September 27, 2005


Conversation chez Campbell, last Friday night:

Jennie, running downstairs toward me: Mommy, Mommy, Mommy! I wanna knit!

Me: Okay -- what would you like to knit?

Jennie: I want to knit a scarf! Because the weather is getting colder and I want something warm to put around my neck. [Shrugs her shoulders up around her ears.] Because I went to the mall to look at scarves, and all they had was acrylic. I want some warm wool. Can I get some yarn from you?

(Love the sensibilities of discriminating teen consumer here, don't you? No acrylic for this girl.)

So first we looked through my stash, and she told me the colors she wanted were bright pink, blue, and green. And purple. And yellow. And while I have a vast personal stash, I couldn't put together the right set of yarns that were all wool and were all the same weight of yarn in those called-for colors.

So then we went shopping in the Two Swans cupboards. She shunned the Kidsilk Haze! While I tried to persuade her that the Felted Tweed and the Kid Classic would be the softest against her neck, what she went for was Rowan Scottish Tweed DK in Brilliant Pink, Lavender, Skye (blue), Thistle (dark purple), Apple (green) -- and one last color that she fell in love with, Herring. Herring is a medium shade of gray made very complex by being heathered with yellow, blue, green, purple -- in short, every color that she wanted to use in her striped scarf is incorporated into the heathering in this gray yarn. She also chose Jamieson's Shetland Double Knitting in the color Buttercup, because she wanted bright yellow.

And she sat down Friday evening and cast on for a garter stitch scarf in "random stripes:"

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Don't you feel giddy like this when starting a new project?

Jennie started with Skye. (Light blue is her favorite color.) I told her she was brave to go for random stripes -- I would find it very hard to be random.

She knitted over the weekend, and most of the day yesterday when she was recuperating from whatever intestinal ailment it was that was bothering her. By last evening, she announced that the scarf was half as long as she wanted it to be.

Here's how it looks this morning:

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And, not to leave DD#2 out of the limelight -- she has her own reason to feel giddy:

Last night, the results of the middle school ASB elections came in! She's now, officially, Senator Campbell. It all comes from having a short, snappy campaign speech whose slogan was: Don't be chicken, use your noodle, vote for me.

Posted by Karen at September 27, 2005 09:32 AM

Lovely photo. Very flattering.
Thanks mom.

Posted by: DD#1 at September 27, 2005 09:53 AM

And PS - that's NOT what I said. Verbatim.

Posted by: DD#1 at September 27, 2005 09:55 AM

Wow, that scarf looks fantastic. Jennie is so brave, I would never think of knitting those stripes, and see how terrific they look! Congratulations to Senator Campbell, and I love the slogan.

Posted by: Anne at September 27, 2005 10:30 AM

Congratulations to both of your daughters. I could manage neither student politics nor random stripes.

Posted by: Angela at September 27, 2005 02:49 PM

I'm impressed you have a Senator in the house! On the other hand - you have a child that doesn't like Kidsilk Haze? Are you sure she's yours?

Seriously, that is a fantastic scarf you have and I'm jealous - you went shopping at the 2Swans Cupboard. Wow. I think I would be on sensory overload.

Posted by: Jewel at September 27, 2005 05:20 PM

Congrats to the new Senator!!
and also to the knitter that dares to dream her own colors!! Way to go!
You must admit,,,its got to save gas money to NOT have to drive far to go to the yarn shop!!
good knitting to all,,

Posted by: Pam at September 27, 2005 05:37 PM

love the stripes! and senator campbell has a nice ring to it :-)

Posted by: vanessa at September 28, 2005 03:07 AM

1) LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the new banner.

2) I am so inspired by your daughter's scarf! I may have to make one of my very own!

3) Yea on the election results!

Posted by: Rebecca at September 28, 2005 09:03 AM