A very good friend hesitantly asked me this question yesterday morning when we were going for coffee.
Will I? Of course I will!
What’s involved here is me picking out the pattern, the yarn, and the colorway, ordering the yarn, knitting the scarf, and presenting it to her as a fait accompli. What’s not to like?
And she pays for the yarn. She even offered to pay in advance. And she’s not a cheap person, so the sky’s the limit.
I went back to my office and said to Monica, “I get to buy yarn! I get to buy yarn!”
So I’ve ordered three skeins of Noro Silk Garden in colorway 53 and will make a multidirectional diagonal scarf from Karen Baumer’s most excellent pattern.
Now, I wouldn’t do this for anyone. But this is a friend would do anything for me, and do it without hesitation. A friend like that is a rare and precious thing, so I’m delighted to be able to do a little something for her, particularly because she’s going through a particularly bad patch right now.
I have no qualms about picking out colors for her — we have uncannily similar tastes, even though we couldn’t look more different. She’s a 4’10” tall Mexican and I’m a 5’6″ tall Swede. We have on more than one occasion worn identical outfits to work, without even knowing that the other owned the same outfit.
Aside: I first met my friend when years ago I took a job as a contractor in OSHA’s Directorate of Safety Standards. On my first day, she walked past my cubicle, stopped, stared at me, and said, “Who the hell are you?”
So as soon as the yarn arrives, Norfolk will slide onto the back burner, and I’ll start on the scarf as commuter knitting.
Okay, I was gonna put a photo here of Norfolk sitting on the back burner of my stove, but it loses a lot of effect when you have a smooth-top range. Oh, what the heck. Here it is anyway.
In answer to a comment question, I do not have a photo of Norfolk, other than the one in the book, which is copyrighted material. So I won’t scan it and post it here. You’ll just have to wait and be surprised, though it’ll be a long wait, considering I can only complete 1 or 2 rounds a day, and I’ll be temporarily abandoning it to work on my friend’s scarf.
Another question about how I like the Peruvian Collection Baby Silk. I love it! It has a lovely silky sheen to it and is very soft. Quite pleasant to knit.
Peter, those priority mail boxes are new empty ones. No yarn came in them. Honest. I have a pretty good-sized inventory of mailing supplies left over from my days as a power eBay seller. In the U.S. you can (or at least you could a few years ago) order priority mail supplies — boxes, bags, labels, tape — free of charge in quantity from the post office. Cool huh?
And the question about where the Booga Bag pattern is — it’s Julie’s pattern, available free, here.
Lucy in the Lap With Knitting
Can anyone hear Beatles music in the background?
Several comments about how great it is that Lucy is so well-behaved with my knitting while she’s in my lap. She is well-behaved because she is asleep. When I sit down to knit in the evenings, Lucy always climbs up into my lap and comfortably arranges herself while I obligingly hold the knitting out of the way. She seems to fall asleep immediately, and I gently place knitting on top of sleeping cat. She never budges.
Of course, I do need to make sure that I have everything I need within easy reach (pattern, all the colors of yarn, phone, tv remote) so I don’t have to lean forward and disturb Sleeping Beauty.
Lucy asleep at night is another story. I’ve noticed lately that as she gets more familiar in our home, she’s less obedient and well-behaved. I woke up yesterday and today at 3:00am because she was . . . um . . . sitting on my face.
So much for excessive cat sentimentality.
Lucy is a highly intelligent cat, by the way. Don’t believe me? Look at the text message I received on my cell phone the other day:
Off I go, to fight the forces of stupidity. Gack. Good Thursday to all.