Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Kimono for Me, Or What My Wife Knitted

As I have mentioned before we are a two knitter household.  Just a little over three years ago I taught my wife to knit.  Knitting is language, and since she has started speaking in a language I understand, she has amazed me with how skillful she has become.  We have learned and grown together as knitters.  However, like so many things, we have both grown in other areas of knitting.  Natalie prefers large projects, with chunky yarn and big needles.  I like smaller projects, and have yet to knit on the scale on which she envisions projects.  So while I think in socks and scarves, she thinks in blankets and sweaters.

Early on she became fascinated with a book called Knit Kimono by Vicki Square.  Square's kimonos are based on rectangles and Natalie knew she could knit a rectangle.  After many days of painstakingly studying the book she ask me to pick a kimono and she would knit it for me.  We labored over which pattern would be the most flattering, and what yarn, then came the color choice.  I, of course, chose a green palette.  Natalie began on the project and I left her to knit on.

Front View of Kimono

Fast forward to this September and our plans to go to Iowa in October.  I ask my wife if she thought the kimono might be done for the wedding?  She mulled on this idea and one night came down with the finished product and said, "Here you go."  Of course it still needed to be blocked.

Back View of Kimono

I went to my knit family and the always wonderful Tammie took on the challenge of making the cotton beast look very square and perfect.  I dug through my closet and in my opinion a stunning outfit was put together.  I hope the photos show off all my wife's hard work and my love of the beautiful kimono.  As I have previously said, the wedding was wonderful, and I only hope I did not outshine the brides.


Dyeabolical said...

It looks great!!!!

That's a 7-letter Deborah, never a Deb said...

Wow! So pretty! The kimono is lovely too, of course. Yay for Natalie!

Tempest ina Pot of Tea said...

Thanks ladies my wife is soooo talented, and I am soooo LUCKY!!!