The February 16 blog entry with Waddle the Penguin is not the hint to which I referred in my KnitCast interview. Actually, the interview was recorded before then, and the hint was posted a while back.
Those of you who didn’t listen to the interview will not know what I’m talking about. More about that later.
But first . . .
Some Kinsale Musings
Yesterday I picked up stitches for a sleeve and started knitting down from the top. I’m glad I did. I like the way the sleeve/body “seam” looks this way.
It’s easy to adjust your pattern to accommodate this for a drop shoulder sweater. My pattern calls for me to make a sleeve that’s 17.5″ long. I measured 17.5″ up the back of the sweater, and discovered that it comes to ten of the diamond patterns exactly, along with the bottom band. Each diamond pattern is 16 rows, so that’s 160 rows of the pattern.
Then I checked out the increases on the pattern as written. I need to increase 2 stitches every 4 rows x number of times (I don’t have the pattern in front of me, hence the x). I figure that into the number of rows I need to knit, so that I know how far down on the sleeve I need to start decreasing, every 4 rows.
Something I didn’t like in the pattern. It directs you to center the ladder portion of the pattern on the sleeve, while the front and the back have the diamond pattern centered. I though that looked a bit odd, so I started my sleeve centering the diamond instead.
I’m doing my decreases two stitches in, so I’ll have a stockinette seam line on the sleeve. That’ll make it easier to sew together, I think, and make it look neater.
I did drag this whole thing with me to work, just because I want to finish it as quickly as possible and move on to greener pastures. I don’t know how long I’ll be able to do so. I think I need a bigger bag!
I taught a class this evening at Knit Happens, an introduction to knitting cables. Great fun! I hope the students enjoyed it as much as I did.
Lucy was peeved that I got home hours later than usual, but forgave me when her Fancy Feast appeared.
In case you haven’t figured out from the comments in response to the Knitcast interview, my news is that I’ve got a knitting book in the works that will be published by Penguin late this fall. It’s a combination of prose and patterns.
I could pinch myself until I’m black and blue, but I’d still have a hard time believing this is really happening. Thank you for all your good wishes and kind words!
And I said that the first person who could point out the subtle hint about this that I posted in my blog would win a prize. Hence the discussion about Waddle at the top of this entry. He ain’t it. He ain’t subtle, either.
I do have one correct answer, but it was a second guess, so I’m holding off awarding the prize in case someone comes up with it on the first try.
Several people asked about the mechanics of the Knitcast interview. We did it over the internet, using Skype software — it’s a free communications program — just download it from their website (betcha can’t guess the URL for that), install it, and create a username. You need, of course, microphone and speakers for your pc. I simply used a microphone I yanked off a dead desktop computer and it worked just fine.
As for the interview itself — you can tell Marie is a professional, can’t you? And hasn’t she got a lovely accent! We did two audio chats before the interview so I was very comfortable speaking with her. For the record, I don’t do a lot of public speaking and I also don’t enjoy public speaking, so I was surprised the interview went as well as it did. We didn’t really discuss the questions ahead of time, so it was all very spontaneous.
Lucy was sitting in my lap for the whole interview, but declined to comment. She was purring, but I had the great good sense not to shove the microphone in her face.
I’m just pleased I didn’t come off as an even bigger idiot than I actually am.