Double-Dog Dare for Myself: Old Friend
I spent the last few days in balmy, beautiful Omaha, Nebraska USA. Omaha is the city of my birth through college years, and world headquarters for my Most Moisturized Mom, who’s had a spot of trouble following a supposedly minor operation in June, requiring a long recuperation.
I made this trip in the company of my college bestie, who lived out her own years 14–22 in this garden spot of the middle west, before inexplicably heading off to France for 40 years. (Actually it’s easily explicable: Reader, she married him, and he is French.) Anyhoo, I knew that, what with our packed schedule of twice-daily visits to Dairy Queen plus ample breeze-shooting and errand-running with and for Most Moisturized, I needed to file this post in advance.
So I decided to make it exciting for myself. I would be taking my Old Friend Pullover with me for travel knitting, and in this post I officially declare it Finished! Donezo! Mission accomplished! And I am going to post pictures of me wearing it in whatever state it is/was on Tuesday, August 9.
Hopefully it’s done! You tell me! Does this look like a finished sweater?
I am a human “shrug” emoji! Seriously, though, I’m getting there.
At Least I Have Tips
The elegant short-row shoulders of Old Friend taught me three solid-gold tips.
Tip the First. Place a marker after each wrapped stitch.
This tip made it super easy to count the number of repeats of each short row I’d worked. It also made it a snap to find the wrapped stitches, even in the nearly black Truffle shade of Atlas. (Truffle is a bit darker than it looks in these sunny shots. It’s almost black.) It also made me feel like I don’t have too many stitch markers, no matter what people say.
Tip the Second. Make that short-row line look real smooth.
Do you struggle with the instruction to “work wraps together with wrapped stitches?” I sure do! On my first try, these stitches looked weird, and I didn’t know how to un-weird them until I watched this video from VeryPink Knits. There is much more finesse to my finish now. It’s a beautiful shoulder line—thank you, Erika Knight! And thank you, VeryPink!
Tip Three. I improved the shoulder join.
The Old Friend’s shoulders are seamed with a three-needle bindoff. I’ve had delusions of 3NBO grandeur ever since Cecelia Campochiaro recommended P. Ricci’s modified version of the technique in MDK Field Guide No. 19: Marls. The video is here, and it makes a beautiful flat chain, with no awkward ridgy side to it. The Ricci technique requires a tiny bit of focus, but if you’re into putting on airs at gatherings of the Three-Needle Bindoff Appreciation Society, it’s totally worth it.
My love to everybody in Nashville. By the time this publishes, I’ll be back at my post of duty in New York, where I hope to be casting on a Main Squeeze Pullover in beautiful blue Lapis.
Or, you know, sewing the pocket on Old Friend or something like that.