A new Twist Collective! Always a happy event.
Little to report. (Sundays tend to be unproductive.) I am a bit further on with the snood. It is very much like Occupational Therapy Day at the care home – me knitting a simple stitch slowly and patiently with my big wooden needles. But 45 stitches isn’t very many, and 16 rows per stripe isn’t very many either, and I’m edging forwards.
I think it will be safe to elongate it somewhat by increasing the width of the pivot-stripes (see yesterday). Four colours, and the thing is an oval, so two of the colours appear only once. A-B-C-D-C-B-(A). With the larger size, you must order extra yarn for the two colours which reappear.
That should mean that I have plenty of yarn to widen the stripes where three strands of A, and later on three of D, are being used together. I have already knit the opening stripe of A, but I can do an extra inch at the end, before grafting end to beginning.
I needed a refresher for the provisional cast-on. My books weren’t as much use as I would have expected, but the internet is all one needs these days, and Google works fine when money isn’t at stake. I wound up with Lucy Neatby on YouTube, crocheting temporary stitches onto the needle – the simplest and safest way. What a nice voice she has!
The retreat to seed stitch leaves nothing very much for the judges to award me a prize for, even if they wanted to. They’re not going to be impressed by fancy-schmancy yarn, and dyers are so clever these days that the merging of colours may look automatic. Still, winning isn’t the point. There are never very many entries in the knitting classes – five or six would be a big field. I’m there to swell the number.
I have resumed the Gibson-Roberts heel – I should never have abandoned it, because now I can’t identify YO’s (or are some of them missing?). I expect some waiting-room time this afternoon. I’ll have to take the book along and go on struggling.
Catdownunder, I don’t think PGR deliberately over-complicated things. Explaining is difficult. A brief overview is often the best way to get one’s mind around a problem, and that’s not easy to do in this case. When you sit down with the book and a sock and start in on it, stitch by stitch, it’s fairly straightforward. Fairly.
Sarah JS, thank you for the hard work, comparing this heel to the Sweet Tomato. The result is interesting – that ST has substantially more rows. Maybe it’s what my husband needs for easy access.