Friday, January 04, 2013

Helen is safely here. She brought us a large frozen bloody lump of wild boar – real wild boar, shot and roughly butchered by a neighbour on Mount Pelion. We will not be strong enough for such fare for a week or two. I will let you know how it goes.

The weather is wonderfully warm and open. We could have nipped up to Strathardle with Helen if we had been fighting fit.

I made a good start on the first sleeve of the Gardening Sweater yesterday. I think I will make it slightly shorter than my measurements dictate.

Too long:

(That was Christmas, '11.)

Just about right: 

Thank you for the help and advice with the Japanese shirt. I am powerless to start again until I decide what to do. This morning I’m drifting back towards Helen C.K.S.’ suggestion of the Boxy pattern. It can be knit in the round. The sleeves might have to be wider to accommodate a shirt with a collar beneath – the antique face needs a frame. Or possibly not -- the top of the Boxy sleeves looks wide enough to accommodate the short sleeves of a polo shirt.


  1. Anonymous3:45 PM

    have just bought the boxy pattern after reading your blog. It's my style-large enough not to worry about lumps and bumps!!
    Liz Phillips

  2. Oof ! I did the math for a size 40" sweater. It works out to approximately 400 stitches around for 173 rows of stockinette. Just sayin'.

    "Yer a better man than I am Gunga Din"

  3. I'm also knitting a BOXY after seeing it mentioned here. I'm not young and not slender but I think it will be okay on me. And I love the Madeline Tosh light. The endless stockinette knit in the round is very relaxing at the end of the day. Gail