I know that's a secret, for it's whispered everywhere.
- William Congreve
- William Congreve
I bet there are more secrets kept this time of year than any other...
except maybe tax time!
We hide presents in the trunks of our cars. We wrap packages after the kids are asleep. We knit while DH is at work. We don't let our families anywhere near our email account or desk drawers or knitting basket, or any other place there might be evidence of Christmas magic.
One year, when I was eight or nine (yes children, they had Christmas back in the olden days when dinosaurs ruled the earth) I went looking for Christmas presents in my mother's bedroom in November. I pulled a chair over to the closet and felt around on the high shelf until I hit pay-dirt.
And then my mom walked into the room.
She didn't yell at me; she didn't punish me. She DID haul EVERYTHING out of the closet, laid it on the bed, said, "Take a good look!" and then piled it back up on the top shelf again.
Christmas was no fun at all that year.
And it taught me more about the delicious joys of anticipation than anything else she could have done. Stopped this little peek person dead in her tracks.
I reserve the right to shake, however. I believe that is protected in the bill of rights alongside the right to bear arms, yes?
My younger brother Bobby was so bad that one year my stepmother, having found a few too many peeled back corners and disarranged bows, came up with fake names for all of us. That way Bobby couldn't tell which ones were his.
She handed us a cheat sheet with every one's pseudonyms listed on Christmas Eve right before opening commenced. I don't remember any of them, except one:
Razzy Ratranker. We later gave the name to our German Shepherd.
Yesterday I promised to show you the project I have been keeping under wraps the past 2 weeks. Knitty demands that no pics appear anywhere public of any pattern you are submitting, so until I knew for sure that I was not going to make the deadline, I kept this scarf/cowl flying under the radar.
I considered holding the pattern over for the Early Fall issue, but I just can't keep it to myself.
In addition to being a peeker and a shaker, I am a blabbermouth!
This is a picture of the front side of the piece. I have designed a 60 inch long scarf with buttons on one end. You can wear it many different ways, You can wear it open like a traditional scarf, or looped like an infinity scarf. You can wind it twice around and wear it like a cowl. Try the buttons in the front or in the back.
And it's reversible. This is the back side.
One side displays a rounded fluted rib, while the other looks like a deep twisted stitch rib on a purled background. It doesn't curl, needs no blocking, and does a wonderful job of blending multicolored yarn with no pooling.
And it's easy. Two row, 4 stitch repeat. Knit, purl, & slip.
I made mine in Manos Silk Blend in Abalone. I wear a lot of gray in the winter and thought this soft color blend of lavender & sage green would lighten up its darker days.
You could do this piece in any weight from fingering to worsted. Just do a swatch, measure your gauge, run your figures and go from there.
I think I'm going to use these pottery buttons from my stash.
I have managed to snag one of the featured pattern slots on Ravelry for January 1st through the 15th and I am thinking of using this pattern for the ad. The price is going to be a minuscule $4.
As I said yesterday, I want to get as many projects on Rav as soon as possible, so people can see how the pattern looks in many different yarns.
If you want to take a whack at it, just let me know and I'll email you the pattern free of charge. All I ask is that you complete the scarf during January as soon as you can. If you don't have time, please don't scam the pattern from me.
The pattern calls for 600 yds. of DK yarn.
Hope some of you will take a flyer and help me test knit this pattern - like 30 to 40 of you?
No more secrets - not between friends anyway...
Just to spread the joy around, I will be giving away a free pattern (of your choice - Spruce excluded) to one commenter a day through Christmas, randomly chosen by Mrs. Claus (just me - don't get too excited).
I'll announce the previous day's winner in each post this month, If you are the winner, email me your preference at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll email your pattern right out to you.
Doesn't that sound like a lot of fun?
Yesterday's winner is: Adrienne. Email me, girl...
Now aren't you glad you left a comment?