Wednesday March 30, 2005

Here’s the flowerpot with its necklace. You cannot see the detail of the shards, but you can see those if you look back at my picture on Easter. The farmers market opens this Saturday, and our frost-free date is next week. I do not have the knack of starting plants indoors, so I buy some plants at the market, and direct-seed the rest. I can hardly wait.

With the advent of warmer weather, many cyberknitters begin to consider tank tops. I do not. But it is true that our woolen sweaters have less appeal. We can still knit things for fall, or for Christmas gifts, or for our houses, but sometimes you want to knit something that can be worn immediately. So here is a T-shirt pattern to consider. Have any of you ever made this? It is intended for cotton/microfiber. This probably helps with the usual cotton problem of flaring at the bottom.

Microfibers are made of acrylic, ployester, nylon, rayon, or a combination. The big deal about microfibers is that they are very thin. That’s the micro part. They are twice as thin as silk. Linen is the heaviest fiber, then wool, cotton, silk, and then, half the size of silk fibers, comes the microfiber. Linen, wool, cotton, and silk all have the great advantage of feeling wonderful and behaving well. They have the appeal of history. You can think of the linen of Ancient Egypt, the happy sheep and goats and rabbits cheerfully providing their excess wool (unless you read PETA’s views on wool, in which case you have to think of farm animals feeling violated by their haircuts), the pioneers cleaning cotton together after dinner while Grandpa plays the banjo. Or I guess cotton might make you think of slavery and pesticide-dense factory farming. What about silk, then? You can think of the Silk Road, of mysterious Ancient China, of the silkworms feasting on mulberry leaves. Or you could consider that the silkworm is the only domesticated insect, and has now had the ability to fly bred out of it. Not that it matters much. The adult silkworm does not even eat — it just mates and then dies. Except for the ones in the cocoons used for silk, which are killed while still in their cocoons, since the process of coming out of it would damage the silk.

Does all this make microfibers more appealing? They were developed by the same people who developed Napalm. Sometimes it doesn’t do to think too much about the history of daily objects. It’s just a T-shirt, after all.

But, knitters, this brings me to a question I would like to ask. To what extent is your knitting influenced by wardrobe planning? In perusing the knitting blogs, and in my own experience, I find that people decide what to knit based on the yumminess of a yarn, the popularity of a pattern, the sale price at Elann or the fun quotient of the stitch. Does anyone ever think “I need a yellow top to round out my Spring wardrobe, so I guess I’ll make a yellow Honeymoon Cami”? Or do we all create for the satisfaction of creating and then rely on jeans and khakhis to make it all work out?

Oh — I did finish the costumes. I am not happy with the way they turned out, but they will have to do. And maybe I have learned my lesson about volunteerism. I try to say yes as often as possible, for good causes, and especially for church, but “as often as possible” doesn’t mean “always.”

My other frustrating sewing project is this one: 

Yes, it is #1 son’s quilt, still in the same condition (freezer paper on black cloth) it was in three weeks ago. I don’t feel confident enough about the next step to do something as committing as cutting it. So it is sitting on the organ bench in my living room, waiting. I am working the next two weekends, and have a lot of things to catch up on, so I predict that it will still be waiting in this spot when #1 son’s birthday arrives.






One response to “Wednesday March 30, 2005”

  1. Scriveling Avatar

    I laughed when I read Stitch ‘n’ Bitch, and saw her description of “Process knitters” — those who look at a pattern and think ‘I want to make that’ instead of looking at a garment and thinking ‘I want to wear that.’ I am totally a process knitter, choosing my projects entirely on the basis of whether they look fun to make and use a yummy yarn.

    RYN: it was named in advance. I got curious and looked it up in my diary, and found that it was actually the Festival of Embarrassment II; apparently the previous year’s party had been a notable blowout.