Hope for Pencil Necks!

neutrals

lean and green

Big new idea for summer tees! Are you a pencil-necked geek (like me)? Or, alternately, do you like cotton t-shirts but find that the neckline stretches out in an unattractive and decidely unfashionable way over time. Refresh that neckline with Knit Kneck Tees™. Simply poke holes with a yarn needle at regular intervals along the facing of the neck of your fav droopy tee. Then pick up either complementary or contrasting cotton yarn with a crochet hook and align it correctly onto either one small circs, two circs, or DPNs. Knit around with your fav pattern until neckline has been built up to your liking. Bind off with EZ’s stretchy Sewn Bind Off. Creates a dressy touch for tees. Wanna make it x-tra girly with a built-in necklace? Use metallic cotton or beads for fast bling! Wanna be all macho about it? Go monotone and finish with 2×2 ribs. Super fast and easy. Really. Any idiot can do it … I did!

cream on white

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In-Vested!

Whoa! Long slack-off. School began, in hospital for a couple of weeks. Yada, yada. No excuses.

Anyway, with summer looming, I’m on a cotton kick. Not that I’ve completed all my previous wooly projects but I’m just jonesin’ to crank on the cotton. Scored the requisite second skein of Katia Jamaica (#4000) from my fav LYS Puppy Yarn in funky recycle shop and student theatre district Shimokitazawa. Here’s what it looks the front looks like (already finished the back):

Cool and island-y

Cool and island-y

Couldn’t help myself. Also cast on the same vest pattern but in my colors and according to Symbolist poet Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) ‘s Vowel poem. You know, the one where he associates vowels with colors (basically launching the Symbolist poetry movement and the psychedelic study of synesthesia)?
Goes like this:
A Black, (E white), I red, U green, O blue : vowels,
I shall tell, one day, of your mysterious origins:
A, black velvety jacket of brilliant flies
Which buzz around cruel smells,Gulfs of shadow; (E), whiteness of vapours and of tents,
Lances of proud glaciers, (white) kings, shivers of cow-parsley;
I, purples, spat blood, smile of beautiful lips
In anger or in the raptures of penitence;U, waves, divine shudderings of viridian seas,
The peace of pastures dotted with animals, the peace of the furrows
Which alchemy prints on broad studious foreheads;O, sublime Trumpet full of strange piercing sounds,
Silences crossed by Worlds and by Angels:
O the Omega, the violet ray of Her Eyes!

– As translated by Oliver Bernard: Arthur Rimbaud, Collected Poems (1962) 

Scary and trippy right? I’m off on a tear now to incorporate those colors into the linen and cotten summer top I’m knitting up for myself. Looks like this:
Rimbaud Vowel Vest

Rimbaud Vowel Vest

Rimbaud Vowel Vest

Rimbaud Vowel Vest

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, I got very inspired by the origami mind of Elizabeth Zimmermann to knit the extremely simple but fun Moebius Vest with built-in i-cord (yarn forward then slip (purl-wise) last three stitches of each row).  So far, I’ve done this:

so cool and green

so cool and green

 Against the sour global economy, I’m busy in-vesting!