Saturday, November 03, 2007

Finished for real

There's a part of the movie Grey Gardens that lives on in our household. It's calling whatever you're wearing "the costume for today". If you haven't seen the movie, it's a documentary, and I recommend it if you're into strange and crazy people from 1975. (There was also a musical of it, I guess?) But more to the point, one of the main characters in the movie gets dressed one morning, and in evaluating its merits, she says:
This is the best thing to wear for today, you understand. Because I don't like women in skirts and the best thing is to wear pantyhose or some pants under a short skirt, I think. Then you have the pants under the skirt and then you can pull the stockings up over the pants underneath the skirt. And you can always take off the skirt and use it as a cape. So I think this is the best costume for today. (quote from imdb)
Not only do I completely agree with Little Edie that you should -- at all times -- be wearing a garment that can at any moment be converted into a cape, I also agree that you should always think carefully about what the best costume for the day might be. It was in this spirit that I blocked the green Chevron Scarf.

Last night, as I was preparing to go out to a nice, casual dinner with my Sidekick, I noticed that my costume was green and brown and missing something. I then noticed my Chevron scarf wadded up on a chair (this seems to be what I do with things I make). When I picked the scarf up to consider wearing it, it folded itself into thirds immediately, revealing itself to be an unwearable flat tube.

I stared at it. I thought about it. Then, knowing the scarf was necessary if I wanted to be wearing the best costume for today, I grabbed a damp towel and my iron, and blocked my scarf.


My PIC, who finished her Chevron Scarf long before I finished mine, warned me that "it's still gonna want to fold into thirds after you iron it, but you can just do it again later." She's right. And I might do it again later, but I can't be sure.

What I do know is this: With even the wrong side looking good,

this scarf was just what I needed for the best costume for last night. (Well, I could've worn a skirt-cape, but I didn't want to make other people at the restaurant feel bad for having inferior costumes. I'm sensitive like that.)

10 comments:

Ashley said...

Still deeply in love with those colors. And PIC, as seems to be usual, is right: it's gonna keep folding. And you're gonna keep ironing. But it's so pretty that you won't care.

Stella said...

You probably made them feel inferior anyway... I bet none of them had pretty chevron scarves. Hell, I'm wishing I had one, and I'm all the way in a different state. Ashley's right, the colors are beautiful.

kim said...

That's it. I'm going to have to make one. Love the Chevron!

Nora said...

Yep, I agree with Ashley. Your Chevron is too beautiful not to be worn. And as they say, beauty is pain... [aka just keep ironing!]

Rani said...

The scarf is so pretty! And your photos, too.

tiennie said...

It's so pretty! You must wear it often!

Kristy said...

I am so glad to hear you are wearing this beautiful scarf. Doubtless, you had more compliments than you possibly knew what to do with. Did it make you feel a little giddy to say, "I made this"?

I think you've completely worn away my resolve. I am going to have to knit myself one of these. I only wish I had a local source for the Colinette. I think this scarf/yarn/pattern require actual in person matching and purchasing of materials.

Stacey said...

beautiful....those colors!!!

Felicia said...

That scarf is delightful. Love the colors.

Niki said...

Such a beautiful scarf. One of the best Cheverons I have seen. The colors are magic together.