DH turns 65 in a few days. While we were contemplating the passage of time, we also noted how old our cats are: Jasmine and Andrew (top & left in photo) are 13, Bill (second from top) is 16, and Patches (at bottom) is 21. That’s one old cat!
Sadly, Toby (second from bottom) is now an angel-cat.
In the same week as her dad’s birthday, DD is getting married. We are Hawaii-bound for the wedding, which will be a small, intimate, low-key affair this time (second marriage for both bride and groom) but definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience for us, as we have never ventured to the big island. She is ready with her “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” accessories. The “something old” is a bracelet I have had since I was a child. It was a gift when I was in Sunday School: a strand of pearl-like beads separated by chain links with a larger clear golden-banded bead of acrylic resin encapsulating a mustard seed, the basis of a story in the Bible. Amazingly this bracelet has remained intact all these years and still fits both DD’s and my wrists!
A few weeks ago I had the urge to knit “something old”, as in ”retro” or “vintage”, and completed the Twisted Rib Scarf from a 1934 pattern republished in the book “Knitting in Vogue” (see previous post.) Old cat Patches helped along the way by taking a nap on the “in-progress” scarf:
This week I started a new/old project of retro/vintage ilk: a baby sweater from the book “Retro Knits“, which was previously published in the 1940s in a booklet “Beehive for Bairns, Volume 4 (Book #96).” In my stash I found three balls of a 20-year-old yarn purchased at the now long-gone LeeWards: Princess Eversoft Baby Yarn (the “ever soft” is rather a misnomer as the acrylic of 20 years ago is not as gentle on the hands as many acrylic blends today.) [Side note: I miss LeeWards. They offered a huge assortment of well-organized, interesting, bargain bin yarns that were so much fun to scout through!]
I also recently acquired an assortment of old knitting needles a friend picked up for me at Goodwill. It included a pair of 10″ long size 3 needles. With vintage pattern, vintage yarn and vintage needles, I began the project and have progressed to the point of working on the sleeves. It’s not quite an FO yet, but getting there. This sweater is worked in one piece for the lower body portion, with sleeves knit separately and sewn in (not my favorite method of working, but I’m sticking with it as written, as part of the vintage experience.)
From the old to the new: Yesterday I had an opportunity for some car-travel-project time, so was able to complete a ripple pet pad out of scraps of Tahki “Cotton Classic” and some unidentified cotton sport weight from stash. I chained about 100 stitches on a size H hook and just started stitching in a classic ripple pattern of *sc in 3 sts, 3 sc in next st, sc in 3 sts, sk next 2 sts, rep from *. I changed colors every two rows, keeping the cream-color constant throughout but changing the other colors as each scrap was used up. It worked up quickly into a soft cotton mat about 20″ wide by 14″ high. The instant I set it down for a photograph, there was old cat Patches again, giving it a test drive! She’s obviously claimed it for her own.
Photo copyright Meg Myers/Classic Elite Yarns
One ambitious Raveler has already completed a shawl using this pattern, with the positive comment “Great pattern — extremely clear instructions.” Thanks to all!
Knit or crochet “old”, knit or crochet “new”, but knit or crochet as much as you are able. It just might help keep us young, going on and on and on like the Energizer bunny … and like Patches, the 21-year-old cat.