Thursday, December 9, 2010

Fibers on Friday: As Ugly Sweaters Go.....

So, here's the super fun thing I have planned for this weekend: An Ugly Sweater Party!! Last month was our first annual Witch and Bitch. This month is Ugly Sweater Night! So, my friend is the one who had the idea for this. She has THE ULTIMATE ugly sweater. I kid you is the REAL DEAL. The sad part (or maybe really really cute part depending on how you envision this.....and I love to envision the back story on thrift store finds) is that I'm pretty sure this sweater was hand knit. I see it being worn by THE CUTEST little old WHITE haired lady to BINGO night. Or maybe even to a Square Dance. Totally. I see her being just darling and adorable. And I see her having put a lot of time into knitting this sweater. But,'s UGLY! I can't wait to show you pictures!

Anyway, I feel like I have BIG shoes to fill when it comes to matching this sweater. I had a fairly ugly sweater in my closet. Let it be known, I've actually worn this sweater despite its ugliness. So, I just wanted to embellish it to make it uglier. Here we go:

I added a pom pom ruffle to the collar and the sleeve cuffs. I added tassels to the shoulders and jingle bells all over the front. My husband thinks I should leave the strings attached to the bells.

When my girls got home from school, I asked if it was ugly enough. Paige said no, I needed to add a big bow to the front and center. Madison said I need to add a ruffle to the bottom. Both very good suggestions, I must say. I'll work on that tomorrow. But, as ugly sweaters go, does this suffice?

Now, onto Fibers on Friday:

Here is the Steppe Ahead Sweater I've been working on for Afghans for Afghans.

The front is almost finished. I like the garter stitch running down the center and forming a collar. The back is only half done. Then I'll pick up for sleeves. I plan on it being long sleeved, but I fear I'll run low on yarn, so it may have to be a vest. The campaign says that is fine, but I'd rather send a long sleeved sweater.

I'm enjoying knitting this. I love thinking about how important this campaign is. It's an easy pattern and I love the yarn. Win! Win! I am anxious, though, to start my Shalom sweater that's waiting to be cast on....for me.

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  1. WOW!! You've done an amazing job to uglify that sweater! You could still add some shoulder pads underneath and some extra appliques on the back... I feel like it needs some purple. ;-)
    Can't wait to see the other one!

  2. You're HILARIOUS! I love this idea! I may have to peruse the depths of my closet and get busy with some of the bobbly bits I've been hoarding this season! {Oh, YES, friend: I've got bells!} You are terrific!

  3. Have you thought about doing a linky thing for your Fibres on Friday? It makes it much easier to see what people are blogging about and link to them. Nonetheless, here is my blog post!

  4. That is one UGLY sweater - you win!

    Your afghan for afghan sweater is coming along nicely.

    Finally finished 3 matching sweaters for my mom and my two girls. Now started on a manly scarf for my hubbie.

  5. Can't wait to see pictures from your Ugly Sweater party. What a fun idea! I think I will steal it for my knit night. That is a truly ugly sweater...the pom pom ruffles sealed the deal on ugly! Your Steppe Ahead sweater is looking good.

  6. thanks for sending me your link - I'll definitely link something this Friday. Can't wait!!


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