The Fishwife posted a link to Kate Davies’ blog in her comment yesterday. Don’t miss. It’s about Debenham’s selling a rip-off of Kate’s famous o w l sweater. I calmed down a little after I had had time to think about it – Debenham’s is not taking any of Kate’s income away. Nobody who was thinking of buying the pattern and knitting the o w l would change her mind when offered the chance to buy a shoddy-looking ready-made instead.
But it still hurts.
The Zauberball socks progress nicely – I might even reach the heel today. Our niece for whom I’m knitting them has small feet, like her cousin Rachel and Rachel’s daughters (and my mother). James’ wife Cathy comes into that category. Helen and Ketki and I are rather more substantially endowed.
I am not going to be able to resist all these enthusiastic recommendations for the Sidewinders. Gretchen, thank you in particular for that tip about getting the row tension right, and then adjusting the stitch numbers as necessary. For the one-sock-vertical-one-sock-horizontal joke – who would wear those, among my recipients? the question needs some thought – it would have to be Sidewinders rather than the new Knitty pattern, Longitudinal, because that one is in garter stitch.
On the other hand, Longitudinal also sounds a lot of fun, and I am grateful for your tip, Kristie, of starting the long Magic Cast-on at a point where the Zauberball changes colour.
Alexander’s socks, finished while Mr Murray was losing his tennis match on Sunday, are the seventh pair I’ve done this year (plus the snood for the Games, and my husband’s v-neck madelinetosh which he wears almost daily and which looks very good). The first two pairs, though, were just done in the same-old-way, to replenish my husband’s sock drawer. The excitement of discovering the possibilities of sock-knitting started subsequently, and seems endless – especially now that longitudinality has been added to the mix.
The dining room ceiling acquired a layer of plasterboard yesterday, and today – they have already arrived – it will be plastered. They are pleasant and self-sufficient men but still a worry.
I have gardening news, but it will have to wait.