Good Advice

Naomi and I were picking through the yarn chest one day, looking for I know not what. She was asking about this and that yarn, and I was telling her what I had planned for them. “I’d hoped to make a sweater for myself with those, but I don’t know which one… I wound that up, but couldn’t find a pattern…” “when are you going to make these mama?” “I don’t know. Soon, I hope.”

She hands me a dark grey skein and says, “Here. You should knit yourself a sweater with this. I’ll help you wind it.”

So she did.

After swatching and blocking and hemming and hawing, I cast on the Draper Vest. It’s the first pattern in Amy Herzog’s book Fit to Flatter. This unusual yarn knits up to a wirey, hairy fabric that I hope will hang nicely after a fierce blocking.

I retook pictures, and had recently redone my measurements with a friend, and so determined I could work a size (which I will keep to myself) as written.

And I’ve been happily tootling away on it ever since. I needed a mindless stockinette project while I’ve been reading feverishly and pondering many ideas.

The yarn is from a little farm called Underhill. The two dudes who run it were at the Sewickley Farmers’ Market, and they seemed genuinely surprised that I wanted to snap up all five skeins, as they were unusual and not cheap. At the time, upwards of six years ago, I had been on the lookout for a dark grey heavy fingering weight for a Susan Pandorf shawl. But, like most of my shawl quantities, this yarn has languished in stash, and I’ve long considered turning it into a small sweater instead.

So here is, becoming Draper. If there’s a lot left, maybe I’ll add something of sleeves. I wonder if those two chaps are still farming? I wonder if the sheep and goats so lovingly named on the yarn label (Rocky, Tulip, Lilac, and Obama) are still with us? Maybe I’ll go hunt them up.

Turns out a five-year-old sometimes can give good advice.

4 thoughts on “Good Advice

  1. Hey Rebecca,

    Just wanted to say that I love that book, and that designer! I’m so glad that you are going ahead and making something for yourself. I look forward to hearing how it comes out.

    I made one Amy Herzog sweater to my measurements….but then proceeded to have a baby in between buying the custom fit pattern and finishing the sweater. : ) Someday I look forward to making one when I am a more predictable size…

    Praying for you and for yours and for your ministry. And missing our chats!

    Susanah ________________________________


    1. That is one thing that is so frustrating about investing in clothes for myself at this stage of life: being unable to predict my size. It keeps me from making any major clothing investments for sure; I keep either going to thrift stores or buying cheap crap. For some reason it doesn’t bother my to try and knit sweaters though… I guess as long as I’m knitting cardigans it seems to work out?


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