Friday, February 29, 2008

Repurposing.

Over time I've learned that if I let a project sit on the needles for too long (read: many months) it will get frogged. I don't think this is a bad thing, necessarily. You start to think how you're not knitting that thing because stockinette in a cotton blend hurts your hands, and how the lace panel isn't quite what you want it to be, and how probably that pattern looks better on skinny girls anyway.

Or at least, that's what I got to thinking about Rusted Root. So it got cannibalized.


The ribbed lace bolero is such a cute, quick, smart little knit that I knew I had to make one. And I had a perfect opportunity, too.



My sister was born the day I turned 5 and a half, so my birthday is her half birthday and vice versa. Her whole life, I've given her a little half bday present on MY birthday, and she does the same, so when I turned 26 last week, I figured this little bolero (which is so exactly her style) would be the perfect twenty-and-a-halfth gift.


Pattern: Ribbed lace bolero, by Kelly Maher
Yarn: Cascade Sierra, in ginger, 1.5 skeins
Needles: US9 and US10, I think.



It stretches out a bit with wear, and my sewn bind off is a little wobbly, but I love the lace pattern and how it drapes in this yarn. Especially around the arm. Verdict? A winner. I'd love to try it in a 100% wool, too.

27 comments:

a friend to knit with said...

perfectly repurposed!!! it looks perfect on her.
i love how you two celebrate each others half birthday!!!!
and happy birthday to you miss stella!!!

Jodi said...

Super cute! What a great color to liven up the last dregs of winter, too. And 26?!?! Happy birthday. Mine is just around the corner, and the prospect of turning 30 is a mite scary.

nova said...

Hey, Happy Birthday! I love the birthday celebrations you and your sister do. If I could, I would find a way to co-opt that. The bolero is very cute...I have always thought that RR looks better on those who can be described as skinny. I can not be described that way.

The A.D.D. Knitter said...

You are such an awesome sis--the bolero is adorable, love the color especially!

secrethandshake said...

thats a pretty color...I wish my sister gave me a present on her birthday!
If I leave something on the needles too long it gets frogged too-I'm doing that right this minute.

Happy Birthday too!

sulafaye said...

I knew we were friends for a reason--I turned 26 last week too! On the 24th. Happy birthday to you, and I know your sis had a great half birthday too!

Stacey said...

Happy Birthday! What a great idea - like having a birthday twice a year! I do the same thing with projects - it sits too long, it gets ripped....but it's a good thing. Now the yarn will get worn and loved!

tiennie said...

It's fantastic! I love that you both celebrate your own and each other's birthdays! Happy Birthday!

Faith! said...

That looks fantastic! I love that you're knitting directly from the Rusted Root- so edgy! I'm impressed.

Macoco said...

Here's a shout out to repurposing things and half birthdays! The bolero is so cute.
I graduated high school on my half birthday and remember thinking that it was somehow even more of a momentous occasion because of that. ;)

Corwink said...

Super cute bolero. I love that you and your sister exchange gifts for half birthdays. All my sister and I do is want to kill each other. Ahhhh sisterly love. LOL!

Courtney said...

Wow, I completely missed this and it is SO cute, especially on Anna!

rj said...

the bolero is adorable - can you clue us in where to find the pattern? my dd#2 would look delicious in one of these :)

thanks and take care
rj

Display homes said...

I used to collect boleros but this one is so beautiful... I adore it so much!

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