Friday, 4 September 2015

Top Down reimagining set-in sleeve design

We'll get the old stuff out of the way.
That is the story of my day yesterday.
Create bag.  Have yarn left.  Make dishcloth.  Call it done.

I don not regret the passing of this yarn.  I have many useful articles from it.  Many.  Many, many.


I listen to the Knitmore Girls podcast and on one of their last episodes before their mat leave, they reviewed a new book and I had to have it.  I buy books carefully these days.  There just isn't room anywhere for more books, so an actual book had better be something I really am pleased with.

I purchased the book on their recommendation and have to say, if I weren't so excited by this book, I would be filled with something akin to the quiet satisfaction with a sound purchase.  I am much too thrilled with this book to be quiet!

Wow.  just wow.

Elizabeth takes you through the fundamental differences between sleeve cap design knit bottom up and top down.  She explores everything to make sleeves fit perfectly.  Everything is there, all the little bits that will help you make it fit you rather than you ending up close but no cigar.  And then at the back of the books she walks you through all the things to consider making adjustments.

She walks you through gauge swatches more completely than I have ever seen done before. This section is quite simply, beautiful.

The Knitmores spoke about the quality of photography in this book.  They are so very right.  No dark places and dramatic makeups.  Elegant simplicity is the rule of the day.  The sweaters rule these photos and each sweater is shown front, back, sides special touches.  All the things you wish you could see are there and each photo turns the little touches and incredibly simple detail into fine art.

The book is published by Quince and Co and their yarns are used exclusively in the book. If you ever have visited the Quince and Co website, you will see that everything here is infused with the aesthetic of their vision.  And that may very well be my favourite thing.  A full and complete vision of who they are is reflected here in every facet.

To say I am pleased is putting it mild.  This is the kind of book that will become a classic.

Thursday, 3 September 2015

One thing a day

Some days I struggle to find something to write about.  Some days I struggle to not write about every living thing under the sun.  I have a funny feeling that everyone who writes at all starts to feel this way after a while.

Today is a much stuff kind of day. I will resist because some things deserve to have in depth coverage.  Today I shall restrain myself.  Which makes me want to laugh like a loon.

I knit the whole day away yesterday.  It was gray and cloudy all day so the motivation to clean my windows left as rapidly as it came. (This won't surprise my mom at all!)  I could have knit on those thousand things that are important like sweaters or little kids things, but I knit on this.

Its just a shopping bag but I am really having enormous fun with it.  Plus it is using up large amounts of the cotton.  I think that is really what this is about.  It sure isn't about having a shopping bag.  I have those.  It sure isn't about loving the yarn.  I like it but I don't love it.  What I really am enjoying is watching the ball creep lower with every row.

I started on straps, but I might go back and knit a little more of the purse stitch to make the bag a little longer.  It's about 12 inches right now and with the clear light of morning, I have a feeling that might be a little short.  I need an intermediate bag.  Something in between what could just go in my purse and the big bags you carry groceries with.  12 inches might be a little short for those days when you shop with a list of errands and come home with a packet of nails, a couple spools of thread, your books from the library and the household mail. That is the sort of bag I need.  15 inches will probably be better.  May 18 inches.

Purse stitch, by the way is a simple lace.  Its very similar to what Donna Druchanas used on the Myliu Lino pattern, a combination of yarn overs and purl 2 together.  Depending on how you are knitting, it can stack or it can offset.  Knitting in the round, it offsets, making it perfect for a bag. Its a lovely thing to work when you want quiet well behaved knitting. 

There.  That's it for today.  A dozen different things all wanting to burst out, but today, you will just get one.  

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

And some days we

tie up loose ends and have tea!

That is exactly what I did yesterday.  I finished the big living room clean sort and order of 2015. and then a good friend who I have not seen for far too long, came to tea.  I really enjoyed the visit.

That room is clean.  Beyond clean.  Cleaner.  Well, except for windows.  My windows are a mess.

I lived in a forest for 20 years and there really was not very often where the sun shone in directly enough that it drove you to distraction.  I confess that here, with all my lovely light, I need to wash windows.  At least the ones that get direct sunlight.  Because really, though I have a high tolerance for dirt, and disorder, there is something unseemly about my windows.

My mom is probably shouting hallelujah.  Figuring out my windows today is going to be my big task.  They are supposed to be the kind that you can tip in to clean.  I'm almost looking forward to it!

At the same time, I am not going to do too much.  I haven't knit anything but the few rounds on the bottom of that grocery bag in 2 days.  I am almost ready to switch out my double points for a circular needle.  Knitting is going to become much more fun once I do that and it shouldn't take too long to get to where I want to start the purse stitch.  

So 2 goals;  figure out the windows and find the right short circular.  It feels like a return to normal.