Deep Winter Knitting
January 24, 2014
Actually, I’d like to address this note to Canada. Dear Canada: WE’VE GOT YOUR WEATHER DOWN HERE. PLEASE COME GET IT.
The only upside to it being 3 outside is, of course, the knitter’s paradise that comes with freakin’ cold-ass weather. Bring it on: I am wearing my most industrial gear, grateful for it all: Boreal, Laurel, Donegal, and that dense wonder, the Bubble Wrap Cowl.
This morning I even took a handknit directly off the blocking board and looped it around my neck. Back in the spring when I started it, this Pine Bough Cowl by Dianna Walla seemed like an awfully chunky handknit. I stash-busted some Cascade 220 for this bit of impulse knitting—you know how it is when you see a pattern, stop, drop everything, and cast on? There were moments when I questioned the wisdom of such a heavy cowl, knit in the round to create double-thick Fair Isle. Today, with it being 3 and all, it is doing the trick without a blink. It’s a half inch thick, this thing, windproof.
I know I harp on this, but this project illustrates once again the mighty redemptive power of blocking as pertaining to Fair Isle in particular. Before:
I guess I understand literally how this happens—soaking a long while in cold water and soap with puff up just about anybody and anything—but still, it’s a sort of magic to see all that lumpy, pinchy, warbly knitting tidy up and behave. It may be my favorite moment in knitting, seeing a piece of Fair Isle turn into itself.
I knit three repeats of the pattern instead of four. Was running short of the light green and was frankly ready to be done. It still doubles around my neck, which is all that matters. Kitchenering this thing was not my favorite activity of the past week—those last stitches are kind of tricky.
No fake chinchillas were killed in the manufacturing of that hat, I promise!
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