Dear Kay, and the Needleworkers on the Verge of Breakdown,
The thing that gets me is how tenuous it is, this Internet. Kick the plug out of the wall, and it vanishes. Take for example, last night. At 7:08 pm, we heard one of those distant, muffled BOOMs that means a squirrel somewhere made a wrong turn on a power line and blew out a transformer. Lights out; Future Search for Perfect Handknit vanishes into the ether. I had been carefully styling URLs for our Perfect Handknit fashion show, then poof! I’m digging up candles and worrying about the freezer. No, Hubbo did not climb on the roof and spray paint HELP US, but the word generator was said. Not, mind you, by me.
We did have some tender low-tech moments. The fellas fought a ferocious battle of Stratego, and I got to indulge my We Move to Fair Isle fantasy: yes, that’s Keava there in the gloaming, my first try at Fair Isle knitting and my latest effort to finish the unfinished before the year ends. (More on that later. Let’s just say that I am flat goofy about that project, just loving it.)
At midnight the cosmic joke was complete when ALL THE LIGHTS and STUFF came back on. Right as we were dozing off.
Happily, all those URLs were snoozing safely on our server out in California or something.
So, Consider These Sweaters
Grab a beverage, and take a look at these. To my eye, this is pretty much a Sweater Hall of Fame. (And apologies if I somehow mangled your link.)
Ryan: Welcome Back Old Friend
Amanda: Pierrotucci cardigan/$1200 twinset!
Maggi: Ribby Cardi
Susan: Anthropologie–a versatile shape.
Susan: this but chunkier Girlshop
Ma Hatfield: patternworks
Stephy: Molly Ann Sweater Jacket
Anne: Hourglass Sweater from Last Minute Knitted Gifts
Lauren P: scoop neck Noro cardigan
NOT the perfect sweater Not perfect!
perfect beverage: perfect beverage
Beth R: pretty feminine and lacy
Amy: Sand dollar
Jenna: Debbie Bliss Lara
jnovgirl: Pam from Rowan 30
Julia FC: cardigan/pullover
Jenny: cardigan and cardigan
Susan M: Samus from Knitty
Therese: Norah Gaughan’s Vintage Pink Cardigan
Melinda: Neck Down Shaped Cardigan
Jill: Chicknits Twist–go to Gallery.
Karin: LL Bean cardigan
Bex: Leigh Radford keyhole stripes
Laura: Everyday cardigan
Thomas: Sunday Best” (while technically Denim, it would look good in a true Guernsey wool too).
Jo: Debbie Bliss really lovely bolero
Rise: like the shaping of this
KT: (Photo is in the September 9th entry) Zoe Mellor Tartan Jacket
Kyla: Phildar Phildar
Sarah: Poetry in Stitches (can be knit as a jumper)
Sharon: hoodie sweater
The Road Less Traveled? More Traveled? A Road at All? How About a Zipline? What If We All Carpool? Does Anybody Have the Bus Schedule? Can I Have a Pony?
Now. Please know that there has been no end of discussion about how to proceed from here. Out in the lobby, during the buffet supper last night, all the talk was about what happens next. Obviously, we have some strong feelings: the cable fans are outspoken, but no more outspoken than the cable avoiders. The shaped contingent is as vocal as the unshaped. But it goes beyond that: there are issues of girliness, of professorialness, of style, of comfort, of zippers and buttons and lace and texture and hoods, such a welter of options and details that we MAY have hit capacity on the number of things that can be resolved by a blogpoll before the year 2012.
The squirrel has hit the transformer, people.
The time has come where each of us has to search our heart and decide what we need to do. The original intent of the Future Search was to end up designing a handknit that we all would love. All 4,390,212 of us. I ask you now [cue dramatic scary-sounding music], Is that possible?
We follow the will of the people. I don’t think this is a winner-take-all kind of vote. It’s more of a take-the-temperature-of-everybody kind of vote. A finger in the wind. A gut check. Here are the options as I see them:
Serene Highness Option: We vote on all the nominated sweaters shown in this entry and select one as the Serene Highness of Handknits. We are done. We have declared perfection, which is AWEsome.
Consensus All the Way Option: We continue as we have, nominating the features we like, then voting on them until we arrive at a pattern for one sweater. Ann cranks the pattern instructions and we all make it.
Keep Ourselves Busy Option: As a group we decide on a basic sweater pattern that already exists, one that can be fairly easily modified with cables/details/hoods/lace/texture/zippers. We then modify it on our own in the privacy of our own knitting dungeons.
Retire to the Lounge Option: Stop voting altogether, hug each other, and go make our own perfect sweater, with a light heart and the satisfaction that we have kept the blogpoll people very busy.
Other: In which you leave a comment with some other idea that seems sensible.
Please vote by Wednesday, October 5, 8:55 pm CDT so that I can watch America’s Next Top Model.
Remember, this is not a winner-take-all poll. But I think it will be instructive.
Happy New Year to all our Jewish friends!