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You know big purchases are worth it when they result in memories like this:

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Niece Ellie and I demonstrating “scary” in sign language. Her face is my favorite.
We also love being comics:

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That’s Kara in the upper right corner with baby Ryan.
I am not quite sure what we are doing in this picture but Emma and Ellie are sure cute all night vision-y:

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Yes, I bought a MacBook. And he is my new best friend. (Yes, I really feel as if it is a he–blame the commercials.)
I imagine the built-in camera with all the crazy settings will get old soon. But not yet:

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The following 16 comments were originally left at blogspirit:

those are GREAT pics.

Posted by: lisa | 04/27/2007

You know how to have fun!

Posted by: margene | 04/27/2007

Ohh!! I have been wanting to get a mac. As you become more familiar with it, please let us know how you like it! 🙂 I love the pics that you posted.

Posted by: Amber | 04/27/2007

Ah…memories. Good times, good times.

Posted by: Kara | 04/27/2007

Those pictures…worth every penny….

Posted by: nova | 04/27/2007

I bought my mac right before they added the built in camera. I’m so jealous! I love my mac though, I will never go back to a pc. It’s amazing how few problems they have. have fun!

Posted by: bunchkin | 04/27/2007

Congratulations on your purchase Erin. We’re an all Mac family ourselves wo iMacs, two Mac minis, a powerbook and a Mac Book Pro).

Posted by: Michael A. Cleverly | 04/27/2007

Welcome to the Mac side! Love my MacBook Pro!

Posted by: tiennie | 04/27/2007

Great pictures! Enjoy your new Mac! I really like mine.

Posted by: Brenda | 04/27/2007

*L* Fantastic pictures!

Posted by: amanda cathleen | 04/27/2007

i must admit, i’m slightly obsessed with my macbook pro. glad to see you’ve joined the club!

btw, i’m new at blogging, so please stop by and check out my page! thanks!

Posted by: kelliann | 04/27/2007

oooh lucky you! have fun with him! :0)
LOVE the pictures!!!

Posted by: vera | 04/28/2007

NICE! excellent choice of computer. i’ve got a macbook pro and i take pictures of my knitting on it all the time, just because i can. i like the andy warhol style for the knitted objects. fun fun fun.

Posted by: rachel i. | 04/30/2007

Isn’t being an aunt the greatest?

Posted by: Heather Joins The Round | 05/01/2007

Does he have a name? I have a new Macbook, and her name is Jackie. 🙂

Posted by: Debby | 05/01/2007

Isn’t that fun? I probably spent two weeks messing around with the PhotoBooth. Macs are sooooo cool 🙂

Posted by: Sarah | 05/02/2007

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The Summer Interweave Knits preview is up.

Tuxedo Shirt anyone?

(I also love the Ogee Lace Skirt, Spiral Boot Socks, and love, love, love the web project, Pomegranate Blouse.)


The following 14 comments were originally left at blogspirit:

Oh, I love the adorable ‘Pomegranaye Blouse’ too. And, the ‘1824 Blouson’, it is sooo freaking cool!

Posted by: Elena | 04/21/2007

Hmmmmm. Well, actually, I’m pretty underwhelmed. I guess I like the cover pattern, and the Pomegranate blouse, but other than that, I didn’t see anything that’s going to have me waiting by the mailbox for my issue.

Posted by: Cheryl | 04/21/2007

Thanks for posting — I hadn’t seen it yet. Exciting!

Posted by: Posted by: Melissa Ryan | 04/21/2007

How much do you love interweave?

Posted by: Posted by: annzy | 04/21/2007

can’t wait til it arrives – I see a bunch of things that look wonderful.

Posted by: Teyani | 04/21/2007

very cute patterns! but oh i miss the red headed model! I wonder if she’s got work these days….

Posted by: margaux | 04/21/2007

Some very promising patterns! I wasn’t that thrilled with the spring issue, but I think there may be more for me here.

Posted by: Brenda | 04/22/2007

Thanks for that heads up! I love looking at the preview and plotting my next moves…

Posted by: Heather | 04/23/2007

I love this magazine! Can’t wait to see you rockin’ your new shirts from them.

Posted by: tiennie | 04/23/2007

Exciting, isn’t it? I am looking forward to this one. Looks great!

Posted by: Lolly | 04/23/2007

I would love to knit along with you on the Ogee Lace Shirt! The ladies in my knitgroup remain intimidated by lace and I LOVE LOVE Shirley Paden’s lace patterns!

Posted by: Posted by: Sharon | 04/24/2007

Ooh, thanks for the heads up. I’m never the first to catch these!

Posted by: Sarah | 04/24/2007

I am just loving the socks in IK recently. SO fabulous!

Posted by: vera | 04/25/2007

I didn’t see a lot that made me swoon, but I do like the pomegranate blouse from what I can tell in the thumbnail. Your pink booties are adorable!

Posted by: Debby | 04/26/2007

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So. Cute.

Around 1:15 AM last night, I finished the hands down cutest project I have ever knit.

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Baby Booties.

Perhaps it was the late hour, or perhaps it was my biological clock, but when the booties were done I squealed with delight. Yes, I actually squealed.

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I don’t think I ever imagined such cuteness existed. I mean look…pom poms!

Kind girl that I am, I brought the booties with me to work today so everyone there could also enjoy the cuteness. The booties are a gift for a recently born girl baby named Lizzie. If she doesn’t like them I am taking them home and displaying them in my room. I hope that’s not strange.

Stats:

Pattern: Posy Booties

Source: Jaeger JB29

Yarn: Lang Jowell, color 162, hot pink, gifted to me by the lovely Heather for my last birthday

Needles: US 2

Mods: None

Notes: Easy to follow pattern but did take longer than I expected. The finishing is what took the most time. But I am SO pleased with the result. Would knit again and again. In fact, I just might. I could become baby bootie knitter specialist. Now that would be the cutest job ever.


The following 20 comments were originally left at blogspirit:

VERY cute indeed! Finishing is definitely the worst with all such tiny super cute baby patterns.

Posted by: laura b | 04/18/2007

Oh the cuteness! Lucky lucky Lizzie!

Posted by: tiennie | 04/18/2007

Oh, they are so cute. I can see why you needed to squeal 🙂

Posted by: Knittypants | 04/18/2007

Oh my goodness those are cute!!!

Posted by: Kit | 04/18/2007

Those are really cute, I’m going to have to track down a copy of the pattern.

Posted by: lcord | 04/18/2007

Beautiful – I doubt your friend won’t like them, PLEASE, the are fantastic.

Posted by: lisa | 04/19/2007

That picture actually caused an uncontrollable “awwwww” here. Very very cute.

Posted by: artmomma | 04/19/2007

Darn! 😉 They are TOO cute.

Posted by: margene | 04/19/2007

I think you should hang them on your rear view mirror. That wouldn’t be strange at all.

Posted by: Amy | 04/19/2007

Those are the cutest booties I have ever seen!! I need to find the pattern and make some happy yellow ones…that one be fun… Lucky Lizzie!!

Posted by: nova | 04/19/2007

Erin — I want to have a baby now just so YOU can knit me some booties.

Posted by: Posted by: DeAnn | 04/19/2007

Those are soooo cute! I think the pom pom really makes them super adorable. Many of my friends are having babies so I’m on the look out for a good bootie pattern.

Posted by: Posted by: Evelyn | 04/19/2007

I LOVE these booties. Do they come in adult size 7? They are so adorable that I am actually considering having more kids, just to get a pair.

Posted by: Posted by: freerangeliberal | 04/19/2007

That is some serious cute! 🙂

Posted by: Katinka | 04/19/2007

Yes, completely cute. LOVE the Lang Jawoll!

Posted by: Heather | 04/19/2007

i think i am now obsessed with these booties too! too cute! i would *kill for a pair of my own. it wouldn’t take much to modify the pattern to make them a *little bigger… hmmm… :0)

Posted by: vera | 04/21/2007

They are ADORABLE. I’m about to go CAPS-LOCK all over them.

Great use of the yarn!

Posted by: Heather Joins The Round | 04/22/2007

Those are adorable! I love the pom-poms, and I never thought I would be writing that!

Posted by: Brenda | 04/22/2007

You’re right. Booties don’t get any cuter than that! Well…I know what’s up for my next baby project. And don’t worry, I do have more baby showers to knit for. Gah. My friends need to stop having babies.

Posted by: Sarah | 04/24/2007

Those are too stinkin cute! I love them!

Posted by: leslie | 04/24/2007

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Words

Words are a powerful tool. I was reminded of this through several events recently–the last being Imus and his ignorant, racist, and sexist words said on the radio. Words mean something. They can hurt, heal, uplift, degrade, clarify, mislead, and empower. After some reflection on words this week, I am resolved to use mine more carefully.

There. I said my peace about the heavy stuff. Now onto the knitting. All this talk about words…for some things however, I have no words.

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(Sigh.)

And close up:

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I think Kim Hargreaves should be my new best friend. You hear that Kim? BFF’s forever.


The following 21 comments were originally left at blogspirit:

Blithe is looking gorgeous. Can’t wait to see!

No luck about the jacket pattern yet… but I’ve posted in a couple of forums and am hoping someone will recognize it. I’ll be sure to let ya know when I find it… I am determined!

Posted by: Crystal | 04/15/2007

oh it finally is the right color and so pretty at that ~once again who am I but amazed.

Posted by: Posted by: annzy | 04/16/2007

Love the Phildar Zip Cardigan and really love the front of Blithe. You’re doing a sterling job.

Take care you.

Posted by: Posted by: Bev | 04/16/2007

I love it!

Posted by: Posted by: Melissa | 04/16/2007

OMG – that is so freaking beautiful. The colour, the stitches – EVERYTHING. I LOVE it.

Can’t wait to see it finished.

Posted by: lisa | 04/16/2007

oh absolutely. kim would totally be so fun to share a bottle of wine with i think.

i’m with you in the imus thing. GO RU!

Posted by: margaux | 04/16/2007

That is a nice thought about the words and their weight. I recently made a comment that made another commenter feel slighted (it was all very unintentional), I plan to do a little more thinking before putting my words out there too.

I like that knit you have in progress. I think it’s all ready pretty so I am sure it will be gorgeous when you are all done!

Posted by: nova | 04/16/2007

How ’bout one word? Gorgeous!!!!

If you can’t say something nice, come sit next to me! J/K. Stupid, stupid Imus.

Hopefully, I’ve never said anything that would intentionally hurt another person.

Posted by: tiennie | 04/16/2007

Your Blithe is looking good.

Posted by: Wanda | 04/16/2007

The weirdest think about the whole Imus situation is that he got fired for doing exactly what his employers (CBS radio) paid him to do: be an offensive, bigoted, provocateur. If only the same were true for Ann Coulter.

Posted by: David | 04/16/2007

Blithe is looking fantastic! I think you chose the best color for it, too.

Posted by: Brenda | 04/16/2007

that Kim sure knows how to design knitwear. i look at her website and drool and then i’m very sad that rowan yarns are so expensive.

blithe looks amazing!

Posted by: rachel i. | 04/16/2007

Your Blithe is stunning, so delicate with such gorgeous detail!

Posted by: Heather | 04/16/2007

Amazing!! Perhaps unintentionally, your post reminds us to look at and comment upon the beautiful things around us (“Whatsoever is true, noble, lovely, etc…), rather than the hateful, hurtful ones. If we all appreciated the beauty in one another and one another’s work, what a different world it would be. 🙂

Posted by: Debby | 04/16/2007

Lovely! That’s the next one I would order from Kim’s site. I love your colour choice as well. Well done!

Posted by: jen | 04/16/2007

Simply elegant. I may have to try to become friends with Kim, too. Maybe I can call her Kimmie if we get close.

Posted by: Christy/ Not Hip | 04/16/2007

Love this……..I really want to make this and have been waiting to see the finished photos of yours….love the color you chose too!

Posted by: leslie | 04/17/2007

SO totally awesome.

Posted by: Amy | 04/17/2007

Yours is looking good! I’ve been disgustingly slow with knitting lately, so I’m just coming up on the 15 straight rows before the split for the neckline. Isn’t that awful?

Posted by: Jenn | 04/17/2007

Looks so good! I am definitely going to make sure I get this for a birthday gift. I might even have to make the same color, although the Aubergine is very pretty, too.

Posted by: Knittypants | 04/18/2007

Lovely. Don’t you wish you could be best friends with KH? Just like that? She’d probably give you all the patterns you’d want for free. Sigh.

Posted by: Sarah | 04/18/2007

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So I had this great idea for a FO post on my Phildar Zip Cardigan. I am not sure if any of you out there watch America’s Next Top Model–I’ll admit it if you will. If you have watched it you may have noticed that the photo shoots are a tad out there and often verge on the ridiculous. I love it. Last week all the girls were tasked with taking pictures that reflected different sides of their personalities. So while Kara and I were taking pictures of my new cardi we thought, hey why not steal an idea from Tyra–it might be fun. We thought, let’s do the different sides of my personality which would then totally show off the sweater. Sounds like a great idea right?

Problem #1: I have no model instinct. Once we came up with the brilliant idea we stood there for minutes trying to pick a side of my personality. Finally Kara said, “Smart.” So I stood there for a minute, “how do I model smart?”

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Smart=thoughtful finger on chin

Problem #2: I don’t commit. Miss Tyra Banks commits. That woman will act the fool and own it–which is I guess why she is Tyra Banks. I, on the other hand, will give a seriously displeased face when asked to stick my tongue out and “be silly.”

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Turns out I don’t do silly, I just do awkward.

Problem #3: Most people won’t get how funny I am when they see my lame attempt to “model funny.”

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Get it, double guns is funny..since it’s not funny..that makes it funny. Get it?

Problem #4: What does me showing people I am independent through my “modeled art” have to do with the new sweater I just knit?

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Answer: nothing. But by the time I realized this idea was pretty lame I had already taken the pictures.

medium_phildar_zip_sleeve.jpg So on to the sweater. I really quite like it. I think it turned out to be well fitting and it is a great basic color, it is comfortable, wearable, and pretty. There are many great things about this sweater. Like the really long ribbing on the sleeve. I love that. And the ribbed bands around the neck–love that too.

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Seaming was by far the most difficult challenge I faced on this sweater. I had never seamed reverse stockinette before and I had to redo it several times until I was satisfied with the finished product. Then there was seaming all the different bands and collars and such. It took me a couple weeks until I was satisfied with the seaming job. But I am satisfied now which is all that matters. In other words, extra time spent to do or re-do this right was totally worth it.

medium_phildar_zip_zipper.jpg The zipper…as many of you know I was dreading the zipper. Turns out, all you have to do is answer your phone right when your friend is about to show you how to sew it and then she just magically does it for you. So I can’t take credit for the zipper. But it turned out fabulously well. She made the seam align with the first ribbed valley so it is hidden by the ribbing. Looks awesome.

the stats:

Pattern: Phildar Zipper Cardigan

Source: Phildar Tendances, Spring 2005

Yarn: Phildar Licorne

Needles: US 2 & 3 straights

Mods: Like with most knits, I made it a couple of inches longer by increasing the straight rows in the waist area.

Notes: This really is a great knit. One that I think I will enjoy for a lot of time to come. Just if you knit it, be prepared. 12. seamed. pieces.

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The following 46 comments were originally left at blogspirit:

It looks great (and I love the model poses), but I now know that I will never make it myself — 12 pieces! Aah!

Posted by: Posted by: Melissa | 04/09/2007

you know this cardi has been on my to-do list since like forever….i started it, frogged it, bought different yarn for it, but am yet to start it again.

now after seeing your version i am feeling inspired! i just love it erin. it is absolutely gorgeous.

Posted by: jacqueline | 04/09/2007

Fierce!!! (yes I watch ANTM, much to my husband’s horror)

The sweater is nothing less than spectacular, amazing!

Posted by: Heather | 04/09/2007

this is looking just great, a perfect basic everyday cardi!

Posted by: julia | 04/09/2007

Well, at least you didn’t stand there and do nothing! The sweater looks fabulous on you. Good work.

Posted by: margene | 04/09/2007

Gorgeous! The fit is perfect!

Posted by: Cara | 04/09/2007

I love it! Looks great on you.

Posted by: Posted by: Dawn | 04/09/2007

Erin, you look great! I love the sweater… most importantly, I TOTALLY is that 12 lbs. are missing from you!!!!

Posted by: Posted by: Sharon | 04/09/2007

What a great sweater! And what a fun photo shoot to show it off to the world. 🙂

Posted by: Amy Artisan | 04/09/2007

Maybe I should hold off seaming the Dollar cardi until you can give me some tips! (Not that I’m ready for that yet, still have to finish the sleeves)

Posted by: Cheryl | 04/09/2007

I love it! Your poses are great too 🙂

Posted by: Lauren | 04/09/2007

Your sweater is amazing! You did a great job on it and I’m sure you’ll wear it for a long time. And I watch America’s Next Top Model, so I totally appreciate your poses – you are fierce!

Posted by: mari | 04/09/2007

I’ll admit to having watched a few episodes of the Tyra disaster show. It’s truly trainwreck quality – can’t.turn.away.

You totally pulled off a great photo shoot. The sweater looks amazing in every shot.

Posted by: Kaitie Tee | 04/09/2007

Great photo shoot – you had me smiling!
and the cardigan is impeccable. I love the ribbing details on this one. Doubt I will make it with that much seaming, but big props to you! 🙂

Posted by: Lolly | 04/09/2007

hmm, 12 seamed pieces. don’t think i’m gonna be making that one. but it looks fabulous on you, and congrats on making it all the way through!

Posted by: Sara | 04/09/2007

love the model shots!! you should have tried a little zoolander “magnum” hee hee. that sweater looks so great!! lovely job!!

Posted by: margaux | 04/09/2007

The photo shoot looks like it was such fun! And the best part is, you get to keep the clothes!

Posted by: Amy | 04/09/2007

Even before seeing the picture, I knew you’d have the “double guns” for funny. It is what I would have done too, funny is a hard one to translate.
The sweater looks lovely!

Posted by: artmomma | 04/09/2007

You did a wonderful job on the sweater. It has such a nice fit and the color is great. I do not watch that television show and now I do not need to – it could not be any better than this. It was fun to see the sweater in action.

Posted by: Punkin in Oregon | 04/09/2007

That looks great on you! I love that you put a zipper that pulls both ways. And it’s a cool design.

Why in the world couldn’t it be knit in a normal number of pieces? Is there some compelling reason the ribbing had to be sewn on?

Posted by: Heather Joins The Round | 04/09/2007

it looks beautiful! Nice fit and gorgeous color.

Posted by: isela | 04/09/2007

It’s really a very simple equation:

Great clothes + cute model = good pictures

(and all the goofing around can’t really detract much.)

Good job on the cardigan.

Posted by: David | 04/09/2007

looks excellent – so professional looking my friend.

Posted by: lisa | 04/09/2007

I will admit to watching my fair share of ANTM. It looks like the photo shoot was fun! I think your cardigan looks fantastic! It fits you well and looks like it will be a very versatile knit. Great job!

Posted by: nova | 04/09/2007

Looks great. Doesn’t look hand anything at all, very ready to wear. Awesome! Good job! Better you, then me, because I don’t plan on EVER seaming 12 pieces of ANYTHING.

Necia

Posted by: Necia | 04/09/2007

Hilarious! Wasn’t your last pose similar to Jael’s “anarchist” pose? I might have to steal this idea for my next FO photo shoot.

Great looking sweater – BTW. I never would have gotten around to seaming 12 peices!

Posted by: Chandra | 04/09/2007

Did you say 12 seamed pieces?? Cross that one off the list. Will you share yours?? 😉

Posted by: susan | 04/09/2007

That looks like a fantastic wardrobe staple. I think I’ll pass though with 12 seamed pieces! Yikes! Your perseverance paid of though. It looks great on you!

Posted by: Kristi aka Fiber Fool | 04/09/2007

my goodness. this sweater is amazing. i love you, in that non-creepy way.

also love the model shots. how do the real models do it? it seems so easy and then i try it, and i look constipated in each photo. anyway, excellent sweater!

Posted by: rachel i. | 04/09/2007

Wow, ANOTHER great sweater. It looks wonderful on you. I especially like the two way zipper. But 12 PIECES!!! Damn that is a lot of seaming.

Great Job

Posted by: Nubiancraftster | 04/09/2007

During my very short habitation of Los Angeles, I went to see the Trya Banks Show. Hillarious.
That sweater is magnificent, and, in my opinion, worth seaming 12 pieces.
And, I totally laughed out loud at the double guns pose. in the library.

Posted by: Kateastrophe | 04/09/2007

Love the photo shoot! And I LOVE that cardi! I think it would be well worth seaming 12 pieces. I sure wish I had this book! This is definitely something I’d love to add to my wardrobe… it’s so cute and wearable! It looks fantastic on you (as do all your knits!).

Posted by: Crystal | 04/09/2007

Very nice! It looks like a great fit too! I’m so impressed with all that seaming!

Posted by: laura b | 04/09/2007

And you modeled it like a champ. I love America’s next top model. I feel like a loser just admitting it but I LOVE it! I can’t watch it on tv either b/c of my schedule so I watch it online. Loser!

You’re sweater’s awesome by the way. I knew it would be. Awesome.

Posted by: Sarah | 04/09/2007

It is gorgeous on you! Love your modeling pics!

Posted by: tiennie | 04/09/2007

Nice sweater. I think I would have been scared off by all those pieces.
You really should have posed as a matador or like you were making a Secret commercial. Uh…..those were my original ideas…uh…not that I watched last season or anything…..Okay I’ll admit it, too 😉

Posted by: Christy/ Not Hip | 04/09/2007

Fun post! If you were being paid $10,000 per hour to “commit” to a pose, I bet you would be able to commit.

The sweater looks fantastic! I’m totally in awe of the 12 pieces to seam. I used to sew fitted blouses that didn’t have that many pieces. You got the fit perfect for you. Congratulations!

Posted by: Brenda | 04/10/2007

wow, 12 pieces! You did a fantasic job, and your sweater is amazing. Fine work girl, fine work : )

ps great photo shoot!

Posted by: amanda cathleen | 04/10/2007

You’re far too modest — you should model professionally! I think you should title the last pic “Walking towards the light.”

Awesome sweater!

Posted by: Posted by: freerangeliberal | 04/10/2007

I love your modeling photos — they are fun and different from the usual shot in the bathroom mirror or sweater-laid-out-on-floor (mine). The sweater looks great and after seaming those 12 pieces, there is nothing wrong with a friend doing the zipper for you!

I love your quilt in the previous post. What a beautiful gift!!

Posted by: Debby | 04/10/2007

It’s so cute! I absolutely love the FO and the fit is perfect.

Posted by: Meredith | 04/10/2007

Gorgeous sweater & like everyone else I love your photoshoot. Especially the last picture. Very nice mood!! Great job Erin.

Posted by: vanessa | 04/10/2007

Looks great, and I love your pictures. 12 pieces! ouch, all that seaming!!

Posted by: Knittypants | 04/10/2007

The sweater looks great, love the pictures!

Posted by: Posted by: christine | 04/11/2007

that is beautiful! great pictures!!!! I love the ribbing details!

Posted by: stacey | 04/11/2007

I love the sweater and the pics are so cute! The color looks great on you too!! And great job with all the seaming, 12 pieces takes guts 🙂

Posted by: Brooke | 04/15/2007

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You should know by now that I can’t sew. I want to learn but I have serious doubts as to my ability to do so. There are just certain things I can do and others I can’t. And I can’t sew in a straight line. It is actually kind of embarrassing. My rep as a crafty person is perilously endangered when people find this out and my self esteem suffers.

Unfortunately for me, I have friends who like to remind me of my inadequacies. Last night my buddy Ann came over to help me finally put the Zip on my Phildar Zip Cardigan. A kind friend would have helped me with the sewing and then never said another word about it but not Ann. Not only did we finish the cardigan (FYI: FO post coming up next) but she just HAD to bring a gift to taunt me with all her sewing skills.

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Yeah, Ann made me a quilt. I know right? What a jerk. But a crazy talented one. I guess I should admit I knew the quilt was coming. She told me I was getting it on my last birthday–a gift to soften the blow of getting older. Consider the blow softened.

You want details?…

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This is the back corner. The back is all brown except for one edge of stripes.

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A close up of the squares. All the different fabrics are in beautiful greens and browns.

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Here is a close up of the quilting on the back. I LOVE the blue thread and the flower pattern.

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A close up of the front corner. I believe the edge is an Amy Butler fabric. I heart Amy Butler.

It is beautiful. Must. Learn. to. Sew. My insecurities aside, I do have one thing to console myself with–I get to keep it. Thank you, thank you, thank you Ann. Turning 31 was so worth it.

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The following 15 comments were originally left at blogspirit:

i think we should learn together. (that is as soon as i buy a sewing machine!).

like you i have trouble with the whole sewing thing. and what is worse is that my mother used to be a seamstress and used to make all my clothes for me. i think part of my inability to sew comes from the fact that although she is a great technician…my mum is like the worst sewing teacher in the world….coupled with being a perfectionist who used to rip out all my less than perfect seams. hence everytime i sit down in front of a machine i start hyperventilating and wondering what i can do wrong this time.

Posted by: jacqueline | 04/07/2007

Maybe we should form a club – crafters who can’t sew! I’m right up there with you. Gorgeous quilt!!! How did the zipper come out?

Posted by: Posted by: Christine | 04/07/2007

It is gorgeous! I’m not very good at sewing either and I have tried and tried! You have no reason to sew, or to learn to sew, with friends like Ann.

Posted by: margene | 04/07/2007

Wow! What a beautiful gift – I’m sure you will treasure it forever. 🙂

I can’t sew either – my Mom is a fabulous seamstress & I’ve never gotten the hang of it. In fact, in home ec in 8th grade my seersucker jumper was horrible – I got an A on it & my Mom said she would have failed me on it. 🙂

Posted by: Amy Artisan | 04/07/2007

WOW! That quilt is phenomenol! What a gift! With friends like those, why even bother to learn? 😉

(By the way, I can’t sew for nothing.)

Posted by: Cara | 04/07/2007

That is so beautiful it takes the breath away!

Posted by: Amy | 04/07/2007

That is a fabulous quilt, very modern. Love the quilting!

I can’t sew either.

Posted by: Heather Joins The Round | 04/07/2007

stunning quilt! i think it’s time i get my sew on. all this fabulous sewing around me makes me want to learn. so purdy!

Posted by: margaux | 04/07/2007

absolutely fantastic quilt! The quilting is stunning, what a wonderful gift!

Posted by: Amanda Cathleen | 04/07/2007

Um, WOW. It’s a real beaut.

I hate sewing and practically view being a terrible sewer as a virtue. Stupid, right? I’m just that defensive…;)

Posted by: Heather | 04/07/2007

What a beautiful gift for your last birthday! Enjoy!

Posted by: tiennie | 04/07/2007

I’d love to learn to quilt, but it would take time away from my knitting! That’s gorgeous, BTW. 🙂

Posted by: Stitch-n-Snitch | 04/08/2007

oh lord……… that great.

Posted by: Posted by: hakim | 04/09/2007

OMG, how beautiful!!! I’d say that softens the blow of aging all right!

Posted by: Kristi aka Fiber Fool | 04/09/2007

WOW. The quilt is amazing. Thanks for sharing the details.

I love your cardi too, btw! Sucks about 12 pieces, but the final result is lovely! 🙂

Posted by: canknitian | 04/10/2007

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