I’m a little anxious over the yoke and its fit. I was smart this time and added a few inches to the measurements so that there would be some “give” in the garment, but the cabled yoke on this may not have needed any such give. We’ll see. Don’t make fun of me if this ends up fitting Bluebird better than Junebug. (It would get more wear that way…but then I’d have to turn right around and knit up another sweater to fit Junebug because that just would not be fair to the poor girl!)
The book this week is No Idle Hands: The Social History of American Knitting, which I’ve been working on since last summer.
I love this book, as it combines two of my favorite things: history and knitting. It starts off with the Colonial Era and guides you through American history via the knitting habits of the times.
I’ve made my way to the beginning of the Second World War, and all this reading about women rallying their domestic skills to support the troops just invokes a strange nostalgia in me. I don’t want war–it’s the idea that a generally feminine vocation was needed during those times. (Well, not as much by WWII, but definitely during earlier wars.) Knitting has been all but relegated to the world of hobbies and amusement, and it used to hold such an important place in the daily lives of women.
Regardless of which century I’m living in, I can always knit and it will make me happy. I’m very excited about how this cardigan will turn out! Who can resist such a happy tweed? (Actually, that would be me. It seems I’ve done a lot of knitting with very bright pink yarn in the past year. I have a secret little hope that the girls will branch out in their color preferences over the next few years, despite pink being one of my favorite colors. It’s a whole lot of pink.)
Reading about interesting times and knitting for a spunky little girl–there aren’t a whole lot of other ways to pass one’s time more pleasurably.