Saturday, May 03, 2008

Hooked on Classics

I'm moving along on the Classic Socks from The Knitting Man(ual). I haven't had as much time to work on these as I'd like in the last few weeks. It's getting to be the end of the semester, and our chorus is gearing up for a concert in a few weeks. And since Jeff and I are trying to be really good about walking (195 miles so far this year!) and keeping the yard presentable, some things I really love, like knitting and reading, suffer. But I had some relaxing time to work on these today. It was a gorgeous day here in central Texas -- cool morning, sunny, breezy, dry, and few mosquitoes. I felt I really had to sit outside and just soak some of it in. Heavenly.

I got the Summer issue of Interweave Knits in the mail yesterday. I really like the Brick Pullover, which is either a cleverly designed sweater, or a phrase that Elizabeth Taylor shouted at Paul Newman in a deleted driving scene from Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. I'm intrigued by how everything above the brick pattern on this sweater is an extension of the sleeves, so that the knit stitches appear to be sideways, with the "v"s running horizontally, rather than vertically. You can see the seam in between the shoulder blades in the center picture at the link above. I think it's kind of a neat idea. And this is a "summer sweater" (that phrase still cracks me up), so the recommended yarn is a cotton/bamboo blend. I don't know if I'll do that, but it might be fun to try. Just some sweater day-dreaming...

For some of my younger readers who might not get the pun in the title of this blog entry, or indeed, for some of my older readers who might have forgotten, check out this Wikipedia article. This stuff used to be on the radio all the time way back when...


  1. Don't you think a "summer sweater" would actually be one you could where in the winter in Austin???

  2. I concur. "Summer sweater" can also mean "Steven sweater." Though bamboo is a teensy bit shiny, and I'm not sure that's your thing...