Me not being a quitter (for once)

I thought a fair bit about my dissatisfaction with the knitted entrelac ..

Not happy, Jan !* I told myself.

So, using a new ball to prove that any images were not merely continuations of the now frogged first attempt, I started over.

This is THE BACK, people ! (Hope it’s meant to look like this ..)
THIS is the front ..

You can see that it is definitely not the same piece of knitting as previously shown, yes ?

I had just begun to feel smug about managing to do so much better the 2nd time when my day was made and smugness cemented in by L&M’s dropping by with a bunch of flowers from their sensational garden (which they know I miss more than I can say). It’s a sort of cross between a wilderness garden and a cottage garden; and when – in normal times – I’m at their place, I mostly sit on their back patio and gaze upon it ..

See what I mean ..?

 

*This is an Aussie thing: it became a kind of meme back in the day (which means I can’t remember when); and most Aussies of my ilk remember it

Well, it was new to me

Here are my fairly pathetic attempts at following PDX Knitterati’s Minerva scarf KAL. Michele told me I could easily learn to knit entrelac using only one ball of wool at a time, and I believed her. Just as well: she was right !    :D

But, whilst her instructions certainly did enable me to make knitted entrelac, I did not knit it very well. Far from admirable, in fact. The M-R knitted entrelac is lumpy in the corners. Uneven ditto. ACK !!

When I reached a level wherein I could ‘look back’ and see an actual hole between the squares, meaning I’d done really badly, I fell into a pit of despair.

This is it. Took me a while to dig before I fell into it .. [grin]

Anyway, apart from all that nonsense .. much and all as I do admire Michele’s ability to knit anything at all and beautifully, as well as her efforts to have students do the same, I’m bound to admit that I am not going to be a knitted entrelac star. Part of my problem right now is the long-awaited Noro Silk Garden: I do not understand what the mad enthusiasm is about !

I find NSG to be often difficult to move along the needle; it goes up and down in size to the point where one moment I’m happy with my #4 needles and the next I wish I had a pair of #7s in my hands. AND ! – in the first of the 4 balls I bought, there are no less than THREE KNOTS ! This makes me very grumpy indeed; for when one is paying through the nose for yarn that’s spoken of  by sellers and distributers in tones of hushed reverence, one does not expect to find even one knot, let alone three.

So I think The Frog is needed, here ..

[Sob !]

My Noro Silk Garden ! – it’s in there, somewhere.

No-one in Australia Post is saying “Oh look: here’s one for that Stringer woman .. put it on the next flight, ’cause she’s been ordering on-line for the last umpteen years !”, like they should !

This is what I get for living in a regional centre.

Shall I be grumpier than ever today ..?

Naah; the weather’s good (I think: it’s dark outside right now ! But it was good yesterday) and I have a Coles delivery arriving this-arvo. I’m ploughing ahead with my “mosaic” crocheted shawl while awaiting my beautiful Noro to be able to start on Michele’s Minerva knitalong .. I just watched Obama’s video in support of Biden and am, as ever, buoyed by the site of he who still represents everything good about government. Can’t be bothered being grumpy today.   :)

WIPs are multiplying like rabbits   :(

It took me forever to finish another cardi; and as I ran out of wool I was obliged to crochet the drop-shoulder sleeves out of a much darker blue. In trying to provide an (unspoken) excuse, I used the same darker blue to edge around the whole thing. End result: wearing it, I look as if I have peripheral artery disease of the arms. Sighh ..

I was stuck doing this bloody thing for so long that when I finally finished it I instantly began on something entirely different to excise the V-stitch from my mind: having found a very appealing afghan square that a crocheting Pom I admire, the inexhaustible Dora Does, had come up with, I started in on that.

I call it ‘my bed of nails’. Imagine a whole afghan of these squares !   [grin]

But then, I was completely sidetracked by coming across a faaabulous scarf/shawl created by the talented Icelander, Tinna Thorudottir Thorvaldar. She based her design on her idea of a tartan; but it’s open to endless variation. I have begun this, too – 297-stitch chain !

I’m expecting – nay, hoping for, rather – a delivery of Noro Silk Garden on Tuesday morning; this I was informed by Australia Post would be delivered last Thursday ! Pfuh ! The porpoise of the Noro is a knit-along on the site of Michele Lee Bernstein, of whose work, too, I am an admirer.

From Michele’s site I’m going to learn how to knit entrelac without using several different balls of yarn at once ! I already know how to make tunisian crochet entrelac, and have a photo of a swatch I did to show my eldest sister of an array of blues:

by which she was unimpressed, thank all the gods. I mean, all those ends ..

Unlike Hannah, who thrives on WIPs by the dozen, they only make me feel stressed. I have decided that although I’m now well in to the other two, it’s Michele’s entrelac I shall actually make my next project. WHEN I lay hands on my wool.   [grump grump ..]

We use the term W(ork)I(n)P(rogress) largely to mean something sitting somewhere not being worked on, do we not ? Or is it meant to describe everything that’s actually been started but not finished, including the one we’re working on ..?

This is me being helpful, see ..?

Phil, the gasp-making knitter I posted about some days back, has herself posted about re-growing vegies – one of her many “gardening” activities (inverted commas to divide this one from those where she is actually out in the garden). Definitely worth reading, as it’s couched within writing about knitting !

This is of great interest to me: buying seeds is fairly expensive; and the whole process fraught with the difficulty of dealing with flying or crawling or hatching pests.

So I draw your attention — in the event that you, too, should wish to have in your kitchen some vegies that are much easier to produce than are their seeds alone — to this YouTube video.

You’ll find that it actually IS helpful, once you can get your head around the mechanically- (I s’pose I should say ‘electronically-‘) produced voice-over .. I find these largely entertaining, as they’re generally appalling with phrasing: I’ve heard some that have so puzzled me as to prevent comprehension of some sentences; but this one isn’t as bad as that. Promise.

OK, that’s it – my contribution to the Covid-19 time-filling agenda.

:)

A rave about a blogger

There is a Pom up there in the country where Spring is happening who has a blog called “The Twisted Yarn”.

She is without peer in her field – mostly because her field is not small. Phil is a truly expert knitter, hence my choice of category; but she has a wonderful garden in which she does wonderful things; she has 9-y-o twins (“the twinnage”) upon whom she dotes in a practical manner; she has an almost tame robin (“Robyn”) who consumes meal-worms with an appetite more than merely voracious and is fast becoming tame; she takes photos to die for; and more than any of that she has a sense of humour that is immensely appealing and, to me, satisfying because I recognize it.   :)

She is compiling a book. This is not one iota surprising because her knitting prowess is amazing; but it IS amazing when considering how much she manages to fit into her life.

I hope that anyone reading this will take the time to check out Phil(ippa)’s blog: it is so very worth it that you will thank me.

:D

I told you she’s an expert !

 

Here I go again ..

.. and I hear no trumpets blowing, even though my coming across a (to me) new and impressive knitting stitch is very exciting !

(It’s actually a stitch that’s very probably been around since knitting began !)

Pleasing. Monocolour. Large needles and medium weight wool.

Horrible. Monocolour. Needles far too big and totally unsuitable yarn.

To die for. This kind of extremely short colour-change wool is perfect, with small needle size.

None of them is mine. Here’s all I’ve done so far:

The usual quality of photo (what else ?) with edge lighting confusing the image. Sport weight pure wool, 3.25 needles. Coming along well ..

Does that help ? Probably not. Sighh ..

ANYWAY. Linen stitch is exactly like material, from which fact comes its name. It isn’t reversible, meaning that the back is different: looks like an incredibly neat moss stitch.

Lots of pros and 2 cons:

  1. My sample is 20 rows ! – imagine the time it would take to knit a long scarf ..
  2. The stitch requires (from me, at least) concentration: it’s easy to suddenly fall out of sync.

But I’d never done it before, and now I have.

:D

 

 

One word only: HALLELUJAH !!!

And here is a video of it, which I insert largely on account of the loud shout I give mid-way through. You soon observe why.   :D

The colours are too well-bred, I have decided. In fact, I decided that some years back (What ? – I haven’t been knitting this for years ? Well, I’ll be blowed !) by which time it was Too Late. Alas.

I’m not going to be able to enter it into the Geelong craft comp next year: it’s not nearly good enough. The  last bit of brioche was marked, for me, by the virtual impossibility of getting that every-second-row decrease tight enough; and nearly every one is far too loose. Lesson for me: never make patterns that have a regular decrease at the end of rows.

As well, I don’t do Nan Bray’s White Gum Wool any favours by all the frogging and re-knitting: no fine 100% wool likes that, and WGW certainly doesn’t. It’s meant to be worked in pristine condition !

So several errors in this project, and all to be learned from.

Only thing is, I have NO IDEA what to do with it. Sighh … Anyone want a well-bred, mistake-free but not absolutely top-class in terms of even stitches light shawl ?

:}

I think I might be mad already !

I first wrote as the header “I think I might be going mad”. Wrong.   :(

It’s The Shawl. (I’m not going to post a photo, as that will happen when – IF ! – I finish the bloody thing.) I am so close to the end that I can scarcely believe the errors I’m making at this late stage.

The Shawl starts with a large V-shaped section of 2-colour brioche, and it ends with an upside-down ditto. So I’m decreasing at one end every 2nd row (what you might think to be 4th but it isn’t because 2-colour brioche takes two passes to make one row – don’t ask me NOW !) and it appears to be something like four inches from casting off 5 stitches as closing.

I have had to frog rows and pick up earlier ones something like 12 times since yesterday evening.

Today I screamed in rage and threw it all on the floor. Boodie was alarmed. (So was I.)

I’m about to pick it up, untwist the frogged yarns and re-wrap them onto their balls, frog several rows yet again then sit back and CALMLY finish this last little bit.

I think the problem is that I’m so thrilled at the prospect of finishing this endless straight brioche and starting on another project that my attention – poor at the best of times – is lousy.

Also, the shawl is enormous; and I’ve never had such a large… THING hanging off my needles before. Turning it to and fro has become a major headache; and discovering this difficulty has made me re-think my intentions of doing something really nice next time. Like –

this pattern by the woman whose Craftsy (now BluPrint) course enabled me to actually do 2-colour brioche, Lesley Anne Robinson.

Because if my brain can implode with straight brioche, and even though I did finish that brown & gold scarf, I might have a major melt-down with something so nice.

Anyway. I’ll be posting a photo of The Shawl if, as I say, I actually do get to finish it.

 

Problems with colour pairing

Two-colour brioche: why is it so bloody hard to pick two colours that work together ?

It seems so easy when you start off with your great pattern and your two colours of whatever yarn you’ve chosen … They look so good together in your knitting basket – can’t fail to be terrific.

But they do.

The reverse side is just – wrong.

Why on the front does the green vertical row sit proud and the violet row provide merely background; and on the reverse the green is competing with the foreground violet ?

Or why does the front look just as you hoped but the reverse looks simply muddy ?

Here the front gold stands out as vertical rib; but it also stands out on the reverse, in almost the same way !

Beautiful. But only the front. On the reverse the pattern is close – crowded, even. This effect is commonly seen, where the back of the pattern appears to be somehow more tightly knitted !

Rather puzzingly, that effect is not seen here: this is good ! I attribute the difference between this screen-grab and the previous one to the fact that this one’s colours could scarcely be more opposed; whereas the one above uses two shades of the same colour.

I am now on a mission to find some kind of equation that will result in a pairing of any two colours that will work perfectly together to result in brioche that doesn’t fight against what it’s meant to look like.

As I understand it, that is. As far as I have learned, two-colour brioche knitting should be reversible but for the colours being swapped.

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(None of these is mine: I screen-grabbed them all from the Web in my wish to at least partly indicate what is so frustrating me.)