Department of Knitting With Tony Award Winners
July 8, 2005
In the words (and non-word) of the slogan, I heart New York. Sure, it is a patriotic act to take the subway, but there are rewards. Every so often, something fun happens. Like this morning, when BD Wong asked me about a play I saw last night (the Playbill was sticking out of my bag). We chatted for a minute about the wonderful performance of S. Epatha Merkerson. He knew he was BD Wong, and I knew he was BD Wong, but we were both too cool to mention it. (That’s me, isn’t it? So dang cool.)
Fun fact: I was knitting during this conversation. What was I knitting?
My swatch for Kiri! At long last, I am knitting Kiri. Remembering your early life-and-death struggles with Kidsilk Haze, I tried out the lace pattern on some leftover Tahki Cotton Classic. I can see that it is easy to memorize once you visualize the leaves and get their stitch counts fixed in the brain. But I dread the unintentional K2togs that I am sure to commit, with such a fine and fluffy so-called yarn as Kidsilk Haze.
This project is destined for my contribution to the Rowanettes’ Edgy Exchange. Hey! I know I’m starting late, but the pattern says it only took Polly 24 hours! (So for me, could it take THAT much longer than, say, 48? 96? The rest of my natural life?)
Here’s the question: Should I do it, as I intended, in Kidsilk Haze, or in Euroflax 100% Linen Sportweight? (I happen to have both In-Stash.) Either yarn will show the lace. The linen, while stringy, is much easier to manage on the needles, since you can both see and feel the stitches (seeing and feeling are great advantages in knitting, I find). Personally, I like a nice linen wrap in warmer weather, and the Euroflax has a wonderful swing and drape. On the other hand, in the world of lace shawl yarns, kid mohair is the pink Cadillac with fins. Knitting with a weightless, invisible substance would surely be a character-building experience for me.
Ooh–I feel a Blog Poll coming on!
I am prepared to obey, or at least give deep consideration to, the Will of the People.