A little normalcy would be sensible

So I’m reverting to posting about craft: those disinterested in knitting (or at other times in crochet) may toddle off. Hoo-roo, pro tem

Here’s where I’m up to with my entry for “We The Makers Design Festival” in what is now my town:

Samantha-the-designer knitted hers – oh, I believe I’ve already described her original version: hang on a tick … yes, in this post. Briefly, then, I wanted to use a third colour – White Gum Wool calls it “Natural”, and it’s a wonderful faintly creamy white – but not as Samantha offered as a possibility when discussing her pattern:

I didn’t want to do that because the switch from the 3-colours ball to the white left that colour-change purl line at the back, and it stuck out like d*gs’ b*lls, as I believe I have described something else I made …


So I knitted the garter stitch by continuing with the 3-colours ball, and switched to the white for the lace ! The colour-change at the back is FAR less obvious:

And the other different thing I added was to knit an extra row of the 3-colour after the final garter stitch row, then a purl row of the white before I started the lace. It isn’t noticeable; but it means that the first lace row – you know, with holes in ! – doesn’t start with the new colour.

And yes, for those eagle-eyed among you: I had to rotate the image a fair bit to get it straight, so I cloned the carpet in. I was once good at that kind of stuff, but that was when I had a WONDERFUL photo-editing software that Chic had taught me to use, called … called … Photo [something] 10. Not Paint. Not Shop. Bugger it ! – I wish I could remember: it was swallowed by another one around 2013 … {Oh for heaven’s sake, M-R: FORGET IT !}

So that’s where I’m at, and enjoying it much more now that I have a new cable needle – ChiaoGoo 4 in 32″. Poifick.

But is it just ‘busy work’ ?


Here are the three pictures again. I should omit the definite article, because they’re not the same ones.

Main side.

Contrast side.

Main side covexed to allow contrast side to be seen.

So, why ?

Because I suddenly realized what I’d done: started out using a 3.25 circular because that’s the standard when knitting with fingering weight wool. I considered the image of Samantha holding her shawl, and thought to myself – yes, more than a little late ! – “3.25 those stitches ain’t. I had best check the pattern …”

I did. It told me to use a 3.75 – two sizes up. In fact I decided to go with 4, would you believe ?: it’s the only way I can produce brioche stitches that resemble hers in any way.    :\

I often wonder why I do stuff like this. I mean, not check ALL the details – and beforehand ! I said to my younger sister P on the phone that I am the original bull in the china shop, and I think that covers going at everything like a looney and not taking the time needed.

Do you observe what else I changed …?


Keeping busy

Lotta images to come.

First is the pattern I’m using, designed by a young woman who is 1,000 times more creative than am I:

Its name is Electric Love, and the creator is Samantha Guerin.

Samantha used two very similar yarns for the brioche part – see the light (main) side and the dark (contrast) side ? – and the lighter of the two colours for the middle section.

I’m using the Silver Wattle (light green) as the main and the Silver Tussock (green, white and pale blue) for the contrast. Also I have that lovely ‘natural’, which is almost cream, or the middle section. The green and the natural are two of the three colours in the contrast yarn; and only the pale blue stands alone.

Now follow three terrible photos.

That’s as much as I’ve done, showing the main colour. (Shut up !)

That’s me trying to open it up with one hand while operating the camera with the other, intended to show you how you can see the contrast through the main colour.

And that’s the contrast side. Imagine for yourself that the main colour can be seen between the ribbing; because I’m sure as hell not going to be able to show you.    :(

Oh, I nearly forgot: I need to let you see a simple line sketch of how this is made. Bear with me …

I should’ve taken that border off, dammit. Anyway; each scalene triangle is brioche, and the middle section is garter stitch, stocking stitch and lace. I wanted to show you this so that you’d understand why my brioche knitting is pointed at the end: now you know !