Sunday, June 03, 2007

Sam’s body is nearly finished. I should move on to knitting cuffs today. I don’t understand the instructions for attaching them, and can only hope they will become clear as I proceed. I see that one of the future excitements will be grafting ribbing: I’ve never done that.

A friend and blog-reader has offered to give me a bag of polyester filler that she was forced to buy in far greater quantity than she needed for some small knitted toys. So that takes care of that decision, and I’m very grateful. I’ll still go out wool-gathering in Strathardle later this week, in the hopes of adding some of that for luck.

Thank you, Vivienne and rosesmama, for your thoughts about the connection in meanings between the two sorts of wool-gathering. I particularly like the comparison with internet-browsing.

Today’s excitements:

1) I heard from yesterday that my order has been filled and dispatched to CT. That’s the denim-coloured cashmere for Theo’s gansey – my sister (his mother) will bring it when she comes for the Games and it will, I hope, be the Big Project here in Edinburgh in the fall.

2) I heard this morning of a long-hoped-for-and-by-now-unexpected baby due in December. I am so happy to have been given this small share in its parents’ joy and excitement. Franklin's touching post about his niece Abigail sort of sets the seal on things.


You guys know everything. How does one set about adding a button to one’s sidebar? I know that it isn’t OK to snatch buttons, but sometimes they’re offered for copying. What I don’t know is, how to do it. I have a vague grasp of HTML. I know that it will be a matter of adding a bit of code to my template (and I’ve done that successfully, to incorporate Google Analytics).

Start from scratch. Confronted with a button, how does one grab it?


  1. Anonymous1:52 PM

    Since you have a pc, I'll say, right click on the button, save it to your hard drive. It is most likely a gif or a jpeg, so you'd upload it to your server as an image which links to a url.

    And I wanted you to be the first to know that I cast on for a shawl in Malabrigo lace weight. It's not a Princess, or even minor nobility. ,but I was able to keep it straight last night while watching the NBA playoffs with my basketball mad son, even though he occassionally bounced a nerf ball off my head reenacting a play his hero had just made. That bodes pretty well for travel knitting, I'd say.

  2. Anonymous5:16 PM

    Jean, I've been working on Sam the Ram myself (through your inspriration, actuallly). I also find the instruction about attaching the legs to be baffling, partly because I haven't been using the stitch/row markers. I've been waiting until you got to this point in hopes that you would grasp the next steps and then post a recap or photo of how to proceed.

    So when you do figure it out, which I'm sure you will soon, could you take a picture ot two and post it? I'd be much obliged, indeed.

    Nothing like begging a favor on you first post.

  3. Anonymous5:21 PM

    Ah, Jean, you have inspired me to spend some big money this morning with more to be spent! I've purchased both Heirloom Knitting and the lovely Spring Shawl Pattern from Sharon Miller's website. I saw the notice that the Princess Shawl Pattern will again be available in November. Naturally, I entered a request to have my name placed on the list for the pattern. Of course, now there's yarn to be purchased, and...

  4. Anonymous8:28 PM

    Jean, I'm really enjoying watching Sam take shape; he's quite eyecatching! Assuming you have the picture/button on your computer that you'd like to place in your sidebar, I wrote up the two versions of HTML you might need - you'll see where you need to replace the sample links with real ones. Because this is a txt page, you can just cut and paste into your template. Hope this helps!

  5. Anonymous8:56 PM

    Kitchenering ribbing is a bit of a challenge. The best way I've found to do it is to graft the knit stitches on one side to the knit stitches on the other edge, ignoring the purl stitches. Then flip the piece over and, lo and behold, those purl stitches now look like knit stitches so you graft them as knit stitches. A bit fiddley but doable.