Mason-Dixon Boyz N Scarvz
December 18, 2008
I know it’s kind of worrisome for a middle-aged woman to keep posting photos of young guys wearing her knitting. I’m sure you’re concerned–quite rightly–that I might be stalking them, or perhaps sitting on the sidewalk with a scrawled sign soliciting assistance. You’re probably thinking I’ve been saying things like “dude”.
Fear not! All models 100% guaranteed to be related to me, by blood, marriage, or the fact that I have known them as toddlers. These young men are showing up for one reason, and one reason only: if they don’t, they’ll have to deal with their mothers. (Mothers of young boys take note. THIS is the promised land, the end point of all your toil: to raise up a good man who will pose with handknits. Eyes on the prize! Climb those stairs to glory! There should be a gospel song for this!)
This is another Noro 2-row, but with a difference. It’s worked in mistake rib (scroll down for instructions), casting on 2 additional stitches, and then slipping the first and last stitch of the WS rows. I like the way the stripes are less sharp than with k1, p1 rib; yet it’s still reversible. And, theoretically at least, it knits up faster because you don’t have to switch the yarn back or forth with every stitch, but with every two. (I guess this economy applies only to “throw” style knitters.)
Actual Useful Content
Listen, I may be telling you something everybody already knows, but in the rush of holiday knitting, the temptation to skip blocking is strong, particularly something that already has nice tidy edges and a crisp look, like a Noro 2-row stripe scarf. But I’m begging you to take the time to wash it and dry it flat. The Noro Silk Garden yarn becomes so much softer with washing. It blooms. It relaxes. It drapes much more suavely.
Also, some good news for people who haven’t knitted with Silk Garden in a few years: the product has improved. Remember those scratchy bits of hay that people used to complain about? They’re not there anymore. I’ve knitted about a dozen skeins in the last couple of weeks, and there is NO VEGETABLE MATTER. It’s still crisp and a little rough when you’re knitting it (merino it ain’t), but you can fix that with a quick wash and an overnight rest on the kitchen counter to dry.
More Stuff I’m Cranking
A mitered hanging towel from Book 2, in Peaches & Cream shades Shrimp and Baby Green. (Which don’t sound that appetizing together, but I like.)
After 3 long scarves, this project seemed almost thinky. Had to keep my focus. Very satisfying.
P.S. Thank you Joshua!