Tuesday, August 28, 2018

As hoped, I have embarked on the Kirigami sleeves and am re-experiencing the delight of whipping around the circumference of a wrist after weeks of knitting my way around a body.

I’ve finished the ribbing. The sleeve shaping is done with a very fancy invisible increase which I can only hope I will eventually learn. I wish I had gone for the good old pick-up of the bar between the stitches. It’s not invisible, but makes, to my mind, an attractive little feature. Stephen West – it must be part of his Craftsy class – taught me a neat little mnemonic to determine which way the increases will lean:

I’ll be right back.
I left the front door open.

For a right-leaning increase, insert the left-hand needle under the bar from back to front, and so forth.

But EZ might have had me in mind when she wrote about Blind Followers. If Gudrun wants a fancy invisible increase, that’s what she shalll have.

Non-knit, exactly

I’ll be interested to hear, Kristen and Pattie, what you think of “Handywoman” when you have time to read it. And anyone else, of course. It’s certainly impressive. KD is an impressive woman. She remains anti-stroke, to the end of the book. But when it happened, she was in mental pain, losing weight, and had suffered two psychotic episodes. It is easy to see why her first consultant thought her stroke symptoms were “displacement”, or whatever the word is – he was thoroughgoing in self-reproach when he was proved wrong.

But surely her life now is better is any number of ways than it was pre-stroke, and Tom’s likewise. She’s not “better”, but she can walk two or three miles a day, and regularly does, as well as the other achievements with which we are familiar. The body is a mysterious thing.


  1. I've not read "Handywoman" but I am a long-term reader of KD's blog. I think it is quite hard to grasp just how physically active she was pre-stroke compared with how she is now. I thought it was interesting that she put up a post responding to someone who had suggested that the stroke had been in some way a good thing and then took the post down again. When she describes the continuing impairments she has to live with this sits alongside the carefully styled images presented on her blog of someone living the dream. But that is one of the problems with the medium, especially since Tom is a brilliant photographer.

  2. I will read Handywoman and try to imagine her experience. It makes sense to me that her stroke was devastating and also opened new, wonderful doors for her. Seems to me that finding the blessing in such big, challenging life changes is a gift that all of us hope to experience.

  3. Anonymous1:07 PM

    Maybe Kate feels she lost a certain amount of freedom with her stroke, a quality she may value above all others. Especially having lost it so young. I haven't read the book (yet) so that is just a guess. Chloe

  4. My copy of Handywoman arrived just a couple days after you mentioned it here, but I might save it for an upcoming trip. I like that mnemonic!

  5. Jean, thanks so much for passing on the Stephen West M1 mnemonic. This should save me from forever looking at my notes. Still expecting Handywoman in each day's mail, here in Ontario.

    1. Me too! Very useful mnemonic...if I can remember it :)