Monday, July 09, 2007

Ripe Tomato


It's time for the Tomato unveiling.

But guess what? I literally just realized that I effed up the boobie band.

I am SO pissed!


What's on the boobie band?


It was SUPPOSED to be Morse code for TIT.

But stupid me, it should be dash-dot-dot-dash. Not dash-dot-dash.

Ugh. I swear I cannot do math!

But! How's this for a silver lining?

What my Tomato boobie band really has is a series of K's around it.

Check it out:


Ok, close enough to K for me.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it!

Since I'm not a part of the the Illuminati Ravelrati, I shall now regale you with the details.

Pattern: Tomato by Wendy Bernard, originally found in No Sheep For You by Amy Singer.

Yarn: 3 and a smidge balls of TLC Cotton Plus in Lavender. The boobie band color is cream. I love this yarn. Sooooo much nicer (and cheaper per yard!) than Lion Brand Cotton Ease in my opinion. You can't even tell you're knitting with cotton when you knit with TLC Cotton Plus. I only wish I was getting a kickback for constantly extolling the virtues of this yarn.

Needles: US 8 and 7.

Modifications: Obviously the boobie band. I wasn't about to knit little Texasses all over my breasts. Oh hell no! I knit a few more rounds on the sleeve ribbing than called for and less rounds on the neck ribbing than called for. I also modified the neck so that it didn't scoop so low as the pattern offered instructions.

Thoughts: I enjoyed this knit. It was very fast and I love the way it hugs my incredibly wide hips. I am officially in love with top-down sweaters after this and Bad Penny. If I were to knit it again, I might let the neck scoop a little lower. I also think that I would have put a different collar on the neck. Maybe a 1X1 rib? Of course I would then put a 1X1 rib on the bottom and sleeves so everything matched if I did that.

So there you have it.

And just think, you didn't even have to wait three months for an invite so you could take pictures of your stash and stack up a bunch of projects that you know you'll never knit, but they're pretty and you feel pressured to have a long-ass list because everyone else does, which in the end would make you feel completely overwhelmed by your pastime and guilty about not donating to a service that vows to stay free yet wouldn't mind if you threw a few bucks their way, to read about this sweater. (Oh, that was mean of me. I should be more Harloty and think before I type huh? It's all tongue in cheek in case the typed word doesn't translate as well as the spoken. I'm sure Rivalry is a very nice place to be.)

It's a shame that the stifling heat of 100+ degrees here in the armpit of America will prevent me from wearing this sweater for a while!!!

Stay cool Comrades!

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Blogger Donna Lee said...

I love your tomato (official fruit of the garden state). It looks nice in the lavender color. I really like the pattern and think I will try it, if I ever get around to making anything for myself! I don't understand ravelry. Are there really that many people out there who can't keep track of their stuff? Sad, very sad.

6:26 PM  
Blogger Penny Karma said...

Well done, you! I'm proud of you and your lavender tomato.

I pronounce it to-MAH-to, just to sound pretentious.

6:33 PM  
Blogger Carina said...

What is it in computer programming code? It might be something there. It's a lovely sweater, and I really like the band. Very nice.

I agree on Ravelry. I just can't make myself ask to join it yet. Heck, I'm still getting the blog thing down.

7:08 PM  
Blogger Magatha said...

You're killing me here!<--best North Jersey accent

You so funny! Your Tomater is loverly! I love the absolutely on purpose! "K"s about the boob. You did good.

Meanwhile, I still haven't cast on. I resist. (I've been working on some Borg related jokes for my favorite 'collective' to needle.)

7:14 PM  
Blogger T. Budnik said...



7:20 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Looks great!

7:41 PM  
Anonymous Rosi G. said...

It looks great! I must try that TLC.

One thing tho: someone lied to you.

Who the HELL told you that you have really wide hips??? Want me to send you a pic of my secretary spread?

7:50 PM  
Blogger roxy =^o^= said...

Your Tomato looks beautiful! AND TOTAL PROPS for the tit morse code LOL

Wear it proudly!

7:57 PM  
Blogger Zonda said...

Tit's up!! hehe..ahem..I mean great job! Still chuckling here! It looks super on you!! Don't know what hips youse talkin' bout though! (my pretend jersey accent!) Excellent knitting and I must try that yarn!

8:15 PM  
Blogger Brena said...

That looks fantastic on you! And thanks for the head's up on the Cotton Plus... all I can think about knitting right now is cotton.

8:50 PM  
Blogger janna said...

Tomato is beautiful! And it's hilarious that you ended up with Ks all around....

9:23 PM  
Blogger Andey Layne said...

Puh-leeze. Wide hips my ass. (Actually, there are some wide hips attached to my ass, but that's beside the point.)
The sweater is beeootiful, and I love the boobie band. And that plant is getting ridiculously huge.

I'm waiting not-very-patiently for my ravelry invite. It's a mix of knitting and technology, what could be better? Yeah, I'm sorta pathetic. Oh well. Such is life.

10:17 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I love your Tomato. I totally agree now that Houndstooth checks look like mini Texasses and I too would not use those as a design element!

However I'll tell ya my opinion and I know you'll respect it :P. Ravelry really isn't hard to use or bad, or competitive. And yeah, I like it, and I'm on it...but no, I'm not all "OMG its teh bestest ting evah!!!". is a cool tool, and useful, and isn't making me organize myself more or less. To me, it really compliments everything else I already do, and that is a good thing.

10:28 PM  
Blogger Stacie said...

just the fact that you know morse code is good enough for me, and that you considered it for a knitting project. I have completed one EMS sock, just wait for the unveiling!

11:01 PM  
Blogger IrishgirlieKnits & PashyKnits said...

I just love it!! Great job Bezzie!! You look fabulous in it too! Okay, I really need to pick up my poor tomato that has been sitting in WIP-land forever now. And I love that it was going to spell TIT...can't we just say it does? Seriously, whose gonna challenge the morse code?? hehehe

11:19 PM  
Anonymous OLPP said...


11:23 PM  
Blogger Tactless Wonder said...


I have to agree with the rest, your hips? Not so much on the Wide Load side of the spectrum, if at all. It's all a matter of perspective and body issues or something, but the tape measure sure hasn't been lying at casa de tactless. I really wish it would some days...

1:24 AM  
Anonymous birdie said...

"I wasn't about to knit little Texasses all over my breasts. Oh hell no!"

Actually it's pronounced "Oh hell to the no!" Keep practicing!

That sweater is super cute. It looks really good on you! I see you're cramping on Mom and my purple style, though. It's okay, I'll just wear more green. ;P

1:40 AM  
Blogger Guro said...

Awsome Tomato! I hope Theresa sees this and shows it to her husband, he's a morse code expert of some kind. Maybe he can read some really cook message there? I think I might make tomato sometime too, after seing yours and realiceing I coul alter the band to have a hidden message too. Anyone know how to write tits in Viking rune?

1:58 AM  
Blogger Cheesy Knit Wit said...

Stunning Kaye....very well done. Oh now, I only have two things qued in my Ravelry notebook, but I am a one project at a time person!

We do not have TLC Cotton Plus in my neck of the woods. I would love to give it a whirl. Maybe on my vacation I can find some, not at a LYS I am sure, but maybe a Walmart. Hee hee. My souvenier yarn will be TLC Cotton Plus! LMAO That would be so like me!

Again, simply beautiful!

4:24 AM  
Blogger turtlegirl76 said...

I love it! According to your chart it's a bunch of little R's and K's, which I think is very appropriate,no? Absolutely love it. You did a fabulous job on it! Perfect fit!

5:56 AM  
Blogger Alisha said...

I love it and it looks fab on you!!!

I am with ya in the whole Ravewrly thing......the whole having to be accepted in rubs me the wrong way. How highschool is that for God sake. It is like a cult LOL I bet there is a mothership LOL

6:34 AM  
Blogger Macoco said...

The top looks nice on you - very flattering. The morse code was very clever and the resulting pattern is pretty.

6:55 AM  
Blogger Amby said...

Oooooh, the Tomato is GORGEOUS! Love it!!!

I think the angry knitting psychos are the ones making all Ravelry fans look know, the ones with entitlement issues who send the site designers nasty e-mails DEMANDING to know when they'll receive their invite, and accusing them of keeping people in the dark. It makes me want to deliver virtual's still a freakin' beta site! And it's free! URGH!!!

That said, I am a total Franklin Covey whore, so I'm absolutely loving it...anything that is an organization tool is right up my alley.

7:05 AM  
Blogger Avrienne said...

My hip measurement is 6" bigger than my bust. Your hips, they are not soo biiiiiiig.

But the 'mater is certainly cute on you, and I'm 100% on the TLC bandwagon with you. I made my wedding sweater out of it!

7:32 AM  
Anonymous Melissa said...

It looks great on you, Bezzie! I have yet to get my hands on TLC cotton-plus, as I can't find anyone who sells it locally. Bother.

I like Ravelry. I totally agree, though, when I heard the name I tried to decide if it was a play off of Revelry or Rivalry. Haha. Seriously, though, people, the wait list is just that - a wait list - not an 'OMG let's sift through and see who we want in our club' list. If you want in, get on the list, wait, and you'll get in.

(And if you want to know what Ravelry is really good for - it's the gallery I always wished I had, where people can comment (like a blog! But better than when I tried to make a gallery), as well as a giant database of yarn, projects, finished objects, etc. Before I cast on for Hedera I looked at everyone else who had made it, saw what yarns they'd used, what needle size other people had used for the yarn I was using, if anyone had any problems they wanted to comment on. It's also great for finding what other people have made with yarn you have, finding more patterns by the same designer, yarn subs, eratta, etc. I don't use it to organize: I use it to replace frustrated Googling to get practical info. (And searching for blogs full of knitting. Now I go from the knitters to their blogs!)

I'll be quiet now. It's very nice though.

7:34 AM  
Blogger Poops said...

No Ravelry for me either. I have so many projects in the queue/on the needles/ready to be photographed at any one time that I'd crash their motherboards. And their fatherboards wouldn't look so hot either.

I love your Tomato! (Here's a secret...or it will be until I blog about it later...yours in the first Tomato that makes me want to make one for myself. Shhh.)

Off to find some TLC cotton plus. Now I'm just plain curious.

7:42 AM  
Blogger buttercup said...

Love your Tomato!!! It came out great. I cast on again on Sunday after tearing mine out.

On the Ravelry thing... It's the one big database thing that I love about it. Plus I'm really bad at remembering where I saw which pattern so it helps.

8:04 AM  
Blogger sgeddes said...

I think that is going to be the best tomato of the season! I love the idea of the morse code all around the boobs. Great idea! I would have never guessed that in a million years.

The color looks wonderful.

9:27 AM  
Blogger The Fluffy Ewe said...

Faboo job! I'm one of those morons that would have never figured out that the boobie band was morse code. Lol And youmos def do NOT have wide hips, I own that category hands down.

Im waiting for my ravelry invite to come too. I even check my spam box for added insurance.

9:29 AM  
Blogger bradyphrenia said...

it looks quite comfortable, and the color is very nice on you. i should really try this Cotton Plus you speak so highly of.

10:09 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

HMm, looks to me more like N N N N N: -.-.-.-.
But whatever.
K would be -.- -.- -.-

Love the result! When you get into September and the weather breaks, you'll get a lot of wear out it.

10:37 AM  
Blogger LilKnitter said...

Bezzie! You're a hottie! I've never seen a really good picture of you, and you're just adorable! And the sweater is darling on you, really.

(I'm not ready to jump on the Ravelry bandwagon yet, either. I had a hard enough time with blogging and facebook, I'm not ready for something else.)

10:58 AM  
Blogger weezalana said...

Great job on your Tomato! (Sorry, penny, I mean toMAHto.) The lavender is gorgeous on you, too!

Morse code - LOL! I wonder how many Marines will try to read your boobs now?

12:14 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Looks great! I love that you thought to use morse code!

12:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh! The cat is out of the bag!!! I love tthe way it looks on you!!! As for your big hips I know where you got them!! Love, Mom

1:05 PM  
Blogger maryannlucy said...

A tomato AND a potato - well done, your tomato looks really good. The boobie band is funny - what a great idea

1:22 PM  
Blogger knitty_kat said...

ha ha ha!! It could be "N' or even "A" for the band, either way it was a cool idea. Looks great and really, ravelry engrossment is all perspective. I'm in, but it's really not all that big a deal. Really!

12:33 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

Tomato looks great!

And I am unqualified to comment re: Ravelry because I haven't taken much time to figure out if I want to belong to it, but I don't spend all that much time thinking about knitting anyway.

I think the mistake was in letting in so many "beta testers"... it's not much of a test if they're adding people every day is it?

3:43 PM  
Blogger The Curly Knitter said...

Love the tomato! I'm happy to hear the TLC worked out well. It is much more affordable than some other yarns I was thinking of...does it pill at all or does it wash/wear well too?
Anywho, I thought the morse code idea was just brilliant. You really do rock. And, Ravelry...I love it. It's a total time suck, but it does have some great use for me in keeping my list of things I want to eventually knit online and to see how others made out with patterns. It's something where you can take what you want from it. It's not for everyone though and that's ok too!

8:20 PM  
Blogger cpurl17 said...

I'm been AFK but wanted to say that your sweater is fabulous!

12:09 PM  
Blogger Sssarahevt said...

That is a rocking sweater!! It looks smashing on you and the morse code is just so dorky-cool I could squeeee!

3:49 PM  
Anonymous Connie said...

I love your sweater! It turned out great. I like your neckline as well - the original design would not look very good on me...maybe I should consider this pattern?? You finished it so quickly! I also enjoyed your rant post that you deleted. Go ahead and rant, this is your blog.

8:33 PM  
Blogger Rain said...

That is one very fortuitous mistake! The knitting gods were definitely smiling on you for that one - I have been amusing myself with things it could have said though!

It looks fab on you and I'm a big fan of the colour. Wide hips my arse! Behave yourself.

3:11 PM  
Anonymous Kim said...

I'm on ravelry but I think it risks stifling creativity. I'm still thinking about the implications. Thanks for your skepticism.

11:43 PM  
Blogger Starfish said...

The sweater really came out great. OF course you would put TIT on there, what else? And I'm so with you on the ravelry thing...don't get it at all.

9:59 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Keep in mind, the boobie band could also say AAAAAAA!!

6:45 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

That looks really nice! I don't know HOW I missed it! K?

12:37 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Your tomato looks great and you look happy wearing it!

I love how you spelled ravelry incorrectly at the end. haha. Taking a stab at the harlot. love it.

1:04 PM  

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