Sometimes a Great Notion
December 31, 2009
Preparing for the journey to Omaha last week, by which I mean, going through the stash and patterns and trying to figure out what to knit, I smacked myself on the forehead and said, “Hey! I could knit for a human!”
Joseph is a human, and he has been asking for a “charcoal grey sweater”–I kid you not. Back in June I bought 7 skeins of Rowan All Seasons Cotton in a lovely charcoal grey. Now all 7 skeins are in the sweater, and as you can see, there is a little problem with the sleeves being missing.
I am telling you, he was a lot smaller in June.
The pattern is the fabulous Mr. Boy by Cristina Shiffman. I will tell you that I had some moments of hesitation as I was knitting on this. Joseph’s size falls between the boy sizes and the men sizes of the pattern, but this was pretty easy to adjust for. I worried about the way the sleeves attach to the body of the sweater–they are unusually deep-set, if that’s the way to describe them. But the more I thought about it the more I thought that this is going to look really cool and boyish. A big armhole is a plus in a boy’s sweater. I think one of the reasons boys prefer sweatshirts to sweaters, apart from the fact that their mothers did not knit them, is that the deep, wide armhole of a sweatshirt is more comfortable than a typical set-in sleeve.
Which still left me with the problem of no yarn for the sleeves. I was getting myself all hepped up about going on Ravelry and rooting through other people’s stashes, and putting out a worldwide interweb SOS for my dye lot, and sending Belinda and Polly running down to Liberty’s, when another great notion occurred to me: Call the yarn store.
So I let my fingers do the walking, and rang up lovely Sakonnet Purls in Tiverton, Rhode Island, and within 5 minutes 8 more skeins in my dye lot were ordered up and on their way. Sometimes old-school technology works just great, even if you feel like you are in a Merchant Ivory movie.
Here is how Sakonnet Purls looked back in June. Aaahhhh.
Happy New Year everyone!