Bazinga times two!

bazinga – 1. A catchy phrase to accompany your clever pranks. As popularized by Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory).  2. A short post highlighting something that Emma and Kelly think is freaking fabulous.

It’s been a long time since I’ve written a Bazinga post.  Today, I saw this absolutely gorgeous cardigan design and knew it was time to resurrect the bazinga!  I sent a link to Emma, who was in agreement, so here you are:

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© Alexis Winslow

This is the Tiber cardigan, created by designer Alexis Winslow.  I swear its as if Alexis can read my mind.  I have already knit her beautiful Escher, blogged here, and her very chic Zelda cloche, which I blogged about here.  But with this cardigan it’s like she used a mind sweep on me to find exactly what kind of cardigan I would like.  And then she made it even better:

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© Alexis Winslow

Just as I was about to hit the “publish” button on this post, Brooklyn Tweed released its first Capsule Collection, featuring eight new designs in Brooklyn Tweed yarns by the amazingly talented Olga Buraya-Kefelian.  I adore each and every one of them, but this one took my breath away:

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© Brooklyn Tweed

This is Cusp, a spectacular piece, which is enough to make me change my mind about ponchos.  Like the Tiber cardigan, it should be viewed from all angles:

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So, there you have it folks: a double Bazinga!

 

 

Pattern palpitations

bazinga – 1. A catchy phrase to accompany your clever pranks. As popularized by Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory).  2. A short post highlighting something that Emma and Kelly think is freaking fabulous.

I haven’t done a Bazinga! post in a while.  But this morning, I caught an eyeful of this pattern:

VKEF14_Men_11_medium2Oh, be still my heart!  This is a freaking fabulous pattern.  I love waistcoats and this one is yummy (as is the photo, the styling, the model; what’s not to love here?)  I sent a quick note to Emma: “Do you think this qualifies for a Bazinga?”  “Most definitely,” she replied.

This pattern is designed by the very nice and talented Franklin Habit (I’ve met him so I know whereof I speak).  It’s called the #8 Fitted Waistcoat and is published in the Early Fall 2014 edition of Vogue Knitting.  It’s hot off the presses.  Knitters, get your needles ready!

A knitting flashmob

bazinga – 1. A catchy phrase to accompany your clever pranks. As popularized by Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory).  2. A short post highlighting something that Emma and Kelly think is freaking fabulous.

I love flashmobs.  Today, I came across a link to a knitting flashmob:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pul1Ja8gWBg

I defy you to look at it and not smile.  The accompanying text on youtube says, in part:

“Since 1955, Loes Veenstra has knitted over 550 sweaters and stored them in her home on the 2nd Carnissestraat in Rotterdam. The sweaters have never been worn. Until today. […]  Loes and the fruit of her decades of knitting were ‘discovered’ by Museum Rotterdam. The museum has put her sweaters on display as part of the  exhibition ´Over leven in Carnisse´ (Life in Carnisse), on show until January 18, 2013 in Gemaal op Zuid (Pretorialaan 141, Rotterdam).”

The text also contains links to the exhibition and a book about Loes’ sweaters.

Everyone in the flashmob is wearing one of her handknitted, never-before-worn sweaters.  It is a gallery of styles from the past decades (yes! I remember the 80s!) shown off in style and good cheer.

Sky at Night

bazinga – 1. A catchy phrase to accompany your clever pranks. As popularized by Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory).  2. A short post highlighting something that Emma and Kelly think is freaking fabulous.

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This is the Celestarium Shawl, designed by Audry Nicklin.  (Photos copyright by Jane Heller.)  It is in the latest issue of Twist Collective, a really fabulous online knitting magazine.  When I first saw it, I thought “OK, it’s a pretty shawl,” but as shawls don’t usually capture my attention so much, I flipped right by it.  But I came back to it because it is pretty; I like the round shape, I like the drape, I like the use of beads and eyelets.  I think the yarn is lovely – it is Blue Moon Fiber Arts Seduction in the colour Haida.

But then, I read the description, and, well, it had me:

“Celestarium is an accurate view of the night sky from the North Pole in the form of a pi shawl. Eyelets and beads are used to represent the stars. The center bead represents Polaris.”  [from the Ravelry project page]

This is so cool.  I sent the link to Emma and she agreed – totally cool.  Emma spent part of the summer studying early scientific treatises on the stars for her summer internship, became enthused, and has been studying astronomy at UBC this fall.  We are both geeky enough to think this is an amazing idea for a pattern.

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Doesn’t that just make your heart stop?  Absolutely freaking fabulous.

Let’s knit two of them!

bazinga – 1. A catchy phrase to accompany your clever pranks. As popularized by Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory).  2. A short post highlighting something that Emma and Kelly think is freaking fabulous.

photo © brewerstudios.com

 

Email conversation from yesterday:

Kelly:  I love this!  Do you think it would look good on me?

Emma:  I WANT IT! Let’s knit two of them!

(Parental interjection:  Notice the peculiar use of ‘let’s’ in the preceding sentence.)

photo © brewerstudios.com

 

This is the fabulous Principesa Dress, designed by Sarah Wilson, who blogs as The Sexy Knitter.  It is available in the Spring 2012 edition of the Love of Knitting.