Thursday, March 15, 2012
Sweater and Bear
This is a sweater and bear that I knit for Crystal's son. He's a big kid now. I think she found the pattern when we were roommates and of course I had to have a copy. Since she found the pattern worthy to tear out of a magazine, I figured that she'd like it for her son.
The bear pattern came from Debbie Bliss's Toy Knits, one of my all-time favorite pattern books. I added the matching sailboat on the bear's sweater. As I look at it, I'm not too crazy about the blue bear - it's too matchy matchy! I think the matching bear sweater would've been enough.
In Crystal's 'thank you' note she mentions 'Lucy and Ethel' moments. She was Lucy and I was Ethel. The memory that comes to mind most often is when we first started rooming together. My brother set us up as roommates - I was moving back to San Diego from San Bernardino and she was moving from Los Angeles to San Diego.
Right off, I noticed that she really liked to cook and bake. She would go on kicks. I remember a muffin kick. She made a gazillion types of muffins, all in the same week. I don't even remember what she did with all of them. We managed to stay slim and trim in those days so I don't know who was eating them all.
Anyway, there was the ice cream kick. One day she was making some custard for an ice cream recipe. Her double boiler was a glass bowl over a boiling pot of water. I didn't think anything of it - of course now I know better. All I remember was a loud explosion that left blobs of custard and glass shrapnel all over her and the kitchen. I remember wondering, "What did my brother get me into!?" She ended up being a lot of fun, very entertaining, and a great cook. Go here to read about one of Crystal's more recent Lucy moments. I promise you won't regret it!