Then a hiatus. But recently, in the interest of fulfillment, I picked Piet up again, and today, as Neuroknitter and I knitted and exchanged bons mots before the cozy wood-stove,
|Neuro's hard at work on her beauteous fair-isle vest.|
I finished Piet and saw that he was good.
It's my sense that Piet's name and color-blocked composition are in homage to the Dutch painter, Piet Mondrian.
At first I thought I was making Piet as a baby gift, but as he emerged I realized it would be hard to sacrifice him to the ravages of baby love. Moreover, as I moved through the knitting pattern I saw that certain adjustments had to be made to accommodate the wear-and-tear inflicted by children...so I determined that this Piet is a prototype, and Piet II will be birthed in the not-too-distant future.
Is it not serendipitous that Piet is two-faced, like Janus, the Roman god after whom this month is named? Respice prospice, etc. Implicitly, then, Piet is of variable mood, a character of depth.
Check out the Ravelry page featuring many different iterations of Piet. You will enjoy the creativity of his knitting progenitors.
|Alfie graciously shares his bed with Piet.|