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40 Years Felted Platter

Knitting
August 2007
Worsted / 10 ply (9 wpi) ?
US 9 - 5.5 mm
US 9 - 5.5 mm
200 - 225 yards (183 - 206 m)
12in diameter by 1.5in tall (30cm by 4cm)
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Some dear friends (and surrogate local parents) are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary this weekend. They’re having a bash! And… they’re craft-friendly people - in fact, V is one of the most talented knitters and seamstresses I know. She used to knit the most beautiful fair isle sweaters for her whole family EVERY YEAR, and was the queen of smocking. Have you ever been picked up over the head of someone who is 6’8”? I have - and I was a teenager at the time. B used to be the adult male roles in my ballet performances! They love the mountains, music, good food, fellowship, and Dairy Queen. Better people are not to be found.

In honor of their 40 years together, I knit them this bowl/platter. From one edge to another there are 40 “tree rings” in the bottom, one for each year of their marriage. I can imagine it holding little toys and things for their grandchildren - biological and “spare”.

This was the January 23rd pattern.

Please note: This is more of a platter than a true bowl - the sides are only about 1-2” (2.5-5cm) tall once felted. If you want a taller bowl you will have to continue the sides longer than stated in pattern. - KT