Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Finally Flair!

I became a blogger because I loved meandering through the blogs of others. I wanted to see how a pattern I liked had turned out for somebody else, what yarn they used, what problems they had... I was looking for new ideas, new patterns, new techniques... and I enjoyed getting a glimpse of the lives of the wide variety of interesting and creative knitters out there. Quite simply, I became a blogger because I wanted to be a part of this worldwide community.

However, being one who is easily distracted, I find myself posting about everything from rattlesnakes to basketball, from books to homeschooling, and, way too often, about plans, yarns, and patterns that I will most likely never knit.

Anyway, taking note of my lack of any completed knit as of late, I finally took some time today to sew the buttons onto Flair... finally. I should've blocked it first but I was so pleased with it and so excited to post a finished knit that I went straight for the photo shoot... unfortunately, good photographers are hard to find around here. Geesh! You'd think I was making them re-mop the entire kitchen every time I asked them to try again. So once I was finally convinced that only a photoshop upgrade was going to smooth out my complexion (horrible eye allergies have been preventing me from wearing make-up), I've settled for what you see. Just focus on the great sweater, not on the model please. The Blue Sky Cotton feels wonderful and the "swing" of Flair is way fun. I'm expecting this to be a well worn knit.

Flair by Wendy Bernard of Knit & Tonic
Blue Sky Cotton - Expresso - about 4 1/2 skeins
Size: Small
Modifications: I accidentally glanced at the medium pattern and cast on too many stitches under the arms but it seemed to work out well in the end.

In other news, my new summer wardrobe arrived in the mail today. I used a gift certificate I got for Christmas to order some Old Navy garb in their new summer colors. You might conclude from this that I'm a big fan of coral and purple... but I somehow just managed to overlook the lack of variety in my color selections. Oh well, I can throw this in a suitcase with my Costco bathing suits (hey, they were $21.99 a piece and fit... I couldn't pass up a major time/money saver like that) and be almost packed for Mexico (shudder).

I was trying to figure out why I'm not getting much knitting done lately, but the answer, in a word, is... baseball.

But I do love a boy in a uniform!

Well, I'm off tomorrow for a 3 day basketball tournament out of the area. It's the grand finale of our season. I'm only taking my oldest 2 boys and sharing a suite with my pal and her kids so it should be fun (and include some reading and knitting).

Now for the big decision... what knitting to take with me! Off to pack.


stitchywitch said...

I'm so excited to see your finished Flair! Yours is definitely the best I've seen so far, very flattering! I've got some red GGH Java (similar to cotton ease)stashed for this sweater... hopefully soon!

Oh, and I'm sorry to hear about your allergies - mine were so bad today that I went home from work early. It's such a bad time of year for that!

Laura said...

Flair looks great!

Our allergies here are terrible - I haven't worn any kind of make-up for three weeks now - why bother? It'll just get sneezed off, cried off, wiped off while I wait out the pollen season.

I love a Good Yarn said...

I look forward to seeing flair in better pics soon. Will you, please? It looks so good already and I want to see it in all of its glory.

Lynda said...

Your Flair looks great, Tammy!

Charity said...

Yay, Tammy, another great FO! Very nicely done. :0)

Kirsten said...

Flair looks great! I think I'd like to make that sweater myself some time.
Have a great time in Mexico!

amanda said...

Flair looks wonderful. I might have to consider that one too...darn you for making such nice things!!

Good luck packing!

Shar said...

I love your flair as well. I find I spend too much time reading blogs and not enough time knitting. It's so fun to be able to post that FO pic.

Stephanie said...

I love the color. I know brown isn't really exciting but it goes with so much!!

Michelle said...

Flair is adorable! Classic but updated! Sorry to hear about your allergies. This past week was so lovely here, and I was really enjoying it until my husband asked, "So, when are your allergies coming back?". Urgh! Did he have to remind me?

Have a safe and happy vacation!