April 26, 2005
So glad that there’s a Civil War re-enactment going over in the comments at the Harlot’s. I love a big throwdown, especially when Bless Your Hearts can be applied.
I just wanted to point out, for those having trouble with the accent down here, that there are a few Southerners who have managed to make themselves heard:
Exhibit A: Faulkner. Somehow those guys in Oslo understood him when he went to PICK UP HIS NOBEL PRIZE in damn literature.
Exhibit B: Flannery O’Connor. We should all be so odd.
Exhibit C: Johnny Cash. Can’t get no plainer spoken than this.
Exhibit D: Oprah. (A moment of silence, please.)
Exhibit E: Chaucer. YES HE DID. HE DID TOO HAVE A SOUTHERN ACCENT.
Exhibit F: OK that’s all I have. I can’t understand anybody down here myself.
Anyway, we’re sorry that Stephanie didn’t make it to Nashville, but as soon as we figger out how to read, we’re going to have a real good time reading her book.
On to the Knitting
Now that Lent is over, I can return to my New Year’s Resolution of finishing objects left forlornly on the shoulder of the Creativity Superhighway.
Here’s Asta! Remember Asta? I didn’t, until I was driven so insane with book-related knittery that I wanted, just for a moment, to set in a sleeve. Just a simple sleeve. Please?
So I’ve finished it, and it’s just swell–for somebody exactly one size smaller than me. I really wanted to make a fitted sweater, a departure from the boxy cardigans that are my style-free style signature. As I sewed up this sleek item, I knew it would be a close call, and as it turned out, Asta fits all right–like a latex glove. Yikes! Since when do I have an 18-hour figure like THIS? I haven’t felt this busty since seventh grade when I got my first brassiere. Once I sew the bow on the front, I shall send this immediately off to my sister Bufffy, she of the Audrey Hepburn 12-hour figure.
Let’s review the Features that make Asta fun: the ribbed part on the bottom is cast off, then you pick up using a second color on the wrong side, to make that little braided-looking ridge. Cool. And the band along the neckline is a rolled edge of stockinette that happens when you pick up a jillion stitches all the way around the neckband.
[Details for posterity: Asta is from Rowan 35, done in Rowan Cotton Glace and Patons Grace (Cotton Glace’s secret, less pricey twin). Size 3 needles. It was just a party on the needles. Cotton Glace/Patons Grace is beautiful to work with, so sheeny and well defined.]
Must go rinse out the house dress, soak the ham, and get Uncle Cedric to come out of his room so he can get the pig out from under the house.