I have had a fine old time swatching Thing One and Thing Two, in hopes of creating a small-gauge version of Boo, Too, Jillian Moreno’s cardigan from Knitty.
So shiny! So wee! Look at all those colors hanging out together. I love it and yet . . . something is . . . what is the deal here? I keep feeling like I’ve seen this stripey vibe somewhere before. Wherrrrre? [room swirls around me]
Of course! The Vatican! The World’s Smallest Standing Army (Except For The Third Grade Room Parents At My Son’s School)! I get it: I’m remembering those uniforms said to have been designed in 15whatever by the Tommy Hilfiger of his day, Michelangelo!
The Swiss Guards swear fealty to the Pope and stand silently while hordes of tourists try to make them laugh.
They wear uniforms that are noteworthy for their exciting colorway and retro/edgy use of knickers.
I can’t do this! I can’t have tourists sidling up to me, hoping to get a photo of them with me without me finding out. (No, I don’t know who this couple is. But the point is, neither do those guards.)
The obvious destiny for this yarn is some kind of shawl. Some slinky, shiny, Bollywood tribute thing. I do love the way these colors enjoy each other’s company. But the stripes. The stripes are too, too much.
Anybody who has a two-color shawl idea (lace allowed), well, those hoping to escape the Tailor Shoppe of The Vatican Swiss Guards would welcome it.