Friday, September 14, 2012

Again, little to say.  Kristie’s comment reminds me that the progress on this jacket must be completely unintelligible to anyone who doesn’t have the book open in front of them. [Do follow that link. Kristie is in Korea, staying in a house of ill repute and having adventures and taking wonderful pictures.]

The idea is that you knit a wide garter stitch band which goes all the way around the piece, starting at the lower edge, up the front, around the neck, down the other front,  and around the bottom edge until it meets the cast-on stitches to which it is grafted.

Then you fill in the middle with st st.

Then you pick up stitches for the sleeves.

At the moment, I’m knitting the bottom edge. I spent some time this morning measuring and calculating and I think I have figured out how long to make it. Some shaping is allowed during the st st bit. I wound and attached a new skein last night, and it was perfect. No moths, no knots. Most encouraging.

Charlotte, I do have a progress bar for the mitered jacket over there. My difficulty is that I haven’t the faintest idea how much progress I am making, percentage-wise. One likes to under-estimate, but that doesn’t come in to it.  Say 50% for the body and 25% for each sleeve? Two-thirds for the body and one-sixth for each sleeve would probably be more like it.

But what percentage of the body does this border constitute? I am feebly adding two or three percentage points every day, surely an under-estimate. I will have a much clearer view of the whole when I have finished the border and picked up stitches to fill in the hole.

(Blogger’s automatic span-detection is brilliant, but for some reason it didn’t like your comment, Charlotte. Fortunately I caught it fairly quickly and reinstated you.)


My husband is getting less and less mobile. We are reasonably well served by busses, and can still manage when a bus goes where we want to go, such as to the National Gallery or RSA. And we can drive to the Gallery of Modern Art where they provide parking. But yesterday he wanted to see Leslie Hunter at the City Art Centre and didn’t think he could manage the walking.

So I drove. Twenty years in Edinburgh, but I have never had to wander around the city centre looking for parking space and I dreaded it. It turned out to be easy – there is plenty of on-street parking near by, very expensive and well-patrolled with the result that there were plenty of empty spaces. That means that the City Art Centre and the Fruitmarket are back within our range. Ingleby remains a problem – but there, you have to walk upstairs to see the art so perhaps it is best avoided.

And we enjoyed the show.


  1. Sarah JS3:06 PM

    So glad the parking went smoothly yesterday. I admit there are some shopping centers I just won't go to due to the parking headaches.

    Hope you have a grand weekend.

  2. Do you have a system there where if you are disabled or are transporting someone who is disabled you can get a placard for your car to allow you to park in designated spaces? It sounds like your husband is at the point where he would qualify.

  3. We have such a system -- we applied and were turned down, a couple of months ago. I think my husband has deteriorated since then, and I think they were wrong to turn us down anyway. I'll phone our doctor next week and see if he couldn't write a supporting letter.

    1. Anonymous1:16 PM

      Can't you just hit "reply" to et an indented comment?

      Beverly in NJ.

  4. If you don't fancy driving/parking, then take a taxi. we are currently managing without a second car, using the notional sum we haven't spent as a taxi fund. The advantage is that they take you door to door - and generally know about all the road works. A few pounds well spent either way.

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  7. If you have the math skills available, you can determine the area of the entire sweater (add up the area of the various pieces). Then determine how many square inches of border you have knit. Divide the total square inches by the border square inches to get the percentage.