Perfect Sweater: So Much Depends
October 24, 2005
Dear Kay, and Beloved Future Searchahs,
I hope your time away from the Future Search has given you the opportunity to reflect, to think back on the sweaters of your life–oh WHATever, let’s get to the bone and gristle of this exercise: the facts.
For those of you just joining us, we are currently in a wobbly orbit, attempting to land on Planet Perfect Sweater. The retro rockets aren’t firing quite right, the Astronaut Ice Cream is no longer a treat, and Tom Hanks is rigging up a repair using a cardboard box and a leftover Tang packet. But we are going to land this spaceship, people. WE WILL NOT FAIL. If we all breathe shallowly, we can conserve enough oxygen to complete this mission.
Our last votes were a neck-off and a sleeve-off, to resolve tight initial votes regarding neckline and sleeve construction issues. The results:
The neckline should be
v-neck 43.8% 268
a jewel collar (round w/no significant edging) 23.4% 143
crewneck (an inch or so of edging) 17% 104
shawl collar 15.8% 97
total votes: 612
If you chose sleeves, what sort of construction would you like them to have?
Set-in 60.2% 359
Raglan 39.8% 237
total votes: 596
To refresh your memory of the heated debate, please refer to the Comments posted on the 10/13 entry. The Comments registered during this vote were passionate, heartfelt, and included, for the first time ever on Mason-Dixon Knitting, the words “hotsy-totsy kickass gorgeous bitchin’ bod,” “nice rack,” and “no rack whatsoever.”
So here, after at least six weeks of Searching, we have arrived here:
the Perfect Handknit is a sweater
with long sleeves
which are set in.
it has a slightly shaped waist and
buttons up the front and
a V neck.
It all seems so simple, right? Looks like a freakin’ William Carlos Williams poem, don’t it? Will somebody please parse this thing for me, and suggest what we should do next?
I am concerned that the neckline neck-off did not result in a majority–only 43.8% are for a V-neck.
Please vote by Monday, 9:59 pm CDT.