Eliĉan Naskiĝtagon, Kay! I Mean: Happy Birthday, Kay!
March 24, 2009
Today is Kay’s birthday!
She’s not the type to send out a reminder postcard, and she continues to reject my suggestion to start a website called www.kaysbirthdayismarch24.com. So please join me in sending her birthday wishes in any language you can think of.
While I was away, my constant companion was the scarf I’m making for Kay’s birthday. Technically, this was supposed to be for her birthday last year, but I’m hoping that she won’t notice the fact that it’s kind of, totally, late.
It’s the Belinda Wrap from our book. When you’re knitting it on the beach, you really do feel like you’re making a fishing net.
The yarn has been waiting in my UltraSentimentalYarn drawer for at least four years: I bought it on the trip when I first met Kay in person. It’s from a field trip we made to Habu Textiles. It’s a laceweight linen with the romantic name Linen XS-21 20/2 (Ravelry link). It’s in Color 1. I haven’t ever seen it in Color 2, am pretty sure there is no such thing. It’s 311 yards to the ounce, 8.9 ounces in the hank I have (I love Habu’s random skein sizes), putting the ball at 2,767 yards or so. About
half a mile a MILE AND A HALF (I was thinking FEET not yards!). I wound this stuff for about a week. After a solid week of knitting, the ball looks pretty much the same size to me. It’s Incredible Gobstopper yarn. If you’re looking for recession-proof knitting material, this is IT.
Now. I have enjoyed making this fishnet. I actually think you could catch some shrimp with this thing. But in my head I had in mind a silky yarn for the second half of this, something sabi to go with the wabi scratchiness of the linen. (Which I hope will soften once I wash and block this.) On the other hand, maybe a Half Belinda–just this long strip of linen–would be enough. I’ll let Kay vote on this. After all, it’s her birthday!
P.S. That’s an Esperanto Happy Birthday up there.