I can get a heckuva lot more knitting done on the weekends. There has been some progress with the lace:
Ann asked a good question in the comments:
I’ve a question about the Alpine Knit Scarf. I looked at the pattern and I don’t see how to do it, but perhaps you’ve thought this through. The this is this: I like the ends of things to be symmetrical. Is there a row in this scarf where you could graft two ends at the center back of the thing? Gracefully? I see that there is a row of straight knitting — no yo’s– in the diamond pattern, but I don’t have in my head where that row hits the leaves.
The diamond pattern is a 16 row repeat, and the leaf pattern an 8-row repeat. On rows 8 and 16 of the diamond pattern and on row 8 of the leaf pattern it’s a straight purl row — no yo’s and decreases.
If you were going to knit two ends and graft them together in the middle, you’d want to do it on row 16 of the diamond pattern, which is row 8 on the leaf pattern. That way you’d get two complete diamonds going in different directions. I don’t think you’d want to do it on row 8 of the diamond, because those two half diamonds grafted together would look a little wonky.
Now the leaf pattern is going to look a little wonky whatever you do, because of the way the leaves are stacked — as you are completing one set of leaves, you are starting the tip of the next pair on the same row. But as the grafting will be at the back as you wear the shawl, it might not matter to you.
The red line in the photo shows you where row 8 of the leaf pattern falls.
The random number generator chose Joan K. to receive my copy of Seeking Sanctuary. Joan, I’ve emailed you.
To those of you who asked in the comments, yes, I do know about Bookcrossing.com, and I registered this book there.
Speaking of Comments
A couple of people emailed me this week to mention that there were a couple of spirited discussions about comments going on in the knit blog-o-sphere this week.
Like most everyone else, I love getting comments. I don’t always have time to respond to every one of them, but I do read them all. Sometimes I answer the comments in a blog entry. I like doing this because it makes this blog more of a discussion than a one-sided conversation, I think. Often I will answers a comments question via email, particularly if it’s one that’s been been discussed frequently in the past, or if the answer won’t be of interest to the majority of readers. At least once a week I’ll send off an email response only to have the message bounce back to me as undeliverable. So this is just a reminder — if you ask a question in the comments, please make sure that the email address you use when you submit your comment is a valid one if you want an answer. Thanks!
I love Sunday afternoons!