Sunday, October 04, 2009
A Real HOOT
The above pictured little badge was given to me by Madame O W L S herself when she visited this part of Pennsylvania last week. She gave a lecture on campus and was kind enough to make some time so we could get together. Let me just say that Kate is just as ___________ (insert superlative adjective connoting kind/hilarious/smart/lovely) as you would imagine. We had a gas together and I can't wait to coax her back here for more Central PA. hi-jinx.
As I mentioned, she gave me the tiny owl pal, some Yorkshire tea (which she knew I loved & sadly tastes somewhat not fresh over here) as well as one of her famous bee bags (no picture because it is being used at the moment, woo hoo!). I in turn offered her the meager shawl that I made last week, and she did me proud by wearing it at her lecture. Did I mention that she's incredibly sweet?
I was able to don my new favorite sweater for her visit, a little doozy you might have heard of? Yes people, I am that person, the person who wears the pattern of the famous sweater when she meets its creator. O W L S...
Pattern: O W L S by Kate Davies
Yarn: Rowan Purelife British Sheep Breeds, #953, Dark Grey Welsh, 6.25 skeins
Needles: Size 7.00 mm, addi turbo bamboos
Mods: Well, there were a few, starting with the no waist shaping because ohai I don't have one--but I'm getting there. I went up a needle size from the recommended 6.5 and also bound off in pattern with a size 13 needle. I also seem to somehow have made it more of a boat neck than a regular crew neck--I think I got a tad excited and bound off like three rows too early. Whoops.
This was such a clear pattern--Kate is a wizard. The knitting took less than a week and the eyes took me several nights of distracted sewing to complete. The yarn is pricey but there is no surprise there, right? This particular Rowan seems at first like it might be scratchy but because of the lanolin, I found it to be nice and oily, just the way I like it. Heh.
I have already gotten a ton of compliments on this sweater and can't wait to wear it at Rhinebeck. I'll be the one wearing the mom jeans, please say hi if you see me with Babs...