Juliet's birth is announced in the Times today.
And I'm nearly there – one more decrease to do at the neck edges of the Sous Sous.
I arrived, at one point yesterday, at the situation most dreaded when one is knitting two halves of something with two different balls of yarn: namely, I was interrupted when precisely at the centre. When I resumed, there were the two balls, each attached to one side of the neck. I could complete a right side row, or else a wrong side one.
If one or the other half had involved a decrease, all would have been clear. That was not the case. There is no solution to that problem, is there, other than counting the rows? I relied on my Sirka – or, rather, on myself, to have moved the pointers faithfully. The worst that can have happened is two extra rows on one side or the other. And I think I got it right.
My other problem is marginally more serious. When I finish the decreases – it will happen today, barring a disaster – I am to work one row straight and then “Patt 4 sts, place remaining 66 sts on holder.”
The trouble with that is, that at the beginning of a row (any row, right side or wrong side) I am down there at the elbow. And those four stitches, it soon becomes clear, are about to be extended into an edging and sewn to the back of the neck, and therefore must be the four ribbed stitches at the neck edge, half-way through the row. “Work 1 row straight” must mean, work half-a-row, back to the neck edge.
But the pattern has been meticulously written up until now, and I was wrong about it once before and you had to put me right. So I’m slightly worried.
And absurdly concerned at the following instructions, for the RH side and the LH side. Does that mean the wearer’s right and left? Or the viewer’s? It doesn’t make the slightest bit of difference, as far as I can see, but we Blind Followers get really worked up about problems like that.
Change of subject
I signed up this morning to be a Patron of Knitty – they’re having trouble staying afloat as advertising dwindles. I should have done it some time ago. I’ll add the badge to the sidebar if I can figure out how. I’ve knit Kate Gilbert’s Clapotis (what did I do with that?) and the Dunfallandy blankie and that’s more than I’ve knit from many a magazine.
(I suddenly couldn't remember the words for either "Clapotis" or "Kate Gilbert". I googled "shawl pattern Knitty Kate" -- and it came up top. Clever algorithm somewhere.)