Here’s how I ended Kay’s Month of Helical Stripes:
Yep, I made a second Perfect Summer Scarf. I started the second one because, to my annoyance, the first one didn’t use up all of my leftover Berroco Indigo bits. What kind of knitting-to-declutter is that? Very poor, that’s what. (Word to the wise: knitting is an awfully slow way of decluttering, and also not very effective at reducing clutter. In knitting, matter is neither created nor destroyed. You lose the clutter of the yarn, but you gain an FO that you need to find a place for. But at least you can wear it, or give it away.)
I’m happy now because I have two Perfect Summer Scarves (find the instructions here), one for me and one for Carrie, and only tiny nubbins of yarn left, which fit easily into a Bonne Maman jar containing other small nubbins of yarn. These scarves were fun to knit. They got the helical garter stitch out of my system for the moment (not for long, though, as I still need to make a Helical Honey Cowl), and now I’m ready to move on to intarsia, our next adventure with the marvelous Arnall-Cullifords in A Year of Techniques.
Ahem. I happen to have a bit of experience with intarsia. The name of that experience is Kaffe Fassett’s Big Flower Jacket.
Here is where I left my Big Flower Jacket (roughly). I was one front and two sleeves from glory, and I ran out of time before Rhinebeck. And then I knit a lot of other stuff, which, by the way, was all 100% intarsia-free.
Wouldn’t it be great to take this opportunity, this fabulous month of intarsia love, to finish my Big Flower Jacket? I think so. And it would be awesome as a decluttering project. Big Flower Jacket has been taking up a large, perfectly good knitting bag–one of my favorite Tesco grocery shopping bags– and sitting in the corner of my bedroom looking sad. It’s been bringing me down since October.
Time to spring clean! By which I mean, sit down and knit for many, many hours.
P.S. For Jews of the world, this week is also the week before Passover. Passover prep is in full swing. For links to the recipes I’ve collected over my two and a half decades of making the festive meal, here is last year’s Passover letter. I have one exciting addition this year: a full set of The Seder books by Liz Kaplan and Laura Stillman Carraro. They will be a beautiful accompaniment to our good old Maxwell House haggadot (books that guide us through the service before the meal, a retelling of the Exodus from Egypt with many elaborations and traditions). Everybody at the table needs one to follow along and take their turn reading. The Maxwell house version, which is given away at grocery stores in Jewish neighborhoods, is cheap (free actually) and cheerful and familiar, but it does not compare to Liz’s clear, elegant text and Laura’s beautiful torn-paper collages.
P.P.S. OK, this is funny. I went to dig up a link on the Maxwell House haggadah, since I wasn’t entirely sure I knew what I was talking about. The first link I opened was this 2013 story in the Forward, which is wonderful and fun to read. I recently met the rabbi who is quoted, Carole Balin. She’s a knitter. Sometimes I think all my Venn diagrams are right on top of each other.