Superhuman Cyborg Knitters Spotted in Nashville
September 13, 2012
I don’t know about you, but it is HARD to carve out time for that most important part of life: sitting in a coffee bar with chums, knitting and getting all jacked up on cappuccino.
The other day I managed to peel off to hang out with Mareike (I’ve written about her overachieving/disgustingly modest ways before) and her sister Katharina, who was in town from Frankfurt. (Those of us in the South quickly add “Germany” in order to distinguish it from the Kentucky Frankfort which is lovely but frankly not German.)
Kay, these women are not like us. They knit in the way that we do not understand. It is fast. It is continental. It’s the sort of knitting where they’re chucking cable needles back and forth while conversing freely in a language that is not their first language.
Katharina was making this clever thing:
Here’s what Marieke was working on.
She’s using yarn that Katharina gave her–the same cobwebby yarn that Katharina used for her own version of this shawl.
This is Lily Chin’s brilliant pattern from 2000, Reversible Cabled-Rib Shawl–one of the most gorgeous knitting patterns I’ve ever seen.
The difference between the original pattern and what Mareike and Katharina are doing? The pattern calls for US 7 (4.5mm needles). They’re using US 1.5 (1.5 mm) needles.
My terrible photo does not capture the tiny scale of these stitches, or the six feet or so of it that Mareike has already completed. So I just cadged two pix from Katharina’s Ravelry page to give you a sense of what happens when you do reversible cables at tiny scale:
So lush. Love this.
While you’re thinking about this pattern, take a peek over at our ol’ pal Erin’s recently completed version of this shawl at her blog Pepperknit.com. A beautiful shawl and San Francisco? Doesn’t get much better than that.
PS I am getting that serious Fall Is Here knitting jones. Humidity drops below 80%? Pavlovian reaction.
PSS Having a great time over with the Ten Pound Losers. Has to be the smartest group of losers anywhere. The advice and support are flying–come on over. Catnurse just posted a recipe for Low-carb “Doughnut” Muffins–now there’s a CONCEPT!