Miters of the Corn
October 15, 2007
When Amber comes over, here’s the script:
“AMBER COMES OVER: A SCENE IN ONE SCENE”
[Amber and Kay embrace while jumping up and down and squealing, you-just-made-the-cheerleading-squad style.]
[More jumping, now spinning.]
Amber: Stripes YES!
[Yarn now tumbling out of plastic bags as jumping slows due to advancing age of one and advancing pregnancy of the other.]
Amber [gasping slightly]: Gees…..
[Big hug. Fade to snacktime and knitting of loud stripey mitery things.]
I happened to be in a cornfield yesterday with the latest collaborative blanket Amber and I made for afghans for Afghans. It was the perfect setting for a photo shoot.
There was even a handsome, not-that-into-modeling model, just like in Martin Storey and Wendy Baker’s new book, Knitting For Him (which has some really great, updated classic designs for men, and one long-haired model who out-Rowans all previous Rowan models in his ability to gaze into the middle distance while appearing unaware of his astonishing beauty). (Seriously, this book is a great find, despite dear Martin’s introduction in which he suggests that most of the knitting for men is done by their “womenfolk”. Which may be true. But still. Womenfolk? But I digress. Back to cornfield.)
The blanket was ready for its closeup. Note the marling of the yarns. We knit with 2 strands of mostly-heathered Cascade 220 shades. It is against the Book of Amber & Kay for both strands to be the same shade. (No no NO! Can’t have THAT.) Each miter started with 120 stitches. For this blanket Kay used Size 11s and Amber used Size 13s, but we can’t really recommend that big of a gauge. Our first blanket was a bit nicer, gauge-wise, with Amber on the US 11s and Kay on the US 10s. (Proving that loose knitters and medium-tight knitters can live together in peace and harmony.) We joined our miters together, picked up and knit garter stitch borders (4 ridges), put teeny miters in the corners, and then finished it off with an applied i-cord edge.
Applied I-Cord is my new boyfriend; I do not know how I lived without Applied I-Cord.
Cornfield As Entertainment
Joseph and I took the blanket on a tractor/wagon ride through a cornfield in Water Mill, New York.
This was a multi-media extravaganza. Have you been on one of these? Have they come to Nashville yet?
Snow White! (The seven dwarfs were there, but too short to be in the picture.)
Candy corn! Get it?