Look! My Carbeth is done! Damp, but done.
I am well pleased.
After letting Carbeth rest before putting the neckband on, I got a renewed burst of energy last week, when Kate Davies surprised the knitting world with the release of the Carbeth Cardigan.
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a knitter in possession of a good pullover pattern, must be in want of a cardigan. (Apologies to Jane Austen.)
The Carbeth Cardigan is perfection, with buttons. It is the Mr. Darcy of cardigan patterns. I immediately made plans to knit one.
Drama at the Finish Line
Yesterday morning, after finishing the neckband on my Carbeth, I briefly had a mind to steek it and achieve an instant Carbeth Cardigan. I went so far as to research various methods for making an afterthought steek.
Then I got a grip on myself. I have a finished pullover. It has tricky diagonal decreases in every row at the top of the steek zone. Why tempt fate, when there is a purpose-built Carbeth Cardigan pattern that will knit up just as fast as the pullover?
Apart from this foolhardy steeking notion, Carbeth has given me only one moment of drama, and that was when I tried it on right after binding off the neck.
The fit was, um, encasing. Tubular. Spanxian. It was not at all what I had in mind.
I stayed calm, and proceeded immediately to the soaking and blocking phase of my Carbeth.
As soon as the water hit it, the Alice CVM Silk fabric started to grow. Phew!
And here’s my expanded Carbeth, drying.
I placed my Relax pullover next to it for further reassurance that this Carbeth will have positive ease, which is the only kind of ease I like. (I promise that I will update this post with a photo of how Carbeth fits, as soon as it is dry.)
For the Show Us Your Plate crowd, my Carbeth neck blocker is a classic 1980s pattern, beloved of brides: Lenox Poppies on Blue. In 1988, when I moved in with Peter, I bought 4 place settings, to send a silent but definite message: This (Everything In Your Apartment) Must All Change. In the ensuing years, the collection grew, my tastes changed, and all the tablecloths that looked so great with Poppies on Blue have long since dissolved into shreds, but it is really hard to change dishes.
The parade of finished Carbeths continues over at the #bangoutaCarbeth hashtag on Instagram. We are putting lots of these photos at the bottom of our home page for all to admire. (Go back to the home page, and scroll down to see them.)
It really is glorious to see happy knitters raising their arms in a spontaneous Carbeth Swan Dance. If you’re not on Instagram, feel free to send us your photos and we’ll ’gram them on your behalf.