Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Such Language, and In Front of the Dolls

Knitty's Deep Fall 2011 issue is out today, which brings with it the second (and blessedly final) installment of the Weldon's Practical Knitter baby doll ensemble, the first part of which appeared in the previous issue.

A prominent feature is the looped edging that gives the otherwise simple bonnet a bit of kaboom.


was on a loopity-loop kick at the time. In the twenty-sixth series of Practical Knitter (from whence come the doll clothes) the technique is featured repeatedly. Good thing, too. The pattern I was working from omits the key maneuver that prevents the whole thing falling to pieces when you shake it. A comparison with a pattern for a woman's coat–on the very next page–showed me where the error lay.

Once I had the knack, looped knitting wasn't difficult, though I wouldn't want to edge an entire coat with the stuff. It's certainly eye-catching. Tom was transfixed when he saw it.

"What the heck is that?"

"Another piece for Knitty."

"One of the antique ones?"


He pondered the narrow, furry strip trailing off the needles.

Looped Edging.

Tom doesn't knit, but at this point he's heard (ad nauseam) about Fair Isle knitting, Faroese knitting, Estonian knitting, Latvian knitting, Portuguese knitting...

"What do you call it?" he said. "Because it looks like Brazilian knitting."

Nota bene: If you don't get it, darling, I'm afraid I am not going to explain it to you.


Emm said...

Tom's a naughty boy. But funny, too. Lucky you!

Crafty Andy said...

Good Posting. So many ways to torture the naive casual observer.

Seanna Lea said...

Ah, the good old Brazillian. So, we should knit this and give it away with a box of wax, yes?

Pretty Knitty said...

Hahahaha!!! Great stuff...that Tom's a keeper! Now I'm off to check out Knitty!

Ken said...

As a man with tastes that run towards the bearish, and who is (sort of) seeing a Brazillian gentleman, this type of Brazillian is something I hope never, ever to see!

Alwen said...


I'll never be able to look at loopy knitting with a straight face ever again.

Beth said...

Merkin for a poodle?

Freyalyn said...

It would make a wonderful merkin for an albino. You could now write up a Brazilian-merkin pattern!

Kat said...

Your very witty Tom owes me a new keyboard. ;) Although, by now, I should know better than to read your blog with a beverage in hand.

kathy b said...

and ouch

Ruby said...

Ditto reading your blog with beverage in hand or a need to go to the bathroom, cause either way, it can be a mess.

Love your blog, Franklin, you always always are well spoken. Out spoken at times, but always well spoken. Love it.

Denise said...

Best laugh I had all day. And I spend most days with a bunch of 13 & 14 year olds.

Roggey said...

Oh honey, that's not a Brazilian, there's way too much there... um, from what I've heard from my friends, that is.

Roxie said...

How many IS a brazillion?

Mel said...

Oh dear. With a Brazilian, all the curls are removed, not the other way around.

The Foggy Knitter said...

Looking at that doll I can't help feeling that's a protective casing that Weldon's have placed her in, rather than clothes. Reminded me of the following from "Mrs Miniver": "Watching her, Mrs. Miniver wondered whether the modern unbreakable dolls, which lasted for years, were more, or less, precious to their owners than the old china ones, whose expectation of life had been a matter of months. The old ones had had the agonizing charm of transience: the modern ones held the promise of a reliable and enduring companionship -- you could make plans for their future, think out their next winter's wardrobe."

princessruffian said...

That is fantastic. Please give Tom a gigantic hug for me. Right now.

leFiligree said...

so saucy. there is no way i could wear this anywhere close to my face now. tom successfully may have relegated a vintage technique back to antiquities

Red Hot Button said...

That's hilarious. Perhaps you could make and sell murkins on Etsy. (Or regrEtsy.)

Syd said...

Spewing morning coffee again....thanks Tom! Never dull at The Panopticon Blog!

Winterhart said...

That is an EPIC pattern, and a truly epic piece of knitting. Wow!

And I absolutely love that there is a tag called "this would make an excellent bikini bottom." Hee!

seashells said...

He heee heee!

Yvonne said...

Wheezing from laughter here. . .

Naycha said...

Holy crap!!! Am I getting an education today! Had no idea what a merkin was, so I had to google it. Imagine my surprise when I found the answer on wiki. Talk about quickly closing out of a window so that my co-workers didn't question my good Baptist upbringing! Too funny, too funny! May have to knit a merkin just for the laughter factor.

The Bunny said...

I'm going way off topic here. Sorry! Franklin, did CNN quote you? www.cnn.com/2011/09/21/tech/social-media/facebook-changes-react/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

Anonymous, too said...

Although the color would seem to come from a bottle of bleach, it otherwise looks more lifelike than many of William Shatner's toupees.

It seems Tom might be a keeper for his wit alone!

Patti said...

so crazy aunt purl did an entire post the other day on waxing, and now this! I'm feeling very educated!

Sweet Camden Lass said...

Oh dear Lord. My Grandmother's baby doll, Betty, has a bonnet, once mine, with exactly the same edging.

I am not quite sure what to make of this.

I may have to go and lie down and recover.

LisaB said...

I don't think that's Ethel sporting the bonnet. I remember Ethel as having lighter hair. So, what gives? Who's the new girl?

SandyH said...

Is this you quoted on CNN online about the Facebook changes? http://www.cnn.com/2011/09/21/tech/social-media/facebook-changes-react/index.html?iref=allsearch

Patricia said...

Where is the (Funny) button when you need it?

Anonymous said...

I have been waiting to see the rest of Ethel's costume, and it certainly was worth it! You did an awesome job, Franklin, and you have my undying admiration for tackling it.

Paula Durrant said...

Hi Franklin

Thank you for the wonderful class at VK Live. It was well planned and well presented. I am eager to start my first shawl knitting everything at once ! Hurrah and thanks again.

Raveller said...

Shag rug!

SallyT said...

We all need more Franklin (and Tom)!

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