I rearranged my knitting books over the weekend, and discovered two copies of Folk Socks by Nancy Bush. I’m offering one in trade — brand new condition. The person who offers me the coolest thing in trade by the end of the day next Tuesday (November 19) gets it.
Here is a nice dark photo of Fulmar.
I was asked about the advisability of knitting Fulmar in the round. Yes, you could adapt the pattern to do that. But I wouldn’t. The front of the smallest size of Fulmar is 236 stitches. Double that and you’ve got almost 500 stitches. More for the larger sizes. And heavy cabling. That’s a heckuva big piece of knitting to haul around on your circular needle, especially when you get near the top.
Another reason why I prefer to knit arans in pieces is that the sewn seam adds stability to the finished piece. Even knitted in a fine gauge wool, this is a heavy sweater.
And the last reason is that having wrong side rows helps you keep track of the pattern. On the wrong side rows of arans, you generally just work straight across, knitting the knit stitches and purling the purl stitches. If you’re always on the right side, which you are in the round, you have to remember more carefully where the non-patterning rows are.
Just my two cents.
Wendy’s Old Knitting Stuff
Today’s entry is a cat vest from The Sasha Kagan Sweater Book. I knitted it from Jamieson & Smith jumperweight shetland wool in the mid-1980s. I changed the colors, and instead of doing the back as directed, I put one cat from another of her designs on the back:
While I was in the middle of knitting it, my aunt coincidentally sent me the perfect buttons for it. She just saw them and thought I’d like them. Cool, huh?
Super Hush-Hush Project!
I cast on for a project I’m designing for Knitty, and I plan to use that as my commuter knitting for a while. So there will be no socks made until that is completed. I only hope my fellow commuters can handle this change . . .
Speaking of Knitty, see the link in my sidebar — you can help support Knitty by contributing to the running costs. It’s a good thing!
Hey, thanks to everyone for all the compliments on my new haircut. You guys are very good for my ego! Mmmwhaaa! I’ll be taking my new head to work today for the first time — I’ve been off work since Friday. Don’t wanna go back. Wanna stay home and knit.
But at least it’s not raining.