Friday, April 02, 2010

chasing that high

I loved knitting this baby sweater the first time around. Though I rarely enjoy making the same thing more than once, I figured knitting this pattern again would induce a mildly comatose but highly warm and pleasant sensation akin to being high on Vicodin. But alas, no. By the time I hit the button band and seaming, little as there is, I completely lost interest and let the thing hang around unfinished. I knew how it was going to turn out; I'd already seen this movie.

The addition of the crocheted flower was a suggestion made by one of our regulars at the knitting shop, and it's my favorite thing. I'm still amazed that I can crochet anything. Hell, I'm still wondering who's doing all the writing, knitting, sewing, painting -- anything creative -- around here. I look at things that I've made and fall in love, but I don't associate myself with having made them. I sense it's a God thing (meaning some force creates through me/us), for those of you who might know this feeling. Does anyone know this feeling?

Anyhow, though early on I found myself over knitting it, it's very sweet, and I'm eager to send it to Ailey, the baby girl of a friend who is my friend through Mister Stevens. And so the sweater is off to motherless Brooklyn*, which is appropriate, seeing as I know the baby's dad, not her mom.

*I have not read this book, but I have a crush on the title. Same with Bring Me Your Saddest Arizona, which I have read and did find beautiful and moving.

I leave you with the devil paw of doom.

Note to Heather: Hello, friend! The granny square blanket, part of which you see in the photos, is about 1/3 joined. The rest of the squares cry out from my sewing room floor, and probably will for at least another month.


lsaspacey said...

The sweater is amazing! The quilt is looking so great. I love the color combination that you used.

j.kaori said...

Love that devil paw of doom! Mira is such a little scamp! Your sweater is beautiful and that crochet flower is a great touch. I like all the grannies --- great color.

Anonymous said...

Yessss, I noticed it! It translates 'very happy' on my screen. Love the nice bright colours and that you used white yarn to join them. Don't envy the work though. I know exactly what you mean with feeling disconnected/distant from your completed pieces. I view some of my sewing from the 'outside looking in' and wonder how I did it!!!

woolanthropy said...

Joe just finished reading Chronic City by Jonathen Lethem. He liked it but isn't sure I would. Motherless Brooklyn is a great title and it sounds interesting.

I love the color of the sweater. It's beautiful.

Paw of doom...just want to grab it. I know it's tempting fate but Oh, I want to get it.

Stacy said...

Oh my, that sweater is darling! Well done my friend.

AllyB said...

Your little sweater is a beautiful. I love the red on the 1960s. It's nice to see you appearing on the Bloglines again occassionally. Your posts are always a treat.

AllyB said...

Your little sweater is a beautiful. I love the red on the 1960s. It's nice to see you appearing on the Bloglines again occassionally. Your posts are always a treat.

Green Key said...

Lucky Ailey - that's a gorgeous little sweater!

I thoroughly recognize that feeling of wondering who just made the thing that came from your work. I think it has to do with entering a different kind of mind space when creating, where the usual sense of self is subsumed by the complete involvement in the act of creating.

And I love that paw! :-)

sahara said...

I feel the god thing, especially when I have no idea what I'm doing, but it's still coming out right!

Plum Texan said...

Hello! You found me on Ravelry, and now I've found you here! Just wanted to say a quick hi and tell you that I love your writing style. And your projects. And also, your cat. :)

I don't post often enough, but you're welcome to stop by and check me out too. And maybe we'll see you some Thursday evening?

- Susan