Monday, January 08, 2007

Yesterday was one of those days like swimming through treacle. Among the things I didn’t do were a) look for a picture, as promised, of the apparently vertically-striped sweater I once knit; and b) explore luxurious sock yarns, from the leads you’ve given me. I see that Sean is knitting cashmere socks, which he is reinforcing. I shall follow that tale with interest.

I should, however, finish the cuff of the first sleeve of the Calcutta Cup sweater today, and plunge back into real life (in the form of knitting the colour pattern on DP needles). I’ve worked out how many stitches I want at the top of the sleeve. I’m going for an even multiple of pattern repeats, although I don’t really think it’ll make all that much difference. The rest of the calculations remain to be done, including how to centre the pattern on the sleeve.

So for the rest of today, I’ll discuss


Lene, I am overjoyed to see that you have suited the action to the word and emigrated to Blogger. I will be a regular visitor. I hope you figure out how to import archives.

Katherine, it’s interesting to learn that there are two Messiness Books out there, and I suspect you’re right, that it’s a reaction to all this life management stuff. I subscribe to the FlyLady, and I think she has done me some good here and there, although you wouldn’t suspect it to look around my house. But I haven’t turned her back on since Christmas.

Deidra, you’ve got some good ideas there, about DP’s. Are there enough different-coloured rubber bands in the world to serve the purpose? Now that I have started taking calcium pills every day, I should have a steady supply of calcium-pill-containers. I’ve already mentioned how I have employed the first one to hold size 1 sock needles. But it hadn’t occurred to me that I could use them for any DP’s, by leaving the top off where necessary. I’m going to work on this.

Swapna, you should be proud of your knitting! Now I think you need a copy of Debbie Stoller’s “Stitch ‘n Bitch”. It sounds to me from the customer reviews on Amazon as if it’s better for the beginning knitter than “Knitting for Dummies”, much as I admire the author (Pam Allen) of the latter. And I think, without having read a syllable of either book, that you’ll like Stoller’s approach.


  1. I just discovered your blog through 3grrls. I was delighted to see you have grandchildren. I'm new, very new to blogging and was beginning to think that being 30ish was required!!
    I'm going to enjoy reading through your musings. We will be in London, Winchester and Scotland for Easter, yarn shop hints would be most welcome!!

  2. Thanks Jean! I would be a whole lot prouder of it I could keep a set number of stitches past 5rows...but hey, it's a whole lot funnier making my friends and family wear funny things like this. Last time I tried knitting I made these elephantine slippers for my brother, who happens to have Hobbit-like feet, so it worked out quite nicely.


  3. A small amount of oasis in the bottom of the pill containers might stop the annoying tendency for dpns to swirl around as you try and take them out....