December 1, 2011
Hey there. I’m knitting and quilting through the tangle of a very hectic time of year, and life. Here is an update on the Dress That For Five Minutes I Thought Would Be Finished For Thanksgiving, aka Allegheny.
This is near the end of Skein 6. A wonderful pattern, just the right level of difficulty for sitting at the bedside of an Australian friend who broke her shoulder in a fall on Second Avenue while transporting two pies crosstown on Thanksgiving morning. Believe it or not, the pies survived the ambulance ride and the emergency room and were pronounced delicious. Friend is mending but OUCHIE, and how terrible to be going under the knife so far away from home.
Twitter followers will silently shake their heads, remembering that I’ve been at the end of Skein 6 before, and had to rip back a whole skein, and then some, when a mystery hole appeared on the front. Yes I tried to fix it without ripping, but it was not a simple matter of pulling up a dropped stitch; it was an undiagnosable, half-baked mess of a stitch that formed the hole. (No I couldn’t stand to just leave it, or put a button on it. I like to knit. I felt much better after the rip and rewind. Leave me alone.) So now I’m back to where I was, and I’m happy.
Pause to reflect upon the beauty of a simple cable within another simple cable, and also on the lovely flatness of the larger cable. I think it’s the flatness of that cable that makes the dress so flattering. It’s a cable without the pouf. Some of us are in pouf minimization mode, particularly in the Muffin Zone. We appreciate a flat cable.
STAY TUNED FOR FREE PATTERN. This is a button-on scarf/cowl–a scowl–that can be knit up in a couple of hours and given away to stylish friends and also to friends who could stand to be more stylish. It’s not rocket science by any means, but I’ve been around the block enough times to know that the people like the turn-by-turn directions. I solemnly promise to post it by midnight tonight even if it means I can’t watch last night’s East Enders episodes until then.
Putting the “cowl” in “scowl.”