Sunday, April 22, 2012

Safely back. The weather was fairly unpleasant, but not nearly as bad as forecast. Too cold and wet for seeds, but I risked putting some potatoes in. And weeded and manured the fruit hedge. It’s looking well, and 2012 is the year in which there will be no caterpillars or pigeons or American gooseberry mould.

We ate a few stalks of our own forced rhubarb. Utterly delicious.

Wood anemonies ("wooden enemies") along the burn on the way to the commonty:

I was taken aback at how tired we got. A bit of mild faffing about in the morning, a late lunch, and we were ready to sleep by the fire.


The Japanese shirt (which is being knit in one piece) is almost half-way from cast-on to armhole, and very near the third buttonhole. Both these landmarks should easily be passed next time. It’s sock-weight yarn on a small needle with lots of stitches. Progress is slow. I’d like to bring it back here to be the major Edinburgh WIP at least for a while, but there’s too much going on in the form of Games-entry snood, Tulip cardigan, and the Sock Project.

As for the snood, I’ve nearly finished stripe CCC. All is well. It occurs to me that I do have one chance to show off for the judges – everybody is going to have to join their snoods into a loop, and I’m confident I can do a row of grafting that they will have to search for pretty hard. Off the top of my head, st st grafting is all I can manage. But I've got books. I did some neat garter stitch grafting in the Round the Bend jacket, and Sam the Ram, five years ago, has some grafted ribbing on his stomach. I’m not afraid of seed stitch.

I seem to have ordered “The Sock Knitter’s Handbook” by Charlene Schurch and Beth Parrott from Amazon. At any rate, it has turned up. It’s good – and it’s spiral-bound. Everything imaginable is briskly set forth, with excellent illustrations.

The authors seem particularly keen on the “Strong Heel”, first expounded by Gerdine Crawford-Strong in Knitter’s in Fall, ’03. “Easy and lovely”, they call it. I ought to have that issue in my archives and might try to find it. Will that be my next heel?

Candace Strick’s “revolutionary” sock book should surely turn up from the US before long.


You don’t need a recommendation from me to read the Panopticon’s latest blog entry. It’s just that that lace insertion, towards the end, reminds us, if reminding were needed, that Franklin is a demon knitter. We love him for wit and cartoons and photography at all of which he is so brilliant that it is easy to forget that he isn’t just kidding, when it comes to knitting itself.


  1. Don't fret about the naps. Perhaps it's your body's way of recharging and de-stressing after the tension of the flood.

  2. I find that after working out in the cold, the warmth makes you sleepy, no matter what. Those wood anemones are lovely. I saved notes on the Strong Heel from the old Knit U days. Somewhere. I'll wait to see what you think! I might Oliver next sock.

  3. Typical fickle April weather for you in Scotland as for us in southern Vermont, US. Always a tease it seems. Friday and Saturday were very warm and sunny and this morning dawned cold and rainy with torrential rains predicted. We've a fire in the kitchen range and will hunker down for the duration.

  4. GrannyPurple2:34 PM

    My husband has a pair of those strong-heeled socks, made 7 or 8 years ago, still wearing well. I remember it as so simple I was worried when I made them.

  5. Barbara M. In NH8:17 PM

    I love the "wooden enemies!". One of my favorite memories of our time in Iowa was telling our oldest (8 then, 38 thiis week) that we were going to Cedar Rapids. "Can we pat them?". ??????? "When we go to see the rabbits, can we pat them?"

    thanks for bringing back some lovely memories, Jean.

  6. Oh dear the "wooden enemies" have now scrambled my remeberie - I have always had trouble recalling if it is anemone or anenome and have to say "anemometer" to keep myself straight (Windflowers, wind measurer) Now I am going to be saying your lovely wordscramble and getting it wrong again. I do love these family mispronunciations.

  7. Anonymous1:02 AM

    There was an article (by techknitter, I think) in Interweave knits a few years back about grafting which included garter st grafting.....

  8. I agree with Lou. Getting away from the worries of Drummond Place is letting your bodies relax and rest as
    they should. I'm glad you were able to go.