Remember when I told you the story about the time Linda and I got together once a week, every week to knit our Yokohama Sweater?
Here it is and it is spectacular if I do say so myself. We had such a great time. It was when Linda was teaching first grade. We set aside one night a week to work on our sweaters. They were both made from Noro Kureyon. Linda's was pink and mine was #70 this fabulous, discontinued yarn. If you've been reading Knitting: A Love Story for a while, you'll recognize this as an absolutely Jan yarn. It's rainbow, it's spectrum, it's ROY G. BIV!!!!!!! This is what it looks like in the skein.
Isn't it fabulous!
This is my #1, absolutely, favorite yarn of all time in the history of the world. I remember the day I learned Noro had discontinued the color. Panic set in! How could I possibly live my life without #70!?!?!?!?! I went on the internet and bought every ball I could find. After making the Yokohama Sweater, I still have 44 balls left!
This all probably happened 10 or 12 years ago. In that time, my body thermometer has completely changed. I am a hot person now. I could no more wear this than I could walk over hot coals. I have been sadly looking at this sweater for several months. It seemed like such a waste. I didn't want to give it away because the yarn is discontinued so I FROGGED it. I mean I tore it out, I unraveled it, I tinked it. For those of you who don't recognize a couple of my verbs; frogging means you're ripping something out, like rip it, rip it. If you stretch your imagination, it is the sound a frog makes, though my frogs in my pond have never made a "rip it" sound. Tink is knit spelled backwards and it really isn't what I did to the Yokohama Sweater. It really has the "take out" or "knit backwards connotation. What ever the word is, I did it and this is what it looks like. . .
Stage 1 was 2 sleeves, 2 fronts and 2 backs. There were two back because one was knit horizontally and one was knit vertically with a 3 needle bind off in the back. Than came. . .
No matter what state #70 is in, it is beautiful!
Yummy! Just yummy! If I ever again wonder if I secure ends well enough, I just need to think about frogging this sweater. Each of those little points around the sleeves and at the front to the sweater had an end to find. Sometimes I found it right away and other times I searched and searched. There was no way anything was going to come undone in this sweater. Now I had this huge ball of fabulous yarn but I didn't know what to do with it. Then I got an email from Noble Knits. Well, I really get an email from Noble Knits every day. Some days I can resist and some days I can't. There it was. The perfect pattern to use my heartfelt #70. It was called Anemone and was a Cat Bordhi design. I bought the pattern from Ravelry, then I GOT AN EMAIL FROM CAT HERSELF. I have never had that happen. She talked about how Anemone is one of her favorite designs and how she always gets comments when she wears it. Are you ready for this???????
There it is. Isn't it perfect! I love it so much. I learned to much from it. I learned how to do a Cat Bordhi Mobius hat brim; I learned to make tendrils and I learned to do magic loop. When I was done I thought, "this is way too much fun." I have to teach a class at Ann's By Design. I contacted Cat and she gave her blessing. She even suggested I use her uTube videos to teach mobius and tendrils. Of course, people in the class won't have the fabulous #70 to knit with. I think we'll use Cascade Melilla.
I think it will be fabulous. So in this one little hat I; used a yarn I love too much to get rid of, learned how to do a mobius, learned how to make tendrils, learned how to do a magic loop instead of using double pointed needles, found some great videos on uTube as a knitting learning tool and I made a new friend. I can't wait to go to Ravelry and see what my next Cat Bordhi design will be. You must explore the wonderful, whimsical world of Cat Bordhi. I believe she lives in the Pacific northwest. It sounds like another stop on our west coast road trip.
This blog is dedicated to Mary Helen Growt my first knitting teacher and the woman who changed my life. The mission of Knitting: A Love Story is to preserve, share and promote the love of knitting.