Tuesday, April 14, 2009
My Little Chickadee
I believe that the cowl was sent to knitters the world over to provide us with the ability to make a hand knit gift for someone in under 36 hours during the work week. You know the time line I'm talking about: "....so-and-so cordially invites you to attend a party in honor of so-and-so in x amount of days". Naturally your mind races--do I have any recently finished hats to give? Umm, hello, it's supposedly April, not exactly hat weather. How about a Mason-Dixon Ball Band Dishcloth? Nice, but somewhat awkward. Happy Birthday! You can use this to clean up the puke after the party! No, the project must be special and fast--this is why the cowl exists, I'm sure of it.
Pattern: Chickadee Cowl by Kirsten Kapur
Yarn: Pagewood Farm St. Elias in 'Turquoise', two strands held together.
Needles: Size 9
Mods: I cast on 99 sts and it came out perfectly! I quite like the smaller stitches. Another winning pattern from our friend at TTL.
This is for a friend/colleague who turned 50. Not the friend colleague you see pictured here--you might recognize her as my impossible stylish French pal Sandrine. I love her because of her photogenic ways and also her willingness to go along with whatever I propose. I send her a brief email in the morning "need you for a photo shoot" and she dutifully waits for me outside the classroom and helps me scout out a good location. She never complains and is a sooper trooper. Sadly the greenhouses were closed for spraying, so we made do with the parking lot.
Those of you who guessed that I'd be working on the Acorn cowl were correct! I can't wait to get going on that, such a great pattern. We really are fortunate to be knitters at a time when so many awesome indie designers like Kirsten Kapur (SLOW DOWN I can't KEEP UP), Larissa Brown (Knitalong is a rad book that you MUST have), Pam from Flint Knits (attn: please don't make $$ of her FLS pattern, to do so is extreme douchery and will cause me to sick the Marxist Curmudgeon on you) and Kate (The Selbu Modern and Opus Spicatum made 2008 a better year for me and 2009 is looking up because of Springtime Bandit ) are working hard to keep us busy with interesting, creative patterns. Let's all do our best to respect their work and support them, ok?