I've been gorging on Mad Men repeats in preparation for the upcoming 4th season, so when I needed to order the yarn for a test knit I am doing for marymealittle, Madelyn Tosh's Pashmina in the colorway Betty Draper's Blues won hands down! While Betty's life dissolves around her, and when she is really blue, she can take comfort knowing she has yarn named after her and comfort knowing she has a perfect kitchen! Can she love that kitchen as much as I do? That era is etch-a-sketched in my memory and they are spot-on with the details. I can almost smell the banana bread and the Pall Malls. And the clothes...I can't even get started on that, I just don't have the vocabulary to describe HOW MUCH I LOVE the whole wardrobe on the entire cast. I did, in homage to Mad Men, make not one, but two St. James. I know the secretaries would approve.
But back to my new sweater, I did tell you it was a test knit, right? That means I belong to this tiny private club that's knitting up a super secret pattern that is yet unreleased to the public. We are the only ones in the knitting galaxy making this, so exclusive are we. Sigh. The pattern will be ready for purchase in October or before. I hope to have mine done before summer's end, if my injured (but healing) hand will cooperate. So far, so good, I've only just started but I know already it will be a fun knit. It is well written and uses a new technique for me, horizontal bust darts. The sweater is totally adorable and not so secret that I can't publish a picture of the very pretty Mary modeling her creation Celia.