on bri and she kinda looks like she likes it too. ah well, better luck next time. that’s what you get for being so generous ;0)

Posted by: vera | 02/07/2007

your sister owes you one. that sweater is perfect! nice job.

Posted by: Rachel I. | 02/07/2007

Oh yes very horrible. Well, I can’t lie for long. It looks great and I agree about that very wearable part. The pictures make me want to snuggle up in it myself.

Posted by: Christy/ Not Hip | 02/07/2007

Oh, it looks terrible on her. You’d be doing her a favor by taking it back.

Posted by: susan | 02/07/2007

it is lovely ~maybe this should become your standard gift sweater! I need a gift and I love hoodies~

Posted by: Posted by: annzy | 02/07/2007

It’s so lovely on her! And what a lucky sis, to live in Boulder! (That’s Boulder, right? I think I recognize it from a weekend we did there this summer. Just a lovely place.)

Posted by: Amy | 02/08/2007

what a lovely hoodie – and you two look soooo much alike 🙂 same gorgeous smile!

Posted by: Teyani | 02/08/2007

Once again! This is a great sweater! And I think your sister defenitely deserves it, you have so many lovely handknit sweaters already! And giving id good!

My love to you, I’m patiently waiting your next fab knit!

Posted by: Vivapia | 02/08/2007

Wow, you are a nice sister. I wouldn’t have given that to my baby sis – it definitely would have stayed with me! ha! (Pays her back for all the times she took my clothes, shoes, etc.) Sisters! 🙂

Posted by: Lolly | 02/11/2007

Winning project, enjoyable knit and happy recipient! What could be better (well, 2…one for you as well)!

Posted by: Beth | 02/11/2007

It looks great on her. Maybe you could knit a few other things in between and then make one for yourself? I love mine and wear it more than I thought I would, when I was knitting it. It’s a great, go-with-anything sweater.

Posted by: Debby | 02/11/2007

you are such a wonderful sister to knit your lil sis such a beautiful sweater!! Great job, and it looks wonderful on her

Posted by: Amanda Cathleen | 02/13/2007

I’m repeating a favourite knit right now, admittedly the first one was for me but I’m enjoying the knitting for a friend just as much so maybe you just need to make it for yourself first next time.

Posted by: elan | 02/23/2007

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Big Loser

So my co-worker and I started this competition at work. The Biggest Loser. You know, like the reality show. I am sure you have heard of people doing it–at my work each competitor gives $20 to join and after 8 weeks whoever loses the highest percentage of body weight wins all the money. We had 22 people sign up. That’s 440 dollars. Yeah, I am all over that money.

I went out this weekend and bought a heart rate monitor. I remembered reading this post from Lolly a long time ago and it made an impression on me. So I bought the exact same one she did. That’s not strange is it?

Anyway, this heart rate monitor is awesome. It tells me how many calories I burn and how long I stay in my target heart rate zone. It is like my own personal trainer yet in the form of a cute pink watch. I love it.

My goal on the plan isn’t really to lose weight…it is to win. Losing weight is just a bonus. What is it about competition that gives me more motivation than anything else? I have sized up my competitors and figured out what I need to do to win and I think I can do it. I am doing it all very healthy-like which is more important than winning I know. Just slightly.

Beyond the competition, I am excited to be on a plan. I am within healthy and normal weight ranges but I have long wanted to take things a step further and see how I could change my body. Why not right?

So I share my plan with you to hold myself even more accountable. I promise I will keep you appraised even if I fail. Which I won’t. This is going to be fun. At least that is what I need to keep telling myself.

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I am sure you will stick to it and even if you don’t win, you probably will be in the best shape of your life.

I am sure has to count for something! And yeah, I kow 440 bucks is a great motivator too.

Good luck.

Posted by: lisa | 02/01/2007

Hmmm… aren’t you forgetting to tell one little part of the story, Missy? The part about the pre-game warm up. 😉

Posted by: susan | 02/01/2007

Best of luck to you!!

Posted by: Stitch-n-Snitch | 02/01/2007

Good luck!

Posted by: Lauren | 02/01/2007

Heart rate moniters are possibly the best tool to use when you are working out. You are not getting aerobic exercise unless you are at a certain heart rate and having an instant read moniter lets you know immediately where you stand. Good luck to you grrl!

Posted by: erin | 02/01/2007

Hey, yeah, I bought the exact same heart monitor after reading about it on Lolly’s blog too! Isn’t it great?! Makes such a difference in your workouts to know how hard you are working. Anyway, good luck with your challenge. I always think you look so great, but it’s always good to push yourself.

Posted by: Kim | 02/01/2007

I’m cheering you on! What great motivation.

Posted by: tiennie | 02/02/2007

Once again, you and I are on the same track. I just joined Weight Watchers (2 weeks ago) and have already lost 5.4 pounds. There are a whole bunch of people doing the same at work. Helps so much with the motivation!!

Keep up the good work!

Posted by: mary | 02/02/2007

go erin! i am cheering for you. i should probably start something like that too, i could do with shedding a few kilos (or more!) and everytime biggest loser is on i make plans to…of course nothing ever comes out of it. maybe i just need one of those *cute pink heart monitors to get me going!… :0)

Posted by: vera | 02/03/2007

That’s a great goal to get you motivated. I might actually get the heart rate monitor thing too. Sounds like a good tool. Good luck to you and I hope that you win!!

Posted by: Wanda | 02/04/2007

Good luck! If you’re one of those people who can do whatever you put your mind to then you’re going to have no problem winning this competition!

Posted by: Erin | 02/04/2007

I really enjoyed your family photos and trip to Thailand! It was fun to see a part of the world I’ve never visited and don’t know very much about. How much fun to be there with your sisters too!

Congratulations on finishing the CPH! I hope Glee is working out well so far.

I just started working with a heart rate monitor too, for cycling. Before I used it, I worked a lot harder than I had to, and was probably not receiving much benefit. Now I feel like I’m working more efficiently, and for the first time in my life, I have leg muscles, LOL. Good luck to you in the competition — I agree that nothing is better than a good competition for motivation!

Posted by: Debby | 02/05/2007

right after i read this post i went to my nutrition class and we talked about heart rate monitors. is this divine destiny? i think it’s time for me to keep up with the jones’ and buy one for myself.

i’m fully rooting for you to win! cute toys are always a motivator too. you’ve got this in the bag!

Posted by: Rachel I. | 02/06/2007

You are so going down!

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