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Spring Knits Galleries: They're back!

Mar 5, 2010

We're baaaack! You asked us to bring back the galleries, and we did.

This time, I photographed four of the sweaters from the Spring 2010 Interweave Knits on various members of my knitting group: Dinah, Patty, Kathy, Terry, Marsha, Deborah, and Audrey.

I hosted a party for the event—we all needed a glass of wine and some munchies to get us in the mood—and my friends tried on the sweaters and talked about how they would adjust them to fit their bodies, their style, and their knitting preferences.

We had a rollicking good time, too! Evidence below...

And here are some of my favorite quotes from the evening:

"If we're going to take our measurements, I need another glass of wine!"

"Can you Photoshop Angelina Jolie's face onto my body?"

"I think I've been making my sweaters too big." (I love this one! My friends thought some of the sweaters would be too small, but they all fit just about everyone.)

"Why'd you have to fatten us up with all these goodies right before we have our pictures taken?"

And my most favorite: "Hey, Kath! Those snickerdoodles aren't going to get cooked sitting on top of the oven!"

The sweater patterns we're showcasing this time are Mona's Jacket, the Seaweed Cardigan, the Braided Hood Tunic, and the Transverse Cardigan, so sit back and enjoy the Spring 2010 Interweave Knits Galleries!



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RobinH@2 wrote
on Mar 8, 2010 11:30 AM

Thanks for bringing back the gallery. In its past incarnation, I really liked seeing the same sweater on more than one body type, with comments about how much ease for that person, whether it would work better longer or shorter and where the changes could be made, etc. I found it really helped me to visualize better what I was working on for the intended recipient. Made me think more flexibly.

matti wrote
on Mar 8, 2010 8:53 AM

Ruth, What a lovely doggy you have.

RuthK wrote
on Mar 7, 2010 5:36 PM

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Kathleen!!  I'm so glad you revived the Galleries.  All of your reluctant models look great in the items chosen, but I, like you, are a little more "curvy" than most.  Unfortunately, most of my curve is below the waist.  And, believe me, it would have taken more than a few glasses of wine to pose!!

Perhaps it would help us readers to have another sample knitted in the 38-42 or more size and modeled so we have some idea if it even makes sense for us to spend the money on the yarn to start the project for ourselves.  I'm kind of tired of giving my "oooh, I WANT that sweater!!!" to my smaller friends.  Even though I love to give knitted gifts, I feel like a hypocrite when they don't start out from the heart but rather than from a "Oh well.  it doesn't look too good on me, even though the pattern was beautiful.  Maybe it will look good on XXXX."  

I thoroughly agree with karenC@3 ' comment.  Why not start out with what is truly the normal size of the women you are targetting?  

Anyway, thanks for a great place to post our comments.

NinaPC@2 wrote
on Mar 7, 2010 11:40 AM

I'm wanting to start a knitting group in Denton Texas.  Anyone live nearby interested?  I'm also on Facebook ... look for Nina Cuetlach

PennyM wrote
on Mar 5, 2010 9:42 PM

I would like to second the request that some women NOT be referred to as 'real'.  I'm real even though I have the misfortune of not having been born 'rubenesque'.

kaspienne wrote
on Mar 5, 2010 5:53 PM

Karenc@3 the plus sized catalogs do the same.  They sell 1x, 2x, 3x, etc. sized clothing modeled on very thin women.  At least the knit magazines sometimes do have pattern changes for the larger sizes.

KarenC@3 wrote
on Mar 5, 2010 10:30 AM

I too enjoy the galleries to see how the sweaters look on women who are not 17 years old and not 100 pounds.  What I don't understand is why IWK always have young skinny women model the sweaters in the magazine.  I just attended Stitches West in Santa Clara, CA and the majority of the women attending were middle aged and weighed over 100 pounds.  Why can't the magazine's photos reflect more of who their readers are?  You would think a magazine that is edited by women and whose staff is mostly women would be more sensitive to this issue.  

ojaicarol wrote
on Mar 5, 2010 10:00 AM

How cute you all are!  It looks like you had so much fun.  Wish I lived closer and could join your group.