A Winner! And Bittersweet Last Winter Knits
April 11, 2011
After a fairly laborious random drawing process, we have a winner in our Cast-On-Your-Blanket Contest:
Kristin of Bend, Oregon, ravname knitonequilttoo.
We welcome everybody who has cast on a Mitered Crosses Blanket–the Mitered Crosses Blanket group on Ravelry is growing fast, and you’ll already find a PhD program’s worth of insight into the very soul of making miters. Thanks so much to all the hardy souls over there explaining their philosophy of picking up stitches. I find all this wildly compelling.
(Feel free to buy a couple dozen more Mitered Crosses Blanket patterns to benefit Japan–today’s aftershocks remind me that this recovery effort is going to take a mighty long time.)
The Last Knits of Winter
Kay, I love it when you come to Nashville, because you always leave something behind. That black Eileen Fisher t-shirt has given me a lot of pleasure. The test-knit dishcloth works great, five years later, despite the fact that I never wove in the ends. I have continued to feed the child you forgot to take back with you. And most recently, I totally and completely jumped on your almost-done Gaptastic Cowl, which lacked only twenty rows.
That Madeline Tosh DK, doubled, was my first experience with that stuff. Good grief. It’s the purply cowl in the photo. It’s so gorgeous.
And Jen Geigley’s pattern is so satisfying, so absolutely devoid of challenge, that I made another one on our return trip from spring break in Rome. I mean: I made the whole thing. I watched four entire feature-length movies, back to back: we landed, happy to be home and me QUEASY QUEASY after ingesting three skeins of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Bulky (a buttery, brilliant yarn) and too much Russell Crowe, Angelina Jolie, Diane Keaton, and Harrison Ford. Paul Giamatti, however, could get me through at least two more Gaptastic Cowls. Love him.
Sad that cowl season is behind us, but wait until next fall: double cowls!