Cross My Heart
March 18, 2004
Sassy is in the house! You have really outdone yourself this time; it’s a marvelous, worm-free, bar-free piece of knitting and needless to say, a masterful example of the blocker’s art. Sassy is way, way, WAY beyond what a person has any right to expect from a pen pal.
Sassy fits like a glove. So much so, in fact, that when I put it on and preened in front of the mirror, my first thought was: honey, have you considered a foundation garment? Are you familiar with Power Net Fabric? Would now be the time for a Playtex Cross Your Heart Bra? I can assure you that as soon as I receive my shipment from Dandelion Vintage Bras, I will be strutting my Sassy self all over the blog. I thank you from the bottom of my synthetic whalebone trusses. Olive, the sweater I’m knitting for you, which by the way is so baggy that a reinforced undergarment is not necessary or desired, is nearing completion. Honest! I will be mailing it out any day now. As soon as I find the sleeves!
Mason-Dixon Piecework Cooperative
It’s been great having you knit stuff for me, but I have so many things on my Covet List that I really need at least another couple of people knitting stuff for me. A couple of years ago, I gave my dear friend Pam, who lives in suburban Washington, D.C., a refresher course on knitting. She liked it, but it never really took. Recently, however, she succombed to Log Cabin Fever. A few weeks ago, she started in on 16 colors of Peaches & Creme yarn, and in no time she had whipped up this happy thing:
Pam worked on her log cabin every spare moment, including in her car during her commute. Now she’s done, and she wants to do another one. Well, my friend since second grade, Laurie, has requested a log cabin, and rebuffed all suggestions that she learn how to knit one. Moreover, I have been longing to design a log cabin using my Lost Shades of Rowan Handknit D.K. Cotton. Seeing opportunity in Pam’s obsession, I asked whether she might consider knitting this up, you know, while stopped at stop lights. Pam said YES!
So this afternoon I played Designer For a Day. I laid out 24 colors like so:
Like my first Log Cabin, this one will have warm colors on one angle, and cool colors on the opposite angle. The warm angle will have one leg of
golds and oranges,
and one leg of
pinks and reds.
The cool angle will have one leg of
and one leg of
I started the center to see how the first strips looked next to each other (and because, let’s be honest, I can’t help myself):
I like it. It reminds me of barkcloth curtains from the 50s. The colors will get deeper as they go out from the center.
So here is the little kit I’m mailing to Pam tomorrow:
I’m also including a pre-started rug kit for Pam’s 6-year-old son Robby, who is mad about fingerknitting. I have high hopes that Robby may be Fiber Arts Boy, Jr., in the making. And that someday I’ll be able to buy my own 8-pound ball of fingerknitting from him.
It’s a small world after all.