Saturday, November 17, 2012

Process

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The fairytale jacket begins to come together.  Here’s the bodice so far.  It looks like in the original, Sidsel joined these as she went, but I decided to do a slip stitch crochet together at the wrong side, mainly because I couldn’t get the join-as-you-go to look neat enough.  I joined them in columns first, then across the rows, going the other way.  It took all day.  I had to get all zen about it.  I watched about seventy hours of local news, over and over hearing the story of the abrupt end of Hostess, thinking, wait, what? Was there any warning?  Why haven’t I been eating more of those weirdly awesome orange cupcakes?  I kind of hate to think about a future without Twinkies in it.  Anyway.  So that’s how I ameliorated the tedium of a bazillion hours of joining teeny squares together. 

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I built the back and two fronts separately, then gave the pieces a good blast with the steam iron, which made these raised seams lie down and behave.  Then I crocheted the side and shoulder seams together the same way, and blasted those, too.  Next, I’ll add a few rows of single crochet around the bottom edge and then, switching to knitting, pick up stitches and start working down towards the hem. 

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And if I see a Twinkie today, I’m going to buy it. 

33 comments:

  1. Your vest is looking lovely.
    Enjoy those Twinkies while you can.

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  2. I'm totally in love with this jacket!! beautiful.

    groetjes, Gerda

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  3. Kristen, this is simply spectacular - fantastic work.
    Best wishes
    Karen
    xx

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  4. It's looking really good Kirsten as I knew it would....Hope you find some Twinkies!!! Shari

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  5. Kristen, it is lovely! I think that is a very hard job... right? Congratulations for your work, it is very, very nice...

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  6. It looks perfect. Why not stop right there?

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  7. it looks great so far! it seems like so much work but I'm sure it's going to be more than worth it in the end!

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  8. I bought the cupcakes with the squiggle on top yesterday : ) Your sweater is going to be amazing!
    Looks like the tedious hard part is over. I bet you can knit the rest in your sleep. Can't wait to see it!

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  9. I can't eat sugar, but if I could I would go buy tons of hostess yummies, gosh remember fruit pies? And twinkies....what kind of world will it be without those? Love, love, love your sweater so far. Before you were my knitting idol and now you are my crochet idol, too.
    Meredith

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  10. It's beautiful! And it is going to be a delight to wear! Worth every tedious joining-seam minute! E x

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  11. Wow Beautiful! I can't wait to see the finished jacket!

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  12. Oh dear I don't know what a Twinkie is! The jacket is going to look stunning when its finished. xxx

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  13. You must have the patience of a saint but the time you have spent so far is worth every second. It is looking fabulous.

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  14. It's going to look amazing! It's already looking very cute and cosy!
    Carly
    x

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  15. You have the patience of a saint Kristen, my goodness I think I would have lost it after a couple of hours :o) It's looking beautiful as ever and I shall look forward to the FO. Many thanks by the way for your tip regarding the steam iron, it helps so much and take a lot of the trouble out of blocking. My blanket was finished a couple of nights ago, all it needs is a good old steam ironing before blogging xox Penelope

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  16. Your jacket is GORGEOUS so far! What a genius you are to figure this all out! I too was totally caught off guard about the Hostess news - what's a world without Twinkies?!
    Smiles, DianeM

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  17. It's already lovely in its vest-like appearance. Whatever you do next is just gonna make it that much more beautiful. I used to whip stitch everything but then learned about the single stitch for joining, but then the backside looks kinda messy especially when making a blanket. I stopped the baby blanket I was making for that reason. Not sure where I'll go with it now. Hope your day is great! Tammy

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  18. We are watching the development of this cardi/jacket! Can't wait to see it.

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  19. That is undoubtedly a unique piece of art ! You are one very clever lady. I can't wait to see the finished article which I will then wish to covet with all my heart!and of course, you just HAVE to call her 'Twinkie'!

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  20. After weeks focused on celebrating my youngest daughter's wedding I have so enjoyed catching up on your posts, Kristen! As I looked at the photos of your walk in the woods with your cute hubby, I was reminded of all the wonderful years I lived in upstate NY. My youngest daughter was born in Kingston, NY and we lived in Saugerties for 15 years. My daughter contacted a friend in Saugerties who sent her some sand and then her fiance got some sand from the Sandy River here in OR. During the wedding ceremony they each poured their sand together into a special display bowl. The area around you looks very similar to our area out here. Your latest stitching projects each inspire me. Thanks for posting. [My last college roommate used to keep an emergency supply of Twinkies stashed in her closet:)] xx from Gracie

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  21. haha, twinkies! that is sad news, although i haven't seen one since elementary school. loving your progress so far, what an heirloom this is going to be.

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  22. Kristen, it is looking SOOO good!!! You have pulled it all together in what seems like no time to me (I wasn't there with the hook flashing in and out of the yarn through hours of news though, now was I?)I can't wait to see the finished product (You make me want one!).

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  23. Oh so pretty. I really need to get going on my crochet skills.

    Fret not abut the Twinkies....I heard this morning on the news that another company is sure to buy them up.

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  24. I love making GSqs....this is going to be a lovely sweater...

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  25. Your sweater is absolutely beautiful!! :0)

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  26. Hello Kristen,

    I love it, but i cant find the pattern on Ravelry. How do i find it please?

    Thanks Susan xxx

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    1. Hi Susan,

      According to the designer, this pattern is only available in print, and in Norwegian. Which is why I'm figuring it out myself as I go. :)

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  27. Such pretty sweater! It's going t be wort it all the work when you look marvelous wearing it !

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