Monday, October 13, 2008

British banks have more or less been nationalised. Stock markets are calmer and more cheerful. There seems to be somewhat less likelihood that the lights will go out. Whew! I guess.

I visit this website often and find it a great comfort.

The Princess

I can’t take a picture right now because I’m in less-than-the-middle of row 2 of the 9th repeat. Sometime today.

The good news is that I finished no. 8 with no further offsetting. The application of Cynthia’s Formula revealed that I have now knit 35.45% of the centre – more than a third!

The bad news is that I am lacking ten or eleven stitches on the right side. How on earth did that happen?

It is easy to calculate how many stitches there should be after each repeat, and it is part of my end-of-repeat routine to do so. There were eight stitches on each side of the centre stitch when the first repeat began. Each repeat adds 23 stitches to each side. At the end of the seventh repeat, everything was fine. What happened?

Eyeballing the border, everything looks fine there – the centre is creeping forward evenly on each side and as far as I can see has reached the same point on each side. Maybe I should try counting the remaining stitches, though.


  1. Anonymous9:28 AM

    Oh dear!

    Hopefully it's just a counting error. 11 or 12 sts is exactly one half a pattern repeat, so maybe it has something to do with markers and that one pattern offset. Counting the remaining sts will make you feel better.

    I think I mentioned that I'm doing a private Princess KAL with a friend. She managed to knit 24 rows of the lower border over the weekend, which is more than 20,000 sts. I am in awe.

    Can't wait to see the pictures.


  2. oh my you have to go on a world tour with that princess once it is finished. it is incredible. i wonder if i will cave into doing something like that at one point. i love a good challenge but i think you are fearless knitting such a big thing in lace. after all nothing is easier than forgetting a yarn over.

  3. Anonymous5:48 PM

    Oh yes, that site is a daily must-read for me.