See those? Them's my new jeans! You know how difficult it is to find the perfect pair of jeans. I know you do.
I've been looking for 6 months for a pair of skinny, narrow-at-the-ankles jeans that aren't so ridiculously low. Let's face it, while I do have somewhat of a waist, I'm not 17 anymore. I can't have the jeans be so low that my underwear's showing. Actually, I'm not sure 17-year-olds should be doing that right now, either. But that's another story.
I can't wear jeans to work, so I rarely allow myself to buy a new pair. A couple of years ago, I had, like, 12 pairs in active rotation. In the last two years, I've only bought one pair of jeans, and have only 3 in active rotation: one really comfortable, one really tight for going out, and one all-around appropriate, which gets so much wear it now has a hole at the cuff (my mother's ears are turning red).
Enter this "new" (yeah, not new at all, I know) skinny jean that's everywhere. I wanted a pair since last fall, but you couldn't get them anywhere. Not unless you had $200 to drop on a pair of Seven's. Which, admittedly, are wonderful. But honestly, I'd rather spend the money on yarn. It won't go out of style in 6 months.
Anyway, long story slightly shorter, I tried on, literally, 20 pairs of jeans over the last 6 months, looking for a perfect pair. Unfortunately, I'm always between sizes. The 29 size is too loose, the 28 too tight. The size 6 zips up, but I feel like a sausage stuffed in there. The size 8 is too baggy, it falls off my hips.
So how did this (oh so very serious) problem get resolved? Yesterday I tried Express again, and after trying on 5 pairs that were almost right, I gave up and walked out of the fitting room. The size 2, 17-year-old fitting room girl asked me if I was going to take any of the pile of jeans in my hands . . . and I noticed she had the perfect skinny pair on herself. Convinced they only looked perfect because of her lack of hips, I half-heartedly let her lead me to the display and pick up a size 6 and two size 8's. Wouldn't you know it? The size 6 was skin-tight (I am from Jersey, I don't need to LOOK like I'm from Jersey, thankyouverymuch), the size 8, huge. But the second pair of size 8's? Just right! They're a little too long, I need to hem them, but I wore them all day (only cuz I'm working from home today!) and I'm totally, completely in love. Obviously, or I wouldn't be subjecting you to this entry. =)
And they were under $60! Yeah! (for those who might be interested in scoring a pair before they go out of style: They're the ultra low rise (which sit higher than the "designer" band low-rise), straight leg version, they say "X2" on the tag)
As your reward for putting up with all this, which I'm sure doesn't interest 99% of you, here's a sneak peak at the next cuff-to-cuff sweater I'm designing:
I'm more than half-way done with this one, it'll feature tighter, shorter sleeves and a longer, cabled body, with a wide rib around the neckline. I'm using Colinette Giotto that's been in my stash for a year, it's so beautiful!
And I bought more yarn for yet another version of this little guy, the next one will be shorter and have some contrasting yarn details.
Oh. And the WEBS sale I mentioned yesterday? They're backordered on the two colors of 220 that I ordered, I won't get them for like 3 weeks. When I got the email I actually thought, "OH GOOD!"
I told you I don't need more yarn. (or jeans)