One Vest Leads to Another
The Lady-of-the-house was sweeping the walk a couple weeks ago. It was the cool of the evening. How refreshing it felt to be in bare feet once again. The leaves on the trees were still only the size of mouse ears but the grass was already as green and luscious as it would ever be.
That same day William enjoyed chasing soap bubbles on all that green grass in what he calls “feet-feet.” (His bubbles provide this post with a foreshadow.)
Untwisting some hand-dyed yarn the Lady-of-the-house made it ready for winding. All the day’s green made her remember a story she wanted to share with you about a green vest. The story takes place six years ago but she decorates it with photographs of another vest in-the-making, one knit recently for William. She decided to put wishbones up the center (filled with seed-stitch). The Man-of-the-house says they look like horseshoes. Anyway, as you scroll to the end of the story you will eventually see Nigel in the green story-vest.
A True Story of Mother Culture
The washing machine had conked out. The Man-of-the-house was busy on his computer researching the newest models. For a week he searched websites and read user comments. After deciding upon a machine with the least amount of electronic do-dads – one more easily repairable - he announced, “I found it.”
The Lady-of-the-house, who was bent over the sink with sudsy water up to her elbows, stopped her sloshing about for a moment and said, “Oh goodie.”
Like the natural salesman he was, he went on to describe its features. “It’s a simple front loader with two dials and a toggle switch. It uses less water than a top loader.
“Sounds sensible,” she said.
“The website says the new model should be available in a couple of months, maybe six weeks,“ he added. But it’s a machine worth waiting for.”
“Yes, I’m sure,” was the simple reply of Lady-of-the-house. She had mixed emotions. She was grateful for the investigating the Man-of-the-house had done as well as his laborious decision-making. But she couldn’t help feel a little crestfallen.
That is how Tuesday became her washing day at the laundry-mat. She wanted to make the best of it. Therefore, not only did she fill the car with baskets of washing, she also brought along the basket that held her knitting.
Mondays are traditionally washing day. “That explains it,” the Lady-of-the-house thought to herself as she sat alone in the laundry mat. If, on a Tuesday, another laundress did show up, she stuffed a few machines or a dryer and left. “Peace and quiet,” sighed the Lady-of-the-house. It was a different sort of quiet for the humming of the machines did not seem like noise to her.
Undistracted and uninterrupted she cast on her stitches. When the rows of ribbing were completed, and all her quarters were slotted into the dryers, she marked were she wanted her cables to go. She was making a vest in green Donegal Tweed. She had designed it carefully herself. It was for her son, then a young man of sixteen.
More than a month of Tuesdays passed. It was on a Tuesday that, pulling into the driveway with a car full of clean wash, the Lady-of-the-house was met by the Man-of-the-house. “I’ll unload the car. Come inside. Come see our new machine. Sorry you had to wait so long.”
“Never mind,” she said sincerely, “Today I turned a broken washing machine into a vest. All I need to do now is sew on the buttons.” Quite happy, and before setting her eyes on the machine-worth-waiting-for, she gave him a hug. The End.
Six years later Nigel still wears that vest.
The Lady-of-the-house is becoming more intrigued with self-stripping yarn. With self-stripping there is no need to break the yarn, weave in the ends, and start a new color like she did with the striped vest here. (It is best to weave, never knot, when attaching yarn).
When asked his opinion on what color a new project should be Nigel said, “Stripes in Western colors.”
Although the project was an interesting challenge, she prefers not to knit a random stripe again. It took two hours to weave in the stray ends. The decision hasn’t hindered her needles, however, from clicking together on other compelling projects.
What projects do you find compelling?
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