And Now for Something Completely Different
September 25, 2009
Immediately after sewing on the last button for that Rowena cardigan, I realized in a PANIC that I needed to start another sweater, immediately. There was no time for yarn shopping–I ducked into my own personal yarn shop aka my CLOSET, and started browsing.
I was struck by several things: the loathsome quantity of black shoes in there; the abundance of single and double skeins purchased as “souvenirs” or “snacks” or “some of that will relieve the aching emptiness in my soul” or “it is on sale”; the relative lack of yarns in quantities to sustain a garmenty-scale project; the poignant nostalgia that washed over me as I came upon my Rowan stash.
Rowan! O Rowan! Thinking I ought to knit up some of my Rowan archives before they returned to dust, I turned to my Rowan magazines. At this point, I am so familiar with those Rowan magazines that I could almost recite parts of them. We could have a Name Which Issue quiz show, and I think I’d do all right.
But I didn’t seem to find the match of Yarn On Hand and Pattern Begging To Be Made, so I sat down with my shiny collection of The Knitter, the new magazine we’re writing a column for until they fire us for our poor ability to meet their very reasonable deadlines.
Over the past months, as each MONTHLY ISSUE arrived (a monthly knitting magazine! it boggles the mind to think how Juliet Bernard is doing this with such apparent ease), I have studied these nine issues very carefully, and found much to admire. But I hadn’t really gone on The Hunt with them. You know–that mood where you absolutely must find something to make, right then, right that MINNIT GET OUT OF MY WAY.
Well, this is where I stopped and ran to dig out my Rowan Linen Drape yarn:
The Clarissa Cardigan by Melody Griffiths, from Issue 6. Looks like a bed jacket to me! Why the heck not? I’ve always wanted a bed jacket. I read in bed. It’s chilly in there, and I can’t quite imagine investing in a Snuggie. Not to overshare or anything, but I always wear nightgowns, and I like my nightgowns, but honestly, there are times when I NEED A BED JACKET to cozy things up.
I considered making it a really short bed jacket, but then I decided I liked the shape of this as written, and besides–I kind of fantasize about wearing my PJs out and about, so now I’ll have something to wear EVERYwhere.
Melody Griffiths really did the math on this little project, thank you thank you Melody Griffiths! All the lace comes and goes very elegantly around all the shaping and the armholes. I’m learning a lot about how you manipulate a lace pattern to make it integral to the garment. She even throws in some waist shaping, at the sides:
Clever! And it’s cranking on my size 8 needles at a satisfying rate. The Linen Drape yarn has a total butcher’s twine quality to it, so if this Clarissa Cardigan falls apart someday, I’ll be ready to tie up a rump roast NO PROBLEM.
PS!!! I have already had word that The Singing Revolution DVD has made two stops on its journey of 100+ stops. Way to go!
A COOL NEW THING: For everyone who has been watching this documentary on your own via Netflix or library, our fellow knitter AndaraKnits (Ravelry name) has started a thread over at the Estonian Knitting group on Ravelry. Please stop by there and share your thoughts about the movie!