Saturday, March 09, 2019

The universal remedy cured my computer – at least for the time being. I checked all the other connections last night, and this morning got down on my aged knees on the floor, found that the plug was tight in the socket, and tried turning the electricity off and then on again at the wall.

Yesterday’s big news is that another great-grandchild is on the way. Hellie and Matt, parents of Orla who already has a Polliwog, are expecting another child in September, sex as yet unknown.

This afternoon’s rugby – Wales beat us, but they didn’t make mincemeat of us – proved excellent for knitting and the hap is progressing nicely. I wish I could think of a way to estimate how far along I am – for my own sake, as well as that of the sidebar. The instructions are simply to knit until you have 597 stitches or until the wingspan measures 74 inches. Ten stitches are added every four rows.

I’ve now got more than 200 stitches. For a while I entertained the thought that I had therefore knit a third of the whole, but I’m not sure I believe it. Comments from mathematicians would be welcome.

I realise you never heard the latest instalment of the Foldlines story. Here are the three swatches:

The green one on the left was knit on a 3.75mm needle, the middle one on a 3.5, and the right-hand one on a 3.25. Or so I thought. I measured the needles on the metal gauge pictured, my fave, although I keep the plastic one handy, too, for days when I can’t find the other one. I have two pepper grinders in the kitchen, on the same principle.

And when I finished the third swatch, it was one of those days – and the plastic gauge said that I had used a 3.5 needle again. (When the metal gauge re-surfaced, it confirmed its earlier reading: 3.25.) The third swatch seems to be the same size as the second, justifying thereby the plastic gauge.

I will set the whole problem aside for the time being and, when the hap is finished, knit something for the new great-grandchild.


  1. Fiona8:19 PM

    My immediate thought is that you have knitted one third of the rows (the height of the triangle, if you like) but only one ninth of the area and therefore of the yarn consumption or the knitting time.

  2. Fiona got in before me - if you draw a triangle and divide it into thirds horizontally you can see how it works. But, long rows with no pattern make marvellous mindless can read a book at the same time!

  3. how to get the lenten emails? (i need some religious discipline). thanks!

    1. Anonymous1:07 AM

      Jean's blog for 3 March gave the email address to request the emails:

      Also known as the Suffolk Vicar from the UK. I made contact yesterday and received the back copies as well as being added to the circulation.

    2. Also you can follow him on twitter or add his blog to wherever you keep track of his blogs - I'll have a hunt and put up links.

      I don't know him personally, he's a friend of a friend, but I've been following his Lent courses for several years

  4. Anonymous11:59 PM

    Love the new hap!

    Beverly in NJ

  5. The math part is beyond me, so glad someone can help. I have several gauge rulers, and they are a bit different. I also use the magnifier on the iPhone, but even then, the 2.75 from one brand isn’t always the same as another.

  6. Your shawl will be just beautiful, but will take some time to finish, I think! Fiona is right, you've done about 11% of the fabric area. I estimated the number of stitches required to go from an11stitch cast on to a 597 stitch outer edge, with 10 stitches increased on every fourth row. (It doesn't work out quite right, perhaps there are a few extra increase rows at the start?.) Anyway, to have about 200 stitches on the needle now, means you have knit about 8100 out of a staggering 71,000 stitches required, or 11%, which is one ninth the area. I am in awe of all you shawl knitters, who undertake such mammoth projects!

  7. Anonymous11:01 AM

    I agree with Chris re shawl knitting and yet one day.... As for establishing gauge, there are some projects for which I know instantly I have the right needle and yarn combination (and therefore feel like an excellent knitter) and others where I never get it right (and therefore feel I should take up golf). Chloe

  8. Anonymous1:07 PM

    What an attractive hap right now and how lovely it will be when grown up :) Chris has reestablished sanity at this end and though I admire her mathematical talents, I will never take that journey on my own... pgnitter

  9. Wow. If Chris’ numbers are right I’m not sure if I would want to know that! I do love knitting shawls though. Yours looks lovely.

  10. =Tamar6:01 PM

    The gauge swatch is the only true test.
    To go on at length:
    What brand, country, or continent do the two gauges come from? And also the needles being used? And is the gauge worn with age?

    I investigated needle sizes and gauges some years ago and observed that British, Canadian, American, and German gauges and needles and charts disagreed greatly with each other and with their own, according to date of publication. I also noticed that my old plastic gauge had somehow stretched holes - it would allow larger needles through, and thus mislabel them smaller than they really were. I think at least one of my older metal gauges also had some holes worn slightly larger with use.

  11. I love the hap and congratulations on another baby coming! Hooray!