Perfect Sweater: Naive Utopia? We Think Not!
January 11, 2006
Dear Kay, and Keepers of the Olympic Flame,
Knitty’s technical editor Mandy is picking away at the Perfect Sweater pattern like some CSI investigator. Oh, it’s a crime scene all right.
Such care! Such meticulation! And two brave knitters are testing out the size small pullover pattern to make sure it’s ready for prime time before we send it to all the also-brave designers who are going to be designing the many neckline styles we all so desperately desire.
Kendall of Oklahoma (not to be confused with Mutual of Omaha) is working like a Trojan as well, test-knitting this pattern and unearthing all sorts of embarrassing missteps in the area of shortrowing and, um, counting stitches. She’s starting a blog, www.annslamepatternwritingskills.com, where she’ll share every excruciating error.
Here are ultracovert snaps of Kendall’s progress. These were taken with a camera embedded in the end of her needle:
And Vast Amount of Spare Time Kathy of Southern-California-Soon-of-Oregon has delved so deeply into the issue of armhole shaping that graph paper is required. (Remember: Kathy has vast amounts of spare time. Shyeahright.)
We should all thank these brave souls for diving into the pattern. We may actually achieve perfection with this kind of help.
If you have picked out a shade of Cascade 220 for your Perfect Sweater, please lemme know which color you chose. I’m creating a database of Cascade Yarn shades. Don’t ask me why; it just seems tidier or something.
Now. With the new year upon us, there has been no end of questions about when the Perfect Sweater pattern will be complete. I do believe that Jan has come up with a deadline that is ambitious yet feasible: the Winter Olympics.
Opening ceremonies are February 10. I’m thinking that the passion of the Games is something we all need in these hard times, peace among different populations, fair play in sports, the unselfish sharing of joys and emotions which seem to be contradicted by the daily news, as if they were nothing but a naive utopia.
This is not the case for us, nor is it for all those who firmly believe in the Olympic Spirit and strive to give it body and soul, for the volunteers, the torchbearers, the sportsmen and those who bear witness to the value of participation with their work and commitment to being there at all costs.
The Olympic spirit– the athletic spirit–is an integral part of the hope for a better future–
OH CRAP I’m repeating the promo copy from the Olympic web site. Never mind the allegedly sexually harrassing U.S. skeleton team coach. (Do we have any skeletoners out there? What kind of insane sport is this?) Never mind steroids. Dammit, y’all, we are going to knit this sweater in the name of peace among different populations, fair play in sports, the unselfish sharing of joys and emotions–in the name of Neve and Gliz, the snowball and ice cube mascots of the Torino Olympics!