One Skein o’ Wonderful
August 29, 2005
Hi there! I’m back from the mountain getaway. While breathing the cool mountain air, hiking to the point of actual yodelling, and munching delicious corn and tomatoes, which were all the sweeter for being prepared by NOT ME, I managed to get in some knitting time.
I was highly motivated by this glorious pile of goodies:
… which Aunt Kathy had hauled all the way from her vacation in Nova Scotia. (Aunt Kathy is my sister-in-law, but ever since we were simu-preggers back in 1996, we have addressed each other as Aunt Kathy and Aunt Kay. And it still feels good!)
Note that in all this bounty and variety, there is one skein of each yarn. Hmmm, what to do, on vacation, with only one set of needles (#5 circular), with one skein of gorgeous yarn? Clever me, I had brought a copy of the pattern for the One Skein Wonder that everybody is making such adorable versions of. (I brought it in case, you know, while roaming the mountains, far from a yarn store, I should come across one skein of something good. I’m optimistic that way.)
My thinking was, the One Skein Wonder is not for someone like me. Personally, I am more of a Multi-Skein Wonder. An Undisclosed-Number-of-Skeins Wonder, actually. We have spoken of my plow-pushing arms, and I have to say that I can visualize how those tight n’ teeny cap sleeves would emphasize the front porch and tummy area, and I’m just not going there. But the thing about the One Skein Wonder is that it is just too dang cute not to knit for somebody. And I know several Jane Austen-y little girls who could accessorize the living heck out of a One Skein Wonder. So I started out with one for niece Maggie, who had helped pick out the yarn in Nova Scotia, bless her.
The One Skein Wonder is a fun knit. It’s a top-down raglan with no front, basically. And it’s extremely clever how you seam the one-inch seam of the arms, and then you can do the ribbed edging for the neck and the bottom in the round. It doesn’t look like much lying flat, but look how cute it is on a real live little girl (here Carrie substitutes for her cousin, who was Unavailable At Time Of Photoshoot):
My next One Skein Wonder will be for Carrie, in time for High Holiday services (I know she has her mini-Kiri, but this is a serious holiday requiring two complete changes of outfit). She is already talking about wearing it to school with a long-sleeve t-shirt and jeans. When we get that kind of kid enthusiasm about a handknit, it’s time to start cranking them out, people!
Technical note: How did I make a kid-sized version? Remember how I said I just had a #5 circular with me? Well, the pattern is gauged for heavier yarn. So I just cast on the same number of stitches in my light worsted 70% mohair 30% wool handspun, hand-dyed yarn from Angora Hill in Nova Scotia. I wanted the back to be a bit longer than the one in the pattern, so I just knit more rows. I had plenty of yarn left over from a 100g skein. It worked out great. I think for Carrie’s version I will cast on fewer stitches at the beginning, and make the arms a bit smaller so that it is truly a shrug and not a bolero. But I like the way this one fits her. Anyway, it all worked out, just winging it. I’m a happy camper, literally.