My So-Called Handknit Presents
December 9, 2005
I said I’m not knitting gifts this holiday season, and I did not tell a lie. But I am giving handknits the NEW, FAST, EASY way!
What is the NEW, FAST, EASY way to give exquisite handknits like these?
You buy ’em, silly!
To ensure that you’re buying hi-kwalidy handknits, you must Know The Provenance.
The provenance of these is most excellent. Cristina made them for a school holiday bazaar, I found out about it (an ex-litigator’s interrogation skills die if not used; I think I got this info with the classic lame-o deposition-ending question: “Is there anything else you’d like to tell me about?”), and the rest is history. Wins all around for the school bazaar, me, Cristina (what knitter doesn’t want her work to go to a good home?) and the end-users.
Both scarves use the swell stitch pattern from Stacey’s “My So-Called Scarf”, which yields a different effect in each case.
This one is knit vertically (i.e., the normal way), in stripes of blue Manos and (I think) Noro Transitions (the yarn that boasts A Luxury Fiber For Every Allergy). Isn’t it dreamy? (Edited: Cristina says it’s Noro Kochoran, possibly with cat hair!)
This one has a cool retro-prep vibe. Cristina knit it horizontally (huge cast-on but few rows) in stripes of 100% wool that was hand-dyed, with vegetable pigments, by a friend of Cristina’s. Some friend! Some scarf! With new radiant action!
And you’ll love this part: you, Ann, are getting in on the virtual knitting fun, because these lovelies are going, from you and me, to our fabby photogs Steve and Sue. Aren’t they just perfect for them? S & S are so sweatery and vintagey (and they don’t read knitting blogs so this doesn’t blow the surprise element), and so appreciative of any object bearing the mark of the human hand. We owe them sweaters or a handknit sofa for how nice they were to us, but for now I think these beauties will hold that thought.
Shop on, little buddy, support your local bazaar-knitters, and happy weekend everybody.