Tuesday, May 16, 2006

My Bologna

My bologna has a first name. It's L-A-D-ee-Y.

My bologna has a second name. It's L-I-N-O-L-E-U-M. (Okay, there are more letters in Linoleum than Mayer. Work with me people!)

Oh, I love to wear it everyday and if you ask me why I'll saaaaay,

LadyLinoleum has a way with B-O-L-O-G-N-A.

Drumroll please...

Enter the Olive Loaf Shawl...In all of it's knitted AND crocheted glory!



I know what yer thinkin': She's lost it completely. First intarsia meat on a crocheted grill, then weenie links about the neck, now this! What's left?

Oh now, don't you worry your pretty little heads 'bout that because there is oh so much more lurking 'round the dark recesses of my gray matter. Muhahahaha!

Spam pants all around! Okay, maybe not...

Though, I must state for the record that I rather enjoy entering my LYS and asking the proprietors for bologna colored yarn. Their reaction? Priceless.

Anyhow, after sufficiently torturing the poor people behind the counter at my LYS with such a question, I made the decision to knit this shawl as opposed to crocheting it because I find that knitted fabric drapes better. Second, I needed to decide whether to add the olive slices into the piece using intarsia or to add them on later as appliques. After a bit of back and forth I chose to applique the olive elements for two reasons: (i) I did not want to see the wrong side of the intarsia on the shawl and (ii) I wanted the olive slices to have a three-dimensional quality. So in the end, I chose to crochet (more dimensionality than knitting and no dpns needed) the olives and sew them on later.



To finish off this wearable half slice of yarn-based bologna luuv, I crocheted a skin along the outer edge.



Ta-Da! Bologna Couture. Yes. It. Is.

Knit AND Crochet Stats
Yarn: Cascade 220
Needles: Size 9, 40" circ.
Hook: Size F
Pattern: Me, Myself & I

Another meaty yet fashionable accessory for Project Wrongway!

Copyright 2006 Regina Rioux Gonzalez. All rights reserved.

42 comments:

Allena said...

you never EVER cease to amaze me. it's wonderful

Annika said...

Oh wow. I love it!

jacey (insubordiknit) said...

truly disturbing for the vegan in me, but i love it. yeah. really. ohhh, spam pants, with a little mustard and brown sugar...there was a day I'd have worn the hell outta those!

Jaye said...

There are few things in life that make me heave at the mere mention of them. Olive loaf is one of them, but this is awesome!

lisa s said...

ok but can you do head cheese??

that is the best looking olive loaf i've ever laid eyes on!

JANNIKINZ said...

A tasty morsel to have draped over the shoulders :)

Sachi said...

Brilliant. Simply brilliant.

I vote for a spam-can purse.

Tifffany said...

Hahahahaha that is toooo much fun. It looks really good and wowsa you knit as fast as you crochet ;) Is everything gonna be meat-related... or will other food groups get in on the linoleum fun?

Brandy said...

That is really cool!! Love the use of food from my childhood!!!! That goodness its not edible....LOL

Deneen said...

I love it, it is way cool woman!

Kate said...

This design would get me to wear a shawl. Or a poncho. (That's high praise in my book.)

Jessica said...

O.M.G.

I love it! You're so much fun, Regina!

turtlegirl76 said...

Oh. My. God. That's awesome! Well done.

Vera said...

Awesome as well as tasty.

grrrlartist said...

i would love it if more people would come in to the LYS i work in and ask for things like balogna colored yarn. i have helped someone choose yarn to replicate bacon. that was fun!

i love your stuff. awesome.

~drew emborsky~ said...

Mmmm, tasty!!

Debbie said...

You are such a breath a fresh, but slightly processed meat-scented, air. Both choices on the knitting and crochet were right on. Intarsia would have made the olives just look like spots. But now on your shawl, like the loaf itself, the olives look somewhat out of place on there. Perfection.

briana said...

You're going to let me wear this on my date tonight, yes?

Also, I've been thinking that I might need a crochet meat bikini...

Heather said...

Oh I'm having nostalgic flashbacks...school lunches in a Miss Piggy lunchbox LOL Love it!

Samantha said...

you are too too much! LOVE it. FYI, when I saw the title, I thought the "My Bologna" song would be sung to the tune of "My sharona"...

Pamela Foreman said...

AWESOME! That looks so neat! WTG!

Ellen Bloom said...

I want to be in the front row of the Project Wrongway Fashion Show so I can throw some meat tenderizing flakes at the models!
Brilliant designs, Dahling!

bunny said...

I love it! I can't wait to see what you come up with next.

Michelle said...

OMG. So brilliant. I'll admit though that my vegarian eyes first saw a gigantic slice of watermelon. Mmmmm...watermelon.

Cheryl said...

Oh my god...I love the olive loaf shawl......
it could have a pimento stuffed olive hat!!!

I am waiting for the head cheese vest!!! (me and Lisa s have the same penchant for sickening things apparently!!!)

MonkeyGurrrrrl said...

You are amazing, in a truly sick kinda way. Kudos for a job well done!!! (well done? Gettit? Like, for your bbq wrap?)

Rose said...

It's perfect - and I KNOW you can come up with more food-inspired goodness!

joanna said...

that's a slice of olive loaf... now where is that giant bag of wonder bread?!?

your shawl is too cool... i love it! i can't wait to see what is next!

sylv said...

It's great ! And makes me hungry..!!! ;-)

michelle said...

Simply delightful and de-lovely. Must share with my equally fiber obsessed sister.

Red Rocket said...

The applique was right on; it looks like you could almost sit there and pluck the olive and pimento right out. Love it.

Imaginary Maggie said...

After reading your first line I actually WAS thinking "What's next, Spam Leg Warmers?" No, really!

Honsetly, I have much desire to try this one. Keep On Knittin'!

Momo said...

Wow! Will your affair with lunch meats ocntinue? Should we be expecting Mortadella berets? ;-)

Seriously, that is awesome. Shawls are such a serious business. I love your joie di vive.

Heatherly said...

so, you like meat?
or are you a vegean living vicariously thru yarn????

Starfish said...

ahhhh...somebody stole my head cheese joke...anyway It's uh...hmmm...it's something! To what occasion does one wear a bologna shawl?

Amy said...

So...have you shown your meaty creations to those women in your LYS?

I'd love to see their reaction on the finished product of the "bologna colored yarn".

Amy O'Neill Houck said...

Regina--you've done it again! And you know combining knit and crochet as all the rage... great job!

Norah said...

I love this!!!

Jana said...

very cool regina. personally, i am a mac n cheese bologna girl:)

natasha said...

regina, whilst i HATE olive loaf, but do love bologna (my unamerican parents never bought it) and i love love love the red tape around the outside. whilst it is very obviously olive loaf, it is also gorgeous in an abstract way. i would love to see you make some abstract wearables. and yes i am in to do a pippi longstocking project with you. crazy ones!

knitting pinki said...

I so love this shawl. You wouldn't happen to be thinking about writing a pattern for this one?

ErnestoDLS said...

I absolutely love bologna and am so glad to find that I am not alone! Peace to bologna lovers everywhere. Time for another sandwich, peace out.