Tuesday, August 01, 2006

lessons in the round.

Yuck.

Yuck at a side angle.


Yeah. I ripped. Again. Wouldn't you?

I have decided I will do the emblem the same way I did the belt. With a crochet hook, and patience.

When I started this, I KNEW you weren't supposed to do intarsia in the round. I knew. But I figured it would be ok. I just couldn't get the tension right. Too tight, too loose, both, hell, I don't know. But I tried it several different ways/times and it just isn't working out and looking like I want it to. Perhaps this is because it's on size 0 needles and it's just too damn small to get intarsia in the round to be just right. Whatever the case may be, that's fine. I'm going to do it this other way and see how that looks, and go from there.

In other news, my IK Fall 06 came in the mail. It was a good issue for the Columbia knitting group. Eunny has two articles and Lolly has a whole paragraph of Amy Singer's column that talks about Project Spectrum. It's nice to see people you like get their 15 minutes.

As for the rest of it, I am a little meh. I have a problem with one of the designer's attitude regarding her pattern in this issue. I don't want to trash her, since this is how she makes her living, but I was totally pisssed off at her view of cost and what she considers worthwhile. I'm sorry but I will not pay roughly $500.00 for yarn to make a knit item that makes the skinny model in the picture look like a fat cow. And this is beside the fact that I think it's hideous. It could be the most beautiful knit on the face of the earth and I would think $500.00 is too much. And when one of the readers on her blog questioned her about the use of this expensive yarn, her response was roughly that worthwhile things take sacrifice. That may be so, but to assume that the world will consider a $500 yarn knit item worth it, it had best look a damn sight better than what it does. Hell, I can buying a spinning wheel for $500. An! Effing! Spinning! Wheel! That's my car insurance bill for A YEAR! Think of all the things you could spend 500 bucks on in your life. Yeah. That's exactly what I mean. It's just too much. The only exception to this being too much would be if the knit item in question did all my laundry and cleaned my kitchen every day for at least 2 years. Hell, it should cook dinner too.

I quit reading this designer's blog that day. I just couldn't take it. I hope her career continues to do well, but I am no longer a fan. My cheap little soul refuses.

On a more positive note, I have a question..... Supersheep or Sheeperman?

7 comments:

MrsIrB said...

My gauge for how much things should cost (that I wear) has one ruler: my wedding dress.

I spent about $200 on my wedding dress. It is the garment that is supposed to be the most precious, the most dear to me, that looks the most fantabulous on me. When something costs more than my wedding dress, I ask myself:

Would I look better in this than I did on my wedding day.

So far, the answer has always been no.

And I would go with super sheep, not sheeperman, as sheeperman is a WoW mage.

Lolly said...

Hey L!

Have you thought about duplicate stitching the "S" on afterward? I have done NO colorwork - but I have heard that this makes it cleaner and more defined... just an idea.

Yikes! $500 on supplies!! I would never spend that much either. Although I am very curious as to who this designer is... can you divulge in an email? :)

Thanks for the little shout-out! You are so sweet!

Erin said...

I think that's an insane amount. I saw the item your talking about and agree. You'd have to pay me $500 just to wear it. I'd like to cast my vote for Supersheep. I just like how it sounds. Running out of yarn and you're not done with the project? Supersheep to the rescue!

Theresa said...

Hee hee! I like both names, but I vote for Supersheep.

I haven't seen the fall IK yet, but am very curious about this coat. I also get annoyed when designers use really expensive yarn in their designs. I can understand WANTING to use the super soft, wonderful cashmere. But I wish they would suggest affordable alternatives for those of us who don't spend $500 a year on yarn (or who shouldn't spend $500 a year on yarn).

Amie said...

I prefer Sheeperman, but if it means altering BatSheep I vote SuperSheep. Must keep the Fantastic Flock uniform.

Now, I don't have my copy yet, so you have to e-mail me the dish on the afore-un-mentioned designer....

Amie said...

I prefer Sheeperman, but if it means altering BatSheep I vote SuperSheep. Must keep the Fantastic Flock uniform.

Now, I don't have my copy yet, so you have to e-mail me the dish on the afore-un-mentioned designer....

Stacey said...

supersheep all the way!

$500 for a sweater? Um, no....