Well, I don’t know what is wrong with me. I often hear knitters say they never knit the same thing twice, even if they really enjoyed it the first time and it turned out great. Me? I rarely knit something just the once. I like to roll up my sleeves and knit a dozen of something, especially if it’s small and memorizable and if I can play with it a little, making harmless tweaks for my own amusement. I like to go deep into a pattern. Really get it down, you know?
After the Summer of 30 (or so) Dishrags, this autumn I’m moving up the food chain by knitting, at last count, 7 One Skein Wonders, girl-sized. For one thing, there is a real public demand for this item. The girls love ’em. The mothers of girls request ’em. I like to knit ’em. Everybody’s happy; there is a rare harmonic convergence of knitter and knittee. For another thing, the One Skein Wonder, although small, undeniably qualifies as a garment. Garments get a respect that even the most tasteful and exquisite dishrag cannot command.
I thought I was over the One-Skein Wonders, but no. I have 3 more finished ones in inventory. Since I know we like to spend our weekday blog time on High-minded Pursuits (like discovering that the Perfect Sweater needs to have— pockets!), I am blogging about my little cottage industry/OCD on a Saturday. Hope nobody minds. If you can’t stand another shrug photo, please, feel free to hit the back button. I won’t be offended. I know I’m boring. I’m okay with boring.
Here is Shrug No. 5.
Sized for a petite 4 year old who recently had a birthday. Noro Lily, a skein and a half. Those who are not fast asleep will notice immediately that this shrug is Different. I made the sleeves longer. This was easy to do. I just decreased a few times, then knit to the desired length, working flat because the sleeves are small and I didn’t have any dpns with me on the subway, which was when I decided to add the sleeves. The chief challenge was remembering how to do the same thing on the second sleeve. I also added a curved edge to the back, to make it a little longer, and then did the edging in the round as per the pattern.
I love to accessorize for the little ones. I made the shrug first, but look what I found in the local Gap that matches perfectly, but not TOO perfectly:
Finding the little brown cords was a primo Auntie Kay Moment. Very satisfying.
One of the rules of the experienced trial lawyer is Quit When You’re Ahead. You learn this by asking One Question Too Many. In the crafting world, this translates as One Craft Too Many. For example, when you are so drunk with krafty karma after knitting a darling shrug and finding a tiny outfit to match, that you cannot restrain yourself from:
….needle-felting a hanger. Oh well. Someday, very soon, the youngsters will be mocking ole Auntie Kay and the wacky crafts she produced. But it was fun.