Pre-Upholstery-Knitting Deck Clearing
July 17, 2008
This is not Carrie’s usual running-for-the-day-camp-bus attire.
It’s a shawl for Afghans for Afghans’ campaign to send 500 shawls to new mothers in Afghanistan.
Recipe: Cast on 318 stitches in blue yarn (Rowanspun DK). Work 9 garter ridges. Now work 18-row stripes of Noro Silk Garden Light and the Rowanspun, alternating between stockinette and reverse stockinette stitch. (Here, 4 stripes of the Noro and 3 of the Rowanspun, ending with the Noro.) Work 9 ridges of garter stitch in the Rowanspun, and bind off in purl. This is the main body of the shawl, which measured 66 inches long.
The ruffled ends were inspired by the border on Terhi’s stunningly simple triangular shawl. On each end, I picked up one stitch in each row end, worked 18 rows of garter stitch, and then worked one increase row of K2, m1 all the way across, thus adding 50 percent more stitches. I continued to work garter stitch until I had worked a total of 36 ridges, and bound off in purl. It’s not so much a ruffle as a dignified undulation. It adds a little weight to help the ends stay put when tossed over the shoulders.
(Homage to Brooklyn Tweed. I keep trying.)
I would like to be able to report that this shawl is on its way to the big basement in San Francisco, where loving volunteers are waiting to unpack shawls. However, there has been a technical difficulty. After washing and blocking (which I didn’t think it needed, but it did a power of good–always block!), I re-measured. The width was only 19 inches. The requirement is 20-24 inches. I wrestled with my conscience, I wrote a dog-ate-my-homework email seeking dispensation/forgiveness/anything. In short, I was fiberglasted. I hate it when an O un-effs on me like that. Done things should have the decency to stay done. I have chairs to slipcover in denim yarn!
Then I remembered an interesting fact: I like to knit. Knitting is, in fact, my hobby. I can knit more. So I’ve picked up all the way around in the Rowanspun to add a border to the border. I have plenty of yarn and enough time to meet the deadline. These things happen; knit on.
Department of Whimsical Tchotchkes
Excellent news: there’s a new bauble on the KayCam. As you know, I am a patron of the polymer clay arts and, for the benefit of all, not a practitioner. This lovely charm came from Tennessee, from Hilda, who has a lovely Etsy shop. Warning: If you visit Etsy, don’t forget to come home. People have been known to get lost there.
PS If anyone is bumming that they missed Afghans for Afghans’ shawl campaign, fret not. There is a new project to knit warm winter clothing and blankets for children and youth ages 7-14.