Sunday, December 09, 2012

It’s been a while since we had a picture. Here’s the finished Reversible Cable scarf – you’re seeing both sides. The flash has brightened the colour, but you get the general idea. Here’s the Ravelry link to Mary Lou’s pattern. Recommended. The yarn, to recapitulate, is Colinette’s “Art” yarn in her “Vatican Pie” colorway.

I should polish off the Brioche scarf this evening – I’m about half-way through that tidying job.

Speaking of which, Nancy Marchant – she who wrote the book – is offering a Craftsy class in brioche knitting. I’m seriously tempted. I’ve got the book, but have never made any headway with it. Maybe video classes would work better?

I continued to make progress with Christmas yesterday, apart from finishing the scarf. I like doing cards, but could wish there were more hours in the day. I like reading last year’s messages and thinking of old friends, many of whom we’ll never see again. And writing at least a sentence or two for each. The object of the game is to keep working steadily – not to get behind and have to rush it and make the messages perfunctory.

I also got a bit more wrapping done. I don’t think I’ve ever spaced that chore out before, and it’s a good idea.

Here’s a seasonal note to end on – Theo just sent this picture of his Christmas tree. We've got horizontality issues again -- at least by now I know better than to spend Sunday morning struggling with it in vain. That’s Helen’s wedding present to Theo and his wife on the wall behind – “Our house ever fortunate with its own”. Must be a quotation.

And on the tree you can see one of Arne and Carlos’ baubles, knit by me this time last year.


  1. How sweet of them to send a photo of the bauble in situ. Thanks for the kind words on the pattern, I'm glad it worked well for you. Thanks again for the tip on the Simon Serailler books, I'm really enjoying the, they are well written and not in the least formulaic. Perhaps I'll do some wrapping today, a bit at a time, as long as the gifts are ready to go it sounds like a wiser way than my normal hurry.

  2. When I tried brioche for a scarf I ended up frogging because I was unsuccessfully in fixing a problem only two rows down. Despite asking on Ravelry and internet search I could not find information. I just watched the Craftsy class on Brioche and it is terrific. The lesson on fixing problems is wonderful. I've done quite a few of the classes and this one is really worth it even for experienced knitters.

  3. Your reversible cables scarf is wonderful! I hope knitting the red colour helped you through some of the dark days of December. Only a couple more weeks to go and we are through the worst of it.

    I remember reading your blog last year when you were so enthused about knitting the Arne and Carlos ornaments. I didn't quite understand your enthusiasm for them until I knit my first one this fall.

  4. Thanks for mentioning the Craftsy class. The Nancy Marchant book is one that I loved so much that I had it spiral bound. The scarf is lovly.

  5. Thanks for the Craftsy link, I am really tempted! I have tried brioche a couple of times now, but I never seem to be able to wrap my brain around it.

    Also, I nominated your blog for the Liebster Award!