“Properly Into It”: Understatement of the Week
March 12, 2013
Thank you for alerting us all to this story about young Nicholas Hoult, an adorable actor who confessed his addiction to knitting.
“It was a slippery slope and I was lucky to get out,” he joked. “But I sense I may well return to it in the future. Yep, I was obsessed with knitting for a while, properly into it.”
Well, Nicholas, have I got the perfect project for you.
Donegal! O Donegal! Its maiden voyage was to a middle-school lacrosse game in thirty-degree weather. It totally worked. It made me warmer than I otherwise would have been. It was all worth it. Will provide proof-of-fit documentation whenever somebody gets near enough that I can stick a camera in his hand.
FInal observations about Donegal:
1. I would not urge anybody to make one of these sweaters. You have to have the impulse yourself. Or sort of lose touch with reality for a while. You need to be properly into it.
2. Shetland wool is amazing. It weighs so little, yet it insulates so well. This fingering weight means you can double the thickness yet end up with a sweater that weighs a fraction of, say, some other sweater.
3. Blocking smooths out all the lumps and bumps that come when knitting Fair Isle. The great unifier!
4. And a nice, long soak fluffs up this yarn to a felty glory. This is Rowan Donegal Lambswool Tweed, one of the great yarns, tragically discontinued.
Which brings me to
5. An offer. This Donegal would not have been possible without the generous help of knitters who provided some of these discontinued yarns to me. In particular, I am grateful to Susette of Ithaca, Mary of Vancouver, Cecelia of New York, Belinda of London, and Mary o’ Texas. I’d like to pass along my leftovers of the eleven shades, which are not nearly enough to make a Donegal, but at least they’re a start. A sourdough starter of yarn.
Seriously, these yarns need to fulfill their destiny as a Donegal pullover.
You’ll have to do a considerable amount of scrounging to fill out the yarn requirement, but again, that’s only a burden if you’re not . . . properly into it.
If anyone out there has a sincere interest in making this Donegal pullover using the original yarns–from Alice Starmore’s Celtic Collection, email me. If more than one of you are game for the knitting experience of a lifetime and by lifetime I mean potentially your entire remaining life, I’ll do a drawing.
I would not have finished this thing without all your encouragement. Truly. Thank you guys!
Next up: SOMETHING ELSE. ANYTHING ELSE.