Conversations With My Brother
(Sitting next to me on the couch while everyone is knitting last weekend)
Kid Bro: Whoa, what are you making - is that a whole sweater? (everyone else is working on scarves, hats, socks).
Me: Yep, it's almost done. I'm working on my last sleeve.
KB: Cool (watching for awhile).
KB: Why are your needles different than everyone elses?
Me: They're two circulars - I'm knitting sleeves in the round, so I don't have a seam.
KB: Really? That's neat (the engineering/draftsman side of him appreciates the mechanics of knitting).
KB: How do you do that? (pointing to my raglan decreases)
Me: You just knit two stitches together, and it makes it slant like that. Cool huh?
KB: Yeah, that is cool. How do you make it different at the bottom?
Me: That's ribbing, you....
KB: Knit one, purl two? (why does everyone say that?)
Me: Well, knit one, purl one. (demonstration of the difference betweeen knit and purl follows... then is tinked back because I'm really not purling right now)
KB: You can go backwards?
Me: (laughing) Oh yeah, I do that a lot!
KB: That's a lot of work. How long did it take you?
Me: I've been working on it for about a month.
KB: Wow, that's a long time.... or maybe not.
KB: It's nice. What's it made of?
KB: Hm. What about this other stuff? (Pointing to Heather's pretty spun vareigated wool)
Me: A friend of mind dyed and spun that herself! Pretty cool, huh?
KB: You mean, with a real spinning wheel?
Me: I thinks she uses a drop spindle - but really I have no idea. I don't know anything about spinning. (Then we have a LONG coversation about wool.....)
KB: That's very cool. How much does wool cost?
Me: There's probably about $35 in this sweater, but I bought pretty reasonable stuff. That's not too bad, you'd probably spend $35 on a wool sweater in a store. (there I go, justifying my "art" again).
KB: Oh, yeah, at least. But, how do you know it will fit?
Me: Yeah - well, I don't actually. I just hope for the best.
Well...... my Wendy/Heather Essential Stripe sweater - it does fit! I love it.