Back in the spring I stumbled upon a group on Ravelry called Beets for Dwight (Rav link). It's a group of people who love The Office (US version) and, more specifically, Dwight Schrute.
For those who do not know, Dwight Schrute is a beet farmer/paper salesman on The Office and is played by Rainn Wilson. The goal of the group is to knit a beet for Dwight so that our moderator can eventually send them all to Rainn as a gift.
Now, I've had all summer and fall to knit a beet and I just never got around to it. But our moderator set a deadline of December 17th to get the beet done and sent off to her, so I knew I had to get my butt in gear.
Last Sunday I finally cast on and it was done in no time! I absolutely LOVE how it turned out.
I used Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Black Cherry Heather for the beet body and Knit Picks Palette in Verdant Heather (lighter green) and Rainforest Heather (darker green) for the leaves.
I didn't want the leaves to be as bulky as some of the other beets I saw on Ravelry, so I chose to use the fingering weight to make them thinner and almost wispy. I made the right choice because they turned out perfectly.
Jeff thinks it's a little stalkerish and creepy to knit a vegetable for a movie star...and if I really gave it some thought I might agree. But on the other hand I think it's a clever idea and hope Rainn finds it quirky and interesting and appreciates all the hard work that was put into it.
I was really reluctant to mail my beet away on Friday because I loved it so much, but it had to be done. Perhaps I'll make another one someday. I've already gotten a request for a carrot from my neighbor!