Friday, July 20, 2007

Knitting Lingerie Style

I received "Knitting Lingerie Style" from hubby for my birthday. I want to make so many things in it! I love making little tank tops and this book has some great lacy ones. But so many of the projects' suggested yarns are currently out of my budget.
For instance, the Classic Elite - Interlude which is featured in the "Surplice Bodice Cami", my favorite in the book. The description from Purlsoho, one of my favorite LYS, is as follows:

"Interlude blends silk and linen in a highly detailed 10-ply strand destined for fine stitches and sophisticated patterns. We recommend it for projects that call for refined draping and excellent stitch definition. Regular price is $24.50. On sale at 40% off for $14.70!"

Classic Elite - Interlude

CONTENT: 30% silk, 70% linen

WEIGHT: 50 grams

LENGTH: 82 yards

GAUGE: 4.5 stitches per inch


Woo Hoo! 82 yards for HOW MUCH?

Or the "Silk and Pearls Cami", made for the book with Classic Elite Temptation. I found it here :
100% Silk, 13 st/4", 5.5mm (US 9), 101m/ 110 yards, 100g (3.5 oz) at approximately $44 per 100 yard skein. I can't even wrap my head around that one...

Another irresistable pattern, the "Corset Bodice Nightgown" is featured beautifully in Louet Euroflax Originals. Once again, the juicy description from Purlsoho says:
"One of our perennial favorites here at Purl, Euroflax is 100% linen and 100% elegant. Linen creates a durable, drapey and beautiful fabric. The more you wash and dry it, the softer and slinkier it becomes."

Euroflax Originals

CONTENT: 100% Linen

WEIGHT: 100 grams

LENGTH: 270 yards

GAUGE: 6 stitches per inch


Price: $20.50
Now this last one has 270 yards per skein, but in my size (34) I would need 3 balls for something that isn't going to be worn often. Do I venture down the slippery subbing slope? What is a knitter to do when the picture is oh so beautiful but I just can't "pull the trigger" on buying the yarn? I downloaded Stitch Diva's Simple Knitted Bodice Sweater ages ago. I can't bring myself to knit it in anything other than Tilli Tomas recommended. There's tons of you out there that have subbed on this successfully, but when I see a pic of one done in the Tilli (and oh, that Rockstar), I fall blindly in love. Therefore, I have yet to start it.

Speaking of Rock Stars, Here's some pics that have been waiting in Daughter #1's camera phone. Do you know that on Verizon if you have texting blocked (don't ask) you can't upload your pictures? Texting has been TEMPORARILY unblocked so I can share some of my summer concert fun with you. The Fratellis were fantastic at Roseland last month.
The two opening bands were lots of fun as well.

They were Illinois (listen to them here)

and Switches.
Daughter #1 had a blast. We were front and almost center, until the encore, when I conviced her that getting closer to the exit would be a good idea. (Years of previous concert exiting experience pays off.)

Not to forget the little diva aka Daughter #2, I entered this contest in the hopes of winning a $250 gift certificate to Gymboree. I'm not much of a contest person, don't even like to play Lotto here in NY, but I figured, what the heck...

BTW, Did you you the article about Ravelry in TechCrunch ?
For some reason, Michael Arrington thinks we're ridiculous...


Lick My Sticks said...

Someone said Ravelry was ridiculous? I'll cut a mother#*^(*er!!

I've been wondering if that Lingerie book was worth it, I'll have to check it out now.

Eleanor said...

Thanks for the comment Donna. :) I love the Rockstar and Simple knitted bodice too!