Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Zen and the Art of Sweater Maintenance

So many people choose yarns on the basis of machine washability. For children (and sometimes men) that's absolutely necessary. For my selfish knitting, I actually like the special maintenance of animal fibers. My handknits are too precious for the brutal washing machine.

We live a modest life. My husband's military salary is our only income. We decided that I should stay home and keep house. We aren't poor, but we don't waste money. When I have something nice, I take good care of it.

Like polishing shoes or waxing skis, removing pills and blocking wool are mindless and meaningful tasks I've learned to love. When I pull a heavy, lavender-scented sweater from the sink and wrap it in a towel, it reminds me of bathing a baby. It's not a chore. It's a reminder of how blessed my life is--how much I have if I will care for it.

The sweater is a top-down raglan knit last year in Paton's Classic Merino Wool. It's not fancy, but it smells sheepy and it's affordable. It was my first attempt at a knitted hem. The neck and wrist cables were knit separately and sewn on. The pill shaver is from KnitPicks. It's brilliant.


CraftyGryphon said...

I love my Pill Shaver!

Sorry about the Bacon Salt enabling, but it's *really* yummy. I had to spread the news, I just had to!

(I'll be having Hickory Bacon Salt on buttered rye toast for lunch today.)

lo llaguter said...

me too