Stop! In the Name of Love
March 30, 2009
Why hello there, Ms. Bespoke Couture Knittin’, Ms. Oh That Lil’ Ol’ Reverse Stockinette Facing Under The Collar?–That’s a Dressmaker Detail To Hide Any Unsightliness, Ms. I Am Concerned About Cables Meeting Under the Arms. We humble dishrag-crankers salute you. We’re not worthy! We don’t know from cables–we don’t know from underarms, for that matter. We stick to our square shapes, our cheap cotton and our clangy color combos. We’re just FINE, OK? Not bitter or nothing.
Hate to interrupt all that shining hair shimmering on the beach, rilly, but I have Breaking News and a need for Reader Advice. Our lovely young friend Jenny has a lovely young friend Amy. Amy recently learned to knit. Amy is getting married within the year. So, as naturally as day follows night and the swallows return to Capistrano or wherever they return to, Amy is going to KNIT A FRICKIN’ LACE OVERSKIRT FOR HER WEDDING DRESS. (Which she is sewing, natch. The girls today and their skillz! So inspiring!)
But Amy is having trouble. And I don’t just mean mentally. Amy is searching for the perfect yarn for this project. Ideally it will be light green. Mohair need not apply, for this will be a warm-weather wedding. Please, readers, if you have ideas for Amy, leave a comment! This is a 911 Wedding-Related Knitting Emergency. We need to be there for Amy in her hour of need. Amy is looking for a non-drooping, non-bank-breaking yarn, and I believe she is exploring weights ranging from laceweight to DK.
My contribution to Amy’s Process was a cone of laceweight linen (label above–I bought this while snoozing peacefully on Ambien, apparently, as I have no recollection of doing so), which has been haunting my stash for years. I figured that if this works for Amy in every other way except being light green, it can be dyed to match. (Remember back when everything in weddings was dyed to match? Hats, bags, gloves and especially shoes? I remember shoe stores providing custom dyeing as a regular service, to match prom and bridesmaid dresses. But then, I’m old as sin.) Amy is swatching it now, and hoping she doesn’t have to knit up the whole cone. Which might take her to her Golden Wedding party.
Send your wedding gown overskirt yarn suggestions in TODAY!