The End of Weather
December 11, 2008
As you’ve probably noticed, my butt is dragging. No. Gumption. Whatsoever. I blame the weather. For days it’s been going from mist to fog to drizzle, around and around. It’s neither warm nor cold. It’s not really weather; it’s atmosphere. One finds oneself thinking about vampires, the Bronte sisters, and Jack the Ripper, and googling “mildew”. Yet one persists with the knitting.
Here we have Cuff One on the Foxy Bob Cratchit scarf. There was a brief stall-out when it was time to sew those two long seams to join the stripey halves of the main section of the scarf, thus creating the “crashing stripes” I was so excited about. I still am excited about them, but slightly less so now that they have been Accomplished. The dream has become reality; let’s move on. There’s still one more black denim cuff to go. This first one took two goes. On the first try, I picked up the same number of stitches as on the body pieces. Ribbing has a quality of pull-in-iness that is well known–but I forgot. So I ripped it and reknit it, this time adding 1 stitch for every two. Now the cuff is very nearly puffy, but I’m not ripping again. I’m carrying on with Cuff Two and then I’ll pronounce this delirious project done and give it to the unsuspecting victim of my whimsy. I’m sure he’ll wear it. If it gets cold enough. We can debate its other qualities, but the Foxy Bob Cratchit scarf–with around 400 grams of wool in it– is warm as toast.
During the brief pause on Bob Cratchit, and when not running to the store for more Tilex, I’m sure you can guess what I did.
The notorious K1, P1 scarf in 2 row stripes of Noro Silk Garden. I cast on 43 stitches, and slipped (purlwise) the first and last stitch on all the WS rows (which are easily identified because the WS rows begin and end with a purl stitch). This one was a gift for my friend Katherine, who endured a Major Birthday quite recently.
(She got so old that she has turned to stone.)
Katherine is so allergic to feminine frippery that I did not so much as think the word “yarnover” as I worked on it. She was well pleased. It goes great with her many variations on the Chic Upper East Side Lumberjack look, and it will keep her warm.
The 2-row Noro stripe is going to be a bit of a theme for me in the run-up to Christmas, as I’ve realized that there are others in my life who would love this scarf. On Saturday I went into my NNS (Nearest Noro Source), Annie & Company on Madison Avenue. I was minding my own business, mixing and matching 2 balls of 2 shades for each scarf in the production line. The saleslady politely inquired what I was going to make. I looked at her. What kind of a question was that? What else would I be making? TWO-ROW STRIPES, WOMAN. DID YOU NOT GET THE MEMO?
So that’s where I’m at with the knitting. It’s a good place to be.
P.S. Knitting Daily has put up brilliant galleries in which they show sample sweaters from Interweave Knitting’s Winter 2008 issue. Each of the sweaters is shown as photographed for the magazine, and on half a dozen other women. Although each sweater fits each woman, the difference is still amazing. What we should learn from this: different sweater shapes look really different on different body shapes. My take-away: I should knit sweaters for other people.
Another P.S. Passing the sociable knitting table on the way to the cash register at Annie’s, this caught my eye:
It’s a Liberty Blanket that Kiley is knitting, downsized for an American Girl Doll, in wonderfully wavering Artyarns Ultramerino sock yarn. I thought you would like it.