Truth #4: Give Your Handknits to People on Painkillers
January 25, 2006
You know, it was just delicious to be away, wasn’t it? It made me realize how important travel is, how refreshing it is to be in a different place, to make that phone call home and have your son say to you, “Hi Mom. I can’t really talk–I gotta go shoot off the homemade fireworks we made.”
I managed to F an O during the odyssey to San Diego. I’ve been cranking on a Kiri shawl for a beloved pal who is currently undergoing some plumbing work. She’s a knitter herself, so I’m kind of nerbous about giving her this shawl–maybe I’ll give it to her while the Oxycontin is still flowing so she’ll just look at it and go, “What a pretty sail you made. I love pirates too!”
I haven’t blocked this yet, and you know how I am about the blocking. Blocking is the dental floss of knitting. Nobody likes it, but you never regret having done it, right?
A quick peek at this Kiri reveals some startling truths.
Truth #1: Only the slightest of color variegation works for a lace pattern.
I love this yarn, as you know. Its sheeny shine makes me think of a sari, and this particular shade is particularly spicy. But this shade of Blue Heron mercerized cotton is probably a bit too variegated for a lace project. If you wear this thing over black, it looks great. But a lighter color underneath makes it hard to see the pattern. If I’m knitting lace, I’m wanting people to see the fact that lace is present. There are holes in this thing, people. On purpose.
Truth #2: It’s easier to work a pattern when you have the pattern with you.
As I ran around throwing stuff into my suitcase, I tried really hard to remember to pack the Kiri edging pattern–you know, the scallopy doodah part that makes it all look kind of Morticia Addams? Well, I did pack it, but I lost it somewhere in the Nashville airport, so you know and I know that some Southwest Airlines flight attendant is happily edging an airplane blanket while I had to Move On and Wing It. In the interest of finishing Kiri fast, before my pal’s drugs wore off, I settled for an eyelet border and some garter stitch. She, being a knitter, will see this for what it is: a desperate act by a desperate woman. Or, being on drugs, she will see it and proclaim, “Polka dots!”
Truth #3: It’s OK to knit a pattern more than once.
Until now, I have never knitted a pattern more than once. It has been a hard and fast rule for me: no repeats until I’ve knitted every pattern ever written. But I saw different things when working this Kiri, and it’s such a lark of a thing, that I really loved it. Thanks so much, Polly, for a tasty shawl.
Off to block this thing asap.