Archive for November 2009

One little promise she was gonna keep

November 30, 2009

Pattern: Nottingham by Melissa Mall
Yarn: Knit Picks Swish Worsted (100% superwash merino), colorway Dublin
Needles: U.S. 8 Harmony wood Options 32″ circular (magic-loop style)

Pattern: Lacy Girly Fancy Hat by Alexandra Walters
Yarn: Knit Picks Swish Worsted, colorway Deep Ocean
Needles: U.S. 7 Harmony wood Options 32″ circular (magic-loop style)

Once upon a time, there was a little girl named Kate who arrived just slightly ahead of schedule. When she was a tiny baby, this hat fit her perfectly. But now she’s growing up, and her mom requested a new hat. A blue hat, but maybe one with a few frills. Maybe even a ribbon.

The little girl had a big brother, and his head got cold in winter, too. Maybe, said the mom, he could have his own hat. Green would be nice.  The mom makes earrings and great cookies; maybe the knitter would like some in return.

No problem, said the knitter.  Sounds great.

Cables for the brother, thought the knitter.

A pretty picot edge for the sister.

Two balls of yarn, a few days with the needles, and mom has two children that are ready for winter.  And the knitter has the pleasure of the making.  Everybody wins.


That you only meant well

November 27, 2009

Pattern: Laredo by Angela Hahn
Yarn: Valley Yarns Goshen (48% Peruvian cotton, 46% modal, 6% silk)
Needles: U.S. 7 Harmony wood Options 60″ circular (magic-loop style)

It takes a long time for most of us knitters to make a sweater for our significant others. There’s even a name for it — the Sweater Curse. If you jump the gun on committing to the marathon that is sweater knitting before you’re sure that the relationship is for life, the saying goes, it’s splitsville. Hoping that thirteen years of marriage is enough, I suggested this vest to Noel. Ignorant of the curse, he assented enthusiastically. With my heart in my throat, I cast on.

I knew I wasn’t going to get it done for our anniversary (modern gift: textiles!), but I still knit like my life depended on it. The charts with twisted stitches started off slow but sped up after a couple of repeats. The yarn was smooth, buttery, light, and the exact same colorway as the one specified in the pattern — I stared at the selection for hours, but the Fern color just couldn’t have been more perfectly masculine.

Knowing that cotton would grow, I made a size with just a hint of negative ease (41.5″ chest, medium length). When Noel tried it on just off the needles, it was fitted perfectly; after blocking, it had the relaxed drape that he wanted. Like the Thanksgiving dinner where the vest made its debut, it was absolutely perfect. I think this relationship is going to last a long, long time.