Monday, May 05, 2008

The scarf is five feet long, so supernatural retardation can no longer be suspected. That’s all the pattern asks for, but I’ll go on for another foot or so because it’s so narrow. I'll try to add a picture later -- Blogger is having the vapours at the moment.

I think I have discovered the mildest of errors in the pattern as printed, but I’m not quite sure. The idea is, you do two triangles from one side, constituting one “wedge”, and then switch over and do two from the other. There are five rows of garter stitch between same-edge triangles. When you’re switching sides, I think it says to do six rows of garter stitch for the switch in one direction, and eight in the other.

It’s all concealed in instructions to repeat certain rows, and even now I’m not quite sure. I have settled down, anyway, with six rows of garter stitch for the switch in either direction – and the early instances where I did eight are completely undetectable.


Shandy, I agree about that lace tunic in IK. I like that too, and hesitated. But I can’t imagine it looking good on any of my loved ones, not even Cathy, who is small and fashionable. Whereas I can at least think about knitting the Mari Lynn Patrick “Blue Lagoon Redux” from VK for her – could she wear it over a shirt? Surely.

I like your silk-lined scarf, and it reminded me that there is some silk fabric in my stash cupboard which it is tine I did something with.

Donna, you must mean “Knitting with Handspun Yarns” when you refer to Lisa Lloyd’s book. Amazon says it hasn’t been released here yet. (So how come they’re offering used copies?) I’ll keep an eye on it.

I love the Koigu socks you knit. How are they wearing (Koigu being pure wool)? Did you reinforce heel or toe?

I have enough Araucania yarn left over from the rather-too-short sweater I knit for Alexander’s son James-the-Younger, to knit a pair of socks for Alexander himself. It might amuse both father and son. The yarn isn’t billed as a sock yarn, but it’s 25% poly-what’s-it, like sock yarns, and has a firm twist, so why not?

Barbara, I can’t get through to my website either, this morning. I hope it’ll come back. The story there is that when I switched to broadband, I assumed I would still have some “free” webspace such as was supplied with my dial-up subscription. But no. For a year I kept the dial-up subscription running as well, for the sake of the webspace, and then decided that was ridiculous and found somewhere else to put my stuff – but I’ve never finished getting it back up.


  1. Polyamide is just a fancy way of saying nylon - in the same way that viscose is rayon.

  2. Anonymous1:11 PM

    I agree with your musings over the verb "forge". However, I don't agree that the meaning is clear. Is she forging ahead with her knitting or is she urging knitting forward or is she encouraging people to knit? I can't imagine an editor allowing that one through.
    Ron in Mexico

  3. Anonymous4:10 PM

    Lisa Lloyd's new book, A Fine Fleece, Knitting with Handspun Yarns (from Potter Craft) is out. It's full of lovely, classic sweaters that are each shown knit in handspun and in yarns that are available from yarn shops, a nice compromise for those of us who have still managed to avoid another fiber addiction! I knit and weave.... my house is full of fiber and ewuipment for those two activities... there is no room for a spinning wheel too!
    I bought the book at my local Barnes and Noble on Saturday and spent Sunday enjoying it.

    Barbara M.

  4. That's the book - it's so lovely that I'm seconds away from ordering my first drop spindle, mad enough to think I can learn to spin a sweater's worth of yarn. Thanks for the compliment on the Koigu socks - I didn't reinforce the heel, but I also know my mother is not one to walk around in her stocking feet, so they should hold up okay. I knit her a pair out of woolier sock yarn (Fortissima, I think) and they're wearing like iron.