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“A Dingo Stole My Baby!”

Dear Ann,
This is one of those tales of When Good Deeds Go Bad. Or Good Girls Go Bad. I was lapping up the praise of my so-called kindness in re-knitting, flatly, a friend’s blanket that refused to be flat. I felt a bit sheepish about taking any credit, though. Let’s review:
1. It’s garter stitch.
2. It’s Noro Silk Garden.
3. It’s log cabin.
In other words, for a person such as moi, with my log cabin/garter stitch/Silk Garden “condition” and all, this is less like a good deed and more like eating somebody else’s ice cream. Nice for my frustrated friend, but not so praiseworthy on my part. It’s not like I was getting traction on any of my other projecks. This was fun for me.
As I was knitting, I started getting those thoughts that I get. Those Sean Scully-meets-Gee’s-Bend type of thoughts that I get. Before you knew it, not only was I knitting somebody else’s garter stitch, but:
I hijacked the dang thing.
I got permission, OK? And I’m totally OK if she wants to rip it back a few logs.
Moving on.
Hope you are enjoying the mountain air. Thinking of all you wimmin up there, I am buying stock in Capri Pants Inc. And also Gin.



  1. love them:: they’re like winks. brava!

  2. Kay kay kay kay kay,
    sooo beautiful. As if straight SG were not enough beauty. You have somehow stepped it up about ten notches.

  3. Well, I think your additions make it more Moderne.

  4. Great job. Love your design element. Now she has her very own Kay work of art.

  5. Wow. I am tempted to send you a log cabin/Noro affair and ask you to “fix” it. I love it!
    Is it bad when gin on a Monday morning sounds wonderful?

  6. I was all set to type, “mmm…gin…” and then realized it was 9:45 on a Monday. Ahem. Viva la summer vacation, I say.
    I do love those bits and bobs of extra color — lucky friend!

  7. Maybe some monday morning gin will get me back to my Moderne, I’ve slipped in a few projects in the middle, but this is inspiring me. I’m sure your friend will love it.

  8. I was going to be horrified, but if you got permission, that’s totally cool. πŸ˜€

  9. Love you, love your blog, love your books. That said: dead baby jokes are over the top for me. That dingo case was real, you might remember. A baby died. Not a good choice.

  10. Love you, love your blog, love your books. That said: dead baby jokes are over the top for me. That dingo case was real, you might remember. A baby died. Not a good choice.

  11. I love this — it’s really beautiful
    I finished my version of the Wall of Linen, having started it, it just took on a life of it’s own, and well, you know how that goes
    Here is the link to the picture I posted back in May when I finished it up: http://esmerldas.blogspot.com/2009/05/really-big-finished-object.html

  12. I would never, in a million years, think of doing something like that to my orderly little knitting projects but certainly wish I would. I absolutely love it. It gives the afghan that “Wait a minute!” type of appeal that snaps your head back for a second look. Clever girl.

  13. Is it the crappy weather? The ages and ages of rainy weeks with only slightly nice weekends that’s inspiring the log cabin knitting I am seeing EVERYWHERE? Are we so fooled by this so-called June that we’re all thinking it’s November?? Who doesn’t want a lapful of wool when its 50 degrees and downpouring?
    My first Moderne is on the kneedles as we speak. 3 of my Knit Nighters are also doing log cabins in various forms plus half the blogosphere. I want dishcloth/sock weather please!!

  14. Well, I laughed. And at the ‘condition’, too – is that an homage to my very own Other Half and his ‘conditions’?
    Who KNEW garter stitch could be so lovely – there is no stopping you, woman!
    You can pack some gin in your suitcase. I am buying in the Pimms. Would hate to run out of Adult Drinks. (Not like we have an Offy round the corner, or anything, is it?). B x x x

  15. hey you can hijack a blanket for me anytime! I’d love a “Kay” orginal! Looks great, like you additions…

  16. Very cool updates to a beautiful LC. And for all who are concerned about thinking of gin on a Monday morning, don’t forget — it’s 5:00 somewhere.

  17. It’s looking good. What yarns are you using for the accents? And what’s the color number of that Silk Garden, anyway?
    Crazy about Silk Garden

  18. Is it the crappy weather? The ages and ages of rainy weeks with only slightly nice weekends that’s inspiring the log cabin knitting I am seeing EVERYWHERE? Are we so fooled by this so-called June that we’re all thinking it’s November?? Who doesn’t want a lapful of wool when its 50 degrees and downpouring?
    My first Moderne is on the kneedles as we speak. 3 of my Knit Nighters are also doing log cabins in various forms plus half the blogosphere. I want dishcloth/sock weather please!!

  19. Seriously?! Referring to a 30 year old event that happened on the other side of the globe is offensive when used as a title for a blog post? Seinfeld anyone?
    Lawd-a-mighty, the global social crisis is that we take ourselves WAY too seriously. Can we cut the Internet some slack? Can I disagree on the internet without making it a fight? I hope so. Don’t wanna fight or flame, just want the same forum for expressing my own opinion.

  20. Meg, It’s fair to say that for some people there’s all-clear date for jokes about (actual) dead babies. Feel free to find it hilarious and Seinfield-worthy, I just thought these good women were entitled to feedback from somebody who doesn’t. Maybe you don’t have any reason to feel strongly about babies who died by mishap, I pray that’s true for you.

  21. Love it love it love it! You are such an artist.

  22. Well, I never read the titles to blog posts anyways…
    But the word Gin, capitalized and everything, now that catches my eye!

  23. Beautiful blanket!
    and don’t find the title offensive

  24. Um, not sure I get why the post is titled as it is. But anyhoo, I think Monday Morning Gin would be a great name for a blog or a band.
    Lovely LC. I may try that for the next baby blanket I make, after my current crocheting kick.

  25. Kay, you have such an eye for color placement, it never fails to wow me. I think I’ve said this before? But compliments aren’t tiresome, right?

  26. How ’bout those Mets?

  27. Deep breaths, folks. That’s it. Focus on the lovely knitting, and how great it is to have Kay easing back into her groove, and the humor in her having ‘jacked her friend’s “baby.” Not a real one, just an afghan analogy.

  28. Don’t tell your friend, but I think you’ve perfected it.

  29. Oh, Kay! Your eye for color and balance is just wonderful! Must be hard-wired. Love. It.

  30. I love it! Baby, you could knit my log cabin any day πŸ™‚

  31. I LOVE it.

  32. How do you do that!? I love it – just like I love the little rectangles of color you add to the dishrags. I just get all messed up when I try that. (I am a rank beginner – I admit it.) What does the other side look like?
    Love you as always – love Seinfeld (I’m a beginner but I’m not young) – love gin…its all good.

  33. Love this, Kay. I have the Quilts of Gee’s Bend on my bookshelf, but I love this knit version.

  34. Kay – I hope you said it in your best Australian accent! Yes, we know we are sick, but around our office this is one of our favorite comments! Sometimes it’s posted on the refrigerator. (from the Meryl Streep movie…right?)

  35. The blanket looks gorgeous. Of course, your friend’s blanket was gorgeous before but curvaceous.

  36. Oh Kay – you and your thoughts! I wish I had thoughts like that. Your little additions make the blanket unique and very, um what’s the word? Cool is all I can think of, but that’s not quite hitting it. Well, it’s downright artsy. Whooda thunk? (You would, I guess!)

  37. OK, just read through the comments. In Leslie’s defense, as I sit here with a nursling in my lap, some people may be bothered by this. Actually, I was not too bothered by it at first, since my only knowledge of this phrase comes from the Seinfeld reference (head in the sand, I guess). So after reading Leslie’s comments, I read the wikipedia article about the incident. Absolutely horrifying. Now I’m gonna have nightmares. Sheesh, and I used to like camping before I had kids…

  38. Splendid hijack! Do not let your address go out on the internets or you may receive dozens of blankets needing similar hijack treatment. The colours are amazing, and I can imagine the snuggle factor.
    Are you finishing it or sending it back now that you’ve got her back to where she was?

  39. capri pants and gin ? you can’t
    hide a bottle of gin in capris
    we will all be twelve stepping with you
    my favorite cat has been lurking
    tours gai kid tours gai

  40. My baby ate a dingo, more like. Those proper quadrilaterals of solid color really make the Silk Garden…bloom. Run with it! Oh, wait, I think she knows where to find you.

  41. Sometimes it is an act of great personal sacrifice to eat someone else’s ice cream. A kindness. Paying it absolutely forward.
    I will try to think of an example and get back to you.
    Meanwhile, what a lovely, lovely blanket. Simply delightful! A question: If you received an anonymous package that turned out to be someone’s unfinished Problem Piece, would you finish it and get all creative on it and everything, and then post it on your blog and wait for the original owner to claim it?
    Just asking. It’s one of those rhetorical questions we hear about from time to time.
    Well, wouldja?

  42. garter stitch. silk. capris. gin.
    It sounds like the perfect recipe to get through pretty much any summer. However, I think that Kay was thinking of the Monteagle ladies when she mentioned Capri Pants and Gin.

  43. it looks great! lol, i live in capri pants…and yum gin!

  44. it looks great! lol, i live in capri pants…and yum gin!

  45. it looks great! lol, i live in capri pants…and yum gin!

  46. LOVE your log cabin edging, kay! my bind offs seem a bit wiggly….are you just going to a larger needle for the final bind off row? or continuing to K2, where one stitch is put back onto the left needle?

  47. Hey, Kay. I love the Kayisms on the log cabin. So you and so cool. I wasn’t clear whether you were buying stock in Gin or just taking up gin. It’s so dang hot and humid here in Houston, that I could pour it all over myself. Gin & tonic sounds lovely and I’m going go get one right now. Thanks for reminding me.

  48. Kay, I love it–the log cabin and the post. You go, girl, as they say. Sometimes you just gotta change it up a bit, right? I am sitting here in my capris (we have no gin, but we do have vodka and cranberry juice, which are comparable, I think), sending my support to you and Ann, as always. I do believe that garter stitch is among the most awesome of spirit healers, but sometimes it needs a little kick in the pants. Does that make sense? If not, I blame the vodka/cranberry juice blend.

  49. Lovely hijack, as said. I was a bit taken aback by the headline as I lived through the dingo incident and was so relieved when – many, many years later – the parents were absolved of the murder of their baby – I didn’t know that it had been taken and used as a Seinfeld (whoever he is? me Thailand resident) or Meryl Streep (think I remember her) ‘ism. So knit on fair Kay – and if you get more log cabins needing hospitalization, you’ve only yourself to blame, hah!

  50. Love the green

  51. What yarn are the little pops of color? Love them! So log cabin chimney-ish.

  52. Absolutely love it! Lucky LB to have such a friend.

  53. Kay, you “flat out” rescued me! I was knitting my first (yes, at this late date) Baby Genius Burp Cloth, in various shades of pink and white, according to what scraps I had available.
    On a whim, I decided to add a bit of light orange to the pink mix. So. There was a section with the light orange and white that looked like a Creamsicle.
    I became torn, however. On the one hand, Creamsicles are lovely. On the other hand, it was a gift, so should’t the cloth be more uniform? (Like should there be orange amongst all of that pink?). On anOTHER hand, it was a “burp cloth”, for goodness sake! What a dilemma…
    Then I took a gander on your “Gee’s Bend/Log Cabin Moderne” design, and wham! The ‘nother hand won; the Creamsicle section lives, and rocks!
    Another example of knitters living parallel lives…Kay, you’re a great role model. Thanks!

  54. P.S.–Kay, “in eating somebody else’s ice cream”, it occurs to me that you contributed to the “preservation” of a Creamsicle.
    ‘Nuf said.

  55. Your post title reminded me of one of the funniest scenes I have ever watched. Although I rarely caught episodes of Seinfeld, this short clip with Elaine sets me to howling every time. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do (snickering as I write this):

  56. Whether you find this post title offensive or hilarious, I think we could all agree that Kay would never be so insensitive as to try and hurt anyone by using a joke in bad taste. I doubt that she was thinking of the actual, tragic event, but rather was merely referencing the quote which has become so famous.

  57. I’m working fast on an amorphous “bowl” shaped creation right now…

  58. The Artista must come out.
    I LOVE it.

  59. Well said, Heather W.

  60. Well said, Heather W.

  61. Well said, Heather W.

  62. I have this fiendishly difficult lace stole on the needles that has been there for, erm, let’s just say, “some time”. Feel free to hijack it. In fact, you can even hold it to ransom for an undisclosed sum if you like ?? ….
    Heather xx
    PS Your friend. She is not stupid. I would totally let you hijack that blanket and make it purtier if it were mine !

  63. oh that is SO KAY! I love it and if your friend doesn’t I believe you know my address (when we had our house reappraised last week Dave talked me into taking the warshrag off the wall since he thought we might be perceived as weird in some way, apparently he was turning a blind eye to the rest of the abode).
    PS hey that could be your new motto: its not just OK, its SO KAY! (no need to thank me…) xoxo

  64. Diane! Funny you should tell Kay that story — I think, if you look back in the archives, she orchestrated the group knitting of a pink/orange blankie for a friend adopting a baby from somewhere in Asia. Laura, maybe? I feel like it was an “L” name. Anyway.

  65. >>its not just OK, its SO KAY!
    love it gale!

  66. Kay, your blanket is stunning. What you’re doing for your friend is priceless! You are (as always) hilarious and the polar opposite of insensitive. I’m so eager and grateful for every post you feel up to sharing with us lately. Please don’t be turned off when there are so many of us looking forward to hearing from you!

  67. I’m the one who posted above after reading the Wikipedia article, and I want to add that I do agree with Heather when she said, “Kay would never be so insensitive as to try and hurt anyone by using a joke in bad taste.”

  68. Bloody brilliant!

  69. Well imitation is the best form of flattery, right? I was thinking of you Kay, as I was knitting my very first Moderne blanknet (not for a baby, you know how I feel about babies!) and I just stuck in an intarsia square of randomness. This, embarrassingly, is my first attempt at intarsia and I was so proud of myself and dorked out about it to my husband (who appreciates my excitement!) Thanks for being both Funny and Inspirational!

  70. O. MY. GOD.
    I could stare at this for hours — such ‘log-cabiny’ delight !!

  71. Kay that’s a beautiful log cabin – I have a stash of purple Silk Garden and even though I only have enuf for a baby blankie (no baby to gift – and the cat is definitely not getting it), I now HAVE to knit a log cabin with it – mayhaps a wall hanging?
    Your subtle color accents are perfect – and inspirational.

  72. Looks great. An improvement on an improvement.

  73. Resistance was futile. I just bought some silk garden.
    It’s such fun to see the whimsy of sokay! I think my own knitting might be aptly named nokay…

  74. Love it!
    I think you need to be careful though, talking about your ‘condition’ so publicly. Before you know it there’ll be loads of packages coming your way asking for ‘help’…. I’m sure I can turn out a non-flat log cabin if I try…. hhhmmm….
    P.S. please leave some gin

  75. Wow, Shana! Not a blogger from the beginning (it took me a long time to accept computers), I had no idea! Well, it looks like Creamsicles are not only tasty, they’re “tradition”!
    Thanks so much.

  76. Dear Kay and Ann, Thanks so much for your cleaver and creative knitting and writing. And thanks to your readers for adding to the conversation. I write from my Lazy-boy with my feet resting on my Tailgate rug. Love the logs. I was remembering the Ed Gein jokes told by classmates back in the 50’s. Uff da. I checked the web and see all that gruesome stuff was made into profitable movies. It’s how we deal. Suzzanne

  77. loverly just loverly

  78. loverly just loverly

  79. Capris, gin? How about oars?

  80. The log cabin – and garter stitch – have been elevated to new heights! My first thought was mini squares! How cool! Can I send you my log cabin to be hijacked? I’ll supply the tonic and limes since you seem to have a handle on the gin.

  81. it is so beautiful! How did you make those beautiful squares though? is it entrelac?

  82. Love how you did the little pale green squares in the middle of it!!
    HOW did you do this???!?! It’s just, so poetic!!
    I gotta know!!!


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