Perfect Sweater: Sticking Their Necks Out
March 1, 2006
Dear Kay, and Everybody Who Has Found Peace with Their Finish in the Knitting Olympics,
If I sound deliriously excited, it’s because I am.
Just goofy, really, because even as I write, there are seven geniuses at work on the Perfect Sweater pattern. Seven intrepid artists who have looked Destiny in the face and said, “Destiny, I’m not askeered of you.” “Destiny, I flinch not.” “Destiny–look, you’re not really destiny, you’re just a neckline that has to be designed, and it’s just not rocket science or anything, but Ann sounds kind of desperate and clearly needs the help blessherheart.”
For those just joining us, go back and read every entry with the word “Perfect” in the title, dating from September through November 2005.
OK, you’re back? Long story short, we (the readers of this blog) have been in deep discussion, in a Future Search, about what constitutes the perfect handknit. What are the elements? What is it–a sweater, a sock, a dress that harkens to the days of Flashdance? What is the perfect yarn? Wool? Cotton? Alpaca? Scratchy wool? Merino???? We nominated; we voted; we had run-offs; we broke into factions; we argued about how you pronounce the word schism; we veered off into the subject of beverages. Some people retired to the lounge rather than face the possibility of continuing this process.
The conclusions that came out of this winnowing process: Cascade 220 was deemed the perfect yarn. A sweater was named the perfect project, by a good margin, and we managed to get a majority for slight shaping and set-in sleeves. But at that point, the consensus collapsed like a pup tent in a hurricane. Cardigan? Pullover? Couldn’t crack it–so we’re writing patterns for both. Edging? A flat-out tie between hemmed and seed stitch, so we’re including both options. Neckline? Ach, hopeless! Try to get a turtlenecker to lay down with a scoopnecker, and all you get are complaints of itchiness and immodesty. We concluded that the perfect sweater really does need a neckline that suits its wearer, so we decided on a variety of necklines.
As I have mentioned, I’ve been trying out the pattern (beautifully edited by Mandy), along with Kathy of California and Kendall of Tulsa. We are feeling pretty good about the way it’s working, so at this point in this (quick) (E-Z) process, it’s time to create the varied necklines that everybody seems to like so much.
Please say hello to the women who are going to be working out the necklines. They may be writing about their design process on their blogs, and I’ll let you know when they’re posting. I think it’s going to be very interesting to see how they do what they do.
Tara will be designing the crewneck.
Lauren: sweetheart neckline
Suzanne: V neck
Molly: shawl collar
Kathy: jewelneck AND cardigan
Morgan: scoop neck
Oh yes and one more! Kristy: square neck
Can’t wait to see what you cook up. Everybody, please get out your leftover cowbells from the Torino downhill and give a rattle for these designers. Thank you, designers!!!!
We expect to start having patterns available later this month.