Wednesday, October 31, 2007

A week is a long time in knitting.

You will remember that I cast on the second KF sock the day before we left. I set myself to finish the ribbing before we got to Newcastle – and achieved it. After that, the wonderful yarn knit itself. I finished the socks. Rachel wore them to work yesterday. Fraternal stripes look fine, I thought. I didn’t have a camera, but Rachel’s daughter Lizzie took pictures and I hope they will turn up here soon.

Ed wore a KF vest on Sunday which I made him years ago, couldn’t be fewer than 15, back in the days when Rowan used to put designs up in kits and sell them cheap in the January sales. This one is in dark colours with a fair amount of silk, and looks great. He probably only wears it when I’m around. I hope he will wear it to my funeral. Lizzie took a picture of that, too.

Then I cast on the next pair of KF socks – man’s size, this time, so slower. I thought I had bought more stripes in a different colourway, but it turns out I had the same colourway, “Earth”, in the other mode, Mirage instead of Landscape. (There’s a good illustration of the difference here.) I made good progress, despite dozing quite a bit on the north-bound train yesterday. I’m about 2/3rds of the way down the leg.

Photographed on the doorstep for the sake of the light. The effect is rather artistic.

While in London I bought “Knitting New Scarves” by Lynne Barr (and rushed straight back to enter it in LibraryThing from Rachel’s computer). Everybody is recommending this book, and everybody is right to do so. I try to insulate myself as far as possible from the movements of fashion, but I happen to have walked past a couple of racks of scarves “Just In” lately, and I can tell you that three-dimensional, as in the book, is what they’re selling this year. By which I don’t mean fun fur.

See Chronic Knitting Syndrome's blog entry for October 24. She makes me want to knit Shag, for which I have Just the Thing in my stash. I love Linked Rib but I’m not sure I’m good enough. There are many others. But it’s time to start Theo’s cashmere gansey.

And “Kaffe Knits Again” has just – at last! – fallen through the letter-box.


  1. Nice to see you back. Sounds like you had a nice trip.

  2. I am, as you probably know, quite the fan of doorstep photography.

  3. oh london. lucky lucky you. and it is so lovely with all the things that comes in the post.
    it is nice to have you back. i love your razor sharp remarks about things.

  4. Anonymous8:17 AM

    I couldn't help but laugh over your quip about the wearing of the KF vest. Maybe that's why I don't knit for my nearest and dearest.