Yes, Assembly Required

Whenever my sister and I get together, she brings any knitting questions. She’s an excellent knitter and could probably answer many of the questions herself. Our trade of information is that she’s my go to person for cooking help (along with my mother, Hi Mom!). It’s a good working relationship.

Of course we never get to these things until the last possible moment. It adds a bit of excitement.

My task this visit was twofold:

1. Assist in the assemble of Quadraphenia.
2. Help with the buttonhole set up for her Drops Jacket #107-3.
Quadraphenia first.

Just the preparation alone put me in mind of the time we put together her Vivian Sweater. We both like unusually constructed garments. The knitting part is always interesting and fun. We just don’t particularly enjoyed the putting together part.

There were a lot of diagrams and arrows. We required more coffee.

It was a high – tech operations required a visual for the arrangement of the separate pieces. For some reason it reminded me of the dentist x-ray.
We got it all pinned out and she began to sew. While she did that, I turned to her Drops Jacket, with the button hole question.
Nancy is knitting this in Cascade Heritage Hand paints; a fingering weight yarn! She knit up the right side and forgot to put in the button holes. We decided it was not worth ripping back, she could just put the button holes on the left side. Rebels, the pair of us.

She couldn’t find any mention of how they wanted her to make a button hole or how far apart to space the buttons. Nancy suffers from the same bad habit as me. Selective pattern reading. Gets me every time. She was looking for the information in the same text as when the instructions reached the button hole section. Silly girl, they put all that information in the front of the pattern, far away from the actual making of the button holes. Mystery solved.

I surveyed her other works in progress.

This was really cool, I’d never seen anything like it. It’s a kit with a variegated silk scarf and a dyed to match skein of a silk blend yarn. After you knit the scarf, you weave the silk scarf through the “holes” in the pattern. It even had sketches of different ways to wear it.
This is the Easy as Pie Shawl that she’s knitting in Cherry Tree Hill’s fingering weight yarn in the dusk colorway.

Look out Westport Yarns Challengers, she’s on the verge of finishing 3 big projects!