It was the Tulip Cardigan, of course – I stand by my claim that it was an impossible assignment, but I was pretty confident that you could crack it.
I google’d it confidently as soon as Jenny’s comment arrived yesterday – and found, top of the list – did they slip Google a fiver? – a website selling the kits for £103. Pounds. I stepped back. I returned to the problem a bit later, and found Coldwater Yarns. Forty-two dollars (dollars!) for the 12-18 month size. You can’t order directly from the website, but I’ve emailed them. The “Joseph’s Coat” colorway.
What I need – perhaps the answer would be to form a Subsidiary To-Do List, If-There’s-Time – is a system like Kristie’s where comments can be specifically, publicly replied to as they come in.
However, I must also keep my eye on the ball. I wound the fourth skein for the snood last night, again successfully. Today I will swatch the Roman Stripe pattern (to begin with), p. 219 of Walker II. I wish I had kept back some KidSilk Haze to swatch in – I can’t venture any of the precious Shibui. This is the first time I have felt the slightest regret for any of the stuff I have shovelled out the door.
Still, a swatch in sock yarn will give me some idea of how easy it is to knit. And I must refresh my mind about provisional casting-on. And I must consider the question of the edge. The pattern that comes with the yarn (seed stitch) has no edging. Jared’s “Convoy” pattern has knit-on i-cord. Is anything necessary? If so, will 2 or 3 garter stitch stitches suffice? The Shibui doesn’t come across to me as very curly. And does it matter if it does curl a bit?
Lots of questions.
And with all of that, I am now within shouting distance of the Hundertwasser heel – not only is Lizzie’s foot deliciously small, but she preferred a sock short in the leg. I think, after all the recent talk here, that I should go ahead and attempt the Gibson-Roberts heel and see what happens.
Sarah (comment yesterday), I have added the “Sherman heel” to my electronic Filofax “heel” page – thank goodness there are so many wonderful yarns, that I will run out of heels (and the list is long) before I get through them all. And also the link you sent for the Gibson-Roberts video, which I may need before the end of the day. And I will remember your promise to talk us through the Gibson-Roberts heel, if necessary.
No advance on the dining room yesterday, except for a generous cheque from the insurance company for re-decorating. I will phone ChemDry today. Kristie, you’re probably right that replacing the ceiling is what we should do. But it’s a very big ceiling, and I am increasingly aware of our age. Plaster from one end of this already-dusty house to the other?
And Cynthia – hi! – I almost envy your situation. I would prefer to pay for the damage to our furniture and books – I think the pictures are OK – rather than deal with my husband’s furious insistence that Upstairs bear every penny of the cost. (We have no contents insurance.) Old Age is the anxiety that doesn’t go away.
But there's blue in the Sky Scarf today, after an unusually broad dull-grey passage. It does lift the spirits.