|This gal actually looks like Veronica Lake!|
I think these appliqued sweaters are a pretty good step in the right direction. The "funness" of the patterns breaks up a wide plain of fabric on a small-chested girl, not to mention, no doubt, sets lips buzzing as to where the wearer even found such a cute sweater. I can knit straight cable rows (and, accordingly, endless, fifth doctor Dr. Who scarves), but have no talent at knitting actual garments. However! I can cut and stitch felt appliques like a champ. Is that the faint, distant sound of a craft gauntlet being thrown down? I wonder what the difficulty level on appliquing to knit is, versus regular cloth...
I really love this "roaring lions" pattern. Other than the scant information about the sweaters' designer, I was also disappointed that none of the spread was in color (as is typically the case with smaller features in the magazine). Think of this ensemble in "royal blue" with white lions. I bet it was a knockout! I think I've spent too much of my adult life remembering my fourth grade teacher's penchant for sweaters decked out with craft jewels, puff paint, and random fringe (or remembering my own, against-my-will nineties' school days sweatshirt styles) as what constitutes an "embellished sweater". If only I'd opened my mind! Novelty is my middle name...I could really enjoy some of these slightly-over-the-top decorations.
OH! WE! LOVE! THIS! Oh, we love this. I think we've found the pattern inspiration for that craft challenge I mentioned earlier! Of course it is Suse's most popular pattern...just look at it! The fact that the heart is bleeding, and that the dagger is a jewelled dagger...I don't even know. Couldn't be more appealing to me if it tried. Talk about cheek!
Have you seen these sweaters either in this magazine or the real world before? Do you think embellished sweaters are "too nineties'" or could you see yourself in one of the mysterious Suse's creations? Do you have a favorite, go-to vintage sweater? Tell, tell!
Have a great Wednesday, I'll see you tomorrow!