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Curling: The Sport of Kings

Dear Kay,
While you’re off daytripping to Philadelphia, I’m sitting here snurfling my head off and wiping everything with disinfectant wipes. I like how wipes make it possible to give the illusion of cleanliness without having to actually, uh, clean anything.
One travel note: on your trip today, please try to refrain from felting anything in the train’s bathroom.
People, Can’t We All Just Get Along?
For the record, the Great Button Vote of ’05 resulted in the following tally:
Button 1: 26
Button 2: 30
Button 3: 1
Button 4: What is it good for? Absolutely NOTHIN’.
As is her wont, Mary Neal swam against the tide of Button 2 support and went with Button 1. She is, after all, from a blue state. Thanks to everyone who voiced an opinion. Democracy in action always leaves me teary eyed.
Massively Late, Massively Curly
I am very, very late with a present for Frannie. Have you ever just totally blown a birthday? Oy, I’m having a pang just thinking about this. In hopes of somehow redeeming myself, I’ve been working feverishly (and I do mean in a fever) on a scarf for Frannie.
You see, Frannie was the friend who got me knitting again after a decade’s hiatus. We were standing in line waiting to hear Martha Stewart speak at the Nashville Antiques and Garden show. Us and a thousand other people. (Please don’t ask why we allowed ourselves to do this. It was group hysteria.) Martha had found the chair arrangement not to her liking, so we waited for the chairs to be rejiggered. An hour, at least. Frannie had brought along a wee ball of a multicolor yarn–she was learning to knit. As we stood, and stood, and stood some more, she handed me the needles and said, “Want to knit?” Without a blink I said, “Sure.” And here we are.
I now know that the wee ball was Koigu. Frannie is still working on the necktie that she was working on four years ago. It looks great, and she’s about halfway done. (Her husband, to be fair, is quite tall.) In honor of Frannie’s ongoing relationship with Koigu, I’m making her a scarf:
This tube of variegated goodness (Koigu PPPM 715, which I call “Sunset in Grundy County”) is the diagonal rib pattern from Ann Budd’s Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns. I can’t get over how tubey it wants to be. You know that thing about stockinette curling up? I’ve never seen such curling–from eight inches to two.
If you spread it out, it just wants to curl right back up. I’m looking forward to seeing what a little BLOCKING will do to this. But if it persists in curling, well, I’m not going to get in its way.



  1. Oh Ann, I just LOVE it when you koigu!

  2. Funny that resembles a slighly less askew Clapotis — how cool! I really like the pattern and will have to get the book.

  3. I like it tubey-style. Is it wrong that I’m sort of hoping it doesn’t want to stay blocked?

  4. You forgot the “UH!” as in “Absolutely NOTHING, UH!”

  5. Oh my god–I gave Ann bad germs. In my defense it was not until Saturday morning that I knew I was well and truly sick… I’M SORRY!!!
    And Kay, I think we must have crossed paths in the park yesterday. I was wandering around the same places, but without the knitting.

  6. ….. i feel so sorry for buttons #3 and #4…. i hope no one took those selections personally….. taste is such a curious “beast”….

  7. …..and when I saw the headline, I was so looking forward to a story about that obscure Canadian sport that nobody in the world does except the…uh….Canadians (my uncle, in particular). Well, ok, maybe the Icelanders or something. But I must agree with Dawn — I kinda hope it stays all tubular-like.

  8. Dawn–I’m sort of hoping for a tubey outcome, but I’m knitting eight inches across on this thing and I’m getting two inches of bang for my buck. Must show off all that knitting. Or next time, knit something two inches across.
    Jenny–I guarantee you, there are at least a hundred opportunities for me to meet up with some choice cold germs. Although, I reckon, a New York cold has a nice, exotic cachet to it, so I’m going to blame you.
    And Norma–I’ve provided some choice curling links for you over in Snippets. I’ve been behind in my curling reportage–so glad to catch up. Go USA!

  9. Hello,
    Of course, if one googles “knitting” and “curling” most of the links are about stocking stitch, but look, a curling sweater pattern:
    Although I am Canadian, I have never curled. Honest.
    Mary de

  10. Not that I have food on the brain or anything but at first glance I thought your curly scarf was a sherbet type thing… yummy!
    Anyway it looks divine (even though it’s not edible) and I think the curlyness will make it lovely & warm.

  11. I know I’m a strange American, but I once commandeered my Canadian friends’ TV to watch the North American Curling Championships. And I have curled, in Scotland. Though a good blocking cured it.

  12. Ann, what if you went with the tubular form and used it as a slipcover for a little muslin tube of rice? I’ve seen these at stores. People microwave them and throw them around their neck to ease the aches in their neck and shoulders.

  13. That’s gorgeous Ann – how much koigu are u using for it?

  14. Ann,
    Have you perused the new Spring Interweave Knits? I happened to notice the bi-color brioche sweater (http://www.interweave.com/images/imagesknit/img_knit_backissue/bi-color_brioche.jpg) and thought of your aborted boo-hoo too experiment. This sweater seems quite proud of its Swiss guard roots and actually kinda pulls it off. Might be a thought.

  15. Ann, I think you ought to investigate the Brioche Sweater. And not just because it’s named after a Baked Good. xox Kay


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