Am feeling very tender about Eleanor Roosevelt this week. (She knits in Episode 4!)

The Light At The End of the Carpal Tunnel

Dear Ann,
Missing you tragically. After everyone left last weekend, I dropped by the house of a friend, who informed me, as friends do, that she had never seen me looking so haggard. Well. Fair enough. Trying to look perkier with every passing day. Chins up!
My favorite moment from the blur of last week, bar none:
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Baby Rose decided she wanted to learn to knit, and picked the right person to teach her. I would like to be able to say that the entire crew (knitters all) paused to sing kumbaya and welcome a new member to the coven, but what we actually said was, “Rosie, come get your makeup on.” Rose wangled a manicure, pedicure and aromatherapy facial from Mary Elizabeth the makeup artiste and involuntary model. (Photo shoot tip: make sure everyone involved in the project is attractive so you don’t have to hunt down so many models.)
Public Service Announcement: Attention all attractive citizens of Southampton, Water Mill and Sag Harbor, New York: It is now safe to leave your homes. You will not be set upon by knitting book authors seeking to muffle you in woollens. Repeat: it is now safe to leave your homes.
I have been thinking a lot about Beauty these past weeks, and I have come to the conclusion that there are beautiful people everywhere. Everywhere! People are a lot prettier, when you really look at them, than we are usually aware of. Especially the youngsters, but also those who have had a little of their shine worn off with wear. People are cuter today than ever before. And when you put a handknit on them, it’s a Cute Bomb that could destroy the planet.
I Got You a Sleeve, It’s Real Big
Hubby’s birthday was Sunday. In Hubby’s family, a birthday is not a casual thing. It requires a present, even if it was just Father’s Day two weeks ago so you’ve already bought him his summer play clothes from the Big And Tall Shoppe, and it requires a heartfelt card expressing supportive yet borderline passive-aggressive sentiments such as, “Hope you meet your weight loss goals this year.” (No kidding, this is classic Hubby’s Family Birthday Card Etiquette. You can’t just write Happy Birthday Sweetie. That is considered Uncaring. One must show an interest in the Birthday Boy’s journey of self-improvement.) Here’s what Hubby got from me this year:
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A sleeve.
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An awesome, yet partial, sleeve.
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This is the Cornish Knit Frock. Yes, I’m knitting my 6 foot 7 man a frock. That just tickles the heck out of me, Hubby wearing a frock, just like Nancy Drew.
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The Cornish Knit Frock is in this forthcoming book by Jane and Patrick Gottelier. AN ALL-DENIM BOOK. CAN YOU STAND IT?
My goal: to knit everything in the book (including the fabulous WHITBY SWEATER that everybody is crazy about), by the time the book comes out this November, or, failing that, in my lifetime. Jane and Patrick know EVERYTHING about denim yarn, including all the secret fashion-trade tricks to make it look beaten up. I am going to be their number one SuperFan and stalker. Oh wait, I already am.
Love, Kay

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  1. A handknit sweater for Mr. 6’7″ – – that is real love. True and abiding love.
    Having watched Baby Rose enjoy the benefits of handknits all these years, it seems only fitting to see her taking up the needles. Such a sweet picture!

  2. A sleeve seems a good gift to me. I once gave someone some yarn for Christmas – that’s how behind I was in my gift-making. (I should say this was a non-knitting friend who had been expecting a sweater.)(Eventually, I did turn the yarn into a sweater.)(Possibly, but not certainly, before the following Christmas.)

  3. WELCOME back to Planet Earth, Home, and Family! Hugs to you and Ann for a job we know was very well done. I have such a soft spot in my heart for Baby Knitters, maybe because I was one so very long ago. A child knitter IS a heart-warming thing to behold. I am touched and SHOCKED that you are actually holding needles in hand and producing fabric….but Hubby probably deserves that beautiful sleeve! Go Spoil Yourselves!

  4. Phew — I am so glad you are finally done – my larder was getting pretty sparse – now I can hit King Kullen – you owe me an autographed copy of the new book for making me go out in this craziness that is “The Hamptons” the day before July 4th… hehehe
    And wait a minute – The Purlingswine was in my neighborhood and I didn’t get to meet her – one of my favorite blogs to read (after yours of course :D ) boo hooo….

  5. For second there I thought It was Sunday Best you were knitting. But that frock looks great too, in all meanings of the word. Hang in there, it all comes to an end eventually.
    Indigo Knits, heh? Looks like I’ll be adding another knitting book to my already full knitting shelves.

  6. Somehow, I think Nancy Drew’s frocks were sewn and storebought, not knitted with “true and abiding love,” as Kristy put it above. Nancy always did irritate me, though.

  7. You’re in good company – I once had great intentions and started to knit my husband a cable wool sweater for Christmas. I ended up giving him one sleeve and finished the sweater six months later – he teased me about that for a while and I haven’t knit him a sweater since. Hope your sweater is done sooner – it looks wonderful!!

  8. That is one truly beautiful sleeve! I don’t think anyone has ever given me a sleeve quite as nice. Or an entire frock for that matter.

  9. i feel your pain! my man is 6’8″. the hard part with him? he’s hideously skinny (he weighs 220, and that’s a high for him!). i usually have to go with a medium size, and then just lengthen everything to a fair-thee-well. i made him a sweater a few years back and had to add 4 inches to EVERYTHING (he also has ape arms, lol). no, i won’t be knitting him socks.

  10. You’re alive! OMG, you’re alive! Thank God! What a fine post after days of missing the unique wittiness that is the MD blog. But it’s a bit cruel that you get advance copies of cool books and I don’t…

  11. Wow, you are knitting your 6′ 7″ husband a sweater and I can’t even bear the thought of knitting my 6′ 6″ husband (with size 12 wide feet) socks. Shame on me!

  12. I’ve been gone for a week myself and have a LOT of blogreading and catching-up to do. But I was having my nice iced tea and reading along until I got to the “6’7″ husband” bit. I tremble! I quail! Giants walk the earth!! I’m 4’11” and just love the variety of sizes people come in. You must have to buy a LOT o’ yarn! (Oh…I just found out that, if my ancient self shrinks one more inch I can go to Little People Conventions – and I’m not being sarcastic because I’d really like to!) 6’7″, huh? :o)

  13. Ann and Kay –
    I love you guys. This won’t come out funny or
    cute, but THANK YOU for all the hard-hard work
    you’re putting into M&D #2.
    I can’t wait –!
    XOXO
    Schuess

  14. you and your denim…

  15. Now, now, let us not self-deprecate with “partially done” when clearly, that sleeve is NEARLY done.
    Oh, le denim. I started hoarding denim and denim seem-alikes a few months ago and finally have enough that I feel that I can use it. Blu jeans are the future… Or a top-down simple raglan for me… Or a kitchen rug… Or… or…. EVERYTHING!

  16. That is gorgeous! I’ve been watching this book for a long time on Amazon – can’t wait!!!!!

  17. A 6 foot 7 man wearing a Nancy Drew frock! I am still giggling over that one.

  18. I love it!!! I’m a Denim fan too and while I can’t find more than a couple of pictures of the projects the 2 that I saw are gorgeous. I will have to perform many acts of contrition for my unrepentant sin(s) of covetousness.
    Hey – how’d you get an advance pattern? Is this something that I can just ask someone nicely for? LOL

  19. Go Kay…
    just promise no bleach….i don’t think your viewing audience could stomach it again! :)

  20. Wow! A sweater for a 6′ 7″ man plus extra rows to compensate for denim shrinkage– that’s one heckuva birthday present. Thanks for the sneak peek at the book– straight onto my holiday wish list.

  21. A sleeve. I love that! Sprinkle it through a year’s worth of gift-giving days, and you’ll have a whole sweater. Might even make me knit the guy something. (The guy who, after telling me three years ago “don’t knit me any more sweaters” is now saying “I can’t remember the last time I got a sweater.” I guess seeing his sons and nephews get all the handknits has had an entirely predictable effect!)

  22. a “dad-i-gan”……again!

  23. Okay so with all you wrote I focus on the fact that your hubby is 6’7. So is my hubby so how the heck to you manage patterns? Do you have to do tons of magical math to make the most simple of garments fit? Does it just take forever to knit the thing? Any advice on knitting for a huge dude would be great!!!

  24. Tips on Knitting for the 6 foot 7 man in your life:
    I just make everything a lot longer, using a sweater that fits him as a guide. For this sweater it’s easy because it has this big stockinette section in the middle. But it’s always pretty easy to just add inches in length. He’s big around, too, so sometimes I get creative and add a ‘gusset’ to the sides. That way I can just knit the largest size without fussing to change it, see if (by dumb luck) it fits him, and if it needs a little something on the sides, I just pick up and knit a gusset.
    It’s easy to adjust patterns for men. They are so square shaped. In a good way of course. xox Kay

  25. Having knit sweaters for a former boyfriend who was 6’6″ I can deeply sympathize. Fortunately for me, he decided that sweaters were too warm and itchy and didn’t really want me to knit for him any more. Do you suppose this has anything to do with why he’s an ex- and not current partner?

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  27. Wow, based on the birthday card story, I would think your husband and mine must be related, but I know that we are crossed in the who is jewish/not jewish in the relationship, so can it be two families with the “I hope this year helps you get over your……habit” or whatever. Happy birthday to Hubbo and can’t wait to see the book.

  28. I love your cables! As far as young ones learning to knit, its great! When they are young it can mean more to them when they get older and brag of whom taught them.
    Heres to many knits and no dropped stitches.

  29. Did you know that Americans take less vacation than most other “advanced” countries? That the average American leaves 4 (FOUR) paid days of vacation un-taken? We miss you, but take good care of yourselves.

  30. Did you know that Americans take less vacation than most other “advanced” countries? That the average American leaves 4 (FOUR) paid days of vacation un-taken? We miss you, but take good care of yourselves.

  31. Wow. A book written just for you!
    Can’t wait to see the new book. Hope to see y’all at a signing sometime soon!

  32. now that you mention it, we really should have sung something along the Kumbayah lines ……

  33. You’re a brave woman, all my 6’5″ hub got was a promise to someday knit him a sweater. Thank Gawd I live in FL!

  34. I’ve given my husband (6’6″) half a sweater for Christmas. My thinking is that, hey, my thoughts are in the right place and I did finish it so that makes it all okay. I’ve also knit him a pair of socks on size 1 needle (size 15 shoe…)and he’s longing for argyles. I’ve purchased the pattern and all the yarn. Now I just need the guts.
    The sleeve is lovely and looks like the rest of it is well worth waiting for.
    Any dates on when that new book will be coming out?

  35. We really have more in common than I knew. My hubby is also a tall one – hence the nickname Stretch (6’11”) No sweaters for him, he requested a log cabin blanket for his spot on the sofa… it’s a marathon blanket.
    Can’t wait till your book and the denim book come out… both are on my immediated buy list.
    From the Denali National Forest I wish you a Happy 4th!

  36. Hey, Kay…you haven’t posted your Clue 1 results yet…you get us hooked into the mystery stole, then you don’t even show us your work? And what about Ann…did you get her signed up, too…remember, signups close tomorrow at midnight (Eastern time, I think)!

  37. You are so right about beautiful people. They are all around us. Now, if I could just convince the art director to let me use the beautiful people instead of models for my book. Oy. (Ask Ann, she was so incredibly nice and straightforward while I was having meltdown about this a week or two ago.) Thanks again, Ann!

  38. You are so right about beautiful people. They are all around us. Now, if I could just convince the art director to let me use the beautiful people instead of models for my book. Oy. (Ask Ann, she was so incredibly nice and straightforward while I was having meltdown about this a week or two ago.) Thanks again, Ann!

  39. My dh is also 6’7″. I switched to bulky after I realized the endlessness of stockinette with sport-weight yarn for a giant. I praise your fortitude. :)

  40. Thanks for the heads up on the Indigo Knits forthcoming book. Seem to recall seeing a mention of this quite some time ago and this is one I don’t want to miss. What a pity that black denim yarn does not seem to be available – if anyone knows otherwise I am sure I am not the only one lusting after some.

  41. WendyM, I’ve been reasonably successful with: knitting the garment in ecru; next, dyeing using non-fast black dye without the salt in a washing machine; washing using 60 degree cycle with biological whites detergent; finally tumble drying using hot setting. After a few washes I like the result. Didn’t use any bleach at all.
    I bought loads of black denim and now wish I hadn’t because I never use it and preferred the garment dyed approach!

  42. WendyM, I’ve been reasonably successful with: knitting the garment in ecru; next, dyeing using non-fast black dye without the salt in a washing machine; washing using 60 degree cycle with biological whites detergent; finally tumble drying using hot setting. After a few washes I like the result. Didn’t use any bleach at all.
    I bought loads of black denim and now wish I hadn’t because I never use it and preferred the garment dyed approach!

  43. Heheh… in my boyfriend’s family the cards sometimes get recycled, so you end up receiving a card that has four or five other people’s names crossed out from previous events. I guess I like the idea from a recycling and money-saving perspective (cards are EXPENSIVE anymore!) but it kinda takes away that personal “I picked this card out ‘specially for you” feeling. :)

  44. Thank you Anna. I have made a note of that and will give ity a try. Also I’d offer to buy your black denim if you wished, although I am not a US resident and shipping may be expensive. Let me know if interested.

  45. WendyM, I live in UK. How much and what format do you want – I have kops and skeins. If you are a Rowan member we can talk on that forum. One thing I have noticed about the black is that doesn’t seem to make such a mess on hands and wooden needles as the dark blue does. The blue is not real indigo anyway, the cost would be prohibitive to manufacture!

  46. OK – so if everyone is talking about the Whitby sweater, why can’t I find anything about it on Google?? Or is the Bank’s software filtering it out, since I’m surfing at work…..? Or has my husband been speaking to “those in the know” to ensure I never see another gorgeous piece of knitwear to tempt me??? He’s under the sad illusion that I have a big stash, but Heather assures him I’m still in training….

  47. AND he thinks I drink too much red wine!!! What was I thinking when I married him? Without the red wine, I’m not Scottie Jill!!!

  48. Hio,
    thought you would be interested to see the newest reincarnation of your ballband dishcloth!
    http://knitonespintoo.wordpress.com/2007/07/09/theres-a-fine-line-between-creativity-and-insanity/
    Love you girls’ blog!

  49. Anna, I am in Abu Dhabi, UAE. I’m not a Rowan member but here is my yahoo email address and if we can make initial contact there I can then give you my regular email details: tassie_4moi@yahoo.com

  50. Anna, I have started a new topic on Knitter’s Review Forums>Knitter’s Swap>Seeking Yarn>Black denim if you wish to go there. I could use enough for 2 sweaters.

  51. wow, with this long of a silence there must be some really intense concentrating going on. This is going to be a really great next book! Hope all is well.

  52. Helloooooooo………..

  53. Are y’all alive? I mean, I know Kay is up to her elbows in denim yarn right now, but Ann? You okay?
    Hoping the book stuff is coming along okay!

  54. The sleeve is gorgeous. You know, if you give him a different piece each year, in just three years he’ll have a complete sweater!
    And… squeee! The Whitby pattern in print. Be still, my heart. Thanks for sharing the news. You may not remember, but I wrote to you a coupla years ago begging any info on the the pattern. More squeeing! Squeee!

  55. Well, whatever, sailors wore frocks, too. Good for you!