Friday, December 18, 2015

Pretty miscellaneous, today.

The Awesome hat lacks but a round or two before the crown shapings. It's time to put the markers in.

The Rib-a-Roni hat you suggest, Mary Lou, is a good one all right – but worsted weight. I'm dedicated to DK at the moment. Ah! but what if there is a hat's-worth of delicious madtosh worsted in the shade "Tart" left over from the Dunfallandy blankie when I finish?

Alexander and his family are coming over today for a Christmas visit. The Little Boys have had splendid reports after their first term at the High School of Glasgow, each fully as good as the other. Father Christmas will be hard-pressed to think of a suitable reward.

Flipboard has come up with a good one, for once. In the '80's, or some such decade, in the days of Tom Baker, if you wrote in to the BBC about Dr. Who's scarf, they would send you the pattern.

I have been very interested in your suggestions for my Koigu. Hat, the Amazing technicolor dreamsweater looks like a lot of fun, and I love that sort of thing. I begin to regret the disappearance of my stash. But could I bear to embark on that much moss stitch again so soon after the Sous Sous? It sounds from the blurb as if you hold two strands of fingering yarn together throughout (which produces a nice, firm fabric). But wouldn't that blur the Koigu and spoil the fun?

Judith, your encouragement for Koigu in the 10-stitch blanket is very encouraging. Garter stitch would indeed make a nice solid fabric of it, suitable for a summertime pram or push-chair cover, at least.

And I like the Linen stitch scarf Mary Lou suggested. Have I any actual experience of linen stitch? Would all that moving of the yarn to the front and to the back wind up being much the same thing as ribbing as far as tedium and hand-movements are concerned?

Nana Go-Go, it is interesting news indeed that the Edinburgh Yarn Fest has extended itself by a day, to the Sunday, and added more classes -- booking tomorrow, link in Nana Go-Go's comment yesterday. I think I've got enough, with something for each of the three days. Stephen West would be fun, all right, but I've done his Craftsy class and feel I know him already. He delivers one of the lessons standing on his head.

The one that really interests me is Gudrun Johnston on Shetland lace -- but the class is full. How can that be, before registration starts. Did I miss it the first time around? I did her Craftsy class, too, and am rather afraid of her.


Fuguestateknits, I missed out on the Asterix Experience myself. The one you saw in my Christmas-wrapping picture is the latest, a pastiche, I guess, in the absence of the original authors. My husband read half of it when Amazon delivered, and wasn't desperately impressed.

Shortoldlady, I'm worried about you, having no one to give presents to. If there's one thing worse than having to give them, it's that. Could you not give a few at random, to people who don't expect them? I'm thinking of the wonderful gloves the Socklady knit for me and what a happy surprise it was to open that package.


  1. Anonymous11:31 AM

    Linen stitch is tedious, like ribbing and moss stitch. But when done in a variegated yarn, it is kind of exciting to watch the colors develop. That relieves the tedium a lot. It is, however, still slow to knit, and like all slip stitch patterns, creates a dense fabric that grows more slowly than stockinette or garter, even aside from hand motion issues.

    Queer Joe made a linen stitch blanket not too long ago, maybe out of Koigu. I'll try to find it in his blog.

    Beverly in NJ

  2. Anonymous12:19 PM

    Yes, Joe did knit a scarf in linen stitch using Koigu, and has more recently finished a linen stitch blanket in a different yarn. Here's a link to his post with photos of both:

    Whether that inspires you or frightens you is up to you!

    Beverly in NJ

  3. I am a bit baffled by the concept of a pattern for that Dr Who scarf. As far as I could see, if I am remembering aright, it would have consisted of "Cast on quite a lot of stitches. Knit until it is three times longer than you would reckon safe to wear. Cas off."
    Am I missing something?

  4. Chigail3:56 PM

    You should read Kay Gardiner's comments on linen stitch from yesterdays Mason/Dixon Knits blog post.

  5. annec in Maryland4:40 PM

    I seem to remember mentions on the KnitList of folks knitting the Dr. Who scarf, does that ring a bell to anyone else?

  6. Linen stitch is tremendously tedious. And it produces a beautiful fabric. Each knitter has to make their own decision as to whether it's worth it, I suppose!