what i’m knitting now
The mad rush to get things ready for the Spring ’08 photoshoot is over. The photos have been taken. No more reknitting necklines late into the night. No more cutting 4″ off the bottoms of things, because, I was, well, WRONG the first time. No more cutting sweaters in half and inserting lace details or raiding my button collection for the perfect finishing touch. Ahhhhh – at least for now.
Oh and also, after getting 2 (or was it 3?) extensions to the deadline on my lastest piece for Vogue Knitting, I finally, REALLY, had to finish up and send it in. That’s done – another ahhhh. Now I can do my laundry. Now I can cook for friends. Now I can sleep.
One question looms though – What do I knit on now? A mindless garter stitch scarf in something soft and soothing, I’m thinking, ultra alpaca light, would suit my brain right now. I like peat mix for the subtlest bit o color next to my black coat. I like size 6 needles. Right now, I like just knitting. My head will recover soon though, and be aching for something a bit more challenging. It’s time to resume knitting on the sweater for my boyfriend.
Don’t give me a hard time. Yes, I know about the boyfriend curse. In fact I discovered it in college – I thought then that I was the first to voice it (although I’m sure I wasn’t).
This boyfriend spent a whole summer (he’s a teacher) demolishing and then rebuilding my kitchen. Surely, if John can commit all of that time and sweat to build a kitchen for me, I can knit him a pullover. He’s a sweater wearing man too. I have to take the chance – he REALLY wants the sweater. The yarn I’m knitting on is not (gasp) from Berroco. It’s spun from John’s best friends’ sheep. This sweater comes loaded with MEANING. While my theory has long been that an overload of MEANING is why men do leave when you give them a sweater, any man who can’t stand up to the MEANING wasn’t going to stay any way. I have to take the chance
The cable pattern in John’s sweater is the same one I used in L’aran in Berroco booklet 256. I expanded it to cover the entire surface. Peruvia would be a great yarn substitution for my one-of-a-kind yarn.