July 20, 2007


One of the insignificant woes of empty-nesthood is the relative lack of readily available photographers.  These days I either need to be up and dressed at the crack of dawn -- the nona-hubby is an early raiser -- or still be put together by the end of the day.  I wonder what my young neighbor would think if I started showing up at her door step, digital camera in hand, clothed in a partially knit sweater, requesting a few shots?

This morning I rose early -- just for you -- to get this photo of my completed Josephine Top.  I absolutely love it and will wear it often!

Started: May 22, 2007
Finished: July 11, 2007
Pattern: Josephine Top designed by Deborah Newton.  Published in the Summer 2007 issue of Interweave Knits
Yarn: Rowan's Cotton Glace
Needles: US 3
Modifications: None!  Since Deborah Newton is such an excellent designer with an eye for details I decided to knit the top without any modifications.  For me, I could have added 1 more inch to the upper body as the top's tie doesn't quite make it up and over the ladies.  But alas, the ladies are so diminutive only I will notice this fashion mis-hap.

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June 20, 2007

Hurtling Down the I-5

By the time you read this I should be hurtling down the I-5 transporting nona-son-the-younger to his USC freshman orientation.  While he orients, I plan to eat a fabulous egg sandwich in Venice Beach, visit Wildfiber in Santa Monica, and make a significant dent in the front of my Josephine Top.  I do so love a road trip.

Josephine's back is completed and I'm very satisfied with the results.  I absolutely love the contrast of the visually complex lace on the bottom against the sparse textured pattern on the top.  I casted on the front this morning at the car wash -- my car was so filthy they had to send it threw not once, not twice, but three times -- and am already through the first repeat.

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May 29, 2007

Always Enough Time

I've been heads down -- positively heads down I say  -- working to finish my Sideways Socks and to write up the pattern.  But when you have a project like the Josephine Top, there's always enough time for a few more rows.

The lace pattern is easily memorized and although the knitting is a little slow -- lots of knit, then purl, then knit with the yarn going back then forward then back -- it's addictive and enjoyable.  I've finished 2 full pattern repeats and am about ready to start a little waist shaping.

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May 22, 2007

Spring Fever

The weather has taken a turn for the gorgeous and I've been thinking too much.  In response to this bout of Spring Fever, I feel the need to knit something lacy, something frilly, something feminine.  Lacy, frilly, and feminine for a sporty gal like myself equates to the Josephine Top designed by Deborah Newton for the Summer 2007 issue of Interweave Knits.  Don't worry, scholarly reader, I'm still thinking.

Spring Fever has hit nona hard!

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