Last spring I knit a Stripe Study, and I followed it shortly thereafter with a Different Lines, both patterns by garter-row genius Veera. I knew it would not be the last time I knit either pattern. In fact, since then, nearly every yarn purchase has been made with Stripe Study vaguely in mind (“Do these two colors coordinate well?”) Recently on Twitter it came to light that some friends were all going to knit SS, so I wound up some yarn and joined in!
I may have broken all my previous records with this latest knit. When I saw the pattern at TNNA in June, I immediately pegged it as a fantastic Rhinebeck sweater. It was clearly ambitious, it was new and different for me (I’ve never knit a dress before), and it would show off a design by a real-life friend of mine, Anna Cohen (who designed Emily’s wedding dress, when I knit the bride a shawl). But the pattern from Imperial Knits Collection wasn’t ready yet, and the kit yet to be put together, so I had to wait and hope that I’d have enough time to finish. As September was passing me by I got more and more nervous. October 15 was coming up fast.
The kit was in my hands on September 27. A Tuesday. Two weeks and four days from the Saturday of Rhinebeck. It was do or die!!
This is the summer/year of weddings! Back in July we went to the first for my family, out in Jersey. It was the Friday after the wedding weekend in Boulder, which meant two weddings in less than a week. That is too much wedding for any sane person, let me tell you! But luckily this one was closer to home, and we could take a train there. The weather was iffy so I actually knit a shrug for the first time in my life, to toss over my dress “just in case.” I’m glad I had it, too, as it was rainy and on the chilly side for early July.
Today is my mom’s birthday! And just for her birthday—special for her birthday—I knit her a shawl*! This one is also by Veera Välimäki, my new favorite knitting designer, and while it’s similar to Stripe Study in execution, Different Lines makes a very different shape. I gave it to mom two weeks ago, a bit early for her birthday but a birthday present nonetheless!