November 10, 2009
I’m afraid I’m hopelessly behind in my knitting compared to highly industrious types who seem to be born-again sweater knitters. I have little to show, knitting-wise, but I do keep up an endless stream of miscellaneous projects. There’s never no knitting around here.
I do have a new FO of which I am most proud. It is, if only technically, a sweater.
Stitch for stitch, this little t-neck gets as many oohs and aahs on the street as any Kaffe Fassett or Alice Starmore life’s work of a garment.
It’s the “Everyday Turtleneck” from Kristi Porter’s clever, funny and stylish book, Knitting for Dogs. It reminds me of the Perfect Sweater For Humans because now that I’ve made one, I understand how I can easily change the neckline, the edgings or the stitch pattern and get a whole wardrobe of sweaters for Olive. And now that Olive goes out for half a dozen strolls each day in the crisp autumn air, she absolutely needs a wardrobe of sweaters. She shivers most persuasively without one, and the Dog People look at me through narrowed eyes that say, “Git thee to the Canine Boutique, woman!”
I opted out of the optional sleeves, and blanket-stitched around the leg openings and the handy leash orifice. Olive’s legs are too short for sleevage of almost any length. I cannot say enough about this pattern. Knit back and forth, with the elegance of steeks so that the leg openings do not break the flow of the Noro Silk Garden stripes. (The pattern calls for Kureyon, but Olive was all, “Kureyon? Meh!”)
What’s been keeping me so busy? It’s not like i had to deal with a cement mixer full of pancake batter or anything like that, just minor distractions such as:
Late nights watching a local team make good, and even more exciting events such as……
….victory in the Seventh Grade Spelling Bee. A ticker tape parade cannot quite compare to winning a pizza party for your homeroom. Let’s be real. (The winning word: ENTREPRENEUR.)