I’m writing off to Nashville for MOAR STUDIO CHUNKY! Is there a requisition form I have to put in or something? Because one Slip-Stitch Cap is not going to do it for me. I was warned, but still I was not prepared for the around-and-around addictiveness of this slip-stitch pattern, which has the same delightful rhythm and instant memorizability as my beloved Ballband Dishcloth. Slip, knit knit knit. Slip, purl purl purl. Who doesn’t love that?
My sewing circle sister, Rosanne Cash (I know! I’m so lucky! She’s the best!), has a new album coming out TOMORROW. NPR Music is streaming the entire album on First Listen, so on Saturday morning, I settled in for a good, long First Wallow.
The album is called She Remembers Everything. And much of what She remembers, I remember. I feel like Rosanne is speaking the experience of women generally, and more specifically women our age. She gets it: long partnership, little children, grown children, looming mortality, outliving people we don’t know how to live without, what passes away, what remains, what we may leave behind when it’s our turn. Wonderful musicians and singers pitch in on this record; it rocks, it swings, it hearkens to the deep past and is of this moment, now. It’s just the best. I am 100% biased by friendship and admiration. I am also 100% correct. Go listen.
I thought I would see how many listens of She Remembers Everything would add up to a Slip-Stitch Cap.
The answer: 3 listens, plus a little late-night Vera-watching to work the crown decreases.
Behold the beauty of the WS of a slip-stitch pattern.
I picked my Studio Chunky colors (Edgewood/dark green and Rosemont/lighter green) when I was in Nashville last month, based on what we had the most of at that time, so as not to deprive another knitter of a color they wanted. (I’m waiting on my Nobel Prize for Selflessness.) (We got a re-stock from Baltimore—thanks, Karida!—so I could have taken any colors I wanted, and I still like these.)
As I knitted and listened, I realized: these are exactly the colors Rosanne would choose. A redhead/fuschiahead/maroonhead, she gravitates toward deep greens, and loves a deep cast of indigo. She also has an excellent hat head, and wears hats.
So I think I’ve hit on my Sewing Circle Holiday Present for 2018. Send moar yarrrrn!
Slow Fashion Forever
For a whole month, I’ve been following Slow Fashion October, a fascinating project from the amazing Karen Templer. (If you’re curious, Dear Reader, dial up the hashtag #slowfashionoctober on Instagram, and dig into the excellent Fringe Association blog posts on the subject.) There are a lot of nuances and layers to the topic. I’ve never jumped in and participated in the hashtag myself, but it’s educated me beyond measure.
Cristina Shiffman, MDK’s social media maven, recently sent us a link to this article from an online magazine by Toast, the UK clothing retailer. It’s a portrait of Kat Bazeley, an English veterinarian. While reading about the Toast pieces in Kat’s wardrobe that have stood the test of time, we learn that she is a knitter of many years, and has a glorious collection of handknit colorwork vests and sweaters, including pieces that are recognizably by Kaffe Fassett.
Kat Bazeley’s sweaters. Photo by Elena Heatherwick for Toast. how many patterns can you name?
Kat Bazeley is my new icon of Slow Fashion. I love to think of those gorgeous knits going into the field with Kat to gather data on heifer weight, or to groom a horse. I love that over time she has altered her favorite Toast trousers to make them last longer or fit better. No muss, no fuss, just undeniable style. The photographs are incredible. Color me inspired. I look forward to a year of slow fashion, aka knitting, buying, wearing and taking care of well-made clothes, all with more mindfulness.