Begin the Beguine
Friday June 10th 2011, 11:20 pm
Filed under: Friends,Knitting a Gift

Robin wanted to knit her sister-in-law something, maybe a hat, or, say, fingerless gloves for walking the dog; we agreed to all meet up at Purlescence for yarn choosing.

I had shown her my qiviut project already, so I brought along a shawl I had started doing in Cascade Epiphany before putting it down to work on all the crazy-knitting I did for my family reunion.

I related to them the question I’d asked Kaye last night: “What would you say is the softest yarn in your shop?”

Kaye had thought hard a moment: “The Epiphany. That, and the Cashvera.” (The latter is heavier and part synthetic.)

The two sisters checked out both; Robin asked me questions. Yes, I’d made a hat using 70 stitches and knitting the Epiphany doubled; for a single-color hat (unlike mine), knit plain-ish, one skein should do it.

Robin’s sister-in-law, who isn’t a knitter, tried to resist being splurged on, and yet–she in a way returned the favor: she said how wonderful it surely would feel for Robin to have that yarn going between her hands as she worked with it, and it was clear she wanted for Robin to be able to enjoy that.

Can you just picture their smiles as they got in their car to go back to work? I got to see it. Purlescence now has two fewer skeins of that gorgeous royal blue.

And having paid all that attention to that yarn myself during all that, my needles had an Epiphany of their own for awhile after I got home. While they were checking out the shelves and the shop models, I’d worked out the kinks of the pattern I was putting together and had gotten past where I’d let it stump me previously.

And now I am making the leap into the unknown with the qiviut, too, from part one to part two: how will a yarn I have never used before look all dressed up in these laces? I’m finding out.

Larger-needled project and small, switching off as the hands tire of holding one or the other, a slow, lovely dance back and forth.

Begin the Beguine.

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I have taken your advice and start switch between larger and smaller needles, it really helps.Softness , I am notorious for having members of my family “squeeze” the skein,reminds me of the old “Charmin” commercials.

Comment by kristy phipps 06.11.11 @ 6:30 am

As you know, I’m no knitter, but I do know that my sisters wore out about 3 or 4 recorded versions of Artie Shaw’s ‘Begin the Beguine.’

Comment by Don Meyer 06.11.11 @ 10:40 am

Great song. If you’re humming that while you’re designing and knitting, it’s sure to be a hit!

Comment by Channon 06.11.11 @ 4:03 pm

Lace in quivet looks very mysterious, like the sky glimpsed between trees during a spring London fog.

Comment by Diana Troldahl 06.11.11 @ 5:47 pm

You had me at Beguine.

Comment by twinsetellen 06.11.11 @ 8:04 pm

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