My current work in progress:

Comfort Fade Cardi by Andrea Mowry, knit from Miss Babs  Kaweah in the Parchment, Old Gold, Petrified Forest, and Espresso colorways, using 3.75mm and 4mm needles.

Frida Again

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Here she is, with her neckband completed. And a close-up:

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When I finished the body, I cast off 4 stitches at each side, as well as all the steek stitches for the fron and back neck. Then I put the shoulder stitches on holders, and machine stitched the armhole steeks and the neck steeks. Then I knitted the shoulders together. Cut open the neck steeks, picked up the neckband stitches, and knit the neckband. Presto, chango.

Ingeborg Knit-Along

Sounds like a few of you are interested. Cool!

Question from yesterday’s comments:

Will you be mentioning on the blog the times that you vere from the pattern? For instance in one of the archive notes you state you do the neck steek differently from the pattern [can’t find the reference right now]- will you be explaining how you the neck differently?. And the Ingeborg pattern seems to have a 4-stitch steek for the front. I know you say you use longer length steeks but I’m not sure if there is a good reason for a small steek in this instance. Seems like the longer version would be better.

The short answer is “yes.”

I will undoubtedly do neck steeks when I knit Ingeborg, and I’ll talk about them when I do them, and how I altered the pattern. I’ll do a larger steek for the front bands, because I find it much easier to work with a larger steek. All will be documented in nauseating detail. I promise! 🙂

I don’t expect anyone to make the same changes to their Ingeborg that I will make to mine, but I’ll give you the rationale for what I do, so you can decide what you want to do.

From the same question:

Should I do something first like your Fearless Fair Isle [where you go into more specifics regarding details and I could improve my technique] before I tackle Ingeborg?

The Fearless Fair Isle documents fair isle steeks, so it won’t be of much use here. I do have a Norwegian steek article that appeared in Knitty a year ago. Check it out here.

Because I Know You Wanna See

Here’s Xena, parked in her parking place in my garage. Isn’t she pretty?

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Lucy Sez:

I’m prettier!

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I’m Floating Away . . .

A question yesterday about floats:

Dorothy asked:

I do have a question about floats – there are some pretty substantial floats on Frida. Is there a maximum # that you consider? I just floated 27 stitches on Kongsberg and it made me nervous, but it puckered if I tried catching it.

I think the longest float on Frida is (cough, cough) 32 stitches. That’s a heckuva distance, but if you’re careful, you can do it successfully.

Here’s Frida with her neck steeks cut, by the way.

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That’s what I’m naming my new car. She’s actually silver, so “Blanche” is not too appropriate (as suggested in my comments yesterday). My last car was simply “Miss Honda.”

Miss Honda went to a loving home, by the way. I wouldn’t let her go live with just anybody.

What’s that? You think I’m strange?

Old Cross-Stitch

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Sorta reminds you of Friday’s entry, huh? That one was domestic cat eyes. This is big cat eyes.

Lucy says, “Huh. Call those cat’s eyes?”

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And While We’re Talking About Stuff I Made a Long time Ago

I thought I’d give you a better photo of the Yorkshire Dales gloves I made back in 1993. The picture that’s up on my knitting site was a scan of an old photo. This is better, ain’t it?

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Ingeborg Knit-Along?

Okay, I’ve gotten several email questions about whether I would consider hosting an Ingeborg Knit-Along.

Anyone wanna play?

Ingeborg is not next in the line-up for me. That’s Flora. But I’ll make Ingeborg the project after Flora, if anyone’s interested in knitting along with me.

Just for grins, I made a button.

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I’m thinking a start date sometime the first two weeks of May? Opinions, anyone? Ingeborg, in three colorways, is available in Dale Book 126.

A Sock Question

What cast off do you use for your toe-up socks? I’ve tried the EZ sewn cast off and it’s not quite what I’m looking for. Have you ever seen instructions for a tubular cast off in k2 p2 ribbing?

I’ve used the sewn cast off. But what I do more often is increase my number of stitches, by either 4 or 8, as I start the ribbing. Then I cast off lossely in whatever rib pattern I’ve used.

I’ve not tried a tubular cast-off in rib, but Flor has instructions for it here.

Speaking of Socks . . .

Here’s L-B’s sock:

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Here’s my sock:

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I haven’t worked on mine since lunchtime Friday. I was looking forward to knitting on the train going home Friday, but started feeling icky Friday afternoon. Sinus congestion, et cetera.


So icky did I feel that I did no knitting at all on Friday evening. But I did finish the body of Frida on Saturday:

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And got some done on one sleeve over the weekend:

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But my knitting time was curtailed because I spent Saturday afternoon buying this:

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That’s a 2004 Honda Civic EX Coupe.

In case anyone wants to know, I bought her at Bill Page Honda in Falls Church, VA, and had a very pleasant car buying experience. And got a very good price. I recommend them.

Go See!

Betsy finished HoJo! It’s wonderful! Go see!

Lucy Sez:

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It’s Monday! Get down to business!