So I’m Fickle
September 22, 2003
Been doing some thinking this weekend about the very serious matter of what we’re knitting for each other in the CurlsandPurlsNYC knitalong. Particularly what you’re knitting for me.
I took a look at my initial selection, a pattern in last year’s ‘Knit It!’ Mag for a cardi called ‘Hippy Chic’. To tell you the truth, it was just too damn easy. For starters, the button band was knit right on, which would deprive you of the existential angst of figuring out just how ‘slightly’ to ‘slightly stretch’ the separately knit-on buttonband as required by those demonic designers at Rowan. Also, it was 18 stitches over 4 inches in a well-behaved yarn (All Seasons Cotton), and in (yawn) stocking stitch. I know you like to use MUCH smaller needles, my fidgety little friend, and I remember how much you enjoyed getting used to Linen Drape in our last one-on-one exchange. (By ‘getting used to’, I mean ‘hating and cursing.’) Plus, I recently gave myself a stern talking-to about the urgent need for de-stashing before anybody (and by ‘anybody’, I mean a tall, cuddly and indulgent person known as the Big Adorable) discovers that Liberty bag in the closet–and I had no ASC in stash in the appropriate quantity.
All of which brings us to your mission, should you choose to accept it. I give you:
Before any freaking out occurs, let me tell you just a few of the reasons that Florence has a helluva lot going for her.
a. She’s ‘vintage’ Rowan. This pattern is from The Chenille Collection, which is hard to find anymore. We all know they’re going to discontinue this yarn any minute. So it’s an honor and a privilege to be entrusted with a bag of the stuff.
b. She’s in Fine Cotton Chenille, in a soothing navy blue that is probably called something not at all suggestive of navy blue.
Here’s what the Information Page says on the subject of “Knitting With Chenille”:
“Getting the tension correct when knitting with chenille can be difficult. Knitters often get a bar between each stitch [huh?] making the knitting too open. This is because the pile does not allow the yarn to re-adjust itself on the needles, so the stitch has to be created in a more precise way. [Uh-oh!] If you run your finger tips down a length of chenille you will feel the pile is smoother one way than the other, so when knitting you will find it much easier if the pile is going away from your knitting rather than towards it and also unlike knitting fairisle where you spread your stitches to keep the work elastic [who knew?], when knitting with chenille keep the stitch just knitted close to the tip of the right hand needle and then work the next stitch close up to it.”
Got that? As you would say, ‘Clip ‘N Save’.
c. She’s only rated 2 Rowan ‘skeins’, and therefore, as any fool knows, is ‘suitable for the average knitter’. I know you’re up to it! Although, looking at the instructions, I note that there is a ‘Left Back Panel’, a ‘Centre Back Panel’, and a ‘Right Back Panel’ which, I’m guessing, have to be joined in the correct formation. Whoo-ee!!
d. It’s in Moss Stitch. You love Moss Stitch.
e. I’m going to love it and wear it all the time and give you all the credit.
Let me know if there’s a problem.
P.S. Florence was photographed on location at The Manor, Hemingford Grey, Huntingdon. It’s the oldest continuously inhabited house in Britain (which explains the stack of magazines behind Florence)! The upstairs hall echoes with nine centuries of family conversations! Does that make you feel better?