for Straker Classics 1981
C815 Christina (ages 2 - 10)
Penny Straker: “In 1969 I bought a 19th century house on School Street in Padanaram, a small harbor village within South Dartmouth. The house was condemned by the Town: Old and marginal electricity, running water – but the longest used outhouse in town. This building needed everything and years and years of restoration. I fell in love with it and bought it.
“Elizabeth Loring Sewall was a dear friend of mine and Christina is her daughter - strawberry blond hair with a freckled, serious cherub’s face. I needed to be near to the house to work on it and Elizabeth kindly lent me the downstairs spare bedroom in her family’s summer ‘cottage’ an elegant Victorian summerhouse at the end of a spit of land adjacent to Padanaram Harbor. So Elizabeth, Christina and I lived together, along with Bert, my beloved and loyal Weimaraner.
“This design, the prototype knit in a wonderful Norwegian yarn called Ryjga, was for Christina and was originally photographed on her in the family’s field adjacent to the house.
“Winsome with simple elegance. Somehow the textured Wave of Honey set off by Bobble panels, in turn flanked by the lovely delicate Double Ring and the Seed Stitch at the edges, seemed perfect for her. The K1, P1 Raised Rib, a traditional Aran ribbing, was the only added design detail. I placed this design with Patternfish, as it was important to me to have this original design live on and be available to knitters everywhere.
“Several years ago I started to update Christina. It was out of print and I wanted to add a cap to be included in the direction. While playing with the design I ended up changing it - for the better? I don’t think so. I think what I created, with very little change, was another child’s Aran pullover with a matching cap!
“So here’s to you Patternfish for keeping this original design living on. It is special to me for all the memories it kindles.”
(Straker patterns are lengendary amongst the knitting cognoscenti for their lucidity, accuracy, and beauty. Instructions are included for knitting the shoulder seams together, as well as very clear written-out instructions for all the Aran patterning, literally size by size where needed. Rife with tips and lovely, informative illustrations-- Ed.)
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