I don’t know about you, but I’m in a luv stupor after the joyride that was Vogue Knitting Live New York.
It was great. My most vivid memory is of people smiling. There were a lot of loud reunions along the line of “OMG THERE YOU ARE! I AM SO GLAD TO SEE YOU.”
Wait, that was me, all day long.
Fashion Tip: Blanket as Scarf
On Saturday, we were invited to sign Field Guides at the Knitty City booth (thank you Knitty City!), and I wanted to bring my newly finished Stranded Stripe Throw as decor for our table.
With the temperature at around 20 degrees outside, I realized that my blanket would be a good layer to add to my defenses, so I just kind of piled it on and rode the subway up to Times Square. Across from me was a toddler wearing a tulle tutu, a pink backpack with a superhappy piglet, and a golden crown on top of her purple knitted hat. We exchanged a meaningful look.
At that point, I was feeling kind of swish, so I just kept wearing it inside the Mariott Marquis. What was funny is the number of folks who came up to me and weren’t all that interested in me but were quite interested in seeing the needle-felted steek I concocted on this thing.
Note my brand-new meerkat pendant from zoologist turned jewelry designer Lauren Newton.
Really goes well with MarRiott Marquis carpet.
I should have just pinned a sign to my back that said THAT NEEDLE-FELTED STEEK IS IN HERE.
Finishing a Needle-Felted Steek
For those just joining us, the first installment of this drama is here: “The Five-Foot Felted Steek.”)
This newly cut needle-felted steek needed to be finished up.
I faced a dilemma. Should I stitch it down as I have with an unfelted steek? Or should I trust the mighty binding power of needle felting and let the 2.5-stitch-wide flap remain unfettered?
The raw edge looked like this.
It was a question of durability. I did believe that the felting was sturdy stuff. If the steeks were part of a garment, I would have left them unstitched.
But in the case of this blanket, which I knew someday I would wear on the New York City subway, or at least my TV room sofa, I wanted maximum security. It was a blanket that would be subject to a fair amount of yanking during the watching of, say, a six-part documentary on community college cheerleading.
It was a belt-and-suspenders moment.
Secured for the ages. And the F train.
Knitting the Border
After all that clammy-handed drama, knitting a garter stitch log cabin border was a stroll in the park.
Picking up stitches = a relief.
Field Guide No. 13: Master Class explains how to make this tidy border. It is a crucial component for keeping the edges from curling. It’s also fun to crank a long bunch of garter stitch.
Really funs up a hotel room.
All weekend long, I encouraged people to make this blanket. It is the sort of project that will worm its way into your head all day long, thereby making it impossible for anything else to worm its way into your head. It’s the best possible diversion. In the Michelin Guide to Knitting Projects, this gets *** Worth a Special Journey.