Hoydens and Harridans!
August 29, 2007
saucebox (sôs’bŏks’), n. One who is obnoxiously self-assertive and arrogant: malapert, witling. Informal know-it-all, smart aleck, smarty, smarty-pants, wisenheimer. Slang wisecracker, wise guy. See good/bad.*
Well, I knew there’d be trouble from SOMEbody once I chose a direction for the border for this blanket. Little did I know it would come from formerly loyal galpals Cristina “Saucebox” Shiffman and Belinda “Your Border Should Be Orange” Boaden. Never have I had such cantankerous comments! If I’d wanted your opinion, ladies, I would have–oh wait, I DID ask for it. Man, did I get it. Listen to this snipey little pair of comments from the last entry:
Cristina: “No no no. Must be a wide orange stripe. It does matter. Another color in there is going throw the whole thing out of orbit. Go tonal if you like, but not a whole new color, PLEASE! Belinda, where are you?”
Belinda, of course, piled on like the wretched Mean Girl that she is: “Cristina, what can I say? Great minds think alike. I’m sending out thought waves for a ‘wide orange, with narrower neutrals’ border, but the deed may be done already, ripped back to 4 ridges. Mind you, if the photo shows ALL the orange yarn available (unless there’s Other Stuff, hidden somewhere) – there might not be enough orange for a proper wide border. Not that I want to sound downbeat, or anything.”
Coupla Eeyores, they are. Of course, hearing this from the two knitters whose taste I trust utterly sent me into a crevasselike hole of despair. Not only had I already ripped back the 1200 stitches that would put my orange stripe back to a narrow width, I’d already forged ahead with adding a wider border of my favorite color in the blanket, greeny green.
Here’s the situation at this point:
Belinda is correct that I don’t have enough orange yarn to make a big orange border. Despite the drifts of tweedy yarn still clogging up the house here, it’s all bits and bobs. But still. Who’s going to be haunted all the days of her life by the possibility that, had she just listened to the sauceboxes, her blanket would have been better off with a loud, solid, unremittingly orange border?
A Consolation, However
Despite busting my chops about the stripey border, Belinda gave me a tidbit which I absolutely love. So I’ll share it will all of you potential bordermakers out there, in hopes that it will make your gargantuan, all-orange borders tidy and neat.
When making a garter stitch border, this edging will fold under the cast-off stitches, giving the edge of your blanket a lovely finish.
Here’s the right side of the blanket:
To make the edge roll, work two rows of stockinette stitch–making sure that the Vs are on the wrong side of the blanket. Then cast off all stitches purlwise. Here’s the wrong side:
I love it when a technique takes advantage of the natural habits of knitted fabric. Stockinette wants to curl up. Here, the curl tucks away the cast-off stitches.
Finally, even a churl like me can’t help but to tell you guys about Cristina’s new blanket over here. She needs to add about 100 more photos of this project, but let’s just say she had an indigo pot going to dye this blanket herself. Absolutely, utterly gorgeous. And: she is making it for a raffle for her school, details of which she had better share on her blog, because I’m entering. OFTEN.