Dipping into the Mailbag
November 4, 2003
Remember: we blog for those who are blogless.
One of the high moments in the history of Mason-Dixon Knitting was the day when a long-lost high school friend, Julie, came across Mason-Dixon Knitting and figured out that the Ann who was writing about a sister named Buffy had to be the same Ann she knew back in the previous century. And, to make it kind of creepy, despite a decade and 2,000 miles separation, she and I were both working on (smoke and wavy focus here) the very same Rowan sweater: Beth.
In the category of Ann’s Self-Esteem Must Be High Today, I’d like to share some photos from my formerly long-lost amiga whose life choices have left her at a decidedly more attractive place than some of us.
Julie in Her Beth
Ann’s Coat Hanger in Her Beth
Note the resemblance between Julie and my coat hanger. Only, my coat hanger didn’t just have a cute little baby four months ago.
When she’s not making herself tiny little Rowan sweaters, Julie makes Dale of Norways. (Or Dales of Norway?) Julie writes: “The Dale sweater took a long time only because I kept putting it down, but it really did zoom along when I was working on it. Have you done fairisle? If so, you probably know that it gets hypnotic to work on, just like stockinette with the Rowan 4 ply on teeny tiny needles. I did do it in the round, and I followed the Dale instructions, which have you sew around the armhole with a sewing machine and cut. It was a little nervewracking, but in retrospect, the process is so easy. I may do steeks on the next one. I want to do a baby Dale for Matthew (St. Anton).”
Julie, I hate to say it, but it sounds like you’ve already done a steek! Unless I’m mistaken, machine stitching then chopping is definitely steeking. Way to go, you freaky steeker.
The non-virtual mailbag continues to surprise and amaze. Emma sent me these woolly pets to add to my collection of Rowan Lightweight DK. The red shades are just a hair different, which is why the Lightweight DKs are so great: every color under the sun. Thanks, Emma!