Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Cables from a Friend

Dear hearts,

If you've been with me since the beginning of this adventure, you know that designer Fiona Ellis and I are kindred spirits. She was among the first to produce a pattern with one of our yarns–the beautiful Re-Gathering Intentionsand has done it again with exciting results.

Fiona, like your present correspondent, is compelled by insatiable wanderlust.  Born in England, she now lives the life of an expatriate in Canada; even so she cannot help seeking new horizons.

Last year she lived abroad for an extended time in Buenos Aires, Argentina. There, bewitched by the colors and textures of the city, she captured a stream of vivid images...

...and grew fascinated with the city's fabled tango culture.

The tango as it is danced in Buenos Aires is no prim, arid combination of steps to be taken across the floor in between sips of cream tea. It is self-evidently, as dear Robert Frost put it, "a vertical expression of a horizontal desire." He wasn't speaking specifically of tango, so far as I know; but he might as well have been.

Fiona is herself a dancer; so it surprises me not in the least that the sinuous movements and unique beats would have influenced her to design Milonga in our own, dear Steamer Trunk.

Milonga is the name for a tango gathering...

...and in this asymmetrical (but perfectly balanced) cardigan I detect the swoops and turns and clutches of a tango pair in full flight.

If you'd like to join the dance, Milonga is available via Ravelry.

I'll be pleased to burn the floor with you any time, Fiona darling.

Yours Ever,
Mrs. Crosby
San Francisco, California

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