If it looks like I’ve been speed-knitting my Shakerag Top, bear in mind that last week, I travelled across the entire continent of North America, spent three glorious days sittin’ ’n’ knittin’ at the Knitting with Company retreat on Bainbridge Island, Washington (which included two ferry rides) and then flew back to New York, knitting the whole way.
This project has been a much-needed reminder of the Principle of Project Fidelity:
Time devoted exclusively to knitting one project = quick completion of that project.
Whenever you see a knitter making what seems like miraculously fast progress, it almost always means that they are spending more time knitting on a single project, not that they are knitting faster than an ordinary mortal. (Well, except in the case of Wendy Johnson. Even if we assume that Wendy spends zero time staring at Twitter on her phone, preparing snacks, or petting her cat, I cannot account for how quickly she racks up the FOs. Also: she definitely pets the cat. The cat seems exceedingly well petted.)
I’m taking off on another long trip tomorrow, meeting up with Most Moisturized Mom in France, where she is visiting our old friends there for the first time. With dozens of hours of flying, sightseeing and mom-chatting ahead of me, I’m going to try this Project Fidelity thing again.
First, I’ll motor through on the remainder of my Shakerag Top.
Missing: the mossy stumps and dappled light of Bainbridge Island.
Right now, I’m working the back, about an inch into the 7 inches of sleeve opening. Next up (spoiler alert): the front. With the minimal neck and shoulder shaping of this top, I’m getting close.
Kay’s Tips for Lazy Knitters
The striped body of the Shakerag Top is knitted in the round to a length of 12 inches, for all sizes, then split into the front and back, which are worked back and forth. As I got within range of 12 inches, the tape measure was all the way down in the bottom of my knitting bag. Whatever could I do to solve this problem?
I looked at the photo in the book, counted the stripes up to the armhole shaping on the sample, and stopped when I had that many stripes on mine. (I look forward to your letters.)
Liz at the MDK Home Office in Nashville has just sent me the skeins we used in our shop photographs of the Albers Shawl Kit.
Waste not, want not.
I’m pretty sure that in a week’s time, I’ll have polished off my very own Albers Shawl.
Stop laughing. It could happen!