Tuesday, September 2, 2008

19 To Go!!!

WIP number 9 is for Andy,
which works out well as if I get this one done this year, I'll have averaged a sweater a year for him since we got engaged. I don't know what one normally woos a man with, but wool works pretty well--except for the dreaded Boyfriend Sweater Curse. It is a well known fact in the knitting world that the surest way to end a relationship with a man is to knit him a sweater. I don't know what it is about the Boyfriend Sweater, but I only did it once and the only positive thing I can say about the whole episode is that I managed to end up with the sweater and not the boyfriend--a better scenario all the way around. Boys come and go, but good wool is good wool.

Knitting for a husband, however, is another story. This is the long-suffering gent who ends up with a dimpled posterior from sitting on knitting needles buried in the couch cushions; who has to pull over on the side of the road in central Mexico so his loving wife can poor their bottled water over the ball of alpaca she had just dropped in her coffee cup; who pretends to be interested when his wife leaps into the room displaying a perfectly turned sock heel that she wants to have bronzed to preserve for knitting posterity; who has received death threats if he so much as thinks of washing a hand-knit sweater in the washing machine; who has learned that marital relations will be suspended for any comments about having "enough yarn" no matter how full the closets may be; who endures the odd stares when his wife whips out knitting under any and all circumstances that involve lines or waiting--even if it is waiting to enter the Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland; who has learned that there will be far less shrieking and screams about "dropping stitches" if he doesn't move his wife's knitting no matter how many chairs it covers. These are the men who deserve sweaters. Hm, maybe Andy's next sweater should be cashmere.....those size 1s really hurt......