Sunday, October 25, 2009

What's Good Is Good

I met Mathew Gnagi, a young designer in New York in August at Annie And Company in NYC. He showed me a recent design of his. I bought the design then and there. Called Carlito Cardigan, it's magnificent.

I bought Malabrigo worsted in dark green to make the cardigan and added Indian head nickel buttons. I am not usually a fan of cables. I can't wait to finish it. Another customer at the shop at the same time made the same decision. SHE is making it for herself in green as well. This is one knitalong I am doing at 100 miles an hour.

Check it out. Yes, the pattern is on Ravelry.

Worship Of The Goddesses

I have been quietly working on my preparation for the Village Halloween Parade and the New York City Marathon. Thankfully, only once a decade do they come back-to-back...like this year.

Leaving little time for frivolous distractions like knitting, it would take quite a large, glittery, seductive and truly intelligent, invaluable and, dare I say, HONEST knitting resource to knock me senseless.

Well, boys, it's happened. No, I've dated knitting policemen...but this is close.

As further introduction, let me wax on a little more...

On pages 84 and 85 of my copy of Barbara G. Walker's book, Knitting From The Top , the writer HINTS and TEASES at an interesting idea...simultaneous set-in sleeves. In other words, the sleeves are knit at the same time as the body...seamless, and unrecognizable as anything but a set-in sleeve.

"The Devil, I say.", representing audience appreciation of this impossibility. But wait...Ms. Walker has so many skills and accomplishments...there must be more than a kernel of truth here.

So, like Demosthenes, I go hunting for an honest author...trying all past August and part of September to tame this idea into submission and the perfect sweater.

I was beginning to feel like my house was robbed during the search for this honest author. I admit to choosing a particularly complex subject that included cables and myriad details to take on as each row progressed. But I never quite got it...at least to my satisfaction.

Cut to early October, as my other life interests began to become immutable, and I just happened to see this

The Tailored Sweater

If you require any further hand-holding, or to see the work being made using her techniques and calculator, Ravelry offers:

The Tailored Sweater Group

Armed with a well-designed spreadsheet for the calculations, a support group of fellow enthusiasts and a well-written and painfully exact method, I am converting patterns I have had on the sideline for a long time, ready to go when my working life relaxes.

Tuulia Salmela, a young Finnish designer and entrepreneur, has made me a happy man. And Ms. Walker has become honest, again, in my eyes. I am worshipful of them both. Different alter, but the same aching knee!