Thursday, May 15, 2008

The Looming Knits of Friendship

Sounds ominous, doesn't it? Sometimes it feels that way, when you've offered to knit your friends things and you just can't seem to get them on and off the needles fast enough. That's sort of where I am now - knitting too many things for too many people. At least I have a summer in which to complete them.

It all started back in February, when I noticed my friend Danny didn't have any mittens. So I offered to make some. I had the Herringbone Mittens from Elliephantom in mind, so when we went to the yarn store and he picked things out we got two skeins of Cascade 220 - one in eggplant, the other in a sort of stormy gray color. While standing in the store, I mention that there will certainly be enough left for a hat, and I'll knit one, if he needs it (which he does) to match. He bought the yarn and I signed on to take a long time finishing the projects.

While there, Danny decided he wanted to learn to knit (with a bit of knitter peer pressure), and bought two skeins of Malabrigo Chunky in Roanoke. It's a gorgeous color and he was going to make a 2x2 ribbing scarf from it, but at the end of the semester he hadn't gotten very far (applying for grad school didn't leave him much time), so I'm making that too. I really do enjoy knitting for friends - especially those who appreciate it, since they really love the finished project. Just last semester I made a beautiful hat for Bennette that I adore (and haven't sent yet), and I've already offered to make my friend Larson at West Point Academy a hat, too. I suppose it's not the knitting, but the time spent away from other projects, that ends up wearing me down. The expectation for things to be finished at the end of the semester was sort of overbearing. Luckily, I have very understanding friends, and they were willing to wait until next year. 

Of course, I can't just sign up to make things for three people - I have to add two more. You've all seen the aquatastic scarf I'm working on for Ashley (though, this is a commission and she'll be paying for the finished product) - but have you seen me signing on to make a Koolhaas and a pair of Fetchings for Derrick? 
They're in Malabrigo Worsted, colorway solymar, which is very bright in person and quite soft to work with. The only complaint I have is that the cabling hurts my hands (I'm a premature arthritic). With all these knits, I really have a lot of works in progress to finish before I'm ready to take on any new ones - my mother is delighted (she's placed a summer yarn mandate for now, too). At least I won't be taking that chemistry class, and I'll have plenty of time to work on things in between my two jobs. Hah. Right!

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