(Note: this entry was meant to be posted last night but due to internet issues, I was not able to post until this morning.)
My co-worker, Pat, showed me a new Diet Coke this morning.
So of course I had to go get one too.
Diet Coke Plus — with vitamins and minerals. Breakfast of champions.
On the Fridge
A number of you commented on the word magnets. Here are a few close-ups.
Yes, I am childish.
These word magnets were created by Interweave Knits, and before you ask, I have no idea how to get a set. A LYS owner gave me my set a few years ago.
But hang on a sec . . . I have a second, pristine set.
I don’t need two sets, so I’ll give this set away in a random drawing. We’ll do it instead of a book drawing this week (so as not to confuse me – I am easily confused).
Want a set of knitting word magnets? Send an email to blogcontestATcomcastDOTnet before noon Eastern time on Sunday April 22, and I’ll use the random number generator to pick a recipient. As per usual, anyone with a mailing address on Planet Earth is welcome to enter the drawing.
Robin asked to see what’s inside my fridge. Okay, you’ll be sorry . . .
(Note the little sightseer at the bottom of the photo.)
And Anne Marie in Philly knows what I keep on top of my fridge. This one’s for you, Anne Marie!
(ETA: If you look closely, you can see the bottle of “Hokie Red” wine there — there’s a VT on the label. So my fridge is properly dressed for Hokie Hope Day.)
I totally swiped the idea of showing the front of my fridge from Chris, btw. I’ve seen it in a couple of other places in the blogosphere, too. I love seeing what other people have on their fridges!
On to knitting talk . . .
I plan on using your Toe-Up Sock pattern for my Jitterbug sock yarn as I was startled at the low yardage. Because it is thicker than Koigu, will you still use size 0 needles? I’m thinking size 0 for the toes and heels and size 1 for the sock and I will give the 60 sts a try instead of my usual 64 sts.
I generally go down 1 or 2 needle sizes from the size recommended because I tend to knit more loosely than most, I think. A look at the Colinette website tells me that the recommended needle size is a US 3 (3.25mm) and the recommended gauge is abut 7 sts/inch. I’ll likely use a US 1 and either 56 or 60 stitches around rather than my usual 64 stitches.
A couple of you have mentioned in the comments the presence of knots in your Jitterbug. Doncha hate that? I will be splitting this yarn into 2 balls for knitting, so I’ll be extra vigilant for knots as I do.
Lisa C in TN commented:
Over on Mason-Dixon, Ann is talking about hard patterns and mentions “that Jade Starmore pattern called Katherine Howard, from the Starmores’ Tudor Roses.” I know you’ve mentioned in the past, the Wedding Ring Shawl from Heirloom Knitting. Which do you consider harder-insane color or insane lace? I personally lean towards the lace- more obvious mistakes and harder to correct.
I read Ann’s post yesterday and left the following comment (goaded by her stating in her blog post “I don’t even think Wendy has made one, and she’s a real sucker for punishment.”):
That’s one Starmore that has never, ever, called to me. Possibly because in that colorway I’d look totally putrid wearing it.
It’s funny — I’ve never considered that the hardest sweater in Tudor Roses. I’d give that honor to Margaret Stuart — the one that’s knitted in strips and sewn together and embellished with buttons. That just seems like WAY too much work to me.
Upon reflection, I sorta take it back. I don’t think Margaret Stuart is hard — I think it would be very time-consuming, what with all the sewing. I am inherently lazy, and I look at something like that and think — “Ew! Look at all the finishing work required. No thank-you.” (But I do like the sweater, very much. Maybe someday I’ll knit it.)
So. what is hard in knitting? There is certainly stuff I don’t enjoy doing — like intarsia. But I’ve done intarsia, and some fairly complex intarsia at that. Anyone remember a knitted vest with an intarsia playing card (if I recall, the Queen of Hearts) on it from (I think) Vogue Knitting back in the 1980s? I made that. I never wore it, but I made it. I also made the Princess Diana black sheep sweater back then. And I’ve made a couple of Kaffe Fassett sweaters and a coat.
But I’m over intarsia.
Okay, Bohus knitting when you need to do three colors in one row with some right-side purl stitches on tiny needles — that’s tricky. Also, knitting lace in cobweb weight wool on size 0000 needles. Yup.
What do you think? What’s hard?
Lucy would like to note that while I did a blog entry with absolutely no photos of my current work in progress, there is no way she would allow me to not post a photo of her.