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September 25, 2005

La Matadora

I first saw this Oat Couture Curlicue Coverlet on Kate's blog. It was cute, and I've had good luck with an Oat Couture blanket pattern in the past. Kate had some choice words about it, though, in a post entitled (appropriately) Meltdown:

By now I was starting to freak out a little. I tried fixing the stitches again, but now there were not only holes, but great big loops of yarn sticking out of the holes. It was as if SATAN had taken over my knitting.

A stream of profanity began to pour from my mouth, startling my mother and sister. I started to hyperventilate as I realized I was going to have to frog. I slowly ripped out a few rows, then violently ripped out a few more, then threw the whole thing across the room and burst into hysterical tears. I mean, I was SOBBING. I think it was partly due to pent-up theatre stress, but DAMN. It was ridiculous. Fortunately, my family members all know what to do in a situation like this. Mommy ran for kleenex and a cold wet washcloth for my forehead, and Elizabeth ran into the kitchen and got me a great big Tanqueray and tonic. Ethan just stood there and stared at me disgustedly.

Oh? Kleenex, cold wet washcloth, and Tanqueray and tonic, you say? I am not the type to back down from a challenge, and those ingredients certainly implied that a challenge was to be had.

Then, lo and behold, my coworker S. gets pregnant - she is expecting a girl in mid-January - perfect excuse to knit this challenge of a blanket. I got some yarn (remember all that Hand Work Cora I got?) and now needed to hunt down the pattern.

I went to the Oat Couture website to check the list of distributors, and then I saw the ominous warning on the pattern description itself: "This beautiful coverlet is not for the faint of heart."

Not for the faint of heart, you say?


This is like waiving a red flag in front of a bull - the temptation, the excitement, the challenge was almost too much to handle.

But it gets better.

I hunt down a copy of the pattern at the always-delightful Wild & Woolly in Lexington. The owner, Jackie, is checking me out, takes one look at the pattern, and says, "Good luck!" "Oh?" I ask. She tells me that she gave that pattern and some yarn to her very best sample knitter, and she came back several months later saying that she couldn't do it, she couldn't finish it, it was too complicated.

All I have to say is, bring it on, Curlicue, bring it ON! I've got España Cañí playing in the back of my head - let's dance this paso doble.

Posted by Kathy on September 25, 2005 09:58 PM


Good luck on the blanket -- it is gorgeous and I'm sure after your last sweater you can do it! So what was the verdict about the smelly yarn? Does it still smell? I have 9 skeins of it myself and I'd hate to make it into a smelly sweater!

You go. I see the challenge, but not for me, at least not now. I'll be watching though!
The colour of DB babycashmerino I am using is 340202 so I guess I am not really copying your scarf;) I just love it...and love that yarn. I am not the only one planning on knitting it as you had it knit!

I love those sorts of projects. The idea that people doubt your ability to step up to the challenge just makes me unbelievably focused and determined -- to the point of insanity -- until I get it done.

And, the whole process is a pleasure. A good ride the whole way.

If anyone can knit this blankie, Miss...YOU can.

Enjoy. :-)

You are not one to take "No way," for an answer. Just drop me a line if you need a distracting picadora.


Wow that is the second gorgeous oat couture baby blanket I have seen recently. I have a thing for baby blankets...

now I want (I HAVE!) to knit this blanket too!

by the way, do you know there's a bar in Madrid called "España Cañí"? You should go there with your finished blanket. :)

The blanket looks lovely ... so it's really that challenging? I'm thinking you'd manage to overcome the hurdle at the end.
Hey, I thought you don't like those meme things, so I didn't tag you ... but it's interesting to find out more about you. (Seriously, do you like those meme things?) ;)

It's gorgeous...who could blame you? I have a feeling you'll have a few sympathy knitters starting this one along with you ;-)

Oh boy! I await your progress report.s

if anyone can do it, you can!

Thank you for the links - I'm always looking for interesting blanket patterns and today I found not one, but two! If it's not a challenge, I say why knit it, right? I haven't been reading your blog very long, but from what I've seen you could probably knit this with your eyes closed.

Short rows don't scare me (says the girl that's now knit a pullover made of short rows three times over.)

Its absolutely gorgeous... it looks so intricate and enticing!

That blanket is fabulous! I think I have to try it too. Thanks for posting the links.

Quite the challenge you've got for yourself there. Good luck -- I know you can do it!

Do not go gently into that good blanket! Go for it and teach that blanket who's boss!

Now you have me intrigued. It's reversible, too! And my coworker is having a baby in Feb! oohhh.... I'll read your experiences and then decide if I should try it. Their pinwheel blanket looks interesting, too.

It doesn't look like it can cause so much trauma, does it? I'm sure that you're equal to the pattern - and it makes me want to order it and have a go. Power to ya!

Wow... I can't remember when I've seen a prettier afghan pattern or any pattern that came with such an omnious waring! So I HAVE TO KNOW is it knitting in the round circularly? Can you give me a hint. I'm almost thinking of trying it myself!

Oooh, it's so pretty. Red flad in front of a bull indeed. There's no knitting too tough for you to figure out.

GO! GO!! GO!!! You can do it! If anyone can do it, you can!!!

Ooooo, this is going to be fun!

Well, I'm making it too. I want to try Lorna's Laces Shepard Worsted

Now *this* should be entertaining....


I've seen that pattern and thought it was beautiful, but I definitely don't feel the need to answer the call of the challenge. Go Grumperina! I know you can do it!

You can do it. Just keep lots of booze handy. If you need an Atavan, lemme know.

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