Carolyn Stripes, er, Strikes Again
August 22, 2005
Let’s review. A few weeks ago we announced that we would be sewing up an afghan composed entirely of Carolyn’s squares made from vintage tapestry yarn. Remember?. We are going to auction this amazing thing off on eBay and donate the proceeds to afghans for Afghans to help underwrite their cost of shipping warm handknits to Afghanistan.
So, was it craven of me to post a picture that happened to show that there was one square missing from the layout? Would you believe me if I told you that I really and truly intended to use a bit of the tapestry yarn Carolyn sent me to make a ‘Carolyn tribute square’ myself, to fill that hole? You wouldn’t? That hurts me, but whatever.
It turns out that Carolyn didn’t send me ALL her leftover ancient tapestry yarn. When I got home late last night to pack for our upcoming 4 days in the Catskills (because there just aren’t enough mosquitos and black flies in Long Island), I found a package containing these:
Six gorgeous squares. One to fill the gap, plus an entire new strip to add on. Each has a name.
This is ‘Ocean View’. Is it my favorite? Possibly. I love images of windows.
‘Gemstone.’ When I saw this, I thought, ‘Sunflower.’ Yes, a square sunflower. I have no problem with that.
‘Baby Grand.’ Tee-HEE! It also reminds me of the flag. Perhaps the Flag of of the Great State of Carolyn.
‘Chaise Longue.’ Ain’t it amazing how a simple log-cabin stripey square can actually look like a chaise longue? I adore the colors.
‘Confection.’ I’m thinking, salt-water taffy.
I am going to be inspired by these squares for a long time. I love how many ideas can be evoked by the straight lines of a garter-stitch square. Thank you, thank you Carolyn. World’s kindest knitter, c’est you. The knitters of New York will try to do them justice in the sew-up.
Dept. of Does This Make My Butt Look Big
Yay, we’ve gotten a Reader Question! Some bloggers get reader questions about matters such as ‘How do you knit such beautiful lace, so fast?’ For some reason we don’t get that question very often. We get questions such as this one from dear Heather in Scotland, who asks about the denim skirt I recently modelled in all my matronly glory:
If it’s not too personal… can I ask – does the bum sag if you sit down too long in it ? I mean the skirt’s bum not yours of course ? !
Heather, let me assure you and the General Public that this A-line skirt does not hug the derriere. When one sits, it does not stretch. Therefore, regardless of whether one’s bum is baggy–and I’m not saying one way or the other, and anyway it’s a matter of opinion–the skirt’s bum remains bag-free.
Okay, time to head for points north, reeking of bug spray.