Sunday, October 05, 2008
Of 206. Ish. (I'm deciding for or against a knitted-on edge, but I'm betting by the time I hit round 206 I'll be done. Whether I'm done or not.) This is a Niebling doily I've altered, by knitting it on larger needles with soft wool, for a shawl. It is one of the Christmas presents. The Goob took one look at the finished photo and said "Mumma, you making a spider web." There's about a thousand stitches on the needle there. I'm hoping that if I can't fit all 1700 stitches on that needle, at the least this thing will expand slowly enough I can wait until next payday to get another needle.
We suspect the Goob may be able to read. (Look at the names of the characters, and the color crayon she used on each one.) I learned to read at a very early age, just from being read to and watching educational TV. Which is the environment she's been raised in. So you never know.
I had some questions about test-knitting. Ideally I want to write my patterns for any yarn of a certain type: sport weight wool, or lace-weight cotton, or whatever. So yes, it's possible some of you have the yarn in your stashes to do test-knitting for me already. Most of my stuff will be for sport weight (one step up from sock yarn, for those of you unfamiliar with our yarn terminology here) that knits up at five to seven stitches to the inch, in two colors, stranded, with steeks. I suspect terms will be different with each test knitter; I'd prefer to barter for the service, which would mean by-request hand dyed yarns, wool, etc. We'll see. I'm still charting. I've had a semi-revolutionary idea for charting Newgrange that would make it easier to produce a zillion sizes without going insane (or driving the people trying to knit it insane). Again, we'll see. Still charting.
Several people have asked if I have 'Knitted Kimono' by Viki Square. I do. And it's a good book. I think she does as good a job as it's possible to do, knitting kimono. Problem is the style was really invented for very loose, floaty silk fabrics, so I don't think any knitting in the world is quite right for kimono knitting. Though I've got some ideas about Euroflax linen.
...and what kind of piece of shit spell checker doesn't have the word 'steek' in it??
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