Saturday’s mail brought a mysterious package postmarked from Concord, Massachusetts. What could Julia Farwell-Clay be sending? A swatch? A skein? A sketch? A new shape of ice-cube mold? (A non-knitting interest we share.)
Any of those things would have made for a thrilling mail day. But I was not prepared for what was actually in the box:
A bespoke handknit sweater.
It was for:
. . . Olive! This is her happy face. No, really.
It fits like a dream. Julia says she had tricked me into giving her Olive’s measurements. I have no recollection, but of course I wouldn’t consider it odd that someone would be curious about Olive’s figure.
Action shot, highlighting the practical heinie-flap, with tidy applied i-cord trim. The yarn: Berroco’s Ultra wool, which is washable.
This little sweater has a history.
This is Eddie Redmayne’s happy face. No, really.
That journey led to Julia’s design of a cardigan for herself, and then her glorious Eddy Wrap:
Photo by Gale Zucker.
And then, the Eddy Hat and Cowl:
Photos by Amy Palmer.
And ultimately, Olive’s amazing new sweater, in which the Prada short-row shell motif has found its highest and best use.
For any knitters who are thinking of attempting a Pawada Sweater (see what I did there? I blame Cristina Shiffman) for their own pet, I highly recommend Julia’s blog post, “How to Wing an Eddy Dog Sweater.” The engineering involved in this little garment is impressive.
While you’re over at Julia’s, “Listen to the Voices You Can’t Hear,” her post on diversity in the knitting world, is a thought-provoking read on an important issue in our community.
Thank you, Julia, this incredible gift made my day, week, and beyond. In a city full of pup boutiques, I have the best-dressed dog right here.
P.S. It’s time for someone to update her photo: