Dear Kay, and Volunteers, Voyeurs, and Hangers-on,
First of all, we’ve received some Perfect Handknit buttons that reflect all the rainbow luv of our effort:
Thanks, Crissy! Remember, everybody: if you’ve left a Comment at any point during this neverending Future Search, you are a co-designer. Whether you like it or not. It’s kind of like when you have a kid in school and discover that you are automatically a member of the Parents Association. You just are. Sorry. Have a button! They’re so cute!
Beloved volunteers, you didn’t know this when you volunteered, but you will soon be living on in eternity. Because of your bravery in the face of Designing a Handknit, the collar you design will be Named For You.
So. The Perfect Sweater will have:
The Tara Crewneck. (Kay also volunteered for the crewneck, but I need to save Kay to bail out my sorry behind once I start doing math on the basic pattern.)
The Diana Turtleneck. (Cristina also volunteered for the turtleneck, so we’ll have to name something else for her. A beverage, clearly. Something that contains Emergen-C, to which I am now addicted thanks to her recommendation.)
The Lauren Sweetheart Neckline.
The Sylvia Two-pointed Collar.
The Suzanne V Neck.
The Molly Shawl Collar.
The Kathy D Boatneck Collar. (Kathy, I frankly think you should go with your first instinct, the funnel cake neckline. It would be so Teva Durham.)
The Morgan Scoop Neck.
The Kristy Square Neck.
The Vast Amount of Spare Time Kathy Jewel Neck Cardigan.
Other Noble Volunteers
Two truly brave souls have indicated that they’ll help with creating additional sizes when the time comes: Judy and Amy. This pair is also known for running into burning buildings, reuniting children with lost toys, and pulling nails out of car tires with their teeth.
I LOVE this kind of thinking: Bex says she’ll try to find a vendor who’ll give us a discount on Cascade 220! After all, who wouldn’t want to be the one to be selling the Perfect Yarn?
Other volunteers include:
Set-in sleeve assistance from Julia
Pastoral care from the Rev. Linda
Bartending by Crissy
Cake to be baked by Deb
Cleanup by Norma
And I haven’t mentioned the countless generous souls who are going to help with the drinking of beverages while all this is going on. Bless you all, really.
Deadlines and Such
To be determined. At the moment I have cooked up some highly imperfect swatches of that Perfect Yarn:
I’m getting 20 stitches/4″ (10 cm) using a #6/4mm. This is a real workhorse of a yarn, folks. Not as soft as the merino that has been so beloved by the Society for the Advancement of Merino as a Super Fiber over Ordinary Wool (SAMASFOW). But it has a lot of great qualities, which you all will discover once you start messin’ with it.
Thanks, everyone! You’re quite a group.
PS A primary goal in all this is to get Libby to knit this sweater. Libby confesses that she has “never actually knitted any sweaters at all, not even those wee ones for your softboiled eggs from that Weekend Knitting book that I never really understood the purpose of.”