Ready For My Sew-Up
December 1, 2003
It’s amazing the amount of knitting a person can get done when there is no computer handy. Despite martyrdom in the kitchen over the Thanksgiving weekend, I managed to power through the back, fronts, second sleeve, and collar of the Checker jacket from Tadpoles and Tiddlers. Here it is, waiting for me to give it button bands, buttonholes, and a good hot shrink ‘n fade in the washing machine:
And here’s a close-up of Checker’s zigs and zags: very competently done, if I do say so myself.
Why was I, the archetype of a frolicking, detouring, serial caster-onner working on a single project as if on a mission from God? Because it’s the Very Last Thing I Will Ever Knit For a charity Silent Auction. Well, at least it is the very last ‘choose a custom-knit sweater’ I will ever knit for a Silent Auction.
The Silent Auction Fantasy is that a true believer in better living through handknits (i.e., someone like me) will see my item in the auction catalog, recognize it as a priceless heirloom, bid it up through the roof, select a charming and fun project for me to knit for their kid, and send me a lovely handwritten note to follow up several gushing phone calls.
The Silent Auction Reality is that the auction powers-that-be lumped my custom-knit-sweater with a Mulan figurine and a gift certificate to Toys R Us, a very nice lady bought the bunch for a pittance, chose Checker (which, as photographed by Joey Toller in T & T, shows the adorable child model but not the fiddly diagonal texture pattern, the pockets, etc.), and is now audibly waiting for me to finish it so she can give it as a gift. The part that really hurts, of course, is the Mulan figurine.
But I am enjoying sailing through Checker, really I am!
P.S. What are those white things, you ask? Trash bag twist-ties, which make nifty stitch holders.