Mason-Dixon Mailbag, Southern Bureau
March 10, 2004
A quick note to show you a little something that my sister-in-law, the protean Mary Neal of Living with Caucasians fame, whipped up over the winter months. Now that she has returned from her sojourn in Tbilisi, Georgia, to the land of the “free,” she had a chance to finish this doozy:
You won’t find this in any Rowan magazine, no Phildar, no nowhere–Mary Neal is the sort who just sort of jumps in and goes where the yarn leads her. This deluxe pullover is for her son/my nephew James, intended as a going-to-college sweater. At this point it may be a kind of going-to-Cancun-for-spring-break sweater, but I’m not one to pick about stuff like deadlines. She writes: “I hate to sew up sweaters so much that when I decided he needed a cabled pullover, I had to knit it in the round. As long as you’re knitting in the round, mind, you might as well add some color interest, so . . . this is the result. A hodgepodge.”
I love the colors, the spontaneous explosion of Fair Isle, and the fact that this photo proves she has officially removed my brother’s head, once and for all.
Most of all, I admire Mary Neal’s free hand in designing this. I would like to think I could just cut loose the way she does, but then, I think that’s how wristlets happened. Better not to go there.