Wednesday, October 12, 2005


I've been working on the Bookish T-shirt. It seems that I have finished all of the lettering (thanks to the best husband who is the greatest inventor of all things invented - more on this tomorrow.)

I say seems, because, surprise, surprise, I'm not totally happy with it. This time around I have the right size and shape of each of the letters. My tension has leave something to be desired. Actually, more than something. It has leaves a whole lot of everything to be desired.

What an interesting phrase - something to be desired. It seems as though that would be a good thing. I'd like to be considered - something. to. be. desired. However, I would hate to be someone who is leaves something to be desired. Google has left me blank. Any insight on this?

ETA - Thanks Allison! Amazing what a difference one word will make (and a cup of coffee.)

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Anonymous Allison said...

I think it's good to be "something to be desired" but not good if you "leave something to be desired." right? hmmmm... gotta love the english language...

10/12/2005 7:46 AM  
Anonymous Cara-ISH said...

Your tension looks fine to me - what's wrong with it? I'm sorry it's not working out as you planned. Looks pretty cool though.

10/12/2005 8:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You'd be amazed at what blocking will do for tension with intarsia - I felt the same way about that hat I knit, but the blocking made it right as rain.


10/12/2005 8:47 AM  
Blogger amandamonkey said...

Ha! Jackie posted exactly what I was going to write in between reading the comments and the separate window opening for me to post -

When I made my first intarsia, I really hated it, but blocking does wonders.

Don't rip it out or do something silly like that!

10/12/2005 8:50 AM  
Blogger Kellee said...

hear, hear! block first. rip later.

...and only if absolutely necessary.

this shirt is so damned fun i can't even stand it.

10/12/2005 11:22 AM  
Blogger claudia said...

Intarsia letters that are longish and skinny-ish are hard to execute cleanly. If it were me, I'd probably duplicate stitch the lettering onto the shirt rather than try to knit it on.

Just sayin'. Feel free to ignore this.

10/12/2005 11:58 AM  
Blogger margene said...

Go with looks fine!

10/12/2005 1:54 PM  
Blogger Cathi said...

I have to echo what others have said- you will be stunned at what blocking will do for it. And you can always rip it out, just pinning the intarsia part and spray blocking. Give it a whirl, my Bookish Girl.

Believe me, my dear, you leave nothing to be desired...unless it is by your leaving that you become more desired. Absence, heart fonder and all.

10/12/2005 3:32 PM  
Anonymous Kathy said...

I like it too as it. Very cute. Remember the blog wisdom from last week "finished is better than perfect."

10/12/2005 6:12 PM  
Anonymous Wanda said...

I ditto what Cathi said, absence making the heart grow fonder and so on.

I think once you block it, the intarsia lettering will look great. Don't stress yourself. Just finish it and see what it looks like after blocking.

10/13/2005 12:16 PM  
Anonymous elisa said...

Good Christ, I must be living under a rock to have missed all this good bookish cheer.

Go Boo!

(I am cracking myself up *endlessly*).

Road trip in T-1.5! Wahoo!!!

10/13/2005 2:57 PM  
Blogger CynCyn said...

Man! Am I late to the party or what? So... did you try blocking it? I've got nothing to be desired, since i have NO experience with intarsia, but i think it looks terrific...and that ironing would work just fine.

10/14/2005 10:00 AM  
Blogger Micky said...

Lots of stuff crumples up when you knit it. Then after you are done, it will lay down and behave itself.
It looks great.

10/18/2005 6:02 AM  

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