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The Margaret Sweater: A Common Reader

Dear Ann,
I want to talk about the Margaret Sweater, but first I have to raise my hand in the back of the Monteagle Bag class and say “Ooh ooh ooh Miss Shayne! I know a seamless way to do the bottom, too!”
My way is not as elegant as Judy’s Magic Cast-On. Frankly, it involves garter stitch, so it might not make the most refined sock toe. But it’s really intuitive and requires no new learning.
Here we go, Monteagle Bag Start Up, My Way:
Cast on 34 stitches. Knit every row until you have 2 garter ridges showing at the start of a RS row. Knit across the 34 stitches. NOW, pick up 2 new stitches along the left edge of the little strip you’ve just knit. Using a second circular needle, pick up 34 stitches along the cast-on edge of the strip, and then pick up 2 more stitches. You are now back at the start of the piece, and have a total of 72 stitches. Work according to the pattern. I used 2 circular needles until after the increase row in the pattern, and then put all the stitches on a single circular needle. You may want to work on 2 circs for longer, or you may work on a single circ from the very beginning.
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Isn’t it pretty? The yarn is Katia Jamaica. I couldn’t resist the crazy self-striping color, but didn’t know what to do with a single skein of Brady Kitchen 1971 (not its real name). Until now.
In other Monteagle Bag news, the green lifestyle magazine Plenty blogged about the Monteagle Bag here. Wouldn’t it be cool to see them in the checkout line on the shoulders of strangers? This one is going in my purse. Although I have a bunch of self-congratulatory reusable bags by the front door, I am not that good at forecasting my food shopping opportunities. I frequently find myself at the store (or worse, in the Greenmarket, with all the green people) without a bag and have to hang my head in shame as they pack my stuff into disposable bags. NO MORE.
Margaret Sweater
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(Photo copyright Gale Zucker. Thanks, Gale!).
I have one little difficulty with the Margaret Sweater (by Mary Neal Meador, in our new book). It’s the same problem I have about tattoos. I would dearly love to embellish myself with a timeless piece of body art. (Apart from fainting at the thought of anything even slightly hurty happening to my body, I mean.) But how does one choose something so personal, so hard to erase? It amazes me that many people are able to do this.
Here’s the thing. What if I change my mind? If I had gotten a tattoo when I was 16, it very likely would have been a tribute to the band Bread. [Pause to click the link and mock me. Hey! They were well-crafted soft-rock singles. I had my standards.] If I had gotten a tattoo when I was 26, it would have been a portrait of Dave Winfield. A person evolves, is what I’m saying. One’s left calf should not be a reminder of past enthusiasms. (Or should it? Maybe that’s the point I’m missing.)
Like one’s own flesh, a handknit sweater in beautiful wool is more or less a relationship for life. That’s my problem with knitting the Margaret Sweater for myself: the text. I’m either drawing a blank or coming up with stuff that’s too long for chain-stitching. (Wouldn’t want an abridged Margaret Sweater.) Now, I think this garment would be fine in its natural, blank-page state. But the idea of words-on-sweater really appeals to me. I want words, but what words?
It occurred to me that this might be a sticking point for others, and that it could be helpful to collect suggested quotations for various interests and fan clubs. So here’s a sampling. A mere Googlesworth of ideas. Please feel free to add other options in the comments.
Jane Austen
I do not want people to be agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them.
We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.
For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbours, and laugh at them in our turn?
Winston Churchill:
Although prepared for martyrdom, I preferred that it be postponed.
Ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.
I cannot pretend to be impartial about the colours. I rejoice with the brilliant ones, and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns.
Nothing can be more abhorrent to democracy than to imprison a person or keep him in prison because he is unpopular. This is really the test of civilization.
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Mick Jagger (shown here in pilled sweater):
My mother has always been unhappy with what I do. She would rather I do something nicer, like be a bricklayer.
Yogi Berra:
Slump? I ain’t in no slump… I just ain’t hitting.
Little League baseball is a very good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets.
Neil Diamond
“I am,” I said
To no one there
And no one heard at all
Not even the chair.
Will Rogers:
I belong to no organized party. I am a Democrat.
Leonard Cohen:
There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.
George Carlin:
Don’t sweat the petty things and don’t pet the sweaty things.
David Byrne:
I couldn’t talk to people face to face, so I got on stage and started screaming and squealing and twitching.
I find rebellion packaged by a major corporation a little hard to take seriously.
I’ve been in beautiful landscapes where one is tempted to whip out a camera and take a picture. I’ve learned to resist that.
Bruce Springsteen:
The release date is just one day, but the record is forever.
Pee Wee Herman (Paul Rubens)
For the rest of the day, whenever anybody says the secret word, scream real loud. Ready? Let’s try it.
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For the rest of the day, whenever anybody says the secret word, chain-stitch it. Ready?
Love,
Kay

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  1. Here’s a couple I’ve collected:
    “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.: – Anias Nin
    And remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That’s why it’s a comfort to go hand-in-hand.”
    -Goethe
    “The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” – Dorothy Parker
    “Go for long walks, indulge in hot baths, question your assumptions, be kind to yourself, live for the moment, loosen up, scream, curse the world, count your blessings, just let go. Just be.” – Carol Shields

  2. I just got your book in the mail yesterday – and am loving it. Everyone on my Christmas list will be getting a mesh bag of some sort, made of dishcloth cotton, of course. I have to get those done quick so I can make myself more socks and a few “every day” sweaters!
    I also love the photography & the models – there is one little boy who looks like a 7 year-old Obama – I love it – like to see some pigment on the models once in awhile.

  3. If everything seems under control, you’re not going fast enough. — Mario Andretti

  4. “Live long and Prosper” -Spock
    “May the force be with you”-Han Solo
    “Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn’t hurt the untroubled spirit either.” – Elizabeth Zimmerman
    “May you live all the days of your life”- Jonathan Swift
    That’s all I can think of. Embroidery is not my strong point. Any chance that you or Ann can make a chain stitch video??
    BTW, my book arrived yesterday. It is very beautiful, with marvelous ideas, lovely photos. I have one little criticism though…What?!? No dishcloth??!!
    –Amy

  5. My favorite 8-track tape when I was in high school was Bread’s Greatest Hits!
    Yikes!

  6. “Ah, a man can eat anytime; a laugh restores the soul.”
    –Anne McCaffrey
    “Don’t just live the length of your life, live the width of it.”
    –Diane Ackerman.

  7. Two of my favourites:
    “Life is too important to be taken seriously.” – Oscar Wilde
    “You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.” – Colette

  8. Beautiful cast-on – neat and tidy! I think you should also discuss adding quotes to Sk8r with a bleach pen!

  9. merci kay, and alyson too, quotes i will be putting into my pocket to carry around today! xo

  10. A book is like a garden carried in the pocket. – Confucius
    The second day of a diet is always easier than the first. By the second day you’re off it. –
    Jackie Gleason

  11. There’s always the old chestnut, “Imagination is more important than knowledge,” Einstein.

  12. “Western laziness consists of cramming our lives with compulsive activity, so that there is no time at all to confront the real issues.’ Sogyal Rinpoche
    Or how about “I just love it here in the barn,” said Wilbur. “Of course you do,” said Charlotte, “we all do.”
    Then there’s the Einstein chestnut, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

  13. “Western laziness consists of cramming our lives with compulsive activity, so that there is no time at all to confront the real issues.’ Sogyal Rinpoche
    Or how about “I just love it here in the barn,” said Wilbur. “Of course you do,” said Charlotte, “we all do.”
    Then there’s the Einstein chestnut, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

  14. “Western laziness consists of cramming our lives with compulsive activity, so that there is no time at all to confront the real issues.’ Sogyal Rinpoche
    Or how about “I just love it here in the barn,” said Wilbur. “Of course you do,” said Charlotte, “we all do.”
    Then there’s the Einstein chestnut, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

  15. “Western laziness consists of cramming our lives with compulsive activity, so that there is no time at all to confront the real issues.’ Sogyal Rinpoche
    Or how about “I just love it here in the barn,” said Wilbur. “Of course you do,” said Charlotte, “we all do.”
    Then there’s the Einstein chestnut, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

  16. No quotes, just this note to say: Got muh book! Joy! Can’t wait to go home and snuggle with it.
    Thank you both.

  17. Please forgive the multiple posts. It was slow and I have no impulse control!

  18. The Churchill quote about the colors seems particularly apropo [sp?], as long as you aren’t making the sweater in brown…or as long as you are and you love irony.
    Someone sent me a birthday card last year that I keep at my desk. It says:
    Laugh so hard that you go into silent laugh mode, and you come dangerously close to falling out of your chair, but you don’t.
    Not sure who wrote it, other than some guy at Hallmark, but I love it.

  19. This one was shamelessly stolen from the Yarn Harlot. I put it on my email and have gotten a lot of interesting comments. Love the book, too.
    Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.
    ~John Lubbock

  20. “Dost think, because thou art virtuous, there will be no more cakes and ale?” W. Shakespeare
    or Dorothy Parker:
    Life is a glorious cycle of song
    A medley of extemporania
    And love is a thing that can never go wrong
    And I am the Queen of Rumania.
    (but will it fit?)
    or another favorite at our house:
    When in danger, when in doubt
    Run in circles, scream and shout.

  21. This is the first sweater that’s ever made me grateful to need the biggest size- I can fit more words! Ha!

  22. Love the quote collection — especially the George Carlin!
    Here’s one of my faves:
    “You can’t always get what you want.” — Mick Jagger & Keith Richards

  23. “Brady Kitchen 1971 (not its real name)”? LOLOLOLOL! Maybe the sweater should read “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!”

  24. love Susan’s family quote, that’s awesome.
    Here are some of my favorites:
    ‘objects in motion tend to stay in motion. objects at rest tend to stay at rest’ – my dad always said this to us kids
    ‘I’m only going this way once’ – Lucy Stearns (my gram who lives as fully as one can)
    ‘You take the good, you take the bad, you take ‘em both and there you have the facts of life’ – my theme song
    I can not wait to meet you ladies at Purl! What time is the book signing? I have taken the whole day off from work and have my book $$$ ready!

  25. The first quote that popped into my mind was from Fred Rogers’ song:
    “You are my friend, you are special,
    Special to me, I like you.
    You are the only one like you,
    like you, my friend, I like you,…”
    etc.
    Liz E.
    (I dare anyone to read this and not sing along!)

  26. My favorite has always been Sid Vicious’s comment about why the Sex Pistols made their first US tour stop in Georgia, “Why go where you’re wanted?”

  27. chain-stitch…
    YAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYAAAAAAYYYYYY!!!!!!!!
    (how I loved PeeWee….)

  28. Happy to see that Margaret photo again, worn casual style! Being of the indecisive nature myself (and, uh, having owned some Bread albums, I can still hear the shimmering tones) I am all over the soon to be FDA approved fading tattoo, I kid you not. 5 years and gone. Join me at the tattoo studio? We can wear our Margarets with the letters velcro-ed on.

  29. “kick at the darkness until it bleeds daylight”
    Bruce Cockburn
    Love the quotes. And the sweater. As for the tattoo, my niece has Tigger on her, ahem, behind. Done when was just 18.

  30. great quotes! (I esp like the Churchhill one about colors) here’s a question though (and maybe you detail this in the pattern): How do you know that the sentence will work? With my luck, I’d get cut off mid-word. Or more likely, in mid-sentence.

  31. ohhh, quotes!
    Here are my favorites:
    Discipline is consistently doing what is possible.
    For everything you have missed, you have gained something; for everything you gain, you lose something else.
    The meaning of life is a choice you make about the way you live. — Hilda Bernstein.
    We cannot do everything at once but we can do something at once. — Calvin Coolidge
    It will all work out okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.
    Discontent is the first step in progress. — Basil Maturin
    Forgiveness is the economy of the heart.
    Never let a problem to be solved become more important than the person to be loved.
    A man’s character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation.
    and finally:
    Life is a rollercoaster. Try to eat a light lunch.

  32. I vote for Pee Wee Herman. Ok, Benedict votes for Pee Wee Herman. My literary leanings are towards Samuel Beckett – knit it in grey, people! – “Try. Fail. Try Again. Fail Again. Fail Better.”
    I don’t think it applies to the gorgeousness of the new book. And how can we possibly measure the fabulousness of the sweater in denim? Really.

  33. Oh hey, speaking of the Monteagle bag? If you haven’t seen it yet, there’s a thread in the M-D group on Ravelry about just how holey the bag is. I thought you’d like to see the experiments with produce and what will or will not “ploop” out the open bits. :)

  34. And also, Jeff quoted to me a Psalm last week, I could ask him for it again. It ends with “God grants sleep to those whom he loves.” No joke. Not a lover of baby-mamas, apparently.

  35. sunt lacrimae rerum et mentem mortalia tangunt (Virgil)
    Le beau, c’est ce qui désespère. (Valéry)
    People who are sensible about love are incapable of it. (Douglas Yates)

  36. It’s funny, when my husband was flipping through your new book last night (sorry, I think you might need a moment to let that sink in. My husband. A non-knitter. Was flipping through the book. Repeatedly. He said his favorite was the Margaret sweater, by the way.)…I was thinking that I wouldn’t know what to put on there either, for the exact reasons you said. So you just made me think about it again, and here are two things I’ve come up with:
    something that you’ve loved your whole life long. Cuz that probably won’t change at this point. Some Beatles lyrics?
    Or
    The name of your great-great-grandmother. Great-grandmother. Grandmother. Special aunts, maybe. Mother. You. Your daughter. And then maybe leave a space there, to perhaps be filled in later…

  37. Jimmy Buffett says that a tattoo is a “Permanent reminder of a temporary feeling.”

  38. Haven’t got your book as it isn’t out in the UK yet (it’s on my wishlist) but I love the sweater already! How about these for quotes?
    “To Do Is To Be
    To Be Is To Do
    Do Be Do Be Do”
    (in line order those are quotes from Nietzsche, Kant and Sinatra). And not too much chainstitching!
    Or there’s a vast supply of Churchill quotes, so how about “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give”
    My favourite pithy Churchill-isms (though maybe not so good for chainstitching on a sweater…) are these:
    Nancy Astor: “Sir, if you were my husband, I would give you poison.”
    Churchill: “Madam, if I were your husband I would take it.”
    and
    Lady Astor: “Mr. Churchill, You’re drunk!” Winston Churchill: “Yes, and you Madam, are ugly. But tomorrow I shall be sober.”
    That was the thing about Churchill, he was one of those lucky people who could think of a crushing retort at the time!

  39. Haven’t got your book as it isn’t out in the UK yet (it’s on my wishlist) but I love the sweater already! How about these for quotes?
    “To Do Is To Be
    To Be Is To Do
    Do Be Do Be Do”
    (in line order those are quotes from Nietzsche, Kant and Sinatra). And not too much chainstitching!
    Or there’s a vast supply of Churchill quotes, so how about “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give”
    My favourite pithy Churchill-isms (though maybe not so good for chainstitching on a sweater…) are these:
    Nancy Astor: “Sir, if you were my husband, I would give you poison.”
    Churchill: “Madam, if I were your husband I would take it.”
    and
    Lady Astor: “Mr. Churchill, You’re drunk!” Winston Churchill: “Yes, and you Madam, are ugly. But tomorrow I shall be sober.”
    That was the thing about Churchill, he was one of those lucky people who could think of a crushing retort at the time!

  40. Sorry about the double post (got a quote for that, Churchill?).

  41. What if every six months or so you ripped out the chain stitch and put on a new quote? It would be like updating your Facebook status only a million times more painful.

  42. My rule is: if you forget to bring your own bags you have to just carry everything in your arms. After a couple rounds of that you usually remember your bags.

  43. Ionesco: “The absurdity of the human condition is made tolerable only through self-deception.”
    Elbert Hubbard: “The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and these are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence.”
    Gloria Steinem, on marriage: “I can’t mate in captivity.”

  44. There is a fine line between ‘hobby’ and ‘mental illness’. — Dave Barry
    Someone took the cork out of my lunch! — W C Fields
    I’m just a girl, raised in captivity. — Gwen Stefani
    And of course, Mae West said everything a girl ever really needs to say:
    I used to be Snow White, but I drifted.
    Between two evils, I generally like to pick the one I never tried before.
    I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out of it.
    I wrote the story myself. It’s about a girl who lost her reputation and never missed it.
    You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.

  45. Bob Dylan: “The only person on the scene missin’ was the Jack of Hearts.”
    James Thurber: ” ‘Keep warm,’ he said. ‘Ride close together. Remember laughter. You’ll need it even in the blessed isles of Ever After.’ ”
    Milton: “Haste thee nymph, and bring with thee Jest and youthful Jollity, Quips and Cranks and wanton Wiles, Nods and Becks and Wreathed Smiles … Sport that wrinkled Care derides, And Laughter holding both his sides.”
    Love, love, love The Book.

  46. In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: It goes on. – Robert Frost
    Speaks volumes, means a lot, words to live by.

  47. Eagles may soar, but weasels don’t get sucked into jet engines.
    Stephen Wright

  48. you crack me up.

  49. you crack me up.

  50. why me?

  51. Dance like nobody’s watching; love like you’ve never been hurt. Sing like nobody’s listening; live like it’s heaven on earth”
    -Mark Twain

  52. I, too, have a single skein of Katia Jamaica Brady Kitchen 1971!!!! And now I know what to do with it! Groovy.

  53. If I had the courage – not to mention an area with taut skin – I would have a Bruce tatto at practically any stage in my life!! Long live the Boss :-D
    “You ain’t no beauty
    but, hey, you’re all right.”

  54. I LOVE chemgrrl’s idea. What a powerful thing, all those names that contributed to the “who” you are.

  55. What fun, reading everyone’s ideas! Wouldn’t it have to be a huge sweater for something like the Churchill anecdote! Or a gloomy-colored one for the virgil? I think the Dorothy Parker (Queen of Rumania) is my favorite so far, although I don’t know that I’d have the stamina to put it on a sweater.
    My former husband used to say, “You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him mow the lawn.” Still makes me chuckle, many years later, remembering that.
    Gosh, maybe I should have kept him around.
    (I guess I could put THAT on a sweater?)
    More funny quotes, please :)

  56. Here are three quotes, for the fun of it. I don’t think the second or third would fit, but I thought you’d enjoy them anyway!
    Audacter calumniare aliquid haeret.
    (Slander boldly, something always sticks.)
    If it be true, what I do think,
    There be five reasons we do drink.
    Good friends. Good Wine. Or being dry.
    Or lest we should be, by and by.
    Or any other reason why.
    Experience is a teacher, but here’s what makes me burn,
    She’s always teaching me the things I do not care to learn.

  57. the first laugh from the first baby broke into a million pieces and that was the beginning of fairies. -j.m barrie
    I love, love, love the book!

  58. I love Emily Dickinson, so I’d probably use “Hope is a thing with feathers.” Not as well-known as some other of her poems I might mention. I also like to quote Adam Savage: “I reject your reality and substitute my own!”

  59. I love the Margaret sweater, but I don’t think I oculd put just one set of quotes on. What if it works like a blackboard, and we just keep changing the sayings each year? And thanks for showing it more casually; that’s a great look, too.
    BTW, the garter beginning for the Monteagle bag is brilliant. Thanks for that! I do love Judy’s magic ast on, but it’s always good to have options.

  60. And in the end
    The love you take
    Is equal to the love
    You make
    I want a Margaret that sings!

  61. I once made a sweater for a man and I wrote, in seed stitch letters, all the cardinal virtues. Around the right sleeve was COURAGE, HONESTY, TRUTH; the left, VALOR, FAITH, LOVE; and just above the hip band was his name and birthday and a bunch more virtues. I thought it was quite something.
    I think that to knit for another person mindfully is a form of prayer and that virtue sweater was the almost visible version. You had to look reeeeaaallly carefully to find those words.
    So maybe something like that on the Margaret —

  62. A little too nihilistic maybe….
    This is how it works
    You’re young until you’re not
    You love until you don’t
    You try until you can’t
    You laugh until you cry
    You cry until you laugh
    And everyone must breathe
    Until their dying breath
    -Regina Spektor

  63. We’re fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.- Japanese proverb
    It takes a long time to become young. – Pablo Piccaso
    I base my fashion sense on what doesn’t itch.- Gilda Radner
    There is no remedy for love but to love more.- Henry David Thoreau

  64. can we have a tutorial on the Cardi Cozy? I’m stumped – I’ve been knitting for around 50 years, and I’ve made raglans before, but, um, I’ve just finished row 16, but there’s nothing about rows 17 and 18 – please, please, please – advise!!!
    all best,
    mhv

  65. My favorite quote site, anyone else have one?
    http://www.brainyquote.com/

  66. Any girl can be glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid.
    Hedy Lamarr

  67. I thought I knew exactly what words I would want on a Margaret sweater, but after reading your post, I have thought of several things, some short, some way too long. Maybe more than one Margaret sweater would be in order, and one could wear whichever sweater suited the mood of the day! Here are my favorites:
    Emily Dickinson:
    “If I can stop one heart from breaking,
    I shall not live in vain;
    If I can ease one life the aching,
    Or cool one pain,
    Or help one fainting robin
    Unto his nest again,
    I shall not live in vain.”
    Mother Teresa: “To show great love for God and our neighbor, we need not do great things. It is how much love we put in the doing that makes our offering something beautiful for God.”
    Mark Twain: “If you tell the truth, you never have to remember anything.”
    Anonymous: “I always wanted to be somebody; I guess I should have been more specific.”
    Anonymous: “Be the person your dog thinks you are.”
    The Beatles: Some of the chorus words from Eleanor Rigby. (“All the lonely people……..)
    Mary G. in Texas

  68. For a long time, I’ve wanted to embroider my favorite rock lyrics (I am older than you, Kay, but Bread won’t be one of them. I am sorry. Not that I didn’t sing along to them back in the day, along with Mr. Diamond, but still not embroidery worthy somehow.) into something. (A pillow? Something… maybe a sweater!)
    Such as
    “You can’t always get what you want, but you just might find, you get what you need.”
    “Lately it occurs to me, what a long strange trip it’s been.”
    And even though it seems odd after the last two,
    “‘Sorry’ seems to be the hardest word”
    There’s more, but it’s 6 :30 AM and the coffee hasn’t kicked in.
    Janet

  69. “Eating makes me hungry. Sleeping makes me tired.”
    (My husband says there’s a third corollary to that, but you couldn’t put it on a sweater.)The first sentence is a from a joke many years ago in the Reader’s Digest.

  70. “Life is what happens to you while you’re making other plans.”–John Lennon
    My favorite Dorothy Parker, though it’s too long:
    Razors pain you; rivers are damp;
    Acids stain you, and drugs cause cramp;
    Guns aren’t lawful; nooses give;
    Gas smells awful; you might as well live.
    “A Conservative Government is an organized hypocrisy.”–Benjamin Disraeli

  71. Already have my Bruce Springsteen quote selected:
    Show a little faith, there’s magic in the night/You ain’t a beauty but hey, you’re alright

  72. Churchill: on colors. I like that. One of my favorites is “Mistrust all enterprises that require new clothes” I honestly don’t know who wrote it–but it’s written on Mr. Emerson’s wardrobe in the book “A Room With a View”. Words to live by, in my opinion!

  73. Is it possible the charts are wrong for the Daily Sweater? I am making the size medium and the written instructions and the chart for the rows 3 and 4 don’t match the chart and that seems to throw the rest of the chart off.
    Please advise.

  74. Thanks for the bag tip. I have a skein of Katia Jamaica purchased for the same reason- fun stripes. I think it’s the same colorway, too. I recognize the orange.

  75. First the quotes:
    “Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.” – Pedro Calderon de la Barca
    “Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions.” – Pablo Picasso
    And now my plaint–I’m buying your new book today, okay? Please stop sending out those “you really need to have this book!” vibes, okay? Every time I see a new book on your webpage (yours or another’s), I find myself lusting after the thing and watching, helplessly, as I buy it. I think there’s something addictive in your website’s photons or something sciency like that. (Not that that’s a bad thing, mind you.) ;)

  76. Kay many thanks for finding my error. The Daily Sweater charts when you read instruction #5 say the counts are for AFTER you have worked the row. Hope my mistake helps someone else.

  77. love, love the photo of Mick Jagger (could i ever have imagined pilling being so damn sexy?) and the quotes from David Byrne. and as usual the inestimable cristina. xo again

  78. “I love the very weapons which me wound.”
    -Veronica Franco
    “Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.”
    -Horace Mann

  79. “I love the very weapons which me wound.”
    -Veronica Franco
    “Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.”
    -Horace Mann

  80. Same dilemma here. I’m currently hesitating between the three quotes tacked up around my office that seem to have staying power with me:
    “Ancora Imparo” (reportedly recorded by Leonardo da Vinci in one of his notebooks late in life, translated: “I’m still learning”)
    “Be kind, because everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” (that one’s from a tea bag!)
    “Everything will be o.k. in the end. If it’s not o.k., it’s not the end.”
    Hm. Maybe they’d all fit?

  81. Oooh… sorry about the double post. My bad.
    I have a couple more, though:
    “Money talks, but it don’t sing and dance and it don’t walk. As long as I can have you here with me, I’d much rather be forever in blue jeans.”
    -Neil Diamond (sorry, this is my theme song with my husband)
    “No profit grows where is no pleasure taken; In brief, sir, study what you most affect.”
    -Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew

  82. I love, love, love the book. As for the quote, one of my fave’s is Mikhail Lermontov’s “Sad and Bored.” It was in an anthology from my Russian class. Whenever I think I’m feeling blue, I read it and it makes me laugh. Whatever might be wrong in my life, I’m not here:
    I am bored and sad, and there’s no one around
    In times of my spirit’s travail…
    Desires! What use is our vain and eternal desire?
    While years pass on by – all the best years!
    To love…but love whom?.. a short love is vexing,
    And permanent love’s just a myth.
    Perhaps look within? – The past’s left no trace:
    All trivial, joys and distress…
    What good are the passions? For sooner or later
    Their sweet sickness ends when reason speaks up;
    And life, if surveyed with cold-blooded regard,-
    Is a stupid and empty farce.

  83. I can’t decide which quote to choose from this site:
    rescomp dot stanford dot edu/~cheshire/EinsteinQuotes dot html
    I just love Albert Einstein!

  84. Love generously. Praise loudly. Live fully. – Elias Porter

  85. Jill R is sending me the book. I can’t wait. And now I know how to do the stitch of the seven veils there’ll be no stopping me. I’m going to look at my stash to see what I can spin to make bags with. My spinning is very lumpy but it’ll be fine for bags.
    Thanks, you two !
    love
    Tessa

  86. I like this idea. Most of my quotes are probably not very nice, so I’d have to think about it. It was a lot easier to have my tattoo done (and to think of it, if I could chain stitch the kanji from my tattoo my quote search would be over).

  87. Bought the book – read it from cover to cover and loved it! Didn’t think you two could do better than the first one, but by golly ya’ did! You two are so entertaining! The projects are great and I want to make them all. Thank you!

  88. Fave quote ever: “I will accept dying if dying is to sink slowly, yes, into the bottom of this beloved music.” Jacques Derrida
    Hm. Now I’m thinking about knitting a sweater just to stitch it on…

  89. My brain is too tired today to come up with a profound quote, but I can commit to making a ME bag in the same Katia (purchased in France, no less). Every time I see it in my stash, I wonder why I bought it. Guess it was just waiting for the right cotton inspiration to strike.

  90. My brain is too tired today to come up with a profound quote, but I can commit to making a ME bag in the same Katia (purchased in France, no less). Every time I see it in my stash, I wonder why I bought it. Guess it was just waiting for the right cotton inspiration to strike.

  91. One can do no better than to quote Jane Austen. Or Dorothy Parker.

  92. Bread was the slow dance music of choice for all of the HS parties I went to in the late 70’s.
    Quote: (I think it came from a Breast Cancer research fundraising site) “If you think you’re too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito in the room.” Dame Anita Perella Roddick

  93. This is my dilemma too. WHAT to put on the sweater? Somehow I don’t think the entire preamble to the US Constitution will go on there…
    But what an awesome sweater! I’ve wondered about doing seed-stitch words but that would involve a finer yarn and charting and making swatches….never mind.
    Thanks for the videos. I’m ready to dig out the cotton yarn.

  94. Oops, I left that comment on the wrong post. Nevah mind. XOXOXO

  95. Have you heard of the knitter who knit Chinese caligraphy characters on the front of a sweater? She saw them on a menu in a Chinese restaurant, and thought they looked beautiful. She imagined they were wishes for good fortune, long life, etc.
    Years later, the knitter was wearing her sweater at a gathering, when she was approached by a Chinese gentleman, who asked her if she knew what was written on her sweater. “Joy, long life,etc., I suppose”, answered the knitter. The gentleman replied, “No.” “It says: cheap, but good”. (!!)
    Chain-stitch it…
    LoveDiane

  96. I like Oscar Wilde. The first would be good for a sweater I think:
    Wisdom comes with winters.
    The others just appeal to me:
    Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.
    We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.

  97. Life goes by pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. –Ferris Bueller

  98. Kay, Here are my favorite lyrics from one of my favorit artists, Susan Ashton. “As I dream of where I’ll go, may I learn from where I’ve gone
    And take the memories that I hold into tomorrow.”

  99. “You want words-on-sweater, sweetheart?” Think Groucho with cigar in mouth. Lisa Anne Auerbach, possibly more political than I, has “It’s the economy, stupid” in throbbing black/white/red. http://www.stealthissweater.blogspot.com/
    Off to Portland, O, with Condom Amulet Couvercle Cap in hand…for photo opps at Close Knit, favorite PDX yarn store. Back in time for your happenings.

  100. My favorite quote is: “Wherever you go, there you are”
    (from The Imitation of Christ, by Thomas a Kempis (the William Creasy translation, pub. 1989))

  101. love your new book! i can’t get enough of it!! thanks ladies.
    i started the jane austen shrug for my eight year old, and discovered a [what i think, being a very novice knitter, i question myself] typo…
    it reads on row three:
    row 3 (RS) k4,ect…
    and i think it should say…
    row 3 (RS) k2(4,6,8),ect…
    after knitting and frogging quite a number of times i finally really looked and tried to visualize where the pattern was going and what was happening :) i went with what i thought was a typo and am making progress…. :)
    didn’t know where i should send that bit of info, but felt i should. thanks again for a great, inspiring, creative, do’able book !!!
    love love love it!

  102. My favorite quote of all time:
    On ne voit bien qu’avec le coeur. L’essentiel est invisible pour les yeux.
    Antoine de Saint-Exupery
    I just might need to make that sweater, so I can use the quote.

  103. “Wherever you go, go with all your heart”

  104. “Wherever you go, go with all your heart”

  105. I checked out the link to find your bag proudly touted. I did like-wise in my blog on achieving world peace through knitting (or something like that…)

  106. How about “in women, courage is often mistaken for insanity” … from Iron Jawed Angels … but it seems to fit you two …

  107. Lorem Ipsum text I think. ;-)

  108. How about a tailored quote:
    “Slump? I ain’t in no slump… I just ain’t knitting.”

  109. Elisabeth Elliot – “When you don’t know what to do, just do the thing in front of you.”

  110. “I find rebellion packaged by a major corporation a little hard to take seriously.”… that is *so* perfect for a handknit sweater! I love the saying too. :) I may have to borrow that. ;)