I have difficulty enough fitting the little I do into 24 hours – 23 is definitely not enough. Still, here we are on the far side. That's that done for another year. And round 11 is finished, of the borders of the Unst Bridal Shawl.
Elaine, thank you for the pointer to p. 160 of “Knit One Knit All”. That's going to help. Part of my difficulty has been, how to fit in the YO's which have to go on either side of the pivotal stitch every other row. I think the answer is, put them in on the wrong-side row (unlike the other three corners). That is, at the end of a right-side round, wrap and turn and then do a YO before starting the next round. And at the end of a wrong-side round, do a YO before knitting the stitch.
Cheryl Schweitzer (any relation?) wrote to remind me of the treasures available on Jackie E-S's wonderful website, Heartstrings. I'm already using her “less stressful k3tog” at least half the time. I must explore the website looking for more.
[Jackie's less-stressful k3tog is: knit the first two stitches together, transfer the resulting stitch back to the left-hand needle, pass the following stitch over, transfer the whole lot back to the right-hand needle. The one I do when I'm feeling stronger is: slip the first two stitches together – that is, inserting the needle as if you were going to knit them together, then knit the third and pass the slipped stitches over it.]
Round 11, just finished, has no fewer than 5 k3togs in every 36-stitch repeat.
The new VK has pitched up here. I haven't had time to do it justice yet, but I've read Meg on lace knitting just in case there was anything I needed to know right now. She reminds us of the need to avoid casting-on and casting-off as far as possible, because of the danger of creating a tight line, confirming my prejudice in favour of knitting a Shetland shawl edging-inwards – where the only casting-on is for the edging itself, and there's no casting-off at all.
This got me worried a bit about the bottom edge of the centre square of the Unst Bridal Shawl, where I had to cast on (provisionally) a lot of stitches. I think I'm OK on that one.
Skeindalous, I had completely forgotten that plenty of garter-stitch-in-the-round is waiting for me when I finally get back to Rams and Yowes. I'm pretty sure I'll follow your lead on that one, bite the bullet, and purl every other round.
Speaking of which – Kate Davies is off to Iceland, having just finished a Lopi design of her own, soon to be published. She is full of enthusiasm for the yarn. I suspect a new item is about to shoot to the top of many a HALFPINT list.
Now that Laetare Sunday is behind us, Easter can't be far away. I'd like to take the Bridal Shawl along to Loch Fyne. I tend to get up first, along with the Little Boys, and we sit at the wonderful long kitchen table, in a room made cosy by the Aga, me alternately knitting and interfering in whatever the boys are doing. They play together better than any two children I have ever known. It's splendid knitting time, with the early-morning synapses firing and no responsibility for the rest of the day.
But Hellie and Matt will be there. I can scarcely knit the Bridal Shawl in front of them. Take both projects, perhaps, for different times of day?
Rachel phoned yesterday, as she usually does on Laetare Sunday. Her family has postponed rejoicing (= laetare) until next weekend, when they're all going to Paris to cheer Hellie on in her marathon-running. They're going to pick us up on Good Friday and whisk us off to Loch Fyne.