The Sublime and the Ridiculous–NOT IN THAT ORDER
January 11, 2007
I know you keep a little Elvis in your heart every day of the year, but on Monday, we were keeping a LOT of Elvis in our heart for his birthday.
The knitting at the library was full of the beautiful expressions of humanity that bring tears of joy to my jaded eyes.
Francie and Meg went straight for the hair-based tribute.
The Hair of Elvis (free pattern here–you can thank me later) reminds me a little of Daniel Boone, somehow, or maybe one of our Hasidic friends. Meg designed the Sideburns of Elvis herself with the excellent feature of hooking ’em on eyeglasses. These remind me little hamsters hiding up there.
(You gotta admit, the King was a good-lookin’ guy in his day.)
Meg’s boy, Tiny Elvis, was recently immortalized on a throw. Can you believe this thing? (Here’s a company that will make a throw out of anything–even pictures of people with hair-based tributes to Elvis.)
So everybody’s knitting away, having a fine time discussing their Encounters with Elvis, and I’m reading a few Elvis haiku, when Mary Sue lets it slip that she has a new Finished Object. Unlike me, Mary Sue keeps stuff to herself, so we had to pracktickly DRAG her Finished Object out. Take a look at this:
A mitered square blanket she began in December. As in last month. She made this in a month.
Pretty freaking swell. One thing that really gets me is the yarn she used. It’s something I’ve never heard of, Jojoland Rhythm, a worsted weight wool that shifts colors over really long stretches. Like Trekking XXL or something, only with really long color stretches. Most of her squares use one shade of this yarn; it simply shifts as she knits.
Not content with a batch of squares (“I’ve got too much Victorian in me for a square border,” Mary Sue said), she added a swoopy border from Nicki Epstein’s Knitting on the Edge.
In short: a very fine use of a very cool variegated yarn.
Next month we meet again at the downtown Nashville library on February 12, which I hestitate to point out happens to be Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. Start figuring out those beard patterns NOW.
PS Up top, that’s the crown that Meg made from Leigh Radford’s Alterknits . Knitted in crepe paper. Lordy.