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Memorials, Rhubarb, and Such

Dear Kay,
Well, we got through the memorial service for Big Daddy on Friday. He was a grand person, and he was remembered in a wonderful way.
The silver lining part of it all was the horde of grownups (I’m afraid I may someday be a grownup, if all these real grownups don’t hang around longer) along with their attendant small fry who played and fussed all weekend. I revisited that weird fantasy about starting a kibbutz somewhere, or at least a fambly school, so that our farflung cousins could spend more time together.
I taught cousin Ezekiel how to knit, and he rewrote my knitting rhyme because the last line “doesn’t make any sense. Who’s Jack?” So, “In the door, around the back, out the window, off pops Jack” became “In the door, around the back, out the window, don’t look back.” He’s right. It’s better. I hate being edited by an eight year old.
My sister Buffy also entered the coven, after a trip to see her old pal/new yarn store owner at Sheila’s Yarn Barn. Buffy is working on a scarf that includes a strand of the most confounding eyelash yarn I have ever seen, but she is going to be a fantastic knitter once she stops knitting the eyelashes.
Mason-Dixon Mailbag
Get a load of this, please:
Fresh rhubarb jam direct from Montreal, wrapped in a mysterious photo of stackable chairs. Kelli has become a rhubarbist this summer, and this is her first concoction. It’s truly deeeelish on an English muffin and has introduced me to the delightful world of rhubarb, that “member of the buckwheat family having large leaves with thick succulent petioles often used as food.”*
She’s Just Let Herself Go
I hope everybody has settled into that perfect summer knitting project. I’m so worthless that I am finding pleasure in this item: Colinette Point 5, fer chrissakes, using size 17 Addi Turbos that look like something swiped from the Vanderbilt urology department. The colors are purty, but this yarn is so superchunky that I can imagine it only as a coat, which would cost probly four hundred bucks when a skein of this stuff is $23. Has anybody actually made anything with Colinette Point 5?
I’m heading back up to Monteagle this afternoon with sister Buffy and her chilluns, so I’ll try to drop a line to you from the wheezing old PC in the basement of the Monteagle library.
* The Rhubarb Compendium.




  1. I love colinette point 5, but have never made an article of clothing with it because of it’s cost. Colinette has a ruffled coat pattern in the point 5, called Comfy Cosy, that is adorable! Maybe some day I will splurge..or ask for 12 skeins of Colinette for Christmas. Manos Del Uruguay is a similar yarn..and at a much more reasonable $13 bucks a skein.

  2. Rhubarb, that brings up childhood memories. kid bro and I always spent the summer at the family summer house with our maternal grandparents. It was a great place: little to no road traffic; across the road through uncle Gunnar’s plot over the dyke to a white sand beach on the baltic; lots of family around; two different ice cream booths within 5 minutes (important when 10 yrs old during a hot summer). Grandma always had huge clumps of rhubard and cooked large quantities of juice of it, unsweetened as Grandpa was diabetic. I will always remember a big glass of pink cool rhubard juice poured from that metal jug Grandma kept it in the fridge in.

  3. I love Thomas’s rhubarb juice story. My Dane grandma must have forgotten the recipe for that! She always took in the neighbor’s unwanted overgrown rhubarb and turned it into a delicious sauce like applesauce. As a child I thought this was the equivalent of boiling up a shrub from the lawn next door (this rhubarb plant was so tall and wide that it provided shade), but back in The Day one didn’t question anything the Old Folks did, no matter how weird. Grandma’s sauce was definitely sweetened but very tangy. No juice in her fridge though, except for the Queen of Juices, prune juice. Which Dr. Pepper always reminds me of. What is the point of the juice of a dried fruit?
    Ann, I think there is a cute short cardi in Point 5 in the Knitter’s Stash book. But I think any wearable garment in Point 5 would have to be an outerwear/coat kind of garment, or for a person so thin as to be invisible. It’s beautiful stuff and I feel you’ve really made a lot of progress embracing the multi-culti yarns if you’re knitting it.
    Did you photoshop that rhubarb photo or is that just the way the wrapping paper looked to the naked eye? Wowie.
    Here’s to family reunions, good under any circumstances. xox Kay

  4. yummmmmm-ie…. rhubarb memories….. while growing up in a woodsy area, my parents had a little fenced-in garden, which produced glorious cucs., zuccs., toms., and rhubarb (the red-stalked celery. but…one day i found a lazy, fat, box turtle on the road and instantly made him my pet. he was kept in the garden… and had a feast! the rhubarb he didn’t munch, made the sweetest mush like concoction…. i believe it was 1 part rhubarb, to 5 parts sugar. hurrah!

  5. Ann! I’m so with you on the Point 5! There’s a blanket out of plum damson in that new knitting for you home book – and get this – you can order the stuff from the UK for $7 a skein – check it out!

  6. Ah, somebody beat me to it. Point 5 (all Colinette stuff really) is definately cheaper in the UK. I’ve worked out a swap with a friend of my husband’s–a non-knitter–he’s getting a huge shipment of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese and I’m getting enough Point 5 to make that ruffled coat in “Comfy Cosy”!
    So, no, I haven’t made anything out of Point 5 yet. I hope to soon though–it looks fun to me!

  7. There’s a vest in an old Knitters’ Magazine out of Point Five. It’s very boxy, and the “pattern” is to every other row wrap the yarn two (three?) times around the needle, then drop the extra wraps on the next row. It looks like it wouldn’t take any time to make, and it shows off the yarn really well.
    Also, there’s a free hat pattern on line somewhere for it….which I can’t seem to find. It’s just a plain “roll brim” pattern, though, but the Point 5 does cool stuff to the brim. I think it might even be called “scalloped brim.”
    Wait, let me look one more place.
    Found it!
    Hope these spur your Point 5 imagination!

  8. OMG, I did the thing MaryB just described (wrapping the yarn and letting it drop down) with some Point 5 I bought in NYC back in the “spring”…even though calendar said spring, I didn’t believe it one bit…what’s with the 14 degree F. windchill??
    The Point 5 I bought, er, rather sold my first born for–a cost somewhere in the vicinity of $437 a skein (manhattan, you know), was wrangled into a scarf. The color was “Jubilee” and it was somewhat Jubilee-ish to knit. I quite enjoyed the stuff, though I was befuddled as to how to use the yarn for anything other than a scarf, or perhaps a hat, so it’s good to hear some other suggestions. The scarf turned out quite nicely though. I was very proud of my little NYC memory project.

  9. WaHAHAHA!, “entered the coven.”

  10. In October of 2001, I was on a bus trip with a young lady who was wearing a vest knit out of what looked like Point Five. (It was a little bit like the one on the cover of the Knitter’s about two thirds of the way down the page here: http://blackdog.threadbearfiberarts.com/2004_06_13_archive.html). Since then, I have craved that vest with a passion.

  11. Ahh, Colinette… There was a nice, simple sweater pattern in Point 5 in Interweave knits back in the fall or winter of 2001, I think. Back when I was still a relatively new convert to knitting. I was flush with cash at the time and didnt know any better. I made one for me and one for my sister in law, and adored working with the colorways. Almost three years later, I still love mine, though the soft yarn has shown a lot of wear. I think it ended up being a bit too warm for most weather too, even in the middle of winter– You can console yourself with that thought if you dont want to fork over the money for it.

  12. I love the sweet peas in the “found objects”. i can almost smell them!
    I’m fortunate enough that this spring and summer in NYC haven’t been too hot– ihave a bunch of sweet peas in my garden this year. their scent is heavenly and their colors remind me to get back to knitting this sweater I haven’t touched in months.

  13. My worlds collide! My husband is a urologist (in Michigan)and a good friend of the head of the Vanderbilt Urology Dept. Always enjoy your blog–thanks for taking the time.

  14. Well, I shall forever associate Point 5 with rhubarb. Thanx |




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