Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Bonnie Express

Remember back before Christmas when I showed y'all the special thing I was going to attempt to make my Sister? Well, that project totally crashed and burned. The yarn wasn't right, the gauge wasn't right... the whole thing wasted about two solid weeks of knitting and was completely ripped out. Ugh.

BUT, one day, during that two weeks of wasted knitting, my sister stopped by and showed me an ad from the store Express with a sweater in it. She said "I can't stop thinking about this... could you make it?" To which I thought... "ah, no? can't you see me making this coat for you? hello? this isn't exactly easy, you know." Naturally though, I caved. She has that effect on me. Big Sisters with little Sisters will know what I am talking about. How could I not attempt to make her what she wants? SO, I set to making my first ever "original" knitted pattern!!

It is inspired by that Express sweater but changed up quite a bit. It also turned out mid thigh length making it more coat than sweater. The yarn is Cascade Ecological Wool in the color Coffee. I am calling it "The Bonnie Express".

Bonnie Express

I tried desperately to get it done in time for Christmas. Alas, it wasn't meant to be. It was wrapped in the condition you see above. Each one of those rows on the back takes about 20mins to get through and there are more then 100 rows!! That is a lot of time spent sitting on my butt. Sister has called me no less than 100 times since Christmas with the question "um, so Sister, is my sweater done yet?"

I am working on it, Sister. Soon, it'll be done soon.

Bonnie Express 2


Kristen said...

Kerry, I wish you were MY sister! LOL! It looks great! Keep going! Can't wait to see the finished project!

TesoriTrovati said...

I wish you were MY sister! That is beautiful! What a great gift! Enjoy the day! Erin

mairedodd said...

i am on board the 'i wish you were my sister' train!! that is gorgeous! and so what i am looking for - love the longer sweaters... and i love that you put so much of yourself into everything... btw, love the new glass as well - flowers are showing up as people tire of the cold - which there is a lot left of!

Cindy said...

Wow, this is going to be one heck of a gorgeous sweater..I love the length and color!

Anonymous said...


Um, so Sister is my sweater done yet? I CAN'T WAIT!!! I am so excited..but I gotta keep calling to encourage you. Remember how long the leg warmers took? you can't tease me with such an awesome sweater and then take a year to make it!!

S2 Sister

Kerry said...

Thanks for the compliments everyone. I told Sister that one of the stipulations of having this sweater is a photoshoot when it is done. So, you will be sure to see how it turns out in the end!

Sister, I knit my fingers to the bone last night. I have just 6 inches left. It should be done today. <3 sister.