What I Did On My Summer Vacation, Part 1
August 8, 2011
Well, I hardly know where to begin, having been away so long!
I’ve been in Monteagle all summer, back in Realityland now, where the wi-fi flows and the AC works. It’s been weeks since I wrote, and there’s so much to tell. I’ll jump in with the thing I’m working on right this minute.
There’s a new baby in the fambly, a snurgly new great-niece. When the news came, I immediately a) stared at her photo for about six hours, then b) looked to the high priestess of baby things, Debbie Bliss. Her Design It, Knit It: Babies is larded up with the most Blissy baby things, simple and pretty. I went for the A-Line Cardigan, stash dove to come up with elementally babyish Rowan Cotton Glace, and scrounged the size 2 and 3 needles.
Here’s the thrilling button band moment:
Shade 800 is what I used, Changeable. Changeable is never the same shade twice when you take a picture of it. So odd!
This was my knitting through the last lectures of the Assembly’s season, which included a clarinet quartet, tales of the Cumberland Plateau in the Civil War, three superdepressing-yet-informative talks on global climate change, and a Buddhist. I hope that this new baby absorbs all this stuff, particularly the clarinet quartet. Never heard of such a thing. (Here’s a taste.) (Go ahead and Like them here.) (No, I don’t know ’em, and no they haven’t and probably won’t ever pay me!)
This cardigan also includes a shocking amount of knitting related to The Bachelorette, but I wouldn’t wish that on any child. (I did discover the world’s greatest blog, however–I Hate Green Beans, which provides excellent recaps of Bachelorette episodes.)
Construction notes: knit five pieces separately from the bottom up, string them onto one needle, then do raglan decreases to the collar. Add button bands, add collar. Sew seams. Origami!
Please note, as ever, the mighty redemptive power of blocking. I had to do a big rip-out when Bachelorette Ashley got into a catfight with her sister and I got all distracted. The good news is that blocking turned all the warbly re-knit stitches into normal stitches. But I can’t be sure that Ashley and her sister worked out their problem.
What have you been up to? I’ve really missed everybody, missed blogging, but after eight years of viewing all of life as a potential blog entry, it was interesting to take a break. One conclusion: this knitting thing is an excellent hobby!