Oh right, K is for Knitting!
Can you believe it took me a whole week and many minutes dismissing Frida Kahlo before I figured out that K is for Knitting. Ahem.
I learned to knit in the 80′s, from my roommate Tami. We ordered wool from a catalog. I got enough for two sweaters! Some teal greenish marly 2 ply and some lopi or lopi like. And off I went knitting the green yarn into a sweater for 6’3″ and about 190 pounds. It was in the round, I don’t remember if there was a pattern or what it was. I got to the armpits and wondered why it looked more like something for me (at 5’9″ish and lots less than 190). Well… knitting into the back of every stitch wasn’t quite right.
So I did the sensible thing and put that down. And started the second sweater. I got the body done and the two arms, and then put it down (probably because the idea of putting it all together was just too much).
And then I knit a hat, Inca style with llamas on it, from yarn I dyed with walnuts and some other things and a pattern I totally made up. And gave it to 6’3″. It was a good hat! (pride pride… you know, cometh before the fall…)
And then we split up. We weren’t married, but it was a long relationship and much like a divorce. He gave me back the hat. I gave it to a daughter of a friend (in Seattle, so I’d not see it again…).
I had forgotten how to knit. I was cleaning out. Gave the half made sweaters, yarn, and needles to Tami. I’m not sure what she did with the marl sweater, but she finished the lopi sweater and gave it back to me!
It was too huge for me to wear, even when I was 9 months pregnant. And, the neck was too tight. I understand now about a loose bind off. Libby (of Water St. Yarns) and I talked about taking the neck out and felting the whole thing and cutting it into a cardigan. We must’ve started this, oh, 3 years or so ago. When the idea of taking something out was still kind of scary… (talk about unfinished projects)
I remember walking around the forestry school in, must’ve been 1985 or so, thinking about this and deciding I just didn’t care
So last night I dragged the thing out, so I could show you the second thing I ever knitted (even though I didn’t knit it all)… and dh says ‘who is that sweater for’? (I think he feels badly that his January birthday sweater sits without arms). I told him how I’d asked him years ago if he wanted it and he didn’t. I’m pretty sure that he tried it on, discovered the neck was uncomfortable and just dismissed it as a possibility for him.
It fits him great (in a loose sort of way)! The thing is 52 inches across the chest and 30 inches long. Geesh, no wonder it takes me forever to finish sweaters for him. Sadly his birthday sweater isn’t as long as this. Maybe it’ll block out a bit (if I ever finish the arms). I’ll bind off the neck on this one over the weekend and block it out (it puckers around the yoke a bit).
This is a long post… what you get when you don’t get a chance to do so over the week…
Because I’d knitted straight up rather high, I did some quick decreasing, double decreases in four places around the top, like in the father-daughter hat or Julie’s (radioactive Julie!), I’m sorry, Trek’s school beans hat.
The two of us…
I just love how this picture makes me feel like a wrinkly old hag! I’ll keep telling myself that Scott whatshisname told me when I was 13 how he loved all my wrinkles, so I’ve had them for a long long time!
I am so glad this did not make it into the house at all! I looked closer and found much of the same in the cotton. Not really in the alpaca, so I stuffed that in the freezer for the next few weeks. I’m not even sure it’s alpaca, it might be dog??
I may give it all to another friend who is the education director over at the arboretum. Maybe the birds would like some wool for their nests. Any other ideas on what to do with this? I don’t want to keep it or use it for any spinning/knitting activities.
Whew, talk about chatter Molly!