Tuesday, June 14, 2016

As if the Haps Book wasn’t enough for one week – there’s more excitement! I must try to resist the temptation to make every sentence that follows into an exclamation.

I’ve had an advance notice about EYF 2017 – March 9-12. The class schedule will be available on October 7, and booking will start from October 15. Fingers on the buzzer! Now all we need is for Franklin to be among the teachers, for happiness to be complete.

This time I’ll know to leave March 10 free for the market. I’m still a trifle sad about having cancelled my class with TomofHolland in favour of the market this year, but it had to be done.

They’re having a “Knit Fest” in Inverness in late September, featuring knit-cruises on Loch Ness. I’m sure it won’t be nearly as good as ours.

I had another good day with the Hansel hap. I’ve now joined in the fourth ball of yarn and am steaming briskly down towards the finishing of the centre square. When I told Gudrun that I was knitting it, she said that the centre square was the most fun part. Rather to my surprise – I am so looking forward to those stripes. But I also very much enjoy knitting an edging onto live stitches, so I’m looking forward to that, too.

The whole thing is deliciously warm and light and cosy, and I am enjoying it enormously. I fit it into the crevices of the day, instead of just reserving it for sitting-down-time. This is knitting the way it used to be.

I very much like Kate’s remark, at the end of the chapter on construction in the haps book, that “Whether a sweater is made top-down or bottom-up, it is a sweater, and a hap worked borders-in or centre-out remains a hap.”


  1. I was very excited also to see the notification about next year's Edinburgh Yarn Festival. I am determined to get myself there one way or another!
    I have had the pleasure of classes with Franklin Habit and feel sure you'll enjoy it. He's very entertaining and knowledgeable.
    Back to my packing up of our house. There is a long long car ride ahead for tomorrow, which means a completed sleeve on the big gray cabled sweater, and possibly a good start on the second one. Once that's done, I can look at haps to knit!!

  2. Another vote for the crochet cast over the knitting needle (if that makes sense). At least for me, the motion is quite similar to knitting but with a crochet hook rather than a knitting needle in the right hand. I think the discrepancy in numbers is that Kate Davies' characteristic attention to detail has you make a chain slightly longer than the number of stitches you will need.

  3. Oooh - maybe I will make it this year. Just returned from the trade show in DC. No curved DPNs. Apparently the German company holds the patent, and there is no US distributor at the moment. Now, off to read the posts I missed about the hap book signing.

    1. Anonymous12:11 AM

      The US distributor for Neko Needles is Candra's Yarn Paradise: https://squareup.com/store/candras-yarn-paradise.

      Like so many followers, I look forward to your daily posts, Jean, and am constantly learning from your knitting expertise, as well as that of so many of your followers. Thank you! -Susan in CT

  4. I finished knitting and blocked my Godswood of Winterfell KAL shawl. I really love the pattern of beautiful leaves. Finished and sewed in another triangle on Dunfallandy and have one more to go. I am totally stuck on the 1-to-5 increase in Celtic Cable shawls (Ishneich). Not so much the increase itself as to how to knit it on the next row. I guess I'll have to knit the sample to see how everything works together.

  5. Anonymous2:33 AM

    Just noticed errata posted for some patterns including Uncla.