Monday, June 06, 2016


I agree, Mary Lou, we don’t want sorrel soup laden with cream. I’ve done a bit of googling and failed to find exactly what I’m looking for. I’m certainly not a spontaneous cook, but as I remember, all one does is sweat some chopped onion and a chopped potato in butter; add stock; add sorrel; liquidise.

That’s good news, Jane, that you’re going to persevere with your Dunfallandy, and perhaps even better news, that your edge stitches are still live. As I remember, all you need on each side are those live stitches and perhaps two from the gulf in between the two triangles – far fewer than the pattern specifies.

Knitting and Not

The tennis was too exciting yesterday to allow for much knitting, but I got a bit done, all the better for having the Sous Sous out of sight. One of the rewards of a misspent life is that I have a lot of bags given me by LYS’s when grateful owners wanted to reward me for major expenditure. They are now nearly all full of yarn-and-pattern for future projects: presumably what the acronym-writers had in mind with PIGS: Projects in Grocery BagS. The Sous Sous bag is from The Elegant Ewe in Concord, NH. I hope it flourishes.

Tennis: why was the Paris crowd, asked to choose between a Scotsman and a Serb, so enthusiastic for the Serb? Whatever happened to the Auld Alliance? It’s not even as if the Serb were the underdog – but perhaps that’s irrelevant. Perhaps cheering for the underdog is an Anglo-Saxon thing. At any rate, the Serb won and the Frenchies went home happy.  I wonder if Murray could have carried on the post-match interview in French as fluently as Djokovic did?

I have continued to read and think about haps. Sharon Miller says that knitting the centre square from corner to corner, although not traditional, has the advantage that when the shawl is folded and worn, the garter stitch rows in the centre run from shoulder to shoulder. You can see this clearly in the photograph which illustrates Gudrun’s “Hansel” pattern although there it is a baby being carried.

I am much like Epaminondas (although I suspect it is not Correct to mention him) in my enthusiasm for acting on the most recent instruction issued to me. If the yarn had arrived on Saturday – J&S emailed on Friday to say it had been dispatched  – I would be well forward with the edging for the first side by now. If it arrives today or tomorrow, I am likely to cast on a corner of the centre.

Gudrun does the centre that way, with a YO loop at the beginning of every row, making a nice open edge for picking up the borders later on. I knit Hellie’s bridal shawl centre-out and seem to remember a lot of trouble with the picking-up. But that was without YO loops.


  1. I have knit several haps using Gudrun's patterns and really enjoy the effect you get from knitting the picked up loops in the manner that gives the most open look.

  2. The Hansel pattern includes descriptions of two different methods for knitting the picked up loops.

  3. Anonymous3:10 PM

    My great-grandmother, born in the 1870s in the Far North of Scotland, knitted hap shawl centres corner to corner. I can just remember her doing one when I was a 3 year old (for my little brother, I think). That is what made me a life-long lover of knitting - I was so fascinated that where other people knitted pieces "straight up and down" while following a pattern, Nanna was making a diamond shape without a pattern. Of course I didn't realised then just how easy it was. So I suppose it depends on what one considers "traditional".

  4. About the French crowd's support for Djokovic, you seem to have answered your own question: he speaks fluent French. I googled him and it seems he lives in Monte Carlo, so perhaps he's considered practically French?

  5. Anonymous7:26 PM

    I loved the little loops along the edges when I knit Gudrun's Hansel very recently for new grandniece, and somehow just prefer the look of the corner-to-corner garter stitch. Does it result in better stretching for wrapping the infant? Not sure. Gudrun does a kind of crossed effect when she picks up her loops, in her Craftsy class demo; like Inge, I chose the open look and was pleased with the effect.
    - Beth in Ontario

  6. I usually do my haps corner to corner and I knit through the back of the loop at the end of each row. It was pointed out to me by an elderly Scotswoman that this made a neater edge for picking up the border stitches. It seems to work for me.