Sunday, 20 January 2008

Weekend knitting and more

So, that was my first week.

I really enjoyed it, and I think this job is going to suit me well. The downside at the moment is the driving, which is very tiring and is taking substantially longer than I thought it would. But I do have in mind that this is the worst weather of the year (well hopefully it is!) and conditions will improve, and also that as I get more accustomed to it, it will feel easier.

At the moment I am also feeling a little overwhelmed with all the detail and the systems that I have to know - but once again, it will be easier once I get used to it.

Right now - certainly no regrets at all. I want to do this, and I do appreciate how lucky I am to have this opportunity come my way!

Now that it is Sunday, the weekend starts for me.

I've been knitting some more on the Cobblestone Pullover, which is nearly up to the armholes.

Rowan All Seasons Cotton really is one of my most favourite yarns. I always like cross-season yarns - Rowan's Wool Cotton is another one. But All Seasons Cotton is what I'm using here. At 4.5 stitches to the inch it makes a beautiful fabric - smooth, solid, and with a really excellent drape which is much better than you might expect in an Aran weight cotton-based yarn. I am expecting the Cobblestone to be one of my most worn garments - when I get it finished. Just about three more inches to the armholes, now.

Lenore hasn't progressed at all - literally, not one stitch. But I've put this in my handbag now, and when I get a bit of spare time in my break at work then I will be knitting on this again.

I am thinking of starting another sock this weekend. I have Birch in my knitting bag at work, and I did actually manage to work about a third of a row on this yesterday. But it is not ideal for taking to work, because I don't get much knitting time at all on the shopfloor, and it is not really a good idea to keep putting lace in Kidsilk Haze down in mid-row. I dropped some stitches yesterday, doing this. Fortunately KSH is very well mannered in that respect, and the stitches just sit there waiting for you to realise that you've dropped them, and pick them up again - so no harm done. But I think that maybe I should be working on something more straightforward, that demands less of my attention.

So, a sock comes to mind. I will be making it to fit my husband, who needs some new socks, and it will be worked in one of Kaffe Fassett's Regia yarns, using one of Cat Bordhi's new sock construction techniques. More on this later.

It is about time I said some more about Cat Bordhi's excellent book. To be honest that is going to be hard to do in any detail - there is just so much in this book. New Pathways for Sock Knitters, says the title - and that is exactly what it is. New ways of working socks. And pretty brilliant ways, at that. Cat Bordhi has reinvented the wheel here, in sock knitting terms. I must admit, I am rather blown away with it all, and I immediately want to cast on about ten of the sock patterns.

I remember clearly when I first came across Patricia Gibson-Roberts' yarnover method for short rows - and I had one of those 'aha!' moments. You know, when you find something brilliant, which is totally obvious once it has been pointed out, so good that it is hard to believe that it hasn't been in use for years.

Well, reading this book, I've had about eight of those - including another short row method. You know I don't really like using wraps? - well, I think that has just changed. This book is just brilliant. Cat Bordhi is a specialist in thinking outside the box, and my goodness it shows.

It is not a book for sock beginners. It is not really a book for the 'blind follower', either. But if you have reached the point where you are basically comfortable with knitting socks, if you can 'read' your knitting, and you like to understand what you are doing, and why you are doing it - then this book is for you.

We still have a fairly substantial lake at the back of the house, by the way.

However the causeway across from the mill remains clear, and although there is still quite a lot of water on many of the minor roads, the journey to and from work hasn't involved any detours.

Long may it last.

Update: I've just checked the road closures online, and the causeway is not open, it's closed. Hmmm.

1 comment:

Queen of the froggers said...

The sweater is coming along fine, I love Rowan wool cotton but have never knitted with ASC.