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In Which There is Knitting!!!!!! [Feb. 13th, 2011|03:03 pm]
kyle cassidy
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whafford told me about Found Objects, a project of Artinvention to raise money for the homeless. It's so creative and clever. Brad's mother is one of dozens of people knitting tiny sweaters and then leaving them in public places with a tag that says "Upon finding, please make a contribution to the National Coalition for the Homeless by visiting nationalhomeless.org." Do you knit? Do you want to participate? If so, contact Maggie Leininger, she'll hook you up with patterns and tags.

This sweater was knitted by Brad's mother, Nita is an amazing artist -- you really should check out her work here. I placed this one for her at the clothespin outside of Philadelphia's City Hall.



In other news -- I want to hire a knitter.
EDIT: I THINK WE HAVE THIS COVERED. Many thanks to all who contacted me.

Every year I wander around stores aimlessly looking for a turtleneck sweater like Hemingway wore in his portrait by Eisenstaedt, and every year I come up empty handed. And then sometime during the year (usually around July) I think "why not have someone make me one" and then I forget about it.

So, this is my favorite sweater




Clickenzee to Embiggen!


(I apologize for Roswell covering it up. I mentioned that I have to spend a great deal of time carrying her around. I wasn't kidding. She's like a bowling ball attached to me by a 12 inch chain. (I also cooked breakfast like this.) You can see the sweater a bit better here.)

It's soft and warm and I've worn it much for years. The neck's come apart and I'd love it if someone could knit (and attach) a turtleneck to it. Perfect color match not important. Email me to discuss. kyle at kylecassidy dot com.






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[User Picture]From: sdx
2011-02-13 08:10 pm (UTC)
Maybe they could knit Roswell a kitty-sweater too!! lol
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2011-02-13 08:12 pm (UTC)
Milla needs the sweater, she's hairless at the moment.
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[User Picture]From: lawbabeak
2011-02-13 08:12 pm (UTC)
damejudy is good for that sort of thing. Lemme check to see if her fingers can handle the weight yarn you're going to need.
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[User Picture]From: lawbabeak
2011-02-13 08:15 pm (UTC)
And what Hemingway is wearing is only partly a sweater. It looks to be a sweater/suede hybrid. Do you want a suede or fabric front, or are you just looking for the burly turtleneck style? (the non-sweater bit might be on top of knitted material - from the way it is hanging it looks to be that rather than a chest attached to knitted shoulders and neck).
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From: (Anonymous)
2011-02-13 08:29 pm (UTC)
You are toggling the Knitterverse. I need to learn to knit, myself. I'd like to make myself a whole series of necklers, little soft over the head turtlenecks, but not attached to a sweater. Just enough to keep my neck warm.
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2011-02-13 08:32 pm (UTC)
petitbout has a sweater neck & sleeves -- I guess it's kind of every thing but the sweater....
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[User Picture]From: racing_girl
2011-02-13 08:49 pm (UTC)
I think your best bet to find that type of sweater (if you can't find someone to knit it for you :D) is to look in UK type shops. The style reminds me of what my stepfather used to wear when he first immigrated.

found this, though it may not be quite what you're looking for. They're called Aran sweaters. Apparetly there some interesting history behind them :). I little about their history on the second link.

http://www.aransweatermarket.com/gents-knitwear/gents-sweaters/fisherman-s-ribbed-wool-turtleneck-sweater

http://hlwe.wordpress.com/2009/10/21/the-fabled-aran-sweater/
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2011-02-13 10:53 pm (UTC)
ooh. that is pretty dang awesome. I'd totally just buy one if I hadn't posted this first. Now the idea of a one-of-a-kind blog-inspired-hybrid is ringing my bells. Plus, I'd rather spend my money on blog-peeps if I have the opportunity. How did you find that so quick?
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2011-02-14 12:45 pm (UTC)
so true. thanks for pointing that out.
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[User Picture]From: pteppic
2011-02-13 08:57 pm (UTC)
Those are not uncommon sweaters over here.
The usual ones are the ones with suede on the shoulders, but I have seen a suede front panel one a few years ago.
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[User Picture]From: cypherindigo
2011-02-13 09:06 pm (UTC)
I am going to repost and nudge a friend who knits. She may be interested in a commission.
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[User Picture]From: saraaaaaa
2011-02-13 09:15 pm (UTC)
At any other time of the year, I would be at your doorstep with yarn I'm fairly sure matches and what looks like a pair of fairly small circular needles.

The giant pile of books currently sitting on me (aka grad school) is rather a hindrence these days, however, I think a hemingway-esque collar would be rather quick and simple, being so unfitted and such.
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2011-02-13 10:13 pm (UTC)
woo hoo! we must meet at some point in time anyway. when's grad school over?
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[User Picture]From: kaiann
2011-02-13 09:39 pm (UTC)
You have many knitter fans, including myself. I'll spread this around Ravelry and I'm sure I can find a suitable qualified person quickly.
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2011-02-13 10:11 pm (UTC)
Judging from past comments, I think that my reader base goes like this:

1) knitters
2) pet people
3) photographers
4) gun owners
5) zombie hunters
6) science-fiction fans
7) writers
8) Dresden Doll fans
9) ninjas
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[User Picture]From: goldfishgeorge
2011-02-13 10:06 pm (UTC)
Hi there. I'm a knitter. Possibly a little far away to be of any use to you though in Australia. :)

But seriously, if you want something hand made, best place to ask is Alchemy on Etsy. You'll find someone who'll make what you want for the price you want. Just so you're pre-warned though, a man sized sweater isn't a small job! ;)
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2011-02-13 10:08 pm (UTC)
i don't want a whole sweater, i just want a neck attached to the one i got!
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[User Picture]From: anglicwitch
2011-02-13 10:54 pm (UTC)
I'm a knitter and could TOTALLY do something like this for you, I'm going to e-mail you right now.
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[User Picture]From: whitegato
2011-02-13 11:42 pm (UTC)

i wonder if it would be possible to knit a carrying case/pouch/sweater-attachment for roswell.
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[User Picture]From: saraaaaaa
2011-02-14 12:10 am (UTC)
This would be even easier than the neck part. No picking up old stitches!
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[User Picture]From: fivecats
2011-02-14 02:11 am (UTC)
kyle, dude. seriously. ros is way more interesting (not to mention photogenic) than your sweater.

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[User Picture]From: russtycat
2011-02-14 02:54 am (UTC)
I'm also a knitter who could totally hook you up, but I imagine you have lots of offers already so I'll do some mini sweaters instead. I love the idea of helping the homeless in such a great way. Thank you for posting about this. I'm going to repost your post so my knitting friends can get in on the action. :D
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