More Big Girl Knits- The Butterfly Effect

MBGKAs discussed prior- clothes shopping can be pure torture.  There are few things that make me feel more lumpy, bumpy and ugly than trying on clothes that I love, only to have them NOT FIT.  It drives me straight to the shoe racks, I’m telling you.   Worse than the shoe rack- it’s driven me to want to be invisible.  At least in print.  I don’t let my picture be taken unless I’m making an obnoxious face- or hiding behind whatever creative cover I can find. Preferably- I hide behind the camera lens.  I take pictures-(partly)  so I don’t have to be in them.

Today- that was my plan, as per the norm.  Jillian had asked me to “model” for a few pics for Ravelry— I offered to bring my camera and TAKE pictures.  (ummm yeah I was chickening out;) However- something amazing happened when I walked into Threadbear. (well- something else amazing- after the scent of cup cakes and yumtastic yarn released me from their grip.) First- Amy and Jillian- the rockstars themselves- not only immediately made me feel welcome- but happily expected.  (HELLO? They are rockstars! That totally made my day they are both gracious, warm and fun- the trifecta of awesomeness!) cuppy cakes

The best part? I watched them do the same, for every knitter they met. 

Then- I came face to face with “The Rack”.  The rack contained most of the samples from the book.  It was like an electro-magnet. I couldn’t help myself- In the middle of the shop- I stripped off my “protective” layer Zebra print sweater (no worries I was decent in a cami underneath) and proceeded to try on EVERYTHING they brought.  Yes- even things I thought I didn’t like. Yes- even things that aren’t “technically” designed for my particular “b” set. ( I’m a b ** bs and b **ty kind of girl;)

For the first time in my life- people were looking at me- and gasping.  (No lie- they did) Because so many things just plain looked amazing.  (Just a note- that is not a sentence I ever imagined writing;) I was thrilled- instead of trying on garment after garment and feeling worse and worse— everything did something to make me feel pretty.  WOW.  The rockstars- and their designs- made me feel like a rockstar!  Instead of hiding behind the camera- I let people take pic’s.  Instead of hiding in a change room so no one could see if something flopped and made me look awful no one could see… I felt like prancing around the room to show off my curves- in each design.  (OK- so maybe I didn’t just feel like prancing- I’m pretty sure I did;)

I walked into Threadbear feeling like a lumpy-fat (somewhat hairy-as I didn’t need to shave mah legs – no skirts in this book;)   albeit acceptably cute, caterpillar- but I left feeling like a butterfly.  I was not alone.  Over and over- I watched faces light up- as woman after woman felt her body skimmed to perfection.  Butterflies (and hot lookin “B’s”) were popping out all over.  Women used to being invisible, felt beautiful.  They showed their “stuff”… A few tears of thanks were shed.  It was fabulous.

It didn’t take long for the butterflies to become a community. (do butterflies do that? I think they do- these ones sure did!)  Knitters volunteered as personal shoppers- offering suggestions for what to knit first and what yarn to use and what was on sale;)   Colors were voted on-(and down.)  Compliments were everywhere. (Jillian likes mah butt. Thnx Jillian:) Suggestions for design changes were made.  The place was alive with creativity and laughter.  It was contagious, something I don’t mind catching – even at the tail end of flu season;)   Ravelry acted like a virtual switchboard.  Knitters made connections instantly, because so many had already “met” online.  “Hey!  you’re ________ on Ravelry! I know you!  Was heard all afternoon- most often followed with a hug and knitterly touching of the handknits. (Hey Kat– love you girl)

the girls

There was knitting, laughter, beauty, friends, rockstars who aren’t jerks….could a girl ask for more? No- but she got it anyways— there were cupcakes ‘n cake ‘n a SALE.  Whew… I’m verclempt.  

THANKS,  Threadbear– you rocked our socks off;)

Enough of the mush- here’s the Pattern review:

Susie Hoodie- Was everything I hoped it would be.  I will make this sweater.  It does things for a girls butt that just has to be seen to be believed. (Dreaming of making this in Dream in Color Classy- In vino Veritas)

Boo, Too- Totally something I thought I’d hate.  Looked sooo cute– (yes- even on me;)

Slipstream- Yep wonderful.

Mirage- we decided collectively this is a magic sweater- looked great on EVERY single peson who tried it.

Modular Spiral- It was voted as the sweater I must start today;) See pic. Ignore the “Belly” label on this one. It was b ** btastic!  (Amy and Jillian Made me swatch. Yes- I’m swatching- I love it that much) ALSO- someone must totally make this- with little skulls instead of the swirls)

swatchin it

Hot Cocoa- another- one that looked fab on everyone who tried it.  It just FEELS good on- and looks great. (double bonus in my book)

PeaPod Aran- Not for me.  However- It was spectacular on Kat- and most everyone who tried it.  There is something about the back that is just perfect….

Cable Love- Aptly named- and again a sweater that worked for everyone who tried it- regardless of their particular “b’s”

Folly II- Just plain cute.  Loads of ideas were tossed around to make it work for everyone who wants to knit it. 

Twisted-  It’s spectacular- I’m going to make it with a deeper V.  Definitely worth the cover- it’t gorgeous.

No-gap Wrap-  Perfect.  Watch the Ravelry projects- these are going to be popping up all over. Looked great on everyone who tried it.

Pastille- Wow.  The princess lines really rocked the “b’s.” I will be making one in higher contrast jewel tones (can’t wear pastels- and don’t like them) – and want to create a sweetheart neckline in place of the square one…. personalized for mah “b’s”;).

Guatemalan- This one did not look good on me.  (Which is fine cause it’s not mah style anyways;)

Summer Chevron- This one I thought I’d love- but didn’t so much.  Cute- but compared to some of the others- it was pushed lower in my “must make” list.

Orange Smoothie- Fabulous. Am thinking about adapting it into a dress (no worries I’ll wear it over a slip dress;) Looked great on everyone.

Goddess Shawl.  WOW.  alpaca/silk..beads.  Yep- LOVE it.  Made everyone hold their head up like royalty.  That’s gotta be a good thing.

Perfection- Everyone needs one. ’nuff said.

Big Clutch- just cute.  I’d stick a coordinating vintage pin or flower on it— but then I’m an over the top kind a girl.

Amy- Jilllian- Boys at Threadbear and every knitter who was there— thnx– you made a grown girl cry.  (The good one- no worries;) You brought me out from behind the lens, and into the pics.  (so post em already- cause I don’t have any!) You made me feel like a butterfly- instead of a roly poly bug.

*****Don’t forget to enter the contest.  (Leave a comment or PM me on Ravelry- TraceyinMichigan) The prize?  Yep- the best knitting book evah- More Big Girl Knits.

PPS- Crap.  I Have NO pics of Amy and Jillian, AND I forgot to have them sign my book…. What a dork. Sheesh.  Double crap- I forgot to pick up Curvy Knits— The cover sweater MUST be mine…..in purple maybe???? YUM

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9 thoughts on “More Big Girl Knits- The Butterfly Effect

  1. Tracey, it sounds like you had a really great time! I’m so jealous and wish I could have been there, too! Good for you. 🙂

  2. You’ve sold me! Are you sure you’re not working for the publisher???? I can’t wait to get my hands on these books (now that I’ve faced the reality of my “Big
    Girl” status!)!

  3. Tracey, You are a goddess, my dear! I am so wishing we lived closer. You looked so gorgeous in everything you tried on! It is so nice to have knits that fit without having to do a multitude of pattern adjustments!

    Hugs for you, baby!

  4. I’m always afraid of trying clothes on in public too! Thank you for taking the plunge with these sweaters, and also for making me feel like I want to be a butterfly too!

  5. Great review! What a treat to be able to try on the actual samples before spending weeks (or months!) knitting a potential fit disaster. I’m jealous!

  6. I just came over from the KnittyBlog — it sounds like a fun event. I hope they make it out to the San Francisco Bay Area sometime soon!

  7. Tracey – I just came over from Knitty to tell you that you look FABULOUS in the purple sweater (was that Twisted?)! Now I know what my next project will be, as you appear to be shaped much as I am – a curvy diva.

    I’m right there with you re taking the pics rather than being photographed, but I’m getting better about it. Slowly. My daughter and husband always wonder why there are so few pics of me …

    Cheers! I’m so glad I found your blog!

  8. What a wonderful post! I’m thrilled for you. And I’m excited for me, too, as a woman with the same B profile, knowing there will be sweaters for me (not just for me to knit, but for me to wear!) in this book. Thanks so much for the review.

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