Friday, January 26, 2018

I don't know why text has turned blue. I don't like it.

This was perhaps a slightly better day. Did I feel stronger? I think I have knit a full five rows of the baby shawl borders, with perhaps another to come. I am currently doing a row of roundels, and it’s actually easy to see how each knitted row fits into the roundel below, once they have been correctly established. Which was pretty easy in itself.


Thank you, as ever, for your help – starting with Katherine’s answer (comment yesterday) to my question of why Google illustrated Burns’ birthday with Virginia Woolf. I disapprove, much as I admire her work. She’s far too gloomy a character to celebrate in these dark days. Lots of birthdays must overlap, obviously.

Liz, once you’d said it, I remembered that I have heard of the idea of doing corrugated rib in two passes, and I am very glad indeed to have your confirmation, Ron, that it works. I will (try to) remember what you say about needle size. The idea of the double pass is familiar to me from my recent experience with two-colour brioche.

But I also note what you say, Maureen, about doing it in one, and holding the purl colour in my right hand. It’s obvious, once you say it, but I doubt if I would have thought of it. Like you, I don’t care for continental purling.

I am encouraged by your remark, Shandy, that changing lozenge patterns within a Fair Isle row is nothing compared to knitting the Uncia. But I still don’t want to do it. I find Fair Isle peaceful and meditative – having constantly to check on the lozenge patterns would spoil it.

Here’s the promised picture of my swatch scarf:

Except for that band in the middle with the unnaturally pale background, I could use all of this in the vest. If I am to believe memory (Jean, when will you learn to make notes?) the final rows are the ones I had decided to use, and they contain no red. Doing it like this, with red showing up from time to time, in different positions, I think will be rather effective.

Now all we need is the Calcutta Cup. The match is on February 24. 


  1. Anonymous8:21 PM

    Gorgeous scarf swatch indeed!
    Here's to a successful knitting weekend to you and your readers.

  2. skeindalous10:13 PM

    Your swatch scarf is lovely! Anything you make with those colors/motifs will be well done.

  3. Carol M2:09 AM

    I really like the colors of your swatch scarf - what a beauty!

  4. The scarf is lovely.

  5. WOW! Beautiful scarf:)!!!