March 2, 2010
It started with the ordinary need, right this minute, for a project I could knit without looking, or thinking. (Couldn’t manage Citron in the movies, due to the evenly-spaced increases every few rows.) (Obviously couldn’t go to the movies without knitting. Hello? This is me?) OK, I’m way behind on my baby blankets; I thought, I’ll start on a striped denim blanket like that one I made back in 2000 or 2001 and gave away to somebody I haven’t seen since 2003 (not that I’m bitter–we moved–OK, a little bitter). Cast on 66 x 3, plus 20 for the edges, knit knit knit, 10 garter, 66 stockinette, 66 reverse stockinette, 66 stockinette, 10 more garter, switch up the stockinette and reverse stockinette after every 10-row stripe, for texture (and barely noticeable knitterly interest). After 7 stripes, the thought occurred: this would be more fun if it were log cabin, but why is that? Oh well, too late now. What would make it fun? Making it into a flag would make it fun. Red yarn! So fun!
A folk-arty flag with the proportions most definitely wrong, like someone making an American flag without ever having seen one, but fun fun super fun. Almost done.
Knitting denim begets knitting more denim, and another baby boy is getting closer to walking every day, and I saw a photo of a Loretta Pettway flag quilt on a book cover, and it got me thinking about her Courthouse Steps/Bricklayer quilt that we homaged in Book 1 (now out in paperback! have you heard?):
I love this thing. All aging guaranteed 100 percent not engineered with a nail file or bleach pen or anything else that you might suspect me of. This is just the way it aged, lying on Joseph’s bed, getting more sun-bleached on the creases where it was folded, with a few mysterious light splotches. I’ve got to knit another one while I have this new Loretta Pettway quilt in my head. So that will be another baby boy well taken care of.
And something to knit in the movies.