Look Ann, No Pins!
October 11, 2003
You see before you Core, a jacket in Rowan Denim, shade Memphis, sopping wet and blocking away on my dining room table. Core was so wildly popular throughout All of Rowania that it appears in Magazine 23 and again in Magazine 29. It looks like a real jean jacket, with cute pocket tops, placketed cuffs, and faux vertical seaming front and back.
I feel a lot of pressure about blocking these days. Thanks to you, I feel like I oughta use more pins, or at least some pins. Thanks to Becky, and her perfect, impeccable, immaculate Bobbly Jacket, I feel like I oughta let it dry for 8 days and perhaps sew a dozen hooks & eyes on it. At a minimum, I feel like I oughta get out the tape measure.
So, after much fiddly knitting of moss-stitch cuffs, pocket tops, cuff edgings and collar, the usual tedious sewing in of ends, and the dreaded, white-knuckle, fight-or-flight insanity of trying to ‘slightly stretch’ the button and buttonhole bands, I threw all 10 pieces into a hot wash, dried them in the dryer, and admired the faded, shrunken, softened results. Then I promptly plunged the whole shebang into cold water, squeezed it out as best I could, and laid it out on the dining room table. Voila. I even used a striped sheet. Are you happy now?
The measuring tape is not my friend. I got the stitch tension right but the row tension is all wrong, so the thing is 23 inches long instead of 21. Oh well, I thought it looked a little short in the book, all along.
I’m sure you wonder where I’ve been and what I’ve been up to (don’t you?). The last few days have been filled with autumnal activity. You know:
My annual dabble in postseason baseball–this year, it’s the Yanks versus the Red Sox. There I was, proud in the crowd for Game 1, but my courage came unstuck: I had my knitting with me, but couldn’t summon the nerve to get it out and knit so Hubby could snap a photo for the blog. What can I say; you try knitting in Yankee Stadium.
And there’s the annual October quest for tasteful, high-class Halloween decor with a touch of whimsy:
What would Martha say? I think she’d say, Go For It! Halloween is all about: Pumpkins + Buttocks = Fun.
Stay tuned: Tomorrow is Core Sew-Up. There will be silver buttons.