Saturday, December 19, 2015

We'll have to stop soon for the hols, but I'll try to forge ahead until the solstice – Tuesday at 8:04 am around here, according to Google.

I went on one of those virtual knitting-trips this morning, following your links in yesterday's comments – Chigail's to Mason/Dixon Knitting and Beverly's to Queer Joe, both on the subject of linen stitch. Mason/Dixon is enough to put one off linen stitch for life, Joe balances pros and cons.

Joe had a comment from Leslie Bagatelle pointing me to the ZickZack scarf, for which see Ravelry. That looks to me like the answer, for a Koigu-stash-buster. I'll print and save. And that pattern, via the Yarns of Rhichard Devrieze, led me to Be Inspired Yarns, an LYS right here in Edinburgh.

I've known about it, but have never had the oomph to get myself over there. Looking at all the wonderful things on their website – including madtosh – I know that I really must, and soon.

So that was a good morning's web crawl.

I didn't get much knitting done here yesterday, but the crown shaping of the second Awesome hat is well under way. This hat seems to have taken substantially more from a newly-wound skein of Roasted Hatch Chillis than Archie's hat did from an already-slightly-used ball of Composition Book Grey. Why?

We had a good visit with Alexander and his family yesterday. The Little Boys are growing up. Partly this can be attributed to the passage of time, but I think the High School of Glasgow is probably providing them both with space and the right atmosphere for growing in. All of their previous education has been in a very small and seriously good primary school in Strachur.


  1. Be Inspired Yarns is a lovely shop and the owner is lovely. While you're up there, you should try and visit The Chocolate Tree in Bruntsfield. No yarn but their range of organic chocs are too good to resist! Gudrun's Lace class went on sale in October so that's why it's full up now but she's duplicating her Hap class, which goes up for grabs today. Good weekend to you, Jean.

  2. Anonymous12:15 PM

    If you ever want to see someone's dedication to a project read ArtLady's notes on her Koigu Linen Stitch scarf. After all the tedium of linen stitch she tried at least four different bindoffs. I came across her while searching for ways to use my Koigu leftovers. Since I routinely lose scarves and gloves, I quickly decided against this project. Maybe for a baby garment. Well in advance of the impending birth and one row a day. It does seem to produce a beautiful fabric. But might only be appreciated by a knitter-mother.

  3. Jean Linen stitch is lovely but a bit tedious. Is your gauge the same on both hats? Sometimes even with the same needles I am more relaxed/stressed and it can vary. Or, the balls were not the same amount of yarn to begin with. Often skeins are not identical in amounts. Maybe the first skein was a bit more generous.

  4. And someone once told me that darker yarns carry a heavier dose of dye,and are therefore heavier and shorter in length. Maybe this applies to your hats.

  5. I love linen stitch in the round. Just do a large steek, which gets cut after all is done, then the ends are knotted for fringe. I'm bevqw on Ravelry and have notes to my project there. You also retain the ability to rip out or frog without cutting your yarn every row.

  6. On a non-knit topic - the Little Boys are no longer Little it would seem. I have seen so many children, particularly boys, go from a small rural school - however good - to high school and blossom almost overnight.
    I am also in "hat" mode - in this case cotton sun hats. I do so envy your cold weather!