Important Note: I’m told that the server where WendyKnits is hosted is getting a hardware upgrade Friday evening (Feb 29). Therefore, I will be closing comments on Friday afternoon for a while. Comments will be re-opened when I get the go-ahead to do so, but I don’t know when exactly that’ll be. WendyKnits will no doubt be offline for a bit while the upgrade is in process. Be ye not alarmed.
On the naming of kitties, yes, y’all are correct. I named them after King Arthur and his foster brother (and later seneschal) Kay. And it turned out that I picked the right names — Arthur was too smart for his own good, and Kay was, as I said, dumber than a box of rocks.
This was Arthur.
I also had Gawain (an orange tabby, of course), Bedivere, Tristan, and Isolde. Some of you remember Isolde, or as I called her, Izzy.
All this Arthurian cat naming stemmed from my study of medieval literature in graduate school. I was hooked on Arthurian legend. I read all of Chrétien de Troyes’ romances (in translation) Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur and the Pearl Poet’s Gawain and the Green Knight, among many other things.
One of my favorite later writings was John Steinbeck’s The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights, which was based on the Winchester manuscripts of Mallory’s Le Morte d’Arthur. I highly recommend it.
My favorite Arthurian movies are Monty Python and the Holy Grail (I mean seriously, how could I not love that?) and John Boorman’s 1981 movie Excalibur, which featured a young Liam Neeson as Gawain, Clive Swift (who played Richard Bucket in Keeping Up Appearances) as Ector, and Patrick Stewart as Leodegrance.
Don’t get me started.
I seem to have strayed somewhat from the subject of knitting, and Random Wednesday is over.
Here’s my Chevron sock.
Yeah, I’m going to frog it.
Not that there’s really anything wrong with it — but it’s still not what I had in mind. A lesson to me to not start something when I’ve got the flu!
Debi B asked:
I have a question on the kf&b increase. Do you knit the first stitch, then kf&b, then knit to the next to the last stitch, kf&b in that stitch and then knit the last stitch? Do you worry about the stitches mirroring each other, which I assume they wouldn’t if you kf&b at each end? I try to to a left or right slanting increase, but sometimes am not quite sure if it matters.
What I do for my gusset increases is to kf&b on the first stitch, knit until there are 2 stitches left, kf&b in the next stitch, then k1. This way the increases look the same on each side.
There were 523 entries in the giveaway for the book Little Cakes from the Whimsical Bakehouse, and the random number generator chose Caroline A. in Oregon to receive the free copy. Thanks to everyone who sent an email!
“I’m sick of all this talk about kitties I don’t know.”