By the time you read this I’ll be in Northern California, soaking up the sun while shivering from the cold, according to the weather report I got from those who went ahead of me. Sounds delightful!
In the days leading up to my departure, my knitting life was fraught. I’d had a heck of a time getting my True Friend sweater’s body stitches picked up in the correct number, with the markers in the correct places. Then, over the weekend, one of those very rare Act of God knitting catastrophes occurred.
As I scootched the 364 (possibly 372) stitches around on the circular needle, the cable broke. Linen stitches went splat all over the place, unzipping right and left. Carnage on the beach. (I took a picture, but I hate that picture.)
I nearly threw the whole mess into the Atlantic. But I got a grip on my emotions, rescued all the stitches (thanking my stars I had two shorter circs with me, having used them to hold the live stitches for the front and back), got myself a new (longer!) circular, and I’m back at it. True Friend is going on vacation with me.
Having been frightened so recently by True Friend, though, I didn’t want it to be my sole knitting project for this trip. (That’s my usual strategy for making fast progress on a project: make it an only child and take it on long flights.)
I needed something easier. Something to give me my confidence back.
So: I’m making a dog sweater, with leftovers from the Easel Sweater.
Wait: I haven’t knit myself an Easel Sweater yet.
Confession: they’re Nell’s Easel leftovers. I know they’ll be enough for a fine Doggie Easel, because Corinne Niessner used her own Easel Sweater leftovers to make a mini-Easel for her poor, neglected Pekingese, Madeline.
Madeline only has eleventy-sixteen custom-knit sweaters. Bless!
The mommy and me shot slays.
There is not an official pattern for the Doggie Easel, but Corinne’s own pattern, the Madeline Basic 4.5 (the ol’ 4.5), worked just great. It doesn’t have sleeves (Pekingeses don’t need sleeveses), so I’m trying to figure out how to echo the Easel Sweater’s asymmetrical sleeve feature somehow in the doggie version.
Maybe a pocket, placed asymmetrically? (Nell’s leftovers came with a handy pre-knit pocket. Nell is so considerate!)
Olive: not convinced by my tubular cast on.
Wish me well! I think there are starting to be a bunch of Easel Sweater leftovers out there in the world. We should think of something for knitters without dogs to make with them. Never waste hand-dyed cormo!