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Friday, February 20, 2004  

NYT's Fall Fashion Wrap-up (click the Interactive Feautre) gives us:


Jeffrey Chow with his coral aran cardigan flung atop a little black dress, his chocolate brown (Bess approves) v-necked long aran pullover and Robin Hood's orange silk tabard beneath a fur shrug. I wonder if appearing in a single show is enough to keep handknits in the Darling category of haute couture.

Ralph Lauren has those big skirts with fitted jackets that were so popular in the late '80's and early '90's. Funny, I have two of them I saved from my young slender 30's and they now fit. Only - my eyes haven't caught up with them as a retro look. I really do prefer the straight skirt stopping just above my knee cap. I can wear pretty much any length skirt, (thank you, Mama, for those legs) , but when I have a choice I go for knee length.

Designers still limited themselves to slate blue, stone, tobacco brown and black, with some white thrown in, except for Anna Sui, who used every color in the spectrum in each outfit. She?s the one who had the raspberry and orange plaid jacket, looking like it was woven out of that recycled silk yarn, with a cream lace blouse beneath and matching raspberry jeans - and such a hat! I really like the hat. In fact, I really like the jacket, which is anything but a fall looking item - it simply begs to have a chiffon skirt beneath it and to be sauntered down the street on a sunshiny spring afternoon.

Speaking of choosing - I did a little shopping yesterday from the racks of last year's summer clothes. Marked down 3 times, $15 dresses, hit the spot. At that price, who cares if they weave perfectly into a coordinated wardrobe? They're bright colors and light fabrics. And I am OhSoReady for springtime.

LD came over and borrowed gardening tools. He can't wait to get potatoes in the ground and I am more than ready to leave the vegetables to him. The flower garden is going to require at least 2 year's effort as it is, just to put it back into party condition. About 15 years ago I came downstairs on my birthday to find, in the livingroom, a brand new garden tiller, a gift from the Ds. It makes my heart warm to think of one of them borrowing it now, to till his own garden. He'll do a far better job than either BD or I ever did. He's the sort who really does like to finish the project, put his tools away and stack all the boxes up neatly. He would never grieve over completion, like his mama does.

BD, otha, was waiting for me as I drove up yesterday, boat packed, hitched to the truck, pacing a bit, and ready for me to help him launch. Yesterday's warm weather was almost too much for him - and even though the boat will have to be hauled on Sunday, he's not about to stay on land when blue skies and 50 degrees are calling to him. I don't blame him - we've had a lot of hard cold this winter and the promise of spring with which these February-thaw days tease us is pretty hard to resist. I remember the first year we were together, we had a week of shorts weather in February, after a Friday night ice storm. BD went out and found me an ancient Western Flyer bicycle, the twin of his, and we pedaled all over Richmond, free as school kids.

Thankee all for the compliments on the silk. A bit more about it - I really like the marled colors the Navajo ply gives but I think I can capture that effect with a 2 ply if I make the color changes a little shorter. I may need to do a lot of sorting if I want to have yarn that will put the colors where I want them (bronze on top, blue on bottom). For sure, though, I?m not ready to pop for a tensioned lazy kate. I made a new drive band out of kitchen string - very thick - and I've been told that this will have an impact on how the yarn turns out. Of course, I'm still so new that everything I do has an impact - but there are almost never any hard and fast expectations from my spinning. I'm still layering basic knowledge, in gossamer thin sheets, into the brain and fingers. It certainly gives spinning a different feel - and for some reason I like the feel of this one better than the band I bought last spring At least it spins that bobbin twice as fast as the large band does.

Anyway - the idea hatching in the brain is that I'll split the long lengths of silk, stack them so they - Oh! Oh! Oh!... THANK YOU Deb Menz! I just remembered a technique she had of drafting two or more colors together before spinning. When you ply these multi hued singles you get what she calls "complex yarns". I love the term. I love the look. Yep, yep. That's what I'll try.

So - look for samples soon.

posted by Bess | 7:36 AM