The Chenille Inquisition (Part 6)
September 24, 2003
I know at this point I’m sucking all the fun out of the Elfin Knitalong for you. But what about my needs? I need a sweater in Fine Cotton Chenille and I’m not going to quit posting about it until it’s a done deal.
One thing I did, after reading all that scary stuff about ‘bars’ appearing in chenille stitches and how to avoid them by knitting on the tippy-tips of the needles, was to attempt to do just that. Here is my swatch, a good start on the ‘Rupert’ colour-block scarf from The Chenille Collection:
You can’t really see it in this photo, but when you hold it up to the light, it looks like open-work. Bars aplenty. Rampant bars. And this was after my best effort to follow Rowan’s bar-avoidance methodology. My conclusion: it’s impossible to avoid bars. (In more ways than one.)
But that begs the question: Are bars so bad, so terrible, so wrong? The fuzziness of the chenille, its light-reflecting qualities, and its many other good points, make the bars beside the point. They are a characteristic of this yarn as knit by mere mortals, and we must accept that and move on and get cracking on my selected knitalong sweater:
Paris! As in France! As in poodles!
As in, I’m just kidding!
What I really want, and this is my final selection, is:
Sassy has a Rowan difficulty rating of only 1 skein. This means it will be the hardest thing you have ever attempted to knit, but maybe not. It requires only 7 skeins of luxurious Fine Cotton Chenille (which we should start calling FCC just to draw communications wonks to our blog by mistake). OK, it does require you to do lots of ribbing, which I know you hate under the best of circumstances, but remember, we are viewing this knitalong as a Zen journey of spiritual growth. Like the humble oyster, we are going to transform our irritants (Kid Silk Haze ruffles, for example), into lustrous, if irregular, pearls.
You are not going to keep ripping out in search of rib perfection. It is all going to fuzz together in a fabulous Sassy cardi for your pal, who will enjoy it for life and leave it to someone very special in her Last Will and Testament (Codicil No. 1: Knitting). (By which I mean: Lis, who has shared with me that in case of my sudden demise, she will be at my apartment immediately to sort through my personal effects. Weeping and keening, to be sure! That’s what friends are for. Thanks Lis!)
The FCC is in the mail, with the pattern!