Wednesday, November 28, 2018


Ah, you are a temptress, Mary Lou. I have polished off the second armhole ribbing exactly as I did the first – and they don’t look so bad, now that there are two of them. This whole process is agonisingly slow – and may become more so, if I have to unpick the cast-offs and try again. But for now, I will forge ahead. Tomorrow, I should begin the v-neck ribbing.

Finishing will take a while, all those ends, but I think I will set at it with a fresh heart and perhaps it won’t be as painfully slow. And I have the great comfort of having heard from Hazel Tindall herself—when I took her class at the EYF in 2017 – that when she finishes a sweater for domestic consumption, she ties knots. With a competition sweater, she weaves in ends.

Here is the promised picture of the swatch-scarf. I meant to send it back to Ketki with Alexander this morning, but forgot:


Observe the slight flare.

And here is the vest:



Shandy, I think that even if someone, perhaps a non-knitter, doesn’t perceive that the OXO’s are different, there is a kind of dissonant harmony among them that pleases the eye. I held it up to Alexander this morning – the first time he has been here since the steeks were cut – and I think the fit will be good.

Non-knit

And here is a cat picture for you. Their professed enmity often results in paw-to-paw combat. This is the first time I have ever succeeded in taking a picture of it – not a very good one.



Archie and his friend Nathaniel, a cat-lover, came to lunch today and we had a nice time, although I don’t think I really produced enough for them to eat. What there was, was tasty.

18 comments:

  1. Wow! The vest is beautiful! Great job! The neck ribbing ought to move along now, with the finish in sight. I see the difference in the x-o patterns readily, the differences in color add to the attraction. Love it!

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  2. Anonymous11:26 PM

    Pattie has already said everything to be said. It is gorgeous, and a masterpiece, and I hope Alexander knows how much you love him!

    Beverly in NJ

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  3. I too agree with Pattie, the vest looks great! I love the patterns and colors, I think you’ve created a masterpiece!! The V-neck ribbing will go quickly now, and the finishing won’t take long....I hope Alexander will agree to model it for us when it’s complete. And I love the pic of the cats battling, our two go at it like that occasionally but one significantly outweighs the other so it’s usually a rather lopsided battle that quickly ends with yowls and hissing and a hasty retreat from the smaller Siamese.....

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  4. The vest is incredible!! What a joyful glow it must give you to finally see it in final-ish sweater form! You have accomplished so much!

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  5. The sweater is beautiful. The colours and patterns are outstanding. And the cat picture. I am chuckling as I write this. It was wonderful that you could get a shot of this episode of sibling rivalry.

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  6. Echoing others - gorgeous vest, love the paw-to paw pic.

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  7. Anonymous4:28 AM

    I love the vest!! What a wonderful job you've done. I enjoy the ticked off cat pics also. Loretta

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  8. The vest looks fantastic - what a great why of remembering a very special event.

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  9. Long time follower, trying to start commenting now. I love the vest, the ribbing is looking really nice. The cats at play is wonderful.
    Anna in Toronto

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  10. Oh my goodness, that is a masterpiece! I hope his children will wear it 50 years from now! The 'dissonant harmony' is truly pleasing. Have Alexander wear it and sit across from you every time you are together so you can soak it in! For a ribbed v-neck, which doesn't need to stretch much, I like to use what I call 'the knit 2 tog thru the back loop' bind-off. Recently see that it has a proper name, the decrease bind off. A little more give than a normal bind off, but looks just right to me.

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  11. =Tamar2:22 PM

    It is a masterwork, and so is the scarf. do take a picture of them both together.

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  12. My what a treat, all those photos! The vest and scarf look fantastic. Brava! I cannot make out any flare in the scarf. About P&P's battles. Are they serious? Are they still sorting out who's boss? Or perhaps cats are not like that?

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  13. Just love the cat photo. They are precious !

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  14. what a fun post - gorgeous photos of your knitting one with a cat and a double cat photo! rare to see them fighting on two legs!

    would love to see close up photos of the scarf and vest because they are so gorgeous!

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  15. I missed your post yesterday. That vest is simply magnificent!

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  16. Anonymous12:38 PM

    Absolutely stunning!! Ditto to the remarks above--a masterpiece. Giving me an itch to pick up some Shetland wool--just might when I finish current project.

    Love the photo of the 'boxers' too!

    Laura

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  17. The Calcutta Vest is a work of art:)!!

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