Saturday, January 23, 2010

I wasn’t fishing for compliments yesterday, honest. But very grateful for those that came.

I had a good time yesterday. I watched the Knitting Glossary passages about the Drop-Shoulder Sweater – knitting a tube to the shoulder, and cutting it open. That’s exactly what I’m doing, and I’ll re-watch those passages intently before taking action on the sleeve-holes. EZ was much more active in this bit.

Next time, I’ll just start at the beginning of the DVD and let it flow. It's wonderful. It doesn't waste time, either.

I got out my Koigu collection, a pleasure in itself, and sorted it somewhat with the Slicer-Smith Harlequin Coat in mind. I started with the idea of sorting the pile into Lights and Darks, and soon saw that the Darks could be usefully subdivided into Reds and Greens and Blues. There are a few solids. That left only a relatively small pile of Unclassifiables.

The Lights:

The Reds:

The Blues:

The Greens:

The Solids:

None of the Above:

There's lots to play with, there. I think -- without having ventured on any calculations -- that I can do a jacket with Reds and Lights alone.

I don’t think I entirely understand the instructions for the Harlequin Coat. And I think it's the Knitter's layout rather than Slicer-Smith that confuses me. Try it and you may, I say. But I need to spend more time with the book, as well. I don’t think I want to trouble Koigu with a stitch pattern, but that leaves the Metro Jacket and the Stripe Jacket, at least, with ideas that might go a long way.

As for actual knitting, little progress. I took my eye off the ball at some point, and discovered, as I was about to start a seeding round, that I had done three rounds of plain white since the last one, instead of the required two. I knit on for a few stitches in the hope that it Wouldn’t Matter, but I soon decided that the famous rider, even if she couldn’t pinpoint the error, would sense something wrong. And it came at just the worst point, across the upper chest.

So I took it out. The yarn was very firm and cooperative, but it still took a while to recover all the stitches and then to knit the next round, re-sitting the stitches that were the wrong way around and unsplitting the ones that had got split in the picking-up process. It’s all done. I’m ready to move forward, paying attention.

Thanks for the pointers (comments, yesterday) to Ysolda’s blog, and to Cornflower’s. I’ve subscribed to both.


  1. Reading your post yesterday, I see that you mention the presenter's "Merry laugh" when talking about the Meigle Stones. I thought that her reaction to virtually everything that the knitters said on the broadcast was an incredulous chuckle. I'd be interested to hear what you think of the whole project of selecting objects to encapsulate history.

  2. Was thinking of you just recently when my friend (of the Koigu largeness) got rid of most of it at even better prices than I could imagine. But almost all gone now and I didn't get anything but a few solid oranges.