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Surrender? Neverrrrrrrr!

Dear Kay,
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?
astafinished.jpg
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.
Love,
Ann

33 Comments

33 Comments

  1. Chaucer as in Geoffrey as in ‘The Wife of Bath’, ‘Miller’s Tale’ etc? Did he? I didn’t think America was discovered then? Or is there an American one?

  2. oh ann….re ASTA….”it’s a little bit country….it’s a little bit rock and roll…” oh, whatever….i’m hyperventilating….it’s in the masterpiece category!

  3. Tip: Leave the pig under the house–he keeps the star-nosed moles away.
    xo, c.

  4. Hahahahahahahaaha! Of course Chaucer was southern. Who else would talk like “Whan that April with his showres soote/The droughte of March hath perced to the toote” I can hear it, can’t everybody? Get with the program!
    Nice to know about Cotton Glace/Patons Grace. Fab!
    Give Uncle Cedric a kiss for me, though wait until he has his teeth in. You know he’s much too slobbery without them.

  5. Hey, no! Chaucer was surely the king of the “oot” and “aboot” school of pronounciation! Central Canada, for sure. And I bet he said “hyuge” too. My brother in law doesn’t even say the H at all, just “what a yuge cup of coffee you have there.”

  6. Asta is beautiful.Lucky Buffy.
    A bit hyper-sensitive there.Possibly ? I didn’t detect anything nasty in what Stephanie wrote – she seemed to be laughing at herself quite a bit.
    Chaucer is from the south.Southern England that is ! We have castles and the like that are considerably older than America !

  7. Congratulations on finishing Asta! It gives hope to all of us laboring on tiny needles. (Periodically. Not sure if I really get to call it “laboring” when I only pick up the tiny needles for a few hours every couple of weeks.)
    If only there was some cosmic knitting blender where we could swap sizing problems. I just finished a tank for myself…and it is one, maybe two sizes too large. I’m really hoping it will fit my sister, because to go straight from the finishing basket to the Goodwill bag is a little much to bear.

  8. Aw, Emma, Stephanie was hilarious–it was the skirmishing in the comments that I was talking about!
    Speaking as an Alabama-born girl, I have to laugh at the South or be consumed by it.
    xoxoxoxo

  9. In the central Southern part of Virginia, “oot” and “aboot” are completely common pronunciations. And I don’t think there are any Canadians settled there.
    There’s no way a non-Southern can understand the South. And frankly, we Southerns like it that way! :)

  10. You forgot Shelby Foote in your exhibits. He wrote about the Civil War and was one of the featured historians in the Ken Burns series on PBS, aptly entitled “The Civil War”.

  11. Yay for Suh-thuhn speak, ya heah! We just watched “Cold Mountain” this weekend chez knittish. And next weekend we’re taking BF’s adorable Yankee parents to some good ‘ole Confederate battlefields for a spell. =p Really!

  12. When I moved from New England to Florida, there was some culture shock. 8 years later, I have a much deeper appreciation of what people go through when moving in the other direction, from South to North. After reading some of the comments at Harlot’s yesterday, I spent a lot of humming “Hey Porter,” a Johnny Cash song about riding the train home from the North and being really excited to be back in familiar territory.
    Shucks, girl. Pour yourself a nice glass of sweet tea & treat yourself to a chapter or two of Cornbread Nation: The United States of Barbecue, some of the most riveting food writing you’re likely to come across. I”ll keep the coals hot for you.

  13. Er, um, but aren’t Nobel Prizes handed out in Sweden?? Last time I checked, Oslo is the capitol of Norway . . .

  14. yeah, the Nobels are usually done in Stockholm. But I bet they understood him in Oslo too. What an interesting sweater. Model shot?
    Born and raised Louisianian proud to have placed in a fishing rodeo and say y’all at yale.

  15. LOL! Don’t ask me about geography–I’m too busy chasing the dang pig out from under the house.
    You’re right, Deb, about Nobel prizes being given out in Stockholm. But, see, a long time ago I had a boss who went to see Elie Wiesel get his Nobel peace prize, and he went to Oslo. So now I’m thinking I’ve lost my mind. So I go rooting around in http://www.nobelprize.org and sure enough, the peace prize is given in Oslo by the Norwegian (and surely more peaceful than the Swedish) Nobel Committee. So: Mr. Faulkner did gave his speech in Stockholm. But if Mr. Faulkner had worked on the accent, maybe he would have got to go to Oslo. And maybe I’ll shut up now.
    And Lauren–Jane Russell here is not going to model that sweater. My svelte sister Buffy will model it, if I can get her to sit still. Now, before anybody gets all het up about my body self-image, don’t worry–I love me plenty. I’m plenty svelte. But if a garment is designed for a person with a coat hanger physique, then it needs to be modeled by a coat hanger physique. Thassall.

  16. Yay, Ann! What she said.

  17. You’re totally cracking me up. I wouldn’t last a second south of Philadelphia – I know this for sure. The sweater looks wonderful. I have a coat hanger sister too! Do you hate her sometimes? ;-)

  18. Hmmm, why has Kay been so quiet today?
    Because the Kay has learned, that when the Ann starts talking about the pigs under the house and the skins of the road kill tacked up on the side of the shed, it’s best for the Kay to stay clear for a while.
    Faulkner! Oy! Always with the Faulkner!
    xoxo Kay

  19. Ann’s on the money.
    Not only did Chaucer have a “Southern” accent, he said Really Bad Things about the “Northern” accent.
    Of course, the Yorkshiremen said Really Bad Things about the Londoners, too….

  20. Does Glace rhyme with Grace?? I always said it to myself as Glas-ay, like it really fancy, but Iv’e been known to mispronounce just about everything. It looks great, I’m sure your sister will enjoy it :)

  21. Ann, you made me laugh and ASTA is beautiful, even if it doesn’t fit you, it’ll be great on Buffy.
    xoxo

  22. Aw foot Honey that thang is utterly too too. What size did you use in the pattern?

  23. oh my. so great. after that absolutely great blanket, too. so many items to drool over (over which to drool?)

  24. I will always remember ol’ Lewis Grizzard (pronounced grizz-ARD–may he R.I.P.) saying he was asked one time on a trip up north: “Do you people READ?”
    I mean, really!
    We do, you know. You DID know this, didn’t you? Please say yes. The pigs will thank you.

  25. JPT–Cornbread Nation, edited by John “Slow Food” Egerton? My HERO? You mean that one? I just ordered a copy. Everybody else out there, please do the same. If writing about knitting could ever approach the heights of writing about food the way Egerton does it in SOUTHERN FOOD, well. We’d all be better human beings.
    Vicki–You’re asking ME how to pronounce anything? I go with “glaze” just because it makes me think of Krispy Kreme donuts. I’m guessing our Frenchy friends would go with the ice creamy glhaaaszzsszz seein’ as how it don’t have a accent mark on the e. And the Yankees would say glayce cuz they don’t know better–whoops couldn’t help it.
    Betty–I used size Medium Except Not Really. My gauge is actually spot on–it’s more an issue of the coathangery physique requirements. I thought I’d shed my Fear of Cling, yet sadly this is not the case.

  26. Born a yankee and then moved to the south of England…. I guess I’m sitting on the fence on the North-South thang.
    Asta is georgeous! Lucky Buffy!

  27. Oh Lor!
    >Of course, the Yorkshiremen said Really Bad >Things about the Londoners, too….
    As a Londoner married to a Yorkshireman I know this only too well. I’m talking about accents here, mind.
    He says I say ‘cap’ when I’m sure I’m saying ‘cup’. When our kids were small they had a (short ‘a’)bath if their Dad was in charge and a (long ‘a’)bath if I was.
    Kate

  28. I was hoping the harlot would come to New Orleans but I guess if she is having trouble with the Memphis accent, she would be completely lost here in Louisiana. Funny how she was surprised about the rifle in the van. How else would he kill the rattlesnakes? At least, that’s what we use them for…..mostly. But then, I consider Memphis to be ‘up north’ so who knows what they do there. :)
    Love the sweater! It is a shame it doesn’t fit. I sure hope it fits your sister because someone who knows you and can brag properly should be wearing it!

  29. beautiful Asta!
    not qualified to comment on accents anywhere in the Anglophone world.

  30. Ah yes, Faulkner… but just because you can understand him, doesn’t always mean you can UNDERSTAND him. Ya know what I mean?
    I remember taking a class on him and knowing I had read words, and knew what those words were, but having no clue what the hell was going on.
    And I love Faulkner.
    I pity the people who try to read “Sound & the Fury” as their first foray into Faulkner.

  31. My English teacher always read Chaucer in what he claimed was an authentic accent which sounded a cross between Jamaican and Welsh. Now, at university, the prof I did Chaucer with is Icelandic, so I couldn’t understand his accent anyway.

  32. Aw, you forgot one of my favorites–Miss Eudora Welty. Who could forget:
    “Of course I went with Mr. Whitaker first, when he first appeared here in China Grove, taking “Pose Yourself” photos, and Stella-Rondo broke us up. Told him I was one-sided. Bigger on one side than the other, which is a deliberate, calculated falsehood: I’m the same.”
    The shapely Asta (beautiful–love the colors!)would be helpful in disproving such calumny.

  33. asta is lovely.