Tuesday, January 15, 2008

El Fin

My first finished object of the year is done, and I couldn't be more amused.


That's right, it's the ever-so-bandwagonish Ice Queen.

The pattern description says you'll feel like a movie star wearing it.

I feel more like:


* A scared turtle

* A frizzy haired freak

* Someone who wanted a knitted piece that accentuated her double chin

* An uncircumsized penis

But never fear, it also doubles as a really shitty, floppy neck warmer.


And if I ever want to post my Manifesto on YouTube, I can wear it to keep myself anonymous.


Overall I give this pattern an A+ for enjoyment to knit, but an F- minus in personal wearability.

The details:

Pattern: Ice Queen from Winter Knitty 2007

Needles: US 8

Yarn: Taiga Yarn's Peacock Feathers--50% merino and 50% goat down in the color "Icy Water." They've since "discontinued" Peacock Feathers. I say this because they're still selling it--just under the name Bohemian.

I can't say enough wonderful things about this yarn. It was WONDERFUL to knit with. It's super soft, it gives a similar halo effect that mohair does, and it's easy to frog, unlike true mohair. Plus it's cheap--$4.95 for 246 yards. I still have a few ozs. left!

Modifications: I didn't do the picot bind off on either end. I thought it looked ragged and uneven. doing a normal bind off gave the hood/wimple/smokering a nice taughtness to the face end. I can't imagine how much more moronic I would have looked had it been limp and bunchy with the picot bind off.

Like I said, this was fun to knit, but if you're a project knitter and not a process knitter, and you don't think lacy smokering/wimple/hoods are for you, keep on moving. I learned my lesson.

But if the Sisters of Perpetual Weirdness ever hold a recruiting drive, I'll be ready!




Blogger Amy said...

But...but...it clearly has so many practical uses...

7:38 AM  
Blogger Connie said...

I think it turned out lovely - I have been tempted - but like you I don't think that I would wear it much if at all.

7:43 AM  
Blogger Poops said...

You know, it's a lovely piece of knitting, but I'm with you. Not at all practical from my perspective. It's cold up here, and that's just not going to keep me warm. And I don't need to feel like a movie star--I'm a princess. I wear my invisible tiara at all times.

I'm just astounded you knit something so bandwagon-y. Boggles my mind, really.

Sorry you didn't get any snow. We got another foot yesterday. It's pretty again! I'll be snow dancing for you and Chunky!

7:59 AM  
Blogger Brena said...

It does look gorgeous. I'd wondered about the wearability when I first saw it in Knitty, but what do I know about what people wear in the cold? NADA.

8:39 AM  
Blogger Tactless Wonder said...

Hmmm, if it were bunchier then you could use it as a smoke ring...alas and alak...but at least it was fun to knit!

We have a crunchy layer of ice/snow this morning...commuting to work will be ever so enjoyable...(drip, drip, goes the sarcasm).

I'll try to send our icy cold weather your way, if it helps.

8:40 AM  
Blogger janna said...

It's beautiful, and I wear my lace smokering a lot. On really cold mornings (like today-- it's 4(!!!) right now, so was colder while I was bus-waiting 45 minutes ago), I do pull it up over my face. It's like one of those mask things, but prettier.

Anyway -- it's all in the attitude...

8:48 AM  
Blogger Beverly said...

My first thought upon seeing that pattern was that it wasn't very practical, use-wise. I'm glad to have someone confirm that thought. Sure is pretty, though.

8:50 AM  
Blogger Ina said...

Ooh, purty, and so versatile, too!

8:57 AM  
Blogger The Curly Knitter said...

Love it and love the last picture of you modeling it. So angelic. ;)

8:59 AM  
Blogger Macoco said...

Oh you are definitely ready to enter the sisterhood. I like it as a neck warmer the best.

9:19 AM  
Blogger Nadine said...

I was considering this as my first lace project. But you're so right. When would I ever wear it? I do beleive I might try something else.

And the alternate uses: Thank God I wasn't drinking anything or I would be drying off my keyboard.

9:46 AM  
Blogger Magatha said...

The stitch pattern, the yarn and beads would make a great scarf.

I've always thought of you as nun-like Bez. ;)

10:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AS I climb back on my ball to make comment...I like it. Have you ever thought of wearing it like a decorative scarf? If it is not going to keep you warm pair it with a crew neck shirt and wear it instead of a necklace. It will dress up a t-shirt and jeans outfit real nice. Love, Mom

10:26 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

It's really nice ya know. But id it's not your thing, well, you got to knit it! Love the last photo~you so funny! Shall we call you Sister Bezzie of Our Lady of Perpetual Meanderings?

10:36 AM  
Blogger knottygnome said...

ooh, you have jowls! you are now officially the Jowliest Knitter I know.

how is the warmth of the yarn? is it itchy like mohair?

10:37 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

The onlu wimples I like are really big. So they wind up looking more like a hood. Maybe I'll try it with some stash yarn...if my elbow ever heals up!

10:52 AM  
Blogger weezalana said...

You mean you weren't going for the uncircumsized penis look?

Then yarn is so purty and fluffy! Mohair makes me itch like mad, I wonder if goat down would be more tolerable? Hmmm...

11:05 AM  
Blogger IrishgirlieKnits said...

Regardless, it looks fabulous!! And the post, priceless.

11:36 AM  
Blogger T. Budnik said...

I got 3-4" of snow overnight. I'd say it's sleddable. Haha!


11:45 AM  
Blogger Sherry W said...

I really think it looks fine, but if it's not for you it's not!

12:52 PM  
Blogger Jo said...

It looks lovely on you!

PS - it's snowing here now!

1:34 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

You did a great job on it Sister Bezzie...despite its lack of usefulness.

1:54 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

It looks lovely, even if you never wear it.

2:46 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Scared turtle be damned, it's purty. If it were practical it wouldn't be fashionable. ;)

4:39 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

MmmHmmm, you are one sexy turtle.

Maybe you ought to close up the top and make it an impractical hat?

5:45 PM  
Blogger turtlegirl76 said...

Scared turtles are so underrated.

7:24 PM  
Blogger Dame Wendy said...

That came out fantastic! Maybe not wearable but fantastic. :)

7:44 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

What would the manifesto be? The beading looks pretty.

8:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

An uncircumcised, *fluffy*, and *blue* penis.

Run. Run faster.


11:03 PM  
Blogger cpurl17 said...

Could you pull it down over your chest and wear it as a peek a boo tube top?

12:24 AM  
Blogger Tammy said...

It is gorgeous, but it gets cold here in MI so I need the warmth.
Too bad about the no-show for snow, we got 1 1/2 inches yesterday morning, I'd send it your way if that were possible.

6:17 AM  
Anonymous Necia said...

Ok, your last pose is hilarious. Rofl. Whose your photographer? I wouldn't be able to get one decent shot with you, lol. I love how it looks, even though it doesn't serve too much a purpose for ya. Sorry about that. And, yes that yarn looks amazing.

9:20 AM  
Blogger Dkswife said...

You crack me up. I love how it turned out!!!, and you look lovely in it!

8:15 AM  
Blogger The Soapy Knitter said...

you fucking crack me up!! LOL it looks GREAT!!! you can SOOO pull it off!

9:19 AM  

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