Sunday, September 30, 2007

Still More Inspiration

Strike the pose....


For your consideration, two offerings from Giles, September 2007, Vogue.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Miuccia Prada, I Presume

Try as he might, the Pilgrim simply no longer can resist the call of the mohair sweater project, partly inspired by madam Miuccia, as noted in previous posts. Prada's collection for Fall was hypnotic to a Pilgrim. Ravishing and inspired. One loves her simplicity of line, her palette which - in her menswear - normally does not stray very far afield. Until now.

The Prada men's collection for Fall '07 was chock full of color and whimsy: the dazzling ombre treatment to all sorts of fabrics and items ranging from hats to sweaters to pants, even shoes! One hardly knows how to respond, except to say...I must have this!

One wonders: Could this be the breakthrough the Pilgrim has long resisted? Could this be his irreversible plunge into the land of Technicolor titillation? Is he, like Dorothy, not in Kansas anymore? Time will tell.

At any rate, he has finally begun the colorful mohair sweater that had been percolating in the back of his mind for quite some time - ever since that first Prada preview some months back. It will be simple in design, but with surprising bits of color in the faux ombre effect he has been devising: a seamless raglan crew neck, knit entirely in the round. The bottom hem is turned under in contrast color and knitted together to minimize the dreaded finishing. Likewise the sleeves.

Herewith, a rather inferior collection of photos showing my beloved in its most humble beginnings. Resolved, am I, to take my time with this one. I had, after all, proclaimed myself not so long ago done with sweaters forever. This one I will not rush. I just hope I am finished in time to actually give it some wear before the spring.

Rowan Kidsilk Haze, Shades 577 and 578. Double stranded on US #6 circular needles.
Don't let the drabness fool you...there will be surprises to come...

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Let us greet the Fall

With the weather turning ever so lovely here in the Northeast, one turns one's thoughts to a fall filled with new knits. And to serve as additional inspiration - as if we needed any more than this delicious drop in temperatures - I include a page from the current New York Times Style Magazine, Men's Fashion Fall 2007:

All hail Fall!

Sunday, September 9, 2007

My So-Called (Pilgrim) Scarf

As the title suggests, I did jump in and join the knit-along. The object in question is the ubiquitous "My So-Called Scarf" using Manos del Uruguay on US size 11's. Because I already had two skeins of Manos in the stash (in a most suitable, dour, gray-brown scheme) I found this idea somewhat hard to resist. Currently I find myself half-way through this impromptu project. The photo below was from a few stitches ago...

The L-SO will just have to wait a while for his newest stripey socks! (Fortunately, thus far, not a headshake nor sigh in sight....)

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Unfinished Busy-ness

As with many, if not most, of you, the Pilgrim has developed this unfortunate attention deficit thingamabob. Barely into the latest project, he finds himself totally obsessed with starting another. At this moment alone, the Pilgrim finds himself alternately immersed in the following:

- Piggyback Throw
- Stripey socks (Jaywalker) for the LS-O
- Other stripey socks for the LS-O (I believe I have hinted at the Long-Suffering Other's stripey sock obsession)
- Noro stripe scarf (with affectionate nod to Jared of BrooklynTweed)
(The Diamond Vee, thankfully, is finally complete.)

That may not sound like much to some of you, but it doesn't even begin to scratch the multitude of projects sitting untouched in my formidable stash, beckoning to me - not least of which, the mohair sweater project inspired by madam Miuccia, as foreshadowed in a previous post.

And now comes a proposed knit-along on the Men Who Knit site - a scarf project for which - lo - I just happen to have the exact yarn suggested sitting in my stash, awaiting a project of its own. Much as I would love to jump in and join the parade.....dare I? Dare I tempt fate with yet another unfinished project? Dare I provoke the headshaking sighs of the Long-Suffering Other as he eyes the bits and scraps of sticks and wool scattered hither and yon in the least small cranny of our comfortable home?

What, I ask, is a Pilgrim to do?
[...a sigh, a roll of the eye, a tentative reach for another new skein...]