Here’s some cheerfulness from Alexander – the
where he was born. Glasgow
Another good day on the Christmas front – six or seven cards written, three presents wrapped. I begin to feel like the old horse when its head is turned towards the stable – a fortnight from today will be a little bit lighter than the day before. And the day before will have been lighter than the day before that. Unless the world ends on the solstice as the Mayans predict.
And I got to the post office and dispatched a heavy package to
. Expensive, but not as
expensive as EasyJet excess baggage. And it’s done. Greece
I tidied up the brioche scarf – there was less to do than I thought.
And I swatched for Ed’s Gardening Sweater. Goodness, this stuff is beautiful. I had a moment almost of panic – what am I going to do when I finish the swatch? I can’t knit the hat until those needles come. The scarves are finished. I can’t just sit here.
The answer would have been the perennial lurking sock, but I didn’t think of that. I just went ahead and opened Knitter’s for Spring 2000 and got started on Meg’s instructions for the EPS.
She wants a circular swatch, or a flat one where you loop the yarn across the back and start again at the other side, so as to knit every row. I didn’t do that. But then she very engagingly says that, even after doing it right, she measured 4.25 stitches to the inch and in fact got a gauge of 4. Try it and you may, I say, in the immortal words of Sam-I-am.
So I measured and did the arithmetic and attempted to cast on 238 stitches. It’s been a while since I did anything like that – I didn’t leave enough yarn in the Long Tail, and had to start again. That gave me time to reflect that if I want a 2x2 rib, it’ll have to be 236 or 240. So that’s where I am at the moment – casting on.
This first article gives the proportions for the body, and instructions for knitting up to the underarm, and some suggested embellishments. I don’t think I’ll need short rows to avoid it riding up in the back, as I’m knitting for a fit rectangular man. Phoney seams are an interesting idea – drop a stitch at the underarm, run it back, and then crochet up, alternately taking in two ladders and then one. I’ve never tried that.
She also includes a brilliant arithmetical trick from Cheryl Brunette for spacing the increases in the ribbing-to-body round. It’s from her Sweater 101 which is still out there.
I’ve knit two other sweaters recently for
men: Thomas-the-Elder’s “Brownstone” is a bit too generous. Ogden
Joe’s Grandson Sweater is just about perfect.
Hope for the best.
Change of subject: Queer Joe remarks on Facebook that he google’d “Knitting blogs” and found himself third and felt terribly pleased. I tried it – I was 8th, I think, but Joe was 10th on my list. Maybe Google knows. Then I tried “knitting blogs
” and that
moved me down to the second page, 14th or so. Jared was top of the
first list, my neighbour Kate Davies of the second. UK