New Blood (Not About Vampires)
November 17, 2010
So, what I’ve been up to, craftywise:
1. It’s Red Scarf Season!
My submission this year is a good, old-fashioned, 2-row stripe scarf in some exquisite hairy handspun that I was gifted years ago, and some non-exquisite, yet cheerful red tweed that fell out of the cabinet when I was looking for the exquisite stuff.
After all these years, and all these scarves, I still love the Red Scarf Project. I want everyone else to love it, too. (By which I mean, send in a scarf by December 15!) A handknit scarf is not the answer to every problem, but it’s the perfect gesture of support for a foster-care alum who is braving his or her way to a college diploma. We can do this–we like the knitting–let’s git.r.done!
2. The Knitter Holiday Issue!
The Knitter, our favorite knitting magazine and not just because we write a column for it, has outdone itself with its holiday issue this year. So many knitterly, wearable patterns. And this month there’s something special:
The debut of 12-year-old knitter/designer Lily France, with publication of her Wray cardigan. Can you believe that this wisp of a cardi, with its delicate details, was designed by a wisp of a girl?
I don’t know about you, but the 12-year-old in my house lacks a working knowledge of how to pleat a sleeve. It’s gratifying that The Knitter has not only spotted and praised the rising talent of Lily France, but is nurturing it. Go Lily! Remember us foxy matrons when you’re cooking up designs!
Speaking of Talented Youth, “our” Belinda Boaden has this stunner in the same issue. A slinky, glamorous…..cabled pullover. How are these things possible in the same garment? Sigh…..
At this point, the quilt-dedicated fingers on my left hand are no longer water-resistant. I think the medical terminology is “self-thimbling of the first, second and third digits of the left hand.” As for the quilt, the hand-quilting is about halfway done, by my optimistic, Tivo-impaired reckoning. I can’t stop. Hand quilting is the best displacement activity ever invented. I want to be putting the binding on this quilt by Thanksgiving weekend. Is that unrealistic? Will I try anyway?
4. Olive Sez
“Don’t kid yourself–beneath every piece of upholstery is a punishing armature of wood, screws, and nails.”
“Use caution! Move to high ground!”