Friday, 26 March 2010

Week Eight: The Nefarious Knitter and the Knit of the Week

I'm not entirely sure that I can justly title this post the "nefarious" knitter. The word just popped into my head this morning and I desperately needed an outlet for its utilization and you are the only person around right now. But I have been a little wicked, haven't I? I mean, I did just dash over to NYC to do the J. Crew interview and then disappeared off my blog with no hint of when I may be back, what may have happened, or what's been going on since. It's been crazy month, a crazy two weeks but I'm here now and I'll do my best to update you. Week 8 was a Pointelle week, in the UK they refer to this as lace knitting. The knit of the week (oh the knits of the weeks gone by, how I have forsaken you!) down down down there. Now if you're totally demented, have patience of biblical proportions, I'm thinking the book of Job here, and aren't totally ADHD and distracted by the slightest movement out of the corner of your eye, you'd probably be really good at concocting all types of unique and time consuming lace patterns on your knitting machine. I am not one of those people. I love to knit, and but I love how immediate machine knitting is, or at least, has the potential to be (Honestly, I start projects with no idea of the epic consequences that I'm bring upon myself. Just call me the knitter's Odysseus).

That said, for people like me that fall obviously fall into that second category, "desirous of immediate results," there's the lace carriage. It's very simple to use, attaches on to your knitting machine, and with the assistance of a punchcard that tells it where to place all the holes, it does all the lace transfers for you. Problem is, you're using a card with finite and limited possibilities. So it ends up looking very mechanical, stiff, robotic, etc. I think it's best if you want to do some lace in a certain section of a garment, but carry on doing something else in other areas. So this week was a little special because instead of designing a lace garment and making it entirely on the machine, I create little samples of lace fabric, and faggoted them together into a bustier top. Now these are the pictures of it in progress, and is the knit of the week. It's a size Large, if you want it to be tight light on the mannequin, otherwise it's a medium, even a small (if you want it to fit a dress to layer on top of other clothes). It does not come with a slip.

oh and as for J. Crew, though I haven't heard anything back, it went something like the Ladytron song "Seventeen."


  1. I can't believe it, someone has already called dibs on this. If you like it, let me know and I try to get one done for you.

  2. Oh I love this! How much would it go for?

  3. Thanks! To be honest, I'm not sure. I was really experimenting when making this piece, so I wasn't really paying attention to time or cost. I think I'm going to put something like this in my collection/summer show so I'll have a better idea of cost then. Off the top of my head it'd probably be around the $100 mark.