Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Still Fabulous

Check it out - on the left, Fair Isle: 4 weeks of knitting = 12 inches.

On the right... Starsky: 4 days of knitting = 12 inches.

This is why Starsky is turning out to be the perfect take-a-break project. Fast Knit. Gotta love that.

I decided to cast on for Starsky when I was leafing through this month's InStyle and noticed all the long belted sweaters - I figured I'd better get to knittin' if I was gonna get it done in time to wear it while it was still "In Style."

I figured Fair Isle is classic - no time frame on that knit - no hurry. Then, what do I see in the latest issue of Lucky? Nordic is in.

Oy, the pressure - no wonder it's been 30 years since I was voted "best dressed." I can't keep up.

Seriously - why do I love InStyle magazine SO much? Why do I care? I have nothing in common with these women. I'm 30 years older and at least 30 lbs heavier than what they try to pass off as "normal." Why, why...

Motorcycle riding, reading the fashion magazines, being afraid to wear the poncho I knit last year - trying to knit what's "in." I'm thinking it's my vain, hopeless struggle to fight age.

There's nothing worse than a woman obviously trying to act far younger than her years - I MUST spare myself that.

Age - I'm not fighting it. I'm okay - hey, I'm more than okay. I'm working on the pounds, and I'm knitting what I like - and if it just happens to be "In Style" - well, then what a happy coincidence.

You know me.... still fabulous in my own mind.

18 Comments:

At 4:11 PM, Blogger jillian said...

I got a HUGE smile from that comparison. Starsky is fast, relatively speaking! Amazing, that relativity thing.

I don't think you're trying to be "young". Just trying not to be defined by your age. There's a difference!

Also, it looks like norbic belted cardi's are IN IN IN. I'll get right on that.

 
At 4:38 PM, Blogger keohinani said...

Girl, AGE AIN'T NOTHIN' BUT A NUMBER! so go on with your motorcycle riding, fashion magazine reading, fabulous self :)
it's all in your head (i realize as i've come to accept that even at 25, i am still and perhaps always will be "cute").
and you know, whoever said "act your age" really didn't know what they were talking about. there's no "normal" for any age; results not typical. sheesh. if that were the case, i'd have to have had a baby at 18, a boob job by the time i was 20, been divorced three times by the time i was 23, and wonder if i'll ever graduate/get married/get a decent job at 27. (not that that's typical for a local hawaii resident, but i happen to know a lot of people at those ages who've done those things.)

and dude, you are seriously setting your needles afire with starsky! won't be long before the big reveal at that rate! :)

 
At 4:57 PM, Blogger miss88keys said...

DH doesn't want me reading your blog anymore because everytime I see you knit something, I want to knit it too!! I showed him the Starsky pattern photo & he called it "ugly". I then showed him your 12-inches & he raised a brow.

KNIT FASTER! The only way to convince him that I should have yarn for Starsky is to see yours completed!

no pressure though

 
At 5:43 PM, Blogger LC in Sunny So Cal said...

Best Dressed?

30 yrs ago? Where was I? (Oh, yeah, in a terrible HORRIBLE photo with Kevin Dalton as "Longest Hair"...ick!)

 
At 7:17 PM, Blogger Chris said...

I dropped out of the "trying to fit in frenzy" when I had kids. I was glad to be out of that rat race. The visciousness of the women is too much for me. Who cares if I am middle aged and casual. I dress for me now, not the crowd. And yeah for the color green that was in fashion these past seasons. Lime, chartreuse, olive, are all my color. So for a few seasons I was IN!!! Will I get rid of the green when the color palette changes, No way! It makes me happy and I will wear it with pride.

 
At 7:21 PM, Anonymous Denise said...

Fabulous FairIsle!!!!

 
At 8:41 PM, Anonymous Beth said...

I know what you mean about the happy coincidences. I started knitting the cabled Central Park Hoodie and now I see cabled hoodies everywhere. In fact, I saw one on a student today and I was tempted to tell her I'm knitting one just like it. Somehow I thought she would be under-impressed or horrified, so I spared her. :)

 
At 6:31 AM, Blogger Jennifer said...

Fair isle does take time, but it looks great!

You're young, what are you talking about!

 
At 7:08 AM, Blogger Brenda said...

not just in your mind, darling - you ARE fabulous!

 
At 10:09 AM, Blogger amylovie said...

Dont look at as not acting your age. Look at it as fighting it every step of the way. No grandma clothes for Lynda!

 
At 1:00 PM, Anonymous Rebekah said...

Amen sister!

And hey we have to be fabulous in our own mind, otherwise it's just too far depressing.

 
At 3:14 PM, Anonymous amanda cathleen said...

thats just amazing that 4 weeks of knitting equals 12" of knitting on both your sweaters! *L* Age is just a number, it has nothing to do with what you feel. If you want to do something, you should do it. Not just because your of a certain age, but because you want to. You are fabulous Lynda, and not just in your own mind ; )

 
At 8:36 PM, Anonymous Jeanie said...

Both sweaters look amazing! But GIRL!!! Three WIP's, motorcycle riding, Nordic-wear.... You're out of control!

 
At 10:20 PM, Blogger Chris said...

Hee hee - love the comparison! And look what you're taking a break with - not a plain stockinette project, no. You go!

 
At 10:21 AM, Blogger Lucy said...

The colors in that Fair Isle are fabulous!!!

 
At 6:37 AM, Blogger uhoava gnu said...

What a beautiful colour you have chosen for Starsky! Both knits look great, though, I understand the Fair Isle is a bit slower..

 
At 7:48 AM, Blogger Holly said...

The sweater is looking great! I think I have one or two relatively fashionable outfits-I'm pretty hopeless. It kind of bugged me until I looked closely at what IS considered fashionable-I'll pass ;~)

 
At 9:36 AM, Blogger Lorette said...

You are fabulous! And a fabulously fast knitter, too. And we can have these illusions about our age, and our fashion sense, can't we?? Though I guess if I want to be fashionable, I'm going to have to ditch the Lands End posterchild look. And probably the Birkies, too. Dang.

 

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