For the look of Relax in a worsted weight yarn, take a look at Worsted Boxy.

Perfect Sweater: Scary Scary Scary!

Perfect Sweater: Scary Scary Scary!

Dear Kay, and All You Holiday Shoppers, So what was in the Mystery Box? Good guesses, y’all, but the box was not a Hogwarts trunk nor a Skynard box, nor did it contain Elton John and Dolly Parton, a generator, airline food, a spinning wheel, an upside-down Christmas tree, or our book.* The Mystery Box held a Segway. There has been endless curiosity about Segways in our household ever since seeing them at Disney World, so for...

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Perfect Sweater: Shaping Up

Perfect Sweater: Shaping Up

Dear Kay, and all you country music fans, Apologies for the long silence, but I’m still reeling from the sight of Dolly Parton and Elton John singing John Lennon’s “Imagine” together on the Country Music Association Awards Tuesday night. This fell in the category of Just Because You Can Doesn’t Mean You Should. I mean, I love barbecue and I love sushi, but let’s not be putting them on a plate together. First...

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Perfect Sweater: Perfect Tie

Dear Kay, and Perfect Knitters, Get a load of this, willya? The edging for the Perfect Sweater is hemmed 46.2% 346 seed stitch 46.1% 345 ribbing (either 1×1, 2×2, or 3×3) 7.7% 58 total votes: 749 And yes, in the only moment I ever hope to resemble Senate tie-breaking-vote-caster Dick Cheney, I cast a tie-breaking vote. I never dreamed we would have a genuwine, even-steven split between seed stitch and hemmed edging for the Perfect...

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Perfect Sweater: Edge-Off

Perfect Sweater: Edge-Off

Dear Kay, and Everybody Who’s Edgy, During the course of this Future Search for the Perfect Handknit, I have found that it’s not necessary to watch the blogpolls very closely. Either one option takes a distinct lead early on, or a clump of options rise to the top, in an order that doesn’t change much. But this latest blogpoll, on the issue of edging, has been a nail biter. Every time I checked, the lead changed. Early on,...

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Perfect Sweater: Edginess

Dear Kay, and the Perfect Handknitters, Quick! I’m drownding! I get out my Official Notebook for Putting Patterns Into and start writing down stuff like: PERFECT SWEATER: BASIC PATTERN SET-IN-SLEEVES JEWEL NECKLINE SIZE: SMALL MATERIALS: CASCADE 220, 1020 yds, 6 hanks GAUGE: 5 sts = 1″ (2.5 cm) using size 6 (4 mm) needles This reminds me of every single social studies paper I ever wrote. Throat-clearing in the extreme. I make the...

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Future Search: Naming Rights

Future Search: Naming Rights

Dear Kay, and Volunteers, Voyeurs, and Hangers-on, First of all, we’ve received some Perfect Handknit buttons that reflect all the rainbow luv of our effort: Thanks, Crissy! Remember, everybody: if you’ve left a Comment at any point during this neverending Future Search, you are a co-designer. Whether you like it or not. It’s kind of like when you have a kid in school and discover that you are automatically a member of the...

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Perfect Sweater: Rubber Hits the Road

Dear Kay, and the Perfect Handknitterz, So distracted! I was just fixing my eyebrows. OK so my eyebrow stylist was just fixing my eyebrows. She comes by every morning to check them out and make sure I’m good to go. Really, the experience of you reading that KnitLit piece at Coliseum Books has changed my life so utterly. People have such expectations now. The phone calls, the endorsement offers. I’m off shortly for a Pepto-Bismol...

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Perfect Sweater: So Much Depends

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...

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Perfect Sweater: Runoff Time!

Dear Kay, and Tout le Monde, Is it just me, or does it seem like we’re on the verge of something? At this point in the Future Search for the Perfect Handknit, I think we can all agree that we have made remarkable progress. Remember where we started? [pause for reflection] But there is one small element of the group that we need to address: the Retire to the Lounge people. I know, I know how these things work: there is always a small...

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Perfect Sweater: Lightning Round

Dear Kay, and the Huddled Masses Yearning to Breathe Free, Here we go. We are voting on the elements of the perfect sweater, a perfect sweater, one perfect sweater–some kind of sweater, OK? We voted to have a pattern that could be either a cardigan or a pullover, so keep that in mind as you ponder the following. Please note that the crucial issue of top-down construction versus bottom-up comes after this vote, once we see what the...

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