Thursday, September 3, 2015


Knitting the button band on 2 mm needles feels like riding a bicycle in low gear!

Yesterday I took my swatch to the haberdashery shop and asked Betty to find the right buttons for my cardigan. It took her a few minutes to find just the thing:

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Snip Snip

And then there were two. 
Once I'd fastened the knitting on both sides, I made the first snip:
The die was cast, so on I went:
Right to the end:
The next stage was to turn the edges in and sew them down. That caused more panic than the cutting. I was worried it wasn't going to be neat enough. But eventually I got the hang of it and I think it looks fine:
And the inside:
I'm hoping that once I've added the button bands, this stage will be more or less invisible. 

Stitch By Stitch

I think (I hope!) the key to steeking must be to think of the structure of knitting. I'm securing each stitch alongside where I'm going to cut the fabric. I'm using sewing thread because I don't want to add bulk. Teresa advised me to twist the stitches each side of the planned cut as I knitted. I can see the sense of that, but I was too far along by the time I read her comment and thought I had better continue as I began. This process is going to take a while, so I had better get back to it.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Fronts Knitted

I had a knitting-free weekend. I thought I'd just quickly finish knitting the fronts of my cardigan this morning. Five hours later..... These jobs always take me longer than I bargain for!

Friday, August 28, 2015

On The Podium (Just!)

My traditional doily was awarded 5th place in the national competition. 'Damning with faint praise' is the phrase that comes to mind, but hey, those judges are very difficult to impress. The winning doily was tatted in size 100 thread and exquisite.
My Under an African Sky doily was also judged, garnering 69% as opposed to 81% for the other one. Here's my translation of the judges' comments: " Appearance Original but not typical of tatting. This section [of the competition] was intended to bring attention to a technique of historical cultural significance. Workmanship Only three kinds of stitches, single, double and picots, are historically used.   Interesting article from Africa with its own value. "  I'm pleased with the positive last sentence and happy that I achieved my aim of flying the flag for modern tatting. Tatting was the floating section for the competition and won't be on the agenda next year.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Back and Forth

Back and forth, I'm making progress on my cardigan fronts. At one stage I thought I'd just knit in the evenings, but it would be very slow if I did that. With 4 ply yarn and 3 mm needles, progress is necessarily slow. I told myself yesterday that I have no need to feel guilty about working on just one project instead of several!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Another Colour Conundrum

I bought a whole packet of yarn so that I would have enough matching yarn to complete my cardigan. But the ball at the top looks quite different to the ball at the bottom. Yes, it has the same dye lot number. I thought that the orange would just be inside the ball, but I  'rummaged' inside the ball and it is only in the very middle that any orange appears. And there's a stretch of darkest green that is not right at all. I'll leave the ball for now and hope that I don't need it. Worst case scenario, I'll use it for bands and collar. Random dyeing is all very well, but there should be some degree of consistency!