Sunday, August 31, 2008
Bon voyage, my friend (in your new sweater)
I finished the red mohair sweater I made (from this Dropps pattern) for my friend Alison who will be leaving this week for a year-long sailing adventure with her husband Kim. They'll sail down the Pacific Coast this fall and then once the seas are appropriate, they'll head across to Hawaii and perhaps even beyond. I'll miss her enormously for that year -- we've been friends for almost 20 years now, neighbours only 5 houses apart for the past 10 or so, running and walking partners, gardening buddies, and she feeds me constantly with ideas about books, film, art, politics, the environment. Already a published author (a book of poetry and another of creative non-fiction, check her website), she will keep working on her novel while at sea, and I hope she'll set up a blog of her own so we can follow her adventure (altho', of course, her internet connections will be sparse for longe periods). If that happens, I'll let you know the link. Meanwhile, here she is modelling her new sweater, which is going to make the Pacific Crossing with her. I substituted Rowan Kidsilk Aura for the Dropps Vivaldi, and I'm so glad I did. This is a beautiful yarn which blends kid mohair with silk yet which scarcely sheds at all. I've never knit with a mohair that left so little trace of its presence as I worked. I used the same needles called for but changed the pattern to knit in the round, so there are seams only at the armholes and shoulders.
I'm not generally a fan of the large-gauge sweater -- the same issues, I explained to Alison, as you find with a really low-pixel photo: that is, a lack of precision and finesse, really. But for what she wanted, a light mohair shell that could be pulled on easily for warmth over another layer, this pattern is perfect. In fact, I'm rather thinking I could use one of these myself!