Apr 25, 2006

Warshrags in Warshington

Here is a picture of the first finished Pomatomus sock. (I started the second sock last night.) As I said yesterday, I gave in and ordered more yarn so there to be seemed no reason not to finish the sock. I must say that I love the pattern AND the Koigu. Ever since I first saw Koigu on blogs, I have coveted that yarn. I looked for it everywhere and sadly the LYS doesn’t carry it. When I saw it in NYC I knew I needed some and then I worried that it wouldn’t live up to my expectations. Never fear! It is every bit as wonderful as I thought it would be and working with it makes me so happy. Now I need more. Pomatomus Sock
One of the things I’m enjoying about Mason Dixon Knitting is the discussion of Warshrags. Warshrags are like Warshington - two words where an “r” doesn’t belong. I find it amusing though. There was a woman at my old office (in Washington DC) who always talked about Warshington and I always wanted to giggle. I’m a bit of a stickler for proper pronunciation (just ask my girls) and I am amazed that I managed to control myself. Is this additional “r” a southern thing? I can understand, and even get into y’all but the “r” thing – not so much.

Sorry, I got a little off track there. I love the idea of making washrags. Bruce is a little hesitant. I think that his hesitation is due to the perceived “preciousness” of all things handknit and the rigors of daily use in the kitchen. They talk about this in the book and how warshrags need to be used regularly – kind of as a cure for the look but don’t touch thing. As soon as I figure out where I went wrong on this first one I plan on making many, many more.

8 comments:

Emma said...

Your Pom looks amazing! I love the colors, and you seem to have handled the pattern well. Congrats!

cursingmama said...

The "r" can't be a southern thing, because my very Swedish - Very Minnesotan grandmother always did warshing and used warshrags. Actually, come to think of it, after spending a week in the summer with her I always threw that "r" in there too for awhile; at least until my German Mother had had enough.

Melissa said...

I am very very Southern and don't use the "r". But, maybe I'm just a "cultured Southerner". LOL
I'm reluctant to use my washrags as well.

Ava said...

you live in the "Warshington" DC metro area? "Stitch Happens" in Old Town Alexandria carries Koigu. The address is 127A North Washington Street.

Ava said...

Sorry, that's "Knit Happens."

Krista said...

I grew up in the midwest (Nebraska) and adding the "R" was very popular there. I managed to escape it though. Although I heard "help me warsh the dishes" all the time!

Dipsy said...

Wow, that Pom looks so beautiful, I'm absolutely impressed by how well you've handled the pattern!

Jill said...

i have seen the Mason Dixon book in stores. Is it good? Good job on the sock! love it.

Jill

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