November 13, 2003
While you are returning to the real world, I wanted to show you some sweaters which will remind us all of why Miss Starmore is suing everybody. If this entry were on Broadway, it would be called “Color! A Musical.” I cannot get over the vibrancy of these beauties.
Admire, if you will, this wee Starmore from Evelyn. Ach! Lurvly!
She writes: “It is actually a Jade Starmore design, from Collector’s Item, knit in the old Starmore yarns (snapped up just before they were discontinued), and I made it for my younger son AJ, who just turned 5. This is size 2/3 and fit him for a little bit after I finished it last winter, because he is skinny. (And yes, I do know that is Stitch, not AJ, modelling the sweater. A variation on the Patented Becky Headless pix.) I honestly can’t tell you how long it took, because I have a minimum of 15 projects going at all times (there, I said it) and that provides a suitably pleasant blur as to the labor involved in any one particular knitted item.
“What did I learn? Well, first of all that shetland wool that looks kind of tame when you buy it comes alive, color-wise, when it gets into fair isle. Do not doubt the great Alice & Jade when you are looking at their yarns all lined up next to each other. I learned the two-handed fair isle method from the Philosopher’s Wool video (played in lieu of a chick flick one night when my husband was out of town and the kids were in bed), practiced by doing one sleeve on a (still unfinished) PW cardigan for practice, and then plunged into this sweater, learning the two circs method from Socks Soar when I got to the sleeves and really didn’t want to deal with dps after all that lovely circular stuff.”
Way to work it, Evelyn. Mason-Dixon Knitting Lifelong Learner Award to you.
The color in this pair of Starmores from Angela makes me crazy. The first is Erin:
She writes: “I’ve actually decided to rip out Erin, so I can’t say that I’ve completed this one yet. I’m going to re-knit and swap the yellow at the top of the beasties for the old-gold shade in the checked pattern. Otherwise, I will carry on as before. Her sweaters don’t take that long to complete, I finished Donegal in a couple of months–maybe 3? (It was the only thing I worked on though, now that I have entered the land of many WIPS, who knows how long it could take?)”
You know, Angela, I see what you mean about swapping out the old gold. I’m not sure I’d have the steam to rip and change, but then, I’m not the one knitting Starmores either.
This is her Donegal:
Curves in knitting are always interesting. This Donegal is flat-out beautiful.
Thanks, y’all, for showing us your fantasmic things. Kay, I hope you’re one-tenth as inspired by these as I am. I’m heading out of my stockinette rut, I can just feel it.
PS If anyone else out there has Starmores to share, send us your tired, your poor, your Starmores yearning to breathe free.
PPS Puhlease, y’all, check out Polly’s headbanging tweedy aran Starmore at her weblog, All Tangled Up. Polly constantly amazes me with the complex work she does, and I have to give her credit for pointing me toward smaller and smaller needles. I need to ask her how small she has gone. Speaking of teeny, here’s a Tokyo knitter, Minako, who gets REALLY small: Tiny Stitches.