November 28, 2005
Once in awhile it has occurred to me that you do not post many photo essays featuring your boys wearing tasteful handknits in glorious settings. Until this past weekend, I might have thought this was just garden-variety laziness. That you simply could not be bothered to place one of your handsome boys, handknit-clad, against a nice background, point and shoot.
Now I know better. I apologize for entertaining such unkind thoughts. Photographing little boys is a job that is best left to professionals, or perhaps the military.
Yesterday was a glorious November Sunday on Lawn Guyland. I packed the Boy, wearing his brand-new Durrow, in the car, and headed for the beach. What could be more romantic, more Joey Toller-esque, more Rowan-y, than a pale boy, an abandoned beach and a cabled denim pullover?
This is how it went:
Note the Looming Mommy Shadow. Boy is undaunted.
A yoga classic. They don’t call it the Child’s Pose for nothing.
Here we see the 4 x 2 ribbing and the nicely-grayed black denim.
Bribery? Tried it. No dice.
(Meanwhile, Miss Butter-Wouldn’t-Melt picturesquely hunted for shells and glass while remaining camera-ready in her Black Whitby.)
I tried again later, but by this point it had become a game.
A game in which I was getting my butt kicked, royally.
This is the best shot I got of the sleeve. You will have to take my word for it: it’s a fab sweater. It fits perfectly. It washes and dries like a dream. It’s comfortable, and for once I didn’t make the neck opening too wide. He wears it happily without arguing for a sweatshirt.
As a pattern, I give Durrow high marks. It was a very straightforward knit. The cable charts are easy to follow. Despite the ‘advanced’ skill rating, I think Durrow is well within the reach of a new or even first-time cabler. The only trickiness came from my decision to change the gauge and size it for a boy, without doing any math. It was pure luck that the prescribed 3 repeats of the center cable motif yielded a sleeve that is just the right length. Thank you Jodi, for the great free pattern!
Meanwhile, I return to knitting for girls and babies.