. . . in wild colors, and give it a zipper.
How am I to resist, when a son, who formerly did not care if I knit for him or not, starts to really appreciate the beauty and originality of the handcrafted? Of course there is the little fact that I love, love, love to work with color. Choosing which color will come next propels this top-down raglan along at a rapid pace. All other projects have been cast aside.
These stripes do not repeat, to keep some order to the 8 colors I only work the stripes for 2, 4 or 6 rows.
This is not a kid who fears wearing colors that are less than traditional for teen aged boys. He marches to his own tune - and there is always a new tune in the head of my musical son. I spent yesterday afternoon listening as he and a friend wrote a new song. They worked out lyrics and melody, each improvising and inventing off of what the other had just contributed. Two acoustic guitars, two baritones their voices going in and out of key in just the way that some of my favorite folk singers are known to do. This act of collaboration was for the joy of the music. Isn't that what music, and for that matter all creative acts should be about? Joy and inspiration.
I love reverse stockinette stripes. The extra stripe of the old color mixing into the new, and the new into the old gives a lovely added touch and seems to tie the colors together. I haven't decided if the finished piece will be reverse or plain stockinette. I will let the lad choose.
For those who asked, the Japanese pattern book that I used for the aqua cable in my last post is pictured below. The ISBN is 4-529-04172-7. This book is filled with beautiful stitch patterns.