Say hello to Ulrike, or at the very least, a tiny piece of her. Whence the name, you ask?
My motherâ€™s family comes from a small city outside Stuttgart, Germany called Wendlingen. One of the first Dukes of WÃ¼rttemberg was named Ulrich â€“ and Ulrike is the feminine version of his name. What was once the duchy of WÃ¼rttemberg is now the state of Baden-WÃ¼rttemberg, and this is where the Black Forest, or Schwarzwald, is located.
(The color of Malabrigo used here is called Black Forest)
I also really like the name Ulrike. It means “prosperity and power,” from the Germanic uodal “prosperity,” combined with ric “power”. (Yes, German was one of my college majors — ask me to recite the Hildebrandslied one of these days).
Ok, enough of the boring history stuff, Shannon, what’s Ulrike going to look like and why should I want to knit it? What is she?
Ulrike is a picot-bottomed, rib-sleeved cardigan with interesting i-cord details. It is fun and easy to knit, with both long stretches of â€œTV knittingâ€ for those difficult days when you just want to knit without even having to look down, plus tricksier bits for when you need a challenge. I’ve also got a new way to calm your nerves for crochet steeking, too!
At this point I am debating ‘to hood or not to hood’ (I do love a hooded cardi, and I have some ideas…) but it’s wicked close to being done. I’d put it down for a long, long time and then it called its siren song to me from the Unfinished pile.