Monday, February 15, 2021

 Kirsten: (comment yesterday)  The answer is that Shetland jumper weight – the Fair Isle yarn – is an ideal choice for steeking. It’s famous for being “sticky”.


We’ve had a considerable thaw, and the air feels like early spring. I got out for a walk for the first time in a week. The paths in the garden were solid beaten snow, however, turning to ice, so Helen and I just walked up and down London Street. 2297 steps so far today. Much better.


My washing machine has started leaking. I didn’t know. Daniela does my laundry. Her English is still not very good, after three years, but she chatters away to Helen in Greek, which is how I found out this morning. I was horrified because of the danger to neighbours below. I ordered a new washing machine, on Helen’s advice. I suppose the old one is about 10 years old. Maybe more.


I had a nice time this morning tidying the Evendoon and listening to the new episode of Fruity Knitting – thank you for that, Knitalot. I had somehow missed it. I gave the finished object (FO) to Helen, who likes it but doesn’t like the cropped length. Now that I have finished suffering through those sleeves, I can take advantage of top-down: All I’ll have to do is frog the bottom ribbing, add a couple of stripes, and knit it up again. I dare say I could cut and graft, but knitting’s easier and more fun.


Cat (another comment yesterday): I don’t know about that top item in my UFO list. I really ought to face up to it, and decide.


The Polliwog yarn came today:


I haven’t decided which is Main Colour and which is Contrast. The bottom bits of each skein, in the shade, give a better idea of the colours.


There was a whole (not very interesting) article about Bernie Sanders’ mittens in the weekend Financial Times.


James got his vaccination appointment in the post this morning (because of being a Type I diabetic). He is as excited as I was at the prospect of actually getting out of his house and (in his case) riding on a train all the way to London Bridge.






  1. On the subject of having to turn a whole jumper on your knee when knitting top down cuffs, I saw a video where the jumper was put in a bowl on the knitters knee. Much easier to turn a bowl rather than a jumper. I hope this might help.

  2. When I knit sleeves down (usually on dpns), all I have to turn is the sleeve itself. Two needles worth of stitches in usual direction (that must be counterclockwise?), then just turn the sleeve clockwise and knit one/two needles worth of stitches in the opposite direction. It sounds somehow wrong when I read that back—the knitting is always going in the same direction of course—
    but it does work, and the sweater body stays put throughout. What sort of twisty fun have I been missing?

  3. Allison12:33 AM

    Jean, That rug that shows behind your Polliwog yarns looks like it would be an excellent inspiration for Hamish's Calcutta Cup memorial colors. The blue appears to be very similar to the blue he was wearing while watching the Cup match and he looks wonderful in that blue.

  4. Anonymous1:48 AM

    Love love love the Polliwog colors!

    Beverly in NJ

  5. I'm after some input here; if I knit a tube of fair isle, do steels and pick up stitches and work an edge for sleeves, do a three needle bind off for shoulder seams, and make a steekish sort of neckline, would I have wasted hours of effort and £££ of Shetland yarn, or would I have a sleeveless top?

    1. Steeks, not steels, does this phone still not understand about knitting?

    2. I can't go hunting right now but I am certain that Alice Starmore does one in just that way - she steeks the V neck and the armholes.
      I have done both things - but separately (on different garments)

    3. I'll have a look. Thank you for the pointer.