Stay Home and Knit Friday
November 26, 2010
I never shop on Black Friday. I don’t want to give The Man the satisfaction. It sounds like absolutely no fun, I mean AT ALL.
Remember Shadowbox? I made Shadowbox last year, wore it a few times and forgot about it. The asymmetrical neck opening was kind of bugging me because, as it turns out, I am not the kind of person who has some cool brooch, or even a kilt pin, ready to hand as I walk out the door, to keep my Not-A-Poncho fastened snugly about the neck and shoulders. I am just not organized enough for handknits that require detached fasteners. If I were knitting it again, I might knit a more pedestrian Shadowbox, one that snugged at the neck and shoulders without the need for accessorizing.
Recently, browsing through an Eileen Fisher mailing timed to arrive before Black Friday, I saw this:
I thought, hey! That’s so cool! It reminds me of Shadowbox!
So, since Eileen Fisher is an authority figure to me, I started wearing Shadowbox again, and it’s now one of my favorite handknits. I wear it all the time. I wear it without anything pinning it shut. It just sits there, looking sort of loose around the neck. (Remind you of anyone?) It’s especially good, on a cool or even cold day, over a jacket. Here’s a crap photo to give you some idea:
I’m calling it “slimming.” Please, if you don’t agree, don’t say anything.
Anyway, the Eileen Fisher version is a bit smaller, and in a larger gauge, and any knitter with sufficient desire to sit on the sofa all weekend could make one in a couple of days. It would be a great gift. And you wouldn’t have to go shopping on Black Friday. I am just saying. Stick it to The Man, without leaving your couch.
Thankful for the Bronx
This is my view, every Thanksgiving, moments before we sit down. I love it because I have to do so very little. I enjoy making a big dinner for a lot of people, but I also enjoy just eating a big dinner with a lot of people. Good times. Hope yours was great, that all the fambly were patted down without incident on their journey to Nashville, and that at this very moment you are sitting around the fire playing homemade instruments (which is how I like to picture the Shaynes en famille).
I leave you with Nigella’s post-turkey hash recipe, which I mean to try this weekend:
Olive reports that we are still hand quilting.