Sunday, August 26, 2007

Einstein Coat Revisited

Being on Ravelry has motiviated me to start logging in my past as well as current Projects. It is also stirring up vivid memories of past projects.

My Mom and I got back into knitting during the summer of 2003 when we took a knitting class from a local knit shop called Knitcraft. During that summer, we really fell in LOVE with knitting. We knitted a few (okay a LOT) of scarves, and a few felted bags. But then what really captured our interest was the Sally Melville book - remember this?

My daughter wanted me to make her the extremely popular Einstein Coat. It was the first sweater I ever made. Frankly, it was long and boring, I finally finished it and she wore it proudly. At the time her favorite color was Navy Blue. It had to be Navy Blue EVERYTHING.

Well, in rehashing this project and entering it into Ravelry, I found this note I wrote to my friend Phyllis via email. I had forgotten all about this! There's something to be said for keeping a detailed knitting journal, complete with 4 year old emails.

September 25, 2003

Phyllis, I stayed up last night until 1:00 a.m. working on E's sweater. I finished sewing the sleeves, the shoulders and weaving in the hanging threads. I also picked up all the stitches for the collar, so now all I have left to do is to knit 11 ridges (22 rows) of the collar. Almost done!

After I finished it, I woke husband up to show him the (nearly) completed sweater. He really liked it. But then he went back to sleep and had a bad dream that a bunch of "bad guys" stormed in our house, tied us all up and threatened us with guns as they burglarized our house. Somehow all three of us managed to escape, but as we were running down the street, he realized we'd left behind the Einstein coat! Daughter insisted that we go back and get it. And when we did, the bad guys were waiting for us again. He said it was like an episode of the Scobby Doo show, where the characters are always doing stupid things and get caught by the bad guys.

After he told me the story, I said, "Didn't it occur to you that we could just FORGET the damned Einstein coat in the face of murders and escape?" He said, "Nope, not when it took you over 2 months to finish it."


Elysbeth said...

At least he realised how important it was. I would like mine in mid range autumnal hue please.

Phyllis said...

The photo loaded on my computer first, and I said, "Hey, it's E's coat." She looked so cute in it too!

Jen said...

You have to go back for the coat.

Carol said...

It is fun to revist finished project now and then. That coat is really great.

I am really jealous that you are on Ravelry and I am still waiting. Should be soon withonly approx 3,000 ahead of me. I can hardly wait.

Anonymous said...

I have ordered the book but can't wait!!! How many yards of yard do you need for an adult medium. I"m dying to go buy the yarn. Barb

ChelleC said...

Barb, I used 1400 yards for an adult medium. On both of these coats I've made (a child and adult version), you need MORE yarn than what is stated in the book.

Anonymous said...

WOW! I had no idea.... Thanks for that input. Barb