Saturday, May 06, 2006

Maude

I’m going to “age myself” here, but while I was designing this airy summer cardi, I kept saying, “I don’t want it to look like Maude” For those of you who don’t know Maude, it as was a mid-70’s TV show; the character Maude (Bea Arthur) wore semi-funky dusters, bell bottoms, and a lot of polyester. Now I still kinda want to be a Charlie’s Angel, not a Golden Girl, so design concept was crucial! I ended up calling it Maude only in reference, but now it’s official, I’ve named her Maude, in honor of, well, Maude! The character Maude on TV was gutsy, outspoken and funny. My Maude is retro 70’s for sure, that’s the look I was going for, with a bit of sass! (I’m copying Pyo at http://crocheted.blogspot.com/ she’s started my new favorite word – sassy!)

I’m not sure how I’ll distribute the pattern yet, but it’s so easy, it’s gotta be a “freebie”. This is definitely easy enough for beginners; super simple stitches, the shaping is not complicated at all, and gauge is not too important. The sleeves are ¾ length with a wide bell, totally funky in my book. The body is hip length (but could be made duster length) and the closure is a single tie around the bust, which also creates a keyhole neckline.

I’m just channeling my inner Maude…life is good.

15 comments:

Vik said...

You look so cool, Pam!
But do you think it's for beginners? hm...

Norah said...

I love it!

Celtic Knitter said...

I remember Maude and I'm relatively young. That's an awesome piece!! It has a great shape!!

Mimi said...

It looks great, so much in fashion! I think it would look good in other colors too ;)

Mary said...

Pam, I love the Charlie's Angels VS. Golden Girls comment, this is very cute and you look great in it! :) Mary

Deneen said...

I knew who you were talking about immediately (LOL), so I guess we are aging outselves. I love it and think it would be perfect in a cotton as a bathing suit cover up, so come up with a pattern already!

Terri-LadySorce said...

I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
and I do remember "Maude" as well.. lol She had some "lovely" clothes for a tall lady.

Rrramone said...

Channeling the 70s is always great. :-) Nice job!

KnitPastis said...

I loved that show Maude! There's nothing like the great shows, clothes and songs of the 70's! That looks great on you! Way to go!!

BellaLinda said...

Great work as always! It looks like something that could even be worn here in Hawaii.

ladylinoleum said...

I think it's fab! And I LOVE Maude...She's my kinda old babe!

norwegianknittingfreak said...

I think it looks groovy and really cool ;-)

Sue said...

I remember Maude alright! Your sweater is totally funky, I love it! Right on, Maude!

Cheryl said...

I love your "Maude" --and it looks NOTHING like MAUDE!! It looks really sexy on you!!! I am looking forward to seeing the pattern!!!!

bean said...

Oh, I can't wait for this pattern! I can see me making it and it becoming one of my comfy, dependable throw-ons.

I love your blog!