Archaeological Dig Unearths Long-Lost Treasure
April 1, 2006
Get a load of this tale, which landed in my In box like a dusty note from a dig in the Egyptian desert:
As I surfed through your archives, I noticed a post about Kaffe Fassett Pebbles. I just had to email you. I was gifted with stash from a retired knitter. In it was a gorgeous panel of Kaffe Fassett Pebbles (the whole back) and lots of yarn. How did I earn this stash? Well, nothing except that I am probably the only enthusiastic knitter friend she has. She has incredibly bad wrists from her job as a real-time transcriptionist, so she has taken to gardening instead of knitting.
This Pebbles piece is a work of art and simply years away from my skill level. Here’s a photo and another one.
This panel is amazing and I am torn about what to do with it. Should I save it and wait for the day that I possess the skills to knit the arms and front panels and finish the dern thing to give back to Laura? Should I have it sewn with a lining and gift it back to Laura as an afghan?
Any advice you can offer would be helpful.
What a tantalizing tale, and what an artifact. This is my favorite Kaffe Fassett pattern. It calls for 13 shades of Rowan Donegal Lambswool Tweed, including some classic gloomy Rowan shade names–Storm, Pickle, Sedge. This yarn became extinct in the early 2000s, the victim of invasive non-native species of yarn which crowded out its habitat. It was too thin, too traditional, too . . . good to live.
When I saw this pattern for the first time, years ago, I could not believe my eyes. I realize that it looks kind of like a leopard pattern gone mad, but the effect of all those tweeds together sunk deep into my psyche. Soaked right in there. O! The wonderfulness of it all.
This pattern appeared in Rowan Number 24, fall 1998, in the geological period known as Classic Period Rowan. It appeared back before the Baroque Period began (Rowan Number 31 was the first time random embroidery appeared on a Rowan sweater), and long before the Mannerist Period started (Rowan Number 39 aka the current issue which is the craziest Rowan I ever saw).
Seeing Julia’s artifact got me wondering if there are other unfinished Pebbles out there, so I went searching for other Pebbles in the field, and found this one, which Food and Yarn Angela has been working on here and there. I wouldn’t even hope to see a true, finished Pebbles. It would be too much to ask. I’ll see an ivory-billed woodpecker before I’ll see a Pebbles.
As for Julia’s dilemma about what to do with this half-finished work of art, you know the only possible solution, right? A Blogpoll!
PS Thank you, everybody, for the supportive comments about the book. Now that the book has finally come off the boat from Singapore (I was ready to go over there and hijack a cargo ship), I am just dying to see the projects what people are working on. Please, everyone, be sure to send us a photo and a few words so that we can include your work in the don’t-touch-the-paint-it’s-not-ready MDK Pantheon of Creative Genius. If we weren’t such HTML dorks, we might have the thing up all ready.
We have already received some beautiful photos of Finished Objects. Wait ’til you see.