Imagining Origami—and Philately

The new issue of Interweave Knits was waiting for me when I got home from Melissa’s yesterday. I am fantasizing about knitting this cardigan.
orange cardigan and model
Pluses:
• obviously comfy
• can be worn loosely or tightly depending on the weather
• interesting enough that it could work as a wardrobe staple for years (I think)
• v-neck (my most flattering neckline)

Minuses:
• not quite sure I understand how to put the pieces together (but I imagine I could figure that out once they’re knit up)
• 1200± yards of worsted weight yarn
• big chunks of stockingette
• the would-it-work-with-my-short-roundish-figure? question.

Of course, the fact that the sample is knit in orange doesn’t hurt—as far as I’m concerned, orange has always been the new black. It would have lovely drape in a bamboo yarn, but buying that kind of yardage could break the bank.

Any opinions?

And in breaking news…
” In 2007, the U.S. Postal Service will warm up for the holidays by issuing Holiday Knits, four stamps featuring classic winter-time imagery designed and machine knitted by nationally known illustrator Nancy Stahl. These beautiful stamps consist of a dignified stag, a snow-dappled evergreen tree, a perky snowman sporting a top hat, and a whimsical teddy bear.

“In recent years, knitting has become quite popular again, both in the United States and internationally. Inspired by traditional Norwegian sweaters and knitted Christmas stockings, Stahl decided on ‘something cozy’ for this year’s holiday stamp issuance. She used a computer software program to draw her original designs and convert them to stitches and rows. Then she downloaded the information to an electronic knitting machine and used it to knit her creations. The machine’s smaller stitch gauge didn’t provide quite the effect Stahl was hoping to achieve. So she transferred the designs onto punch cards and used a different knitting machine that works something like an old Jacquard loom and has a larger stitch gauge. Stahl scanned the finished pieces into her computer and retouched the photographic images to ensure that all the stitches aligned properly. The result is a set of four colorful and “cozy” stamps that will add an extra touch of warmth to seasonal correspondence.”

Holiday knitting stamps, for 2007

Now how about some handknits for next year?

May 07 2007 05:08 pm | Uncategorized

One Response to “Imagining Origami—and Philately”

  1. Anne Martin on 10 May 2007 at 4:22 pm #

    Very cute stamps – thanks for sharing them. I also think the cardigan is gorgeous! Hopefully just the right yarn will wave it’s little hand at you 😀

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