Once upon a time a 20something chick took up the sticks and learned to knit, courtesy of her best friend's mother. In those days knitting was not exactly hip, and LYSes were not sprouting like mushrooms, and there was [gasp!] no internet. Yup, the Reagan era. Been getting a lot of press this week. She knit a fuchsia cotton tank. Moved immediately to a full-on cardigan with mock cables and saddle-shouldered set-in sleeves (she already sewed, after all, so had no fear of finishing.) But where were the knitting angels? Who sold her that fabulous silk-wool tweed without discussing gauge? How could she heed the pattern's warning when she had no idea what Take time to save time: Check your gauge meant?
Fast-forward about 16 years, and see the finished sweater, abalone buttons and all, sitting in the cedar chest. The knitter wears it on occasion, bemoaning its droopy fit and mismatched sleeves. What to do? She's returned to the needles after more than a decade away, and discovered the craft's online presence. And there, in the virtual pages of the hippest of knitmags, La Bonne Tricoteuse waits to lend a hand. An email is sent; a reply is received. The advice is published in the magazine!
I took Bonne Marie at her word, and set about frogging an entire sweater. Swooshed the skeins, squoze 'em, and hung 'em to dry (all of this pre-blog, or you'd have heard this tale aready). By then I'd added a ball winder to the toolbox, so I wound new skeins and started a new cardigan, this one boxy but fitted, with a collar instead of cables, and the briefest of embellishment at cuffs and hem. It's languished in the WIP pile since I finished the back and started the two fronts, but I'm cruising now. Here are three finished pieces on the blocking board:
The sleeves are halfway done, so I am confident that I can complete this before month's end. I don't know whether the original buttons will be best. I have read through the pattern, but I can't quite visualize the button bands. The pattern is from a 1999 issue of Knitter's, in the Nancy Thomas years. I'm trying to retrieve the borrowed copy so I can post a color picture, as my photocopy is pretty black. This yarn doesn't really lend itself to textured patterns, since it is itself textured, but here is a close-up where you may be able to discern the fluted edges and the bobbles between garter bars.