Thursday, April 13, 2017

The yarn is here.

I’ll spend a penitential Good Friday knitting more Tannehill sleeve. I’ve finished the fast-seeming part above the wrist and am now mired in the instruction to increase at each end of every 6th row 13 times.

And then at the weekend I’ll knit another lozenge or two – first, I must chart them. Shandy (comment yesterday), I think the lozenge patterns are all different, front and back. As far as I can judge from the picture on the J&S website, the sleeves re-use the patterns although not necessarily in the same order. Maureeninfargo would know. I’ll look again tomorrow at her pictures, and those of the other Raveller who has knit it.

(Jamieson & Smith’s pattern, we now know, is the one Jen A-C reconstructed from the original in the Shetland Museum.)

Why do you think it was originally knit flat? Is that something I paid insufficient attention to in the pictures Jen A-C posted on her blog? That would be most unusual. I’d better have another look at them, too.

The new yarns are pretty good. “Flugga white” has a slight yellowish cast to it – no harm in that. The grey I have ordered to replenish the darkish grey I have been using, appears far too light – but it may turn out, in practice, that there is no harm in that, either. It’s not as if I were switching yarns in mid-sweater. The gentle green which is teamed with “tangerine” in the peerie is not the same as the one I have been using.

Kathy has some J&S jumper weight, although not the full range. If I don’t like the next lozenge, I may well be able to better the grey and perhaps the green there.


I got down to Tesco’s this afternoon and bought the last package of Hot Cross Buns. At least we will observe Easter to that extent. 


  1. Re seams. Jen writes in her account that the jumper had been cut open along one seam. When you look at the main piece where the other side seam would be, you can see how the motifs don't match up in any way, so that must be a sewn seam.
    I am itching to start charting up some lozenges and casting on myself, now that I am back where my stash lives.

    1. =Tamar9:41 PM

      I haven't read her account, but I wonder. Was Jen using the modern meaning of "seam" or the older meaning of a place where a line of purls indicated a location, such as at the back of a stocking? Motifs not matching doesn't require a sewn seam, just a place where they started designs over again. Fairisle work often has a line of knots tied at the edge where new colors were begun, but even that doesn't indicate sewing, because that was done on socks and gloves as well. I'd want to look at all the edges very carefully for any sign of yarns being turned and worked back across a row.

  2. I was recently reading EZ's Knitting Around where she tells about her published designs being flattened. She believed in always working with circular needles but the magazines thought that was too hard for their readers. Funny.
    I hope your Easter holds small joys, Jean.

  3. The colors can look so different in situ, so the swatching will be instructive. And fun.