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There may be many reasons for knitting female anatomy but I suspect that the reasons for knitting food all ultimately fall under the "because we can" category. Needless to say knitters and crocheters love to show off what they can do and knit and crochet food is very popular. There are whole directories dedicated to knit and crochet food patterns. Though I've observed patterns for knit beets and crocheted coffee with interest, there was something about the sweet simplicty of crocheted cupcake that drew me in.
Guess, I can't call this the baby Kimono anymore. I followed the same Mason-Dixon principals as for the baby kimonos eyeballing the measurements as I went along to make a big-girl version. Some of the details that took this from baby to big-girl include: stockinette, understated crochet trim, straight 3/4 sleeves and seed stitch gores at the sides for a little extra ease and swing.
The fuchsia sequined crocheted bikini. My 5 year old luuvs it. Though it probably wouldn't have taken too long to whip up, I'm happy to have let this one cut the line straight from the realm of possibility to finished object. Anonymous person (people?) of China, we appreciate your efforts.
The taupe cardigan. This is a staple in my summer wardrobe; goes with everything, perfect for covering up bare shoulders at the office and transitioning from smoldering triple digit exteriors to breezy air-conditioned interiors. 35 stitches per inch of taupe stockinette surely is utmost cruelty for even the most die-hard hand-knitter. Thank goodness for the invention of the knitting machine so I can have my taupe cardigan and knit my purple Lush and Lacy cardigan too.
The pink cardigan. This is a slightly special case. I think the way the vertical knit stitches magically slip and knit together (??) to become diagonals at the yoke is pure genius. I love how the simplicity of the stockinette and lone button closure are brilliantly challenged and enhanced by the yoke and eyelet edge trim. I want ot knit one of these in my size (sweater shown is a child's size 5) but I'm not sure if I am clever enough to figure it out.
I'm currently knitting a bigger version (child's size 5) of the baby kimono. This is knitting on the opposite side of the cleverness spectrum. I'm using Cristina Shiffman's concept of the one-piece baby kimono and brutishly modifying it to a bigger size. My current version has three quarter sleeves (at the request of the recipient), a stockinette body and slightly odd proportions in the slope of the neckline and width of the body, due to my refusal to spend even 5 minutes doing some math before casting on. Pictures to follow.
the results of my recent experiments in the kitchen (yarn was involved)
I proudly present red cabbage and onion skins (freed at last from the zip-lock bag in the closet):
In the end the yarn emerges transformed. See red cabbage (lower left) and Onion-skin dyed yarn (lower right) shown with Turmeric (upper left) and … can you guess what produced the creamy golden brown?
I know it would be better if it were there, but it will get there eventually. Meanwhile, I’m not sure if it needs some tweaking first. It was supposed to look like this:
But I thought the ruffles on the sleeve were a little odd and over-the-top. I’m having a little trouble getting the buttons to lie as well and provide as much closure as they do in the picture lying relatively flat. I know there is a bit of peak-a-boo space in the original as well, but am not sure if the whole double button thing is working. Maybe I should stick with buttons on one side and have them go all the way down? I love the lace flowing out of the pockets, and on the back and on down the sleeves. But there is something a little shrunken about the whole thing that worries me a little (even though I knit the size large, but large in L.A. may be a relative term) This may the sort of cardigan that is mostly worn open. Or lovingly stored in the closet as a momento of my affection. That’s OK too. I promise to send the needlework birthing doll (and knit uterus) soon. Much love, Mom Jr.