Perfect Sweater: Code Name MANDY
December 14, 2005
Dear Kay, and patient knitters the world around,
Thanks to everyone for the support in my time of need. Sixteen pre-first graders armed with cups of frosting are not to be trifled with.
My apologies for the long delay in announcing the latest chapter in the Perfect Sweater! I’ve managed to wipe all the frosting off my monitor. To recap (and to refresh MY memory) here’s where we are:
We’re on the cusp of greatness. We have a very basic pattern–think of it as a sort of sourdough starter pattern. Much is going to flow from this basic pattern. In a second we’re going to send it to everybody who volunteered to cook up a neckline variation. And it’s also going to be available to everybody who wanted to test-knit it in the small size. At the end of the day, we will have lots of sizes, lots of variations, and pullover and cardigan versions. A veritable smorgasbord of sweater options, a groaning board, a pu pu platter!
Here’s how it looks on Ms. Small.
I have finally persuaded Ms. Small (aka Ms. Shy) to let me show her face. Ms. Small is Bertha, our babysitter extraordinaire who has given the fellas the only slivers of goodwill and charity they possess. Bertha has been giving me the business lately about how I’ve never made her a sweater. So I made this first Perfect Sweater for her.
Kay, you’re not kidding that I’ve been futzing around with the pattern endlessly. I’m just worried, thassall, the way pageant mothers put that last glob of Dippity-Do on the bangs right before L’il Miss Sparkly hits the stage.
I think it’s a good fit, so we’re ready to move to The Next Step: Collars.
The really amazing news is this:
We have a secret weapon.
Mandy. Mandy is the technical editor of Knitty. Mandy does not blink when faced with a pattern for, say, knitted denim blue jeans for babies. She reads a pattern, studies it, and makes sure it actually will work for the manufacturing of knitted denim blue jeans for babies.
In a clearly deluded moment, Mandy volunteered to crank all the sizes for the Perfect Sweater. I can hardly tell you how fantastic this is–but I’m guessing that you can feel my relief emanating from the computer. Everybody please be rilly nice to Mandy while she’s over in the corner with her abacus. THANK YOU, Mandy, for what you’re about to go through.
We have another potential secret weapon which I’m still investigating. It’s a potentially insanely cool thing. I may have hallucinated the whole idea, but then again, maybe not.
If you volunteered to create a neckline pattern, we will be sending the basic pattern to you shortly. If you are one of the folks who wants to test-knit the basic pattern in size small, please refresh my memory and leave a comment. We’ll get the pattern off to you asap.
A Winding Party in the Windy City!
As it turns out, the fambly and I are going to be spending a few days in Chicago the week after Christmas. My sister-in-law Mary Neal (She of the Long Red Hair) and I are cooking up a gathering for knitters in the Chicagoland area. So if you’d like to come for Perfect Yarn winding, miscellaneous knitting, and beverage-based hospitality, puhlease email me, and we’ll figure out the details of where and when. It would be so great to meet the mighty knitters of Chicago.
PS As Kay’s personal public relations executive, I’d like to point you to her latest exciting moment: the Buttonhole Bag has turned up on the cover of Spin Off magazine. What a surprise! Never mind that we don’t know how to spin anything except the bottle, and even that was a long time ago . . .