Well, never let it be said that QueerJoe is the only controversial blogger.
Those of you who read my comments yesterday will remember one from Kerry. Wait, I’ll save you the trouble. Here it is:
“Please tell me you are NOT soliciting donations for the Colonial Williamsburg bracelet, how so very tacky.
someone needs an ego check me thinks.
Hey feel free to forward all flames directly to my mail box and I will get back pronto. Get over yourself already.
Sheesh, some people and their lofty expectations.”
And I discovered later that she had posted a similar message to the Knitflame list, saying — well, I think it’s bad form to repeat someone’s email message, even if it was posted to a public forum. But suffice it to say, she has a low opinion of me and my attempts to extort money from you all.
I have no problem, however, posting the response I sent to the Knitflame list here:
Ooh! Ooh! I’m flameworthy!
It’s a proud, proud moment.
Uh . . . Kerry? It was a joke. I thought it was pretty obvious, but
apparently I’m too subtle for you. So I’ll spell it out for you.
J – O – K – E
Adding the Paypal button was part of the joke. Get it? Get it? I
added the button after some lighthearted banter in my comments about
people donating money toward the bracelet.
P.S. Joke or no, believe it or not, as of this moment I have received
donations equalling 25% of the cost of the bracelet. Call me
gobsmacked! Will I buy the bracelet if I get enough money? Shit, yeah!
P.P.S. If any of you flamers want to contribute, I’ve conveniently
put my blog URL below my name.
P.P.P.S. to Kerry: Note the presence of the “;-)” in my P.P.S.
Here’s the punchline. I surfed over to the URL she put in a signature line to her post. It’s a live journal type of thing. And if you’ll pardon me saying so, a particularly lame one. And guess what’s in the sidebar of her journal? Links to a place where you can donate money to pay for her access to her journal. Complete with a paypal button.
I want to say a sincere thank you to all of you who have sent donations to the Henry VIII bracelet fund. Yes, I really did post the photo and the link to the online ordering as a joke. But now, as I said in my post to Knitflame, I really do have more than 25% of the cost of the bracelet sent to me by you wonderful, generous people. Thank you all.
An email from Wanda yesterday prompts me to own up to how I really do three-color rows. Wanda said:
“When I knit 2 color rows I keep the dark color on top always (like you do, and I don’t notice a difference in the look either if it’s on top or bottom, I just always put it on top.) When I add a 3rd color I keep the 3rd color in the middle. So my first color is always on top, my second color is always on bottom and my 3rd color is always in the middle.”
Thank you Wanda, you stated that much more clearly than I could. And that’s pretty much how I do it.
Karen asked: “This perhaps is a silly question, but what length needle are you using for St. Moritz? Unless my glasses really don’t work, the pattern gives the needle size, but not the length (24″, 30″ etc.).
I’m also trying to determine which size I want to knit. In my research, I’ve been told to add about 7″ for ease to my chest measurement to determine which size Dale to make. Is that a reasonable assumption in your estimation and experience with Dale’s?”
I’ll answer the second question first. I’m making the size small, which is about 45.5″ around, which is plenty of ease — like 10 inches. I could have gotten away with making the extra-small, I guess, but I do like a good bit of ease in Dale sweaters. Okay, I like a good bit of ease in everything. I remember back in my youth I used to wear jeans that were so tight that I had to lie on my back on the floor and have two friends hold the fly together so I could zip them up. We all did that. Painful, but it got the desired results. (heh heh) But those days are gone forever! Comfort is my first priority these days!
But I digress.
As to needle length. It depends. I’m using a 32″ needle, but considering I’m making one of the smaller sizes, I coulda used a 24″ comfortably. For a larger size you definitely want a 32″ needle. I’m hoping that when I start the sleeves I can start them with my 12″ Addis. And then continue on with 16-inchers as I work my way up the sleeve.
Yup, I’m using my Addis for St. Moritz. Ebonies for fair isles, Addis for Dales. The Addis are faster needles so for all that boring plain knitting they’ll move things along nicely.
In my comments yesterday Chery said: “As for the duplicate stitch area, I plan to use a short length to knit two-color and cut at the end of those stitches, weaving ends when the area is completed. I do not like duplicate stitch and this way the level of the stitches should be the same as the rest of the area.”
Great minds think alike! I’ve done that in the past and will probably do that here too. Assuming I don’t cheat and simply . . . uh . . . knit the back chart for both the front and back of St. Moritz. Yeah, it crossed my mind to do that. But I’ll probably end up “doing the right thing” and doing the front chart, like the good girl that I am. Simply because I love how the center motif dips down in the front.
Stephanie mentioned how small the sleeve chart is for St. Moritz. Yeah, what’s with that? I noticed that all the charts are different sizes, which irks me no end. Because I’m making the crewneck version instead of the zip-neck, there’s a separate chart that you insert in the center of the front chart. And it’s on a different scale from the front chart, so I can’t simply copy it and perform surgery on the chart and tape it together. I brieifly tried resizing the charts on the photocopier to try to get them all the same, but a photocopy wiz I ain’t. Hmmmmmm, one of my coworkers used to work at Kinkos . . .
But I will enlarge the sleeve chart.
Not a whole lotta progress last night, but I did get past the ribbing!