When Knitting It Old School was published last year, I was excited on many levels.
2. I knew there were a couple of garments in the book featuring our Valley Yarns.
Always awesome to see our yarns turned into something inspiring! But it’s even better to see them on real people:
Caro in her Rudie and her adorable hubby in his Pump Jockey
3. Last but not least – The Dress.
I talked about the Go-Go Granny Dress on Ready, Set, Knit when I interviewed Caro & Stitchy. Yes it’s kitschy but there was something about it that just tickled me. I’ve actually referenced it on a couple of occasions on the show.
Then the haters came along.
Okay, not haters per se but customers & friends who emailed or pulled me aside in the shop and said “Okay Kathy, please tell me you don’t REALLY like that granny square dress, tell me you were just saying that for the show and because the authors were in the studio with you”. I heard this same comment MANY times in various iterations.
For the record: I REALLY LIKE THE GO-GO GRANNY DRESS.
Think what you want but I don’t care. This is a classic case of passing judgment on a garment without giving it a chance.
That’s Caro & Stitchy and our dear friend, teacher and EZ disciple Annie F. Annie is an AH-MAZE-ING knitter. Seriously. Look at her ROCK the dress.
I tried it on too and love it even more!
I saw Annie the next day and we chatted about the dress. We discussed how great the dress looked on her. she did point out that that everyone in the store LOVED the dress on her, but she was wearing it in a “safe zone” surround by her peeps. Good point. Maybe she (and I eventually) will get strange looks or snickers when we are walking down Main Street in Noho in our dresses but that’s okay. (Maybe walking down Main Street together wearing the same dress at the same time, albeit in different colors and most likely different yarns isn’t the absolute best idea ever)
I realize that this particular garment may be an extreme example but try to keep in mind that even with the best models, stylists and photography its hard to judge garments without trying them on.
Also – when I’m excited about something here on the blog or on Ready, Set, Knit, it’s genuine. For those of you who are longtime podcast listeners, you’ll recall I broke up with Silk Garden on the air. I respect the yarn and its loyal following but we are not friends. I just tend to chatter about the things I like vs the ones I don’t.
Do you have a knit or crocheted garment in your collection that you love but can’t believe you ever would?
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