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Thursday, June 28, 2007

What a Girl Wants, What a Girl Needs...

Me oh my
Nothing tastes sweet, wet, salty and dry
all at once o well it's pie
an' wet bottom.
Come to your place everyday if you've got em'
Me o my
I love pie

- Andie McDowell in the movie "Michael"

OK. I've been a good girl. I've waited patiently. I haven't lynched my mail delivery person or even emailed Chameleon Colorworks to find out what the friggin' delay is.

I heard project spectrum was all about red and black this summer. I noticed the annual increase in flag waving and bunting bearing, all in patriotic shades of red, white, and blue as we drew closer to Independence Day. I sighed...

And checked the mail again.

No black cherry laceweight.

A person can only take so much.

Am I right?

After weeks of anticipation, I could take it no longer. I wanted, I Craved, I NEEDED:

cherry pie.

And I needed it B-A-A-D!

I went stash diving, in search of something, anything to help me get my cherry fix. Came up with three skeins of Handmaiden lace silk that were too lightweight for the project they were intended for.

Found this pattern in Nora Gaughan's Knitting Nature.

It calls for a gauge of single strand on ones of nine stitches to an inch. Double strand on size five needles yields seven to an inch. Wound one up and swatched. Perfect. At both gauges.

Now I know what you're thinking.

How is that totally embarrassing belly baring top going to look on a fifty year old goddess woman?

Not to worry. I am adding two and a half inches onto the length so my rolls of fat pleasantly plump stomachs don't show.

Sat down last night and cast on. By this afternoon I had enough done to tell whether it was working or not.

Oh yeah, it's working!

This is the band that lies at the bottom of the main body of the garment. After seaming, you take a single strand of the lace silk, pick up, and knit the fractal pieces along the bottom in garter stitch.

The shine is fabulous; the drape is luscious; the color shifts so subtly between crimson and berry, you almost think you must have imagined it.

The knitting gods have smiled on me.

Because sometimes a girl just needs pie...

a la mode!


margene said...

Yummmmm, pie!

Carie @ Space for the Butterflies said...

my mouth is actually watering - what wonderful colours and such a pretty top - I too love Knitting Nature - it makes wonderful eye candy if nothing else!

La Cabeza Grande said...

Cheery cherry, Chica! Love the inviting sheen of the Handmaiden fiber.

Btw, there's a new Flickr group dedicated to showcasing yarn posed as food called Fiberlicious. Your cherry pie totally fits the bill:

Rachel said...

you made me smile today and that's what I knew I'd get visiting your blog! Thanks for sharing your humor (not to mention the very cool top you are working on!)...

Lisa said...

Now that is my kind of pie!

Opal said...

Mmm. Fiberlicious.

Michelle said...

yummy! My mouth is watering! Your yarn stash doesn't look too bad, but it does feel good to clean out every so often. Could lead to some guilt-free major restashing. :-) 2010 for me!

Zarzuela said...

LOL! Great post! You've definitely found a good solution to your pie needs. :)