Virginia’s state song used to be Carry Me Back to Old Virginny. We are without one right now, but nonetheless, it inspired the naming of said project. You see, a dear friend of mine is moving and we are quite hopeful that in two years when her husband retires from his military career, they will move back here. That should put the rest of this finished object report in perspective.
Project: It Better Carry Her Back…
Pattern: Knitspot/Anne Hanson’s Fruit of the Vine. I chose this pattern because I wanted a scarf that could alternately be used as a stole. It was perfect, because it was an Anne Hanson pattern (she’s a favorite lace designer of mine) so that means it was well-written with both charts and text, but it was also just what I wanted… a pattern that spoke volumes about our friendship and her time here in The Commonwealth.
Yarn: Filatura Di Crosa Superior is probably my most favorite luxury yarn. It’s cashmere and silk, and I have to presume it is what knitting with whipped butter would feel like. I knew from the moment I decided to knit for my friend that I had the precise yarn in my stash; I was fortunate that Ms. Hanson’s pattern was easily adapted for the fuzzy, soft laceweight yarn.
Needles: Gretchen’s beloved rosewood #6 straights. Yes, larger than recommended, because the yarn is fuzzy and I wanted to make it stretch as far as I could. (Long-time readers might recall that baby Gg nibbled on one of these needles as a wee puppy, but the Knight saved the day – and the pricey knitting tools – by sanding the teeth marks right out with a VERY fine grade of sandpaper.)
Verdict: I wish I’d happened to have two balls of said yarn to make it longer, but I know it will be appreciated and quite functional as-is.
What are you knitting? I need to cast on for something new. Something baby, that I can finish in oh… 10 days. I have a very important baby shower on the 8th. What do you knit for summer babies?