Tuesday, July 16, 2013

My achievement for this morning has been to get to grips with Feedly. I think if I had switched over in time, it would have imported all my Google Reader stuff automatically. But I didn’t. Or whatever. Anyway, I’ve got it going now, although I’m not yet comfortable in the saddle. Next is to remember how to make it my go-to page when I load Google Chrome.

I have reached the toe-shaping of the 2nd Mind the Gap sock, as hoped, and should polish it off today. Then back to the Pakokku’s. I’m greatly looking forward to the Strong-Fleegle heel with YO’s – and therefore eyelets -- for the increases.

And that reminds me that I read somewhere very recently (but can’t give credit where it’s due, because I’ve forgotten the source) about a technique for the edges of a Stephen West-type shawl. The shawl is expanding furiously because of internal increases. The edge needs to be stretchy. Stephen warns in his Craftsy course about being very, very careful not to be too tight when changing colours for the stripes.

The technique was – is – to put in a YO on every row one or two stitches in from the edge, and to drop it on the following row. Sounds worth a try.

That’s about it for knitting this morning. I have a project mentally queued – HALFPINT isn’t quite the acronym wanted: I’ll make time for this one. I can’t tell you about it yet, except to say that I’m hovering around the Loopy Ewe website.


Allingham’s book about the war turned up yesterday. It’s interesting. She begins with the village itself, so like and so unlike the one I know in Perthshire. And then she spends quite a bit of time on the build-up to the war. I hadn’t realised that so much preparation was done in the year between Munich (“peace in our time”) and the actual outbreak of the war.

That’s as far as I’ve got – September, ’39. We still have the winter of the Phoney War to go, before bombs start falling.

It seems curiously dated – well, it would be. That’s the whole point. And – am I going too far here? – it is a hymn to an English myth, of a society where gentle and simple pull happily together, which was knocked into a cocked hat (as we say) by the General Election of 1945. That’s one of my memories of the war, the astonishing news that the British had voted Churchill out, even before the Japanese surrender. I would have been 11.


  1. Anonymous11:30 AM

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  2. Anonymous12:29 PM

    I have used the YO edging in a Veera Stripe Study - I thought the technique worked very well and was certainly easy. Some Ravelry commenters on another Veera design, Colour Affection, thought it changed the shape and they were not in favour.
    Here is a link to a blogger who does prefer the YO edging - http://threeblacksheep.wordpress.com/2012/06/09/scientific-study-of-color-affection-2/
    I am looking forward to seeing the results of your shawl knitting.

    I can't think about wearing wool today in Toronto.
    It's almost as hot here this week as it would be in July in Beijing.

  3. I had been using Feedly myself for awhile, but just never felt happy with it. Switched to Digg Reader http://digg.com/reader It will actually help you download your old google reader list.

  4. Good morning Jean.

    I've nearly finished a Stripe Study and found that if I wind the yarn twice on the first stitch when changing colour, then drop the extra yarn on the return stitch, it allows just the right amount of yarn to go up the side of the work without puckering or looping.

    The techniques we wish we'd discovered years ago...