May 16, 2006
I don’t know what’s wrong with me. It’s been a real FO Show around here lately. Finishing things up, which doesn’t stop me from starting things up.
Today’s FO is a top-down baby raglan cardi. I was knitting it in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, and Nebraska.
Hold On: Moment of Zen
As you will recall, I was knitting this cardi on the road between KC and Omaha, when I was riding with brother Van in his car, and you were following in the rent-a-wreck du jour. You were savoring the sound of Me Not Talking, while you wigged out to one of the many obscure and depressing items loaded on the AnnPod. (Refresh me on this: was it Collapse, or an old Fresh Air interview with Drew Carey, or was that another road trip or maybe a bad dream?) Anyhoo, do you remember when our car sped up real fast and then slowed down? I made Van do that so I could catch up to this guy. (Click on it again if you missed the license plate. Which would be understandable. There is a lot of First Amendment exercise in that picture.)
But Back To The Cardi
The pattern is ‘Seeds and Vines’ from Elanor Lynn’s new book of baby things, Cozy Knits for Cuddly Babies. I sort of know Elanor! She works at Downtown Yarns! I even have a picture of her! I fell in love with this sweet old-timey cardi, I am something like 8 babies behind on my baby-knitting list, and I was OVER the mitered squares thing (for a minute)–so it was perfect travel knitting.
I changed the pattern a little. Instead of wool, I used Rowan Denim 100% cotton, in the lightest shade, Tennessee. I did not do the waist shaping, because I wanted it to look kind of jackety and because the baby in question probably doesn’t have a nipped waist right now. I made the seed stitch edgings deeper than called for, because I heart seed stitch and I had plenty of time on my hands, and I left the edgings open instead of seaming them, for a kind of 1950s car coat look. Like something Laura Petrie would have worn on the Dick Van Dyke Show, if she had been a baby.
I love the tight vine cable set off by yarnovers, instead of the usual reverse stockinette. Sa-weet!
Okay, now you’re probably wondering whether the Tennessee shade of denim is really that pale. It’s not. On Sunday, when I was sewing up, I treated myself to a little Mothers Day fun with the Clorox Bleach Pen. It felt so…risky….dabbing bleach all over a finished garment. But the mom of the baby girl in question is an adventurous and understanding knitter, who has been known to wear her own jeans down to the molecules. So I went for it. I learned a lot. Mainly I learned that a little goes a long way. The pointy end of the bleach pen is generally your best bet.
Once baby gets the hat on, the mom won’t even notice a few ultra-bright speckles here and there. (Another of my handknit gifting guidelines: always accessorize with a non-handknit. Just in case, you know, they don’t like the handknit.)
More O’s have been F’d. I’m photoshopping as fast as I can.