I would like to introduce you to Barb Tinsler my friend of 40 years. We have been through singlehood, marriages, a divorce and many "Knit by Jan" items. I love wool but some times see a pattern I love that calls for a non-wool yarn. Barb is allergic to wool. Is that a friendship made in Yarn Heaven or what? I get to knit great things that I won't wear.
This is the first thing I knit for Barb. It's made from this absolutely scrumptious yarn I purchased at the Quarter Stitch in New Orleans on my first visit. That first visit was a really expensive one! The visit was 20 years ago and I made the scarf about 16 years ago. Barb still wears it in the winter every time she shovels snow. The winter she was going through chemo, she was always cold but this kept her warm.
One year I experimented with knitting with wire. All of my friends received variations of this necklace. It was amazing! They took so little time to make compared to anything else I've ever knit. I became an assembly line; matching beads with wire, knitting little squares, finding the perfect cord or chain. I was cooking! You might ask, "Jan, why didn't you continue making these tasty little morsels?" There was no yoga magic in them. I didn't get the calm, serene feeling I seek.
I saw this sweater in The Yarn Barn in Lawrence, Kansas and had to knit it. I was smitten. But when I finished, it just wasn't me so it became Barb's. Barb is one of the most generous people I know so it is great to be able to give her something she cannot give herself. After many years of friendship, I know her colors. I can spot a Barb project at 50 paces.
This is another version of the "Thick and Thin" scarf. I just love this pattern as you can see.
Barb's birthday is in May. One May I was struggling to find a birthday gift. Nothing in the stores looked right. I was going through my TBFL (To Be Finished Later) tubs and saw the pieces of this sweater. It screamed "BARB!" I finished it, wrapped it and she loved it.
This is my top of the mountain, pinnacle, master piece. I love the pattern, the yarn, everything about this sweater. On my first Yarn Tour with Linda Kaufman, I bought this kit from Crafty Lady. It was a pullover, but I loved the effect of knitting with two colors at once. It sat in a TBFL tub for years, partly because I matured out of the pullover sweater. Then one day a light came on "Cardigan!" I changed the pattern, found the perfect buttons in my button stash and TaDa! I am so proud of this sweater and Barb loves it.
It has been great to introduce you to Barb, my very best friend. That person I can always count on, who makes me laugh and accepts my tears. I have two things in TBFL tubs for Barb. Some day I will finish them then post them but in the mean time, Shhhhhhh don't tell.