|At the Still Point of the Turning World|
Friday, October 10, 2003
CLOSE, VERY CLOSE
Here's the almost-finished SOAR 2003 project, affectionately nicknamed The Vivid and Continuous Dream Cardigan, after the late John Gardner's discussion of great fiction. I wanted a boxy cardi with color blocks knit from these skeins, and that's what I got. The sweater is knit sleeve to sleeve, which is strangely satisfiying; at the end, you fold it in half and it looks damn-all like a real sweater. Yes, there are side and sleeve seams to sew (pinned and spritzed in this photo, awaiting The Needle), but no shoulders and--in this case--no front bands and no collar, because I knit the seed stitch borders as I went along. Vivid, because of the colors, and continuous, because there the entire sweater literally unfolded in my lap as I knitted.
As you can see, there are approximately 5,000 ends for me to weave in, from all the color changes as I switched from skein to skein. Probably the most painful part of the whole project, but I'm not complaining, since everything else went so well.