Tuesday, September 10, 2013

A Sweater Story

Once upon a time there was a little girl who wanted a sweater. She asked that the sweater be faaancy, which apparently meant smooth, with pictures on it. The knitter hastened to knit a sweater for the girl, who was very dear to the knitter.

The sweater was knit over the course of a month, with the little girl enduring the exercise of having it tried on her in varying stages of completion.

Finally the day came when the sweater itself was complete, and then the underarms were grafted, the hems were sewn, and the ends were woven in.

It came to be time for the embroidery. The little girl asked that it contain "the whole of outer space," but was thankfully content with the moon and the stars.

She proclaimed the moon perfect.

She liked the stars.

She liked the sweater.

However, it wouldn't fit over her head. The knitter tried three times to put it over the little girl's head, but it just wouldn't go.

Luckily, the problem was simple to fix. The knitter unpicked the whipstitched hem of the collar, and pulled it back to the last set of decreases, made a note in her pattern notes, put the stitches back on the needles, and re-knit the picot section from there.

After hemming and weaving-in ends, the sweater was done.

It came to pass that the first day of school was picture day for the little girl, and the knitter was hoping to have the little girl wear her new outfit from Grandma for picture day, so all were content to leave the sweater until the second day of school, because the second day is special too.

The second day of school came along. The little girl was pleased, and declared the sweater faaancy.

Presenting a Faaancy sweater, my own design, knit in Mirasol Lachiwa, a 60/40 Pima Cotton/Linen blend. Should all go well, the pattern should be available here in the relatively near future.

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