10.06.2009

Sweater season and Vintage Queens


So sorry I've haven't posted lately (ok, two days, but it feels longer), to tell you the truth I've used every spare minute to knit my sweater, and I have the back almost finished! It's very exciting, considering the last thing I knit was a scarf that took me almost two years. I thought my lack of interest in knitting was because it was too difficult, but I guess I just needed a more interesting project than row after row of the same thing.
I LOVE this color, you can purchase it here, it's Maple Syrup. The sweater will look a bit different than the pattern because I'm shortening it so it will sit at my waist, and skipping out on the embroidery. I still haven't picked out buttons, but some neat wooden ones are what I'm picturing, either that or bakelite.
Also pictured are my awesome knitting needles given to me years ago by a creative minded relative, and my knitting/sewing/embroidery bag bought a while ago at Monticello Antiques and it's the perfect size, not to mention it's pink with little ships on it.

Thought I'd share this photo of my grandmother, age 17. Quite similar to the last one in this post.

Exciting news: I'm Vintage Queen #40 on Queens of Vintage! I love this feature they do every week, and was sooooooo excited when I was asked to be a part of it. Thanks so much Lena!

24 comments:

Ms. B said...

I just started knitting! I don't know if I could ever attempt a sweater, I think I'll stick to scarves for awhile! I love your knitting bag!

calivintage said...

wow! i can't wait to see the finished product. i'm one of those people who's only ever done a scarf and i think i need some motivation to do something more interesting! and that knitting bag is so cute!

Twila Jean said...

what. seriously. how the hell do you knit so well.

also. we must gt together. I must finish my 30s sweater. ugh... 3 hours my arse. I am confused so easily.. lol.

reilly said...

Oh my gosh, it looks so good! I can't even imagine being able to do that!

Kass said...

wow! Your sweater is coming along great! I bet it'll be adorable once it is finished =]

Pink Flower said...

What lovely knitting! My mam knits like her needles are on fire! I wish I could but i'm more of a sewer - can't wait to see it when it's finished!

Leanne said...

aww i'm so glad you knit! i've been knitting squares in every colour under the sun over the summer for a patchwork blanket! Now starting on some little triangles for bunting out the house.
Those needles are truly amazing! i've never seen any like that! :)
Do you have a club or anything? We have one that meets every thursday at a little chocolate cafe!
Hope your well ox

Meaghan Kelly said...

aww wow congrats on being queen #40! they contacted me nearly a year ago and then i completely forgot about it! i wonder if i'll ever see myself up there!
you deserve it times a million!
and wow! you've really motivated me to go get myself some new knitting needles, my old ones went missing in my move!

The Glamorous Housewife said...

How cool! You are so talented. I used to know how to knit when I was like 10 years old, but forgot by the time I was 11.

Thanks doll,
The Glamorous Housewife

Cheri Pinktrix said...

Awesome news Vintage Queen #40! I saw it on Queens of Vintage this morning! Woot!

leila wylie said...

Wow, it's looking really cute so far. I love that color as well. I have the same problem with knitting. I've never attempted anything with cables... maybe I should try.

Madeleine Miranda said...

Oh how I would love to be able to knit! It all looks so lovely :)

xxx

Strandi said...

how many buttons would you need? i don't have any wooden ones, but maybe i find enough of the same ones in my vast buttons collection (that includes two grandma contributions!!)

as a sort of thank you for being such an inspirational blogger ;)

Frances Baker said...

Congrats on the Queens of Vintage! I can't wait to see the finished project, the colour is so perfect!

Stef said...

I love that sweater pattern, and your progress looks awesome! I can't wait to see it finished. Happy knitting!

Screen Siren said...

congrats! loving that sweater color. you are just too talented haha!

Solanah said...

Leanne, there might be a club around here, but I'd have better luck in Portland. A vintage knitting club would be awesome!

Leila, they are so much easier than I thought they would be, and the result looks super cool ;)

Solanah said...

Strandi, I need 7 or 8, depending on the size, kind of difficult to find with vintage buttons but email me if you have any!

solanahraquel@gmail.com

xoxo

feathergirl said...

I like the sweater a lot, but what I really love are those ships on your bag. :)

Erika said...

Somehow it seems everybody's knitting all of a sudden. Must be fall approaching =) I've just started knitting, but I hope to one day be able to knit something as gorgeous as your sweater. Wonderful pattern and colour. And I just love your knitting needles!
Congrats to Vintage Queen!

Lya de Putti said...

Discovered your wonderful site through Queens of Vintage and just thought I'd let you know that I just went to the hairdresser and took a picture of you to show how I wanted my hair cut!

For those who love vintage knitting patterns I highly recommend a book called Stitch in Time which has recently been republished - original patterns updated for modern yarns.

Toodle-pip x

Jia M.D. said...

congrats on being queen 40! how long would it take for you to knit a sweater?


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Solanah said...

Jia M D It might take me a couple of weeks.

Rhiannon said...

Oh wow, that sweater's looking beautiful. I think I'm the opposite when it comes to knitting . . . I like the easy sweaters with super repetivitive (and easy to remember) patterns so I can just drift off and not think. The tricky ones are worth it when you get great cables that come out like those, though.

Can't wait to see it finished!