Yarnageddon

Based on a True Sweater

Nov 6, 2005

It's... ALIVE!!

If you were reading my blog this summer, you might remember this thing. The RIP Tee, with its ugly, puffy sleeves, its stupid, prissy picot edging, its half-assed, blotchy overdye job (I actually kind of liked that part)... well, it was unfit to live. I tried a number of times in the last few months to learn to love it, because the fit really was nice, and it was very comfortable, but in the end it was just too frumpula.


Last week, I ripped it out down to the underarms (the lower body was such a nice fit), then I used many, many boxes of cherry Kool-Aid to dye the ripped wool and the lower body to this new, beautiful colour (it was originally the colour of the green central stripe). And now... behold it!




Doing the Rachael:


Dressed up a bit:


Funny story: I'm still not completely used to this camera, and I keep forgetting that when using the timer, the timer button must be pressed before each shot. Hence, I have many photos like this:
(I really liked that one, for some reason.)

One more for good luck:

(I'm sitting on a counter there, hence the odd pose.)
Hey, who's that peeking out from the neckline? Am I... really, really predictable?? Apparently so.

26 Comments:

At 6:43 AM, Blogger jodi said...

Mandy, that is totally gorgeous. I love the way you incorporated a little bit of the original colour in the stripe, and I'm totally going to rip off that awesome neckline opening. With credit, of course.

 
At 9:00 AM, Anonymous indigirl said...

I LOVE it. I LOOOOOOOOVE it!!!!!

 
At 9:04 AM, Anonymous Kristy said...

Cute sweater! I love the colors and it is very flatter. Beautiful!

 
At 10:38 AM, Anonymous sequinK said...

Excellent! So much more flattering than effort #1, and your dye job is great!

 
At 1:45 PM, Blogger Visa Lisa said...

You ARE a genious! I looooooove the color! And that fit on you! I can't wait to hug you and tell you to your face just how inspirational you are and have been to me!

 
At 4:13 PM, Anonymous Esther Budd said...

Looks great Mandy. I love the Cool Aid idea - I have a number of things where that just might be the solution! Hope you are doing well.
Esther

 
At 4:37 PM, Blogger Marybeth said...

Hi Mandy,
My name is Marybeth Welty and I am a college student who is just learning how to knit. I am in a knitting class at school and we are writing a paper about an experienced knitter who has a blog. I came across your blog and i thought it was very interesting so i have a few questions for you, if you are willing to answer. Here they go:
1) How do you define yourself and your relationship to knitting?
2) Has your knitting changed throughout the years with new technologies (yarns etc)? What role does fashion play into your knitting?
3) Do you knit for pleasure or is there an element of production involved? Do you sell your products?

I think thats all of the questions i have right now, but any advice or feedback you could give me would be so much appreciated!!! Thanks a lot!!!

 
At 5:55 PM, Blogger Danielle said...

That looks great. I like the new color and the smashing neck line.

Great job. WOW!

 
At 1:08 AM, Anonymous Leigh said...

Wow, that's so much sexier than version one. I really like the rib detail on the sleeve.

 
At 5:15 AM, Anonymous jacey said...

wowsa! it looks way better, and more than that, it's super lovely. Also, lookit those tattoos!

 
At 5:36 AM, Blogger Steph said...

Mandy, the sweater is FAB. You're such a great designer! *insert applause and roar of the crowd here*

 
At 6:19 AM, Blogger Lolly said...

Love it, Mandy! It looks great on you! I really love the neckline and the way it fits. Perfecto ;)

 
At 9:02 AM, Anonymous Amber said...

A Totally excellent sweater, that looks amazing on you!

 
At 10:16 AM, Blogger Karen said...

I know it's been said a few times already, but that neckline is hot :)

 
At 2:21 PM, Anonymous Shawn said...

Mandy!
Hi, I haven't looked at your site in a long long time. I'm sorry. I know, Bad me, bad sister.
I just pulled up your site to show to a friend of mine and so she could see your picture. She said you're really pretty.

I love you and I can't wait to see you at Christmas.
Love,
Shawnee

 
At 8:54 PM, Blogger Allison said...

LOVE the way it finally turned out - congrats! :)

 
At 8:14 AM, Anonymous Ande said...

Love it!

 
At 12:18 PM, Blogger Brenda said...

bravo!! it looks extra-sharp with the white shirt:)

 
At 8:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i haven't dropped by in awhile but as usual your projects look amazing... and YOU'RE LOOKING AWESOME AS WELL!!!!!! Happy Anniversary to you and Zak!
-Kelly

 
At 7:38 AM, Anonymous Belinda said...

Love the colour, love the neckline, love the hair!

 
At 5:06 PM, Blogger jennifer said...

love love LOVE it!!!!

 
At 2:32 PM, Blogger Amy Boogie said...

I love it - that is just gorgeous! As are you - you're lookin' good :)

 
At 12:11 PM, Blogger Alison said...

Oh, you are SO cute! So is this sweater. I love the shape of it, LOVE the neckline, love the sleeves, love the colour(s). Woot!

 
At 12:43 PM, Blogger Dani said...

Girl, you have skillz! I would have just ripped the whole sweater out or given it away.

 
At 9:44 AM, Blogger Yarngirl said...

I really, really love that Tee - was it your own design? Or can you point me in the direction of that pattern - it's so flattering and I think I have to have one!!

 
At 8:26 AM, Blogger Rachael said...

A very cute series of photos. I love how you reworked this sweater from the original.

 

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