December 30, 2005
I know you’re hung over, from the yarn-winding, the egg nog, the cosmic mind-melding with the leading lights of KnitWorld Chicago–or some nearly lethal combination of the three. So I’ll be brief. For me.
One of Emma’s super secret powers is the selection of greeting cards that accurately reflect and or predict the recipient’s life. Pictured above is the image from the Cath Tate card she sent me on the eve of my departure for Beautiful Nebraska, Peaceful Prairie Land.
Mind you, I grew up on the mean streets of North Omaha. (Yes! They were mean, those streets!) But after I left home, my folks moved to The So-Called Country.
On my walks, I take the KayCam, and a large stick to keep dogs from killing me. The cows are very interested when I go by.
I got an excellent amount of knitting done while Most Moisturized Mom was spending quality time with the kids. There were:
Hats for the hatless (here we see 2 of 3 that I made from single skeins of Noro Iro in my stash—doesn’t everybody go through their stash when they’re packing up to go to the airport during a transit strike? “Just a minute honey! Two more boxes –I’m drilling down to the Noro!”).
A little keyhole scarf in Touch Me. This project had been ripening in my UFO pile for more than a year. The yarn was a lovely gift from Elisabeth, who figured out that although the core is merino, it’s wrapped in a synthetic that I can wear. I really love this yarn, particularly the way it goes all vintagey with a hot wash and dry. I knitted up the last skein, and even though I couldn’t remember the needle size I had used on the first 2 skeins, it worked out Just Right.
Most Moisturized Mom enjoying her new scarf. MMM likes the fact that it is just the right size to slip under her Car Coat. Not too bulky or hot to interfere with driving to the Beauty Parlor in the MMMMobile, Patsy Cline and Neil Diamond wailing on the CD player. I already have some lavender Touch Me to make the Vintage Velvet scarf from Scarf Style. For undermoisturized, dry and flaky but ever-hopeful me.
Miracles of the Season
Christmas is a season of miracles, and this year was no exception. We had the miracle of 1970s angels, the miracle of the Holy Family being watched over by a snowman, and the most miraculous miracle of all, the miracle of Men Doing Dishes. In the 5 generations since Thomas Gardiner first landed on these shores, no Gardiner male has been able to identify that big white thing in the kitchen–you know, with the water in it? Every meal, the plates are clean again. “Cool,” say the Gardiner men, who, it may be said, lack curiosity. Imagine how I wept with joy when my brother said, ‘Sissy, you just sit there knitting and taking pictures of us, you big weirdo, we’ll dry the dishes.” Sure, I had to show them to the towels. But still. Credit where it’s due.
Remember the Portly Dad Cardigan, aka the Dadigan? Well, over the past week, Portly Dad has had more fittings than a society bridesmaid.
As I had expected, gussets were desired.
First I joined all the raglan seams (and WOW does the Rowanspun Aran seam up beautifully–you wool-knitting people are definitely onto something). Then I picked up stitches along the edge of one side seam, and knit in moss stitch to the required measurement. Instead of binding off, I picked up along the opposite side edge, and then I did a 3-needle bind-off. Anything to avoid a seam! But I do think the 3-needle bind off makes a wonderful, flexible and sturdy seam. I did the same thing on the other side.
But now, how to make the sleeve fit into the enlarged armhole created by the gusset? I picked up stitches along the top of the side gusset, and knit a triangle.
Which I then joined into the sleeve seam.
Considering I was making all this up as I went along, it worked pretty well. Since Dad will always be wearing something like a flannel shirt under this cardigan, it needs a roomy fit. The gussets give the room where it’s needed, without affecting the fit of the shoulders.
Next up: Still More Christmas Knitting, in which I make 2 new versions of the Buttonhole Bag in honor of its glorious appearance on the cover of Spin Off magazine.
On the right, we have the 60 Gig, and on the left we have the Mini.