I had a personal brush with Lucia fame when I was a child. Here’s the account of it, lifted from an old blog entry:
When I was a tiny tot (three years old) our church decided to have a Lucia pageant. I was chosen to be Lucia, most likely because I was a little blonde angel and my mother knew how to make the Lucia bread. Probably more of the latter than the former. Right before the pageant they stuffed me into the long white gown (recycled from my fairy princess costume for Halloween) and tied a red sash around my waist. I was handed the tray of Lucia rolls. The other children in my Sunday school class were dressed in white and given candles to hold. An evergreen wreath with candles was jammed down on my head. Okay, so far so good. Then one of the women stepped up with a box of matches.
My mother said, “Be careful! Don’t set her hair on fire!”
The rest of the pageant is a blur. I’m told I marched down the center aisle of the church in abject terror, wearing my crown of lit candles. Somewhere there’s an old photo of me standing at the front of my Sunday school class, holding the tray of Lucia bread, lit candles on my head, and an expression of primal fear frozen on my face.
Well, L-B thought it was high time that Lucy carried on the family tradition. So she sent Lucy a little gift. Here she is:
Wearing the little Lucia crown sent by the ever-thoughtful L-B. Doesn’t she make a beautiful Lucia?
As you can see, Lucy has recovered.
I’m working on shaping the armholes on the back of the sweater.
Answers to some questions:
The yarn is very soft — not at all scratchy or itchy.
When knitting the yoke, you increase evenly around several times during the pattern. After the last increase, there are 400 stitches around.
I hold all three yarns in my left hand when knitting with three colors. I just make sure to keep them in the same order throughout a row. I did floats throughout — no weaving.
Here’s the inside:
I’m using the same needle size (2.5mm) for the colorwork and plain sections — my gauge is the same for both.
Back to work tomorrow after a four-day weekend. I did surprisingly little knitting today — but I got the majority of my Christmas gifts wrapped!