Sunday, September 09, 2018

Now that I have reached this exciting stage of the Kirigami, I can scarcely keep my hands off it. I have finished the short rows – there were lots. Here is a pic (I hope):

The colours are false. I took it too late in the day. And the suggestion that I have spilled something on it is also wrong.

There are a lot of stitches crowded onto one needle – probably a 24-incher which EZ says somewhere is all you will ever need. Decreases should start soon. I cannot imagine why anyone would want to knit a yoke sweater top-down. I can see the theoretical advantages, all right, about fit. But not having all this fun at the end would be dreadful.

I have had a good time wallowing in the Norah Gaughan VK book. I don’t care much for her essays into colour-work, but that leaves a remarkable number of cable patterns which I covet. There is even a single-colour yoke sweater. Does anybody have her “Knitting Nature” book? Do I want it?

I meant to say yesterday – there’s a new KD blog post up, still no knitting, but extremely interesting. This time it’s Tom, and he has been making books. Literally, with his hands.

It’s always nice to be embarking on a week that will have Andrew and Andrea in it.

Cat, we in the northern hemisphere will soon be handing over to you this summer of record-breaking hotness. It will be very interesting indeed to see how you fare with it.


  1. I hope we do better than those poor Sassenachs - although I hate to think what the electricity bill will look like if we have to turn the air conditioning on too often!

  2. I have just knitted Arboreal top-down, the first time I have tried this. It was not so much the endless stocking stitch that got me, but knitting the sleeves with the body attached.

    Re Shetland. It certainly sounds like a wonderful trip. A number of things stay with me from our trip in 2000 - it was, technically, our honeymoon. One was walking out across the moorland for a view of Muckle Flugga. It was pouring with rain, so the view was hazy at best. We did see puffins at close quarters, but I have rarely been that drenched.

  3. part of the reason to knit a yoke sweater top down is length and fit. you can try it on as you knit to see how far to make the yoke and then add the sleeves of course it makes for a great deal of weight as you approach the bottom of the sweater.

    a few days ago you posted about a search engine that you didnt want. if you let me know which browser you use, i can send you directions to fix it so you get the search engine you prefer (google?)

    i envy all the shetland trip plans. a dream of mine - i accompanied my mother to the Highlands in 2007 and LONGED to go to both the Hebrides and Shetland but alas was not able to do it ... it was hard to be that close. i feel in love with the Highlands and would move there in a red hot second if i could figure out a way to make a living there. ah me.

  4. I have the Knitting Nature book. If you look at the patterns on ravelry, I can hopefully answer any queries you have about them before you commit to the book yourself.

  5. I own Knitting Nature.
    It is very interesting to look at, but I've never felt compelled to knit from it. The projects range from a blanket to tops, a skirt, a coat, mittens and a hat.
    I'd suggest to get it from the library first.

  6. I love a bottom up circular yoke, you get the boring out of the way when you can then the fun part goes quickly and it is ready to wear!