It stopped raining. Alert the media.
It’s been sunny and nice (though still relentlessly humid) all day.
While we have scattered thunderstorms predicted tonight, they are not supposed to be anything compared to what we’ve had over the past few days.
Ahhhhhhhhhhh . . .
Yes, I Tie the Ends Together
No, it is not heresy.
In her Art of Fair Isle Knitting, Ann Feitelson mentions that “Shetlanders break off the old color and do no more than knot the new color to the old one with a square knot leaving an end 1/4 to one inch long.” (page 68) She goes on to explain that the strength of the square know combined with the slight felting of the yarn that occurs when washed make this strong.
And it is one hell of a lot faster than weaving in the billion ends.
Catspaw mentioned in the comments:
A gazillion years ago at the very first Stitches event, I took a class with Arlene Mintzer who taught us to braid the ends. It’s secure, kinda fun, and gives you a little bit of yarn should you need it for repair. If you’re the daring sort (I’m not) you can pull the braids to the right side for embellishment, though I wouldn’t do it on a fair isle. Of course, I have very long hair so braiding is more agreeable to me than knotting. Just another string to your bow, so to speak.
I actually saw a colorwork vest that Arlene Mintzer made, where she had braided the ends together on the inside, at a class she was teaching at a TKGA convention in the 1980s. It was very pretty, but I don’t think I’d have the patience for it!
Lucy thanks you all for the comments about yesterday’s photo.
She will allow us to pet and rub her tummy — she is very cuddly and welcomes all attention of this sort. She says no, she is not available for parties.
Surprisingly, she is completely oblivious of thunderstorms. I think she’s happy as long as she’s at home with at least one of her humans. She’s the first cat I’ve ever known who wasn’t upset by storms.
But she is terrified of the vacuum cleaner. Go figure.
Remember how I gave away all my sock yarn last March? I’ve acquired some since then.