As you know, it’s my birthday. The kids expect me to be extremely excited about turning 47. Woo-hoo, it’s exciting all right. (Yawns.)
But I did start out in fine style. Last night, in a howling sleet-storm, 6 intrepid New York knitters dropped by to drink wine, eat Chinese food and join the last strip of the Super Semi-Secret Project.
There were three things in my living room that have never been in my living room before: two Clapotis, one Kiri in progress, and some amazing body art. All of these things made me feel envious and old in various degrees. You can guess which two I am going to try for myself. (47 being the Age of Scarves and Shawls more than the Age of Body Art. Bring on the scarves and shawls!)
Joseph complained that we were keeping him awake, we were having such a riot. It was such fun that I think I have to have knitters in my living room on a regular basis. Thank you so much, Valentina, Phyllis, Heather, Alison, Abby and Cassie!
Deco, Yes Deco
Remember Deco? Deco from Rowan 31? Meaning Deco that I started in March 2002, knit all the pieces for, and crammed into a bag when the first sleeve came out way too long? The same cardi that you also were working on in March 2002, which was what started us emailing each other in the first place?
DECO LIVES! Since experiencing last week’s revelations about how The Set-In Sleeve Is The Only Sleeve For Me, I have been thinking a lot about set-in sleeves. (I even read this article, which should receive the Nobel Prize In Set-In Sleeves.) The repressed memory of Deco–a cardi with set-in sleeves that is practically finished–came bubbling to the surface. I dug her out, unwrinkled her as best I could, and set to work:
Yes, a calculator was involved. I measured the sleeves of the two cardis I’ve made for myself that fit well (Core and Smoulder), figured out how to take 3 inches off of Deco’s sleeve (a simple matter of ripping down to the last increase and re-knitting the caps), and wa-la: I now have 2 sleeves the correct length, and a sweater that just needs a collar and the sleeve and side seams.
Do I feel kind of dumb for letting a nearly-complete sweater languish for three years? Non, je ne regrette riennnnnnnnnn. Here’s a detail from the cuff:
I adore this pattern. It’s in Rowan Linen Drape (sob! discontinued! but YAY! I have 30 balls in my stash!). It has wonderful knitterly details like lacy, buttonless front bands. I love the uneven striping on the cuffs and borders. Rowan, maybe I do knit a lot of blankets and dishrags, but I still love you as much as ever.
Deco is the perfect birthday sweater for the stylish woman of a certain age. Watch this space.
Thanks everyone for the wishes! Love, Kay