Morticia Addams, But In a Good Way
May 21, 2010
I’m running out the door to Boston, but I must fulfill my mission of encouraging the knitting of many more Volts. Look at Ravelry–there are only 16 documented Volts! That is an insufficient number of Volts, given what a satisfying, gorgeous, intriguingly-constructed knit it is.
I will admit that in my chosen colorway of greys, black and acid green, this might be Charles Addams’ (or Tim Burton’s, or Wes Craven’s) favorite shawl. There is something about it that shrieks, “Morticia”! But it shrieks, “Morticia, you look FABULOUS.” (And not for nothing, but I am in no danger of being mistaken for Anjelica Huston as I go about my daily routine.)
Get a load of the wingspan on this baby.
I highly recommend the upgrade to cashmere. It’s pricey, of course, but you are going to be knitting on this for quite a while, and you are going to own it for the rest of your natural life, and you are going to be very, very happy at every stage that it’s cashmere. Also, you are going to have lots of little cashmere nuggets left over for future fabulous knitting.
While knitting Volt, with the piece bunched up on a circular the whole time, I had an inner conversation going about how I am no waifish knitwear model and it wasn’t going to be big enough to truly wrap my hulking bulk in. This was, like most negative self-talk, nonsense. Volt blocked out to an extravagant amplitude. It’s a wearable blanket. Light as a feather, wide as the sky.
The one thing I would do differently, next time, is to do the i-cord edging to match the colors on the edge, instead of in the contrast color. With i-cord, it’s ridiculously easy to change color at exactly the right spot, and it’s no trouble to hide the ends, and I think an “edgeless edge” would be a lovely refinement, like a painting without a frame or a quilt with no borders. Needless to say, I did not feel strongly enough about this to re-do the edging. Never! A done edging is, by definition, a perfectly fine edging.
Boston-area knitters, please come see me this weekend!
When I get back on Sunday night, I want to see at least 20 Volts on Ravelry. Fail not at your peril.*
*This phrase was at the end of every subpoena I ever issued. I believe the technical term for it is an empty threat.