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Archive for June 18th, 2013

…Well, we’ll skip the details, no good going into details that wouldn’t be understood…”
Virginia Woolf    Kew Gardens

Oh no, Virginia. Details matter. Explaining them so we can understand is crucial. Details make our dreams, our imaginings, our wishes concrete. A dream stays a dream, living only in my head until I figure out and add the details, then I am closer to making my dream a reality. That is a lot of what knitting design is about: working out the details; right down to the buttons.

This is the baby sweater inspired by the Chrysler Building and the 1920s and women’s bed jackets.
sweater

The yarn color is the exact color I pictured in my head. I won’t even tell you the yarn company name, because it doesn’t make this color anymore. I am now searching for another yarn in the correct shade, with the correct stitch definition quality, the correct weight, and that matches the gauge of this sweater. And the yarn must go with the buttons.

The hat.

hat

The socks.

sks

The buttons.

bt

I searched for just the correct button for 4 months. I wanted them to match the ones pictured in my mind. I found these on Etsy. I don’t remember the vendor, it was so long ago that I bought them.

My goal with this sweater set is to get the next correct yarn and reknit the entire set, moving the buttons to the new set. The patterns are already written, so I will be test knitting myself this time.

Tomorrow I travel to Massachusetts in search of the correct yarn for this project. It is beautiful and very satisfying when yarn and project compliment each other. I will donate the set in the pictures to the knitting shop at the hospital where I had my mastectomy and my wonderful cancer doctors work. The hospital has a knitting group which sells their finished items to help raise money for the things the hospital needs. It is a great arrangement. When I first saw them and all the knitted items I knew I was in the right place for the right care. Knitting has a way of easing things like that for me.

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