January 8, 2014
All kinds of heck has been busting loose at Casa Kay. Mostly good, or at least To Be Expected In The Arc of a Fulfilling Life. Right now I have the flu-like symptoms, which is more pleasant to think of as Extra Knitting Time.
The final 2013 FO that I have to show is this striped shawl/full-body stole from the book Wear With All. I’ve been knitting on this since last summer, off and on. I picked it as my WIP date for our annual Christmas trip to Omaha. Project fidelity does wonders for productivity.
I look askance when a knitter complains that a project is “too much knitting.” That makes no sense to me. We like to knit. Knitting is the whole point of this particular hobby; it is why we call this hobby “knitting.” But in the case of this shawl, which is 400 stitches across, in 9 shades of fine Isager 2 ply wool, knit loosely on US 3 needles, I will own that I found it rather a lot of knitting. By the time I was onto the 4th or 5th stripe, it felt a bit more Icarus than Isager. I was honestly curious: would it end? But I loved the colors, and it was a labor of love, as the friend who had her eye on it is one of those friends who will wear it all the time and make helpful Public Service Announcements that “Kay made this for me.” So it was really not a lot of knitting when viewed in the proper perspective. And you can’t argue with the FO. It’s epic. Despite the scale, it’s light, and despite the lightness, it drapes. One of those genius simple knits we adore.
In other news, the pattern for the Biggie Cowls is available on Ravelry. All due to the steady friendship, not to mention Illustrator and styling skills, of our pal Belinda Boaden, who made the charts and did the tech editing and knit the the second sample. Biggie may be the first step-in cowl. The weather we are having right now is pretty much the only weather in which this cowl is not muy caliente. It takes about 3 Polar Vortex evenings to knit.
It has a reversible cable (one of my favorite inventions for feeling clever), and the two non-cable sections are knitted in the round without the dreaded “join without twisting” instruction, since those sections are picked up from the edges of the cabled piece. (So only the most determined of knitters could manage to twist it.) It’s in Purl Soho Super Soft Merino. Other good yarns would be Cascade Magnum, Malabrigo Rasta or Brown Sheep Brawny. (I know it’s not called Brawny. What is it called? Brown Sheep Buxom? Oh, now I remember: Brown Sheep Burly Spun. Use in a sentence: “At the end of the holidays, what with all the cookies and gin, I was feeling a little Burly Spun.”)
I now return to my hot gingery citrus beveraging and lopi-knitting (I’m approaching the armpits of Riddari the Third, aka Lopapeysa the Fourth).
Heads up: my next post will make Mason-Dixon Knitting history. Our first blog post promoting a forthcoming album release by a Major Recording Artist (who is also a knitter). Can you guess? Hint: it’s a lady. Hint number 2: she spent a lot of her childhood in Tennessee. We’ve never promoted a record before! Whee!