One more day, then Lent.
I have advanced to the final repeat of the centre pattern of Mrs Hunter's shawl. The stitch count is one-too-many on the left, as you look down on things, and correct on the right. I can deal with that.
The newspapers are wondering, as I am, whether Scotland could possibly win the Calcutta Cup this year, although they don't exactly see it in terms of a Fair Isle vest for Alexander.
I have got a truly extraordinary amount of resources -- Meg's DVD, Mucklestone's Craftsy class, you name it. I’m pretty sure I’ve never looked at the DVD – what about the pattern? And I watched, or re-watched, the first episode of Mucklestone today without any memory of having seen it before. Presumably, in that case, the pattern is in the class materials.
I've found my "inspiration" -- Hopper's "Gas", pictured in the FT at the weekend because it's in the "America After the Fall" expo at the RA. I'd love to see that show -- the decade and the continent from which I derive.
It should yield a good Fair Isle design, and Knitsonik and the Feral Knitter should help me plan it. Shandy, yes, you’re thinking along the same lines. I would want to alternate (shall we say) nine- and thirteen- row designs, different each time but not very different, lined up above each other, separated by a peerie pattern which would stay the same. And although the patterns would be different each time, the colours would stay the same.
Needs some thinking.
The EYF is the day before the Calcutta Cup match so I couldn't actually presume to buy yarn -- but Jamieson & Smith will be there. I can choose yarns and note names and numbers, for later ordering.
I don't have to cast it on the next day, for Heaven’s sake -- as long as it's finished before the 2018 Calcutta Cup match.
Both the Feral Knitter and Felicity Ford ("Knitsonic") are desperately keen on swatching, to test how colours work with each other. Why am I so reluctant? If Scotland should actually win - per impossibile -- it would be an event worth commemorating in a sweater worth keeping. And swatching does help.