little purple cape
Grand Plan Top-Down Capelet
Lace-edged Cardigan with Collar
Designed by Ann Budd
From Wrap Style
Start: October 11, 2006
Finish: October 24, 2006
Yarn: Lamb’s Pride Worsted (M-56 Clematis, color above is pretty true)
Needles: US 9, US 8 for button band
Knit for: my mother-in-law, Noreen
This project was the most fun I have ever had knitting. I can’t explain exactly why, but I think it had to do with how everything fell into place just so. Fun to the max.
Part of the fun had to do with who I made this for: Noreen, my mother-in-law. She is a former knitter (more on that another day) and is the person who really taught me to knit. As we like to say she taught me how to knit The Irish Way, which is to hold my right hand needle like a pencil (lever-style). I gave her the first thing I ever made – a cotton diagonal dishcloth – and she just loved it. She really appreciates the work that goes into knitting something, she turns whatever you give her to the inside to inspect it, and she asks about how it was constructed.
Noreen was born in Ireland, and I was pleased to find these Celtic buttons at the craft store. They’re cheap, but not plastic. She likes them.
Yes, I showed her the “cape” already. I showed it to her while it was wet and blocking. Of course she didn’t mind. I even told her it was a birthday present, even though her birthday isn’t until December.
Ah. It feels good to finish something that’s so dang pretty. And so NOT something I would wear, but perfect for the recipient.