Saturday, April 2, 2011

Day Six: Knitting and Crochet Blog Week

Today's post for Blog Week is "Something you aspire to."

When I consider what knitting skill I simultaneously want to accomplish and of which I am terribly, horribly, and completely afraid, I immediately know the answer.

I want to knit myself a gorgeous, Bohus cardigan.  With steeks.  That fits me.  And is gorgeous.  And is a sweater I will wear forever.

If you have no idea what I'm talking about, click here, then choose Bohus Stickning along the top to visit one of the official sites on the subject, which is in Swiss (I think).

There's interesting history associated with these sweaters, but there's a good chance that if you cared you'd already know about it.  If you'd like to learn more, I recommend the book Poems of Color by Wendy Keele.  Bohus sweaters knit at a very fine gauge (think tiny needles and skinny yarn), and you use lots of different colors in the same row.  They're knit with fuzzy yarn so there's a halo effect and the colors blend into one another.

I personally don't love the cardigans that have the design all the way down the front, but you can knit a pullover and turn it into a cardigan.

How is this possible?  You can do this BY CUTTING YOUR KNITTING.  Seriously.  This can't be overemphasized:  You CUT YOUR KNITTING.  Cut it.  With scissors.

It boggles my mind.  I believe I will try it at some point.  I'm just not quite ready.  Until then, I will continue to visit the website and the ravelry project pages of those who have knit these, and I will be amazed.

1 comment:

  1. Actually it's Swedish, and somehow, it does sound scary, and incredible that I went through a period in my youth when I thought nothing of sewing, cutting and knitting such sweaters. Never did one for myself... gifts for the men in my life. They all sit unused, and I'm unable to part with them... But why don't I cut them again and make them for me??? Maybe I will! YOU're BRILLIANT!