February 25, 2020
What’s your oldest project? I no longer have possession of the first two I can remember—a garter stitch scarf in bright blue and black Lion Brand Wool-Ease knit on straight metal needles, and a pair of Blueberry Waffle socks knit on size 5 bamboo double points using Brown Sheep Nature Spun in the Red Fox colorway. Not knowing any better, I knit the socks inside out, and was thoroughly confused by the heel flap instructions. A kind knitter on the internet sorted me out.
Above is the first garment I knit, Cheryl Oberle’s Clock Vest, which was way above my pay grade, but the pattern was clear, and I wanted to make it. I can’t recall exactly what the yarn was—only that it was a rayon and wool blend, and I probably bought it from Patternworks via catalog. I made it sometime during the first few years we lived in Roslyn, and the nearest yarn shops at the time were in Seattle, and I had a tiny child…
Do you remember your first knit or crochet project? I’d love to know what it was!
I don’t know that a person could pull off a project of this scale without relying on commercially produced felt, but oh my goodness, enjoy this article about artist Lucy Sparrow’s NYC 2017 art installation at The Standard, High Line hotel. She created a full-size replica of a New York City bodega entirely out of felt—and every object was for sale. As a result, the exhibition closed two weeks early, as all 9,000 items it was stocked with sold. Lucy’s website is sewyoursoul.co.uk.
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