Day 44


On YouTube, I found the version of Caccini’s ‘Ave Maria’ that I listen to on the Swoon III CD. A beautiful, gentle, piece of music that swells and flows smoothly from beginning to end. It seemed an appropriate piece for a Sunday evening.

Sweater update The knitting for the button band, placket and collar are complete and work has begun on the right sleeve after yet another fussy edit to  the colour plan. Entirely my own doing.

I should be able to start the sewing in on Wednesday with a view to being finished (finally) by next weekend. Want it to be done so I can cast on the next sweater which will have a colour pattern/progression like this:

spring lines - test 2

So much pretty and it looks much better with the yellow stripes instead of the black we had originally been discussing. Yes, this is another sweater for my friend J.

The pattern is called ‘Spring Lines‘  (click the name to go to the page). It’s by a different designer to ‘Driftwood’ but has a similar construction – start at the neck and use increases to create the shoulders as well as the body before putting the sleeve stitches on a holder to finish the body. The sleeve stitches are put back on the needles then and knit. this is a seamless construction. There’s sewing in of ends but no sewing up of pieces. This is one of the advantages of knitting over sewing and is something that is finally becoming more common in knitwear design. Why do we have to knit the parts of a garment into the shape of pieces  from a sewing pattern when it can be done with various stitches and stitch holders. It certainly makes it more easy to finish a garment. I *hate* sewing up! Nothing ever matches up neatly and I just can’t be bothered. And I know I’m not the only knitter out there who feels this way.

I began designing dolls in crochet because there is no reason to be sewing limbs onto body’s when they can be worked seamlessly together. (You can find my patterns here

day 44


Today’s piece is a trapezoid. We’re less than 10 days from finishing the first plan I posted. Anyone keeping up?


Day 2


So today I’m discovering a problem with this project.

I don’t want to stop working on it! I love sock yarn – so much colour! and the squares are such small pieces there’s a lot instant gratification in the project. The highs of casting on and casting off and all that new yarn. The trickiest part is knowing that I may yet I will likely forget about this occasionally so if I do a few extra squares when I feel like it I will be able to keep up to date without actually falling behind but that’s not what I want with this. So I shall give in and do my square for today now instead of later when I was planning to. It helped me fall asleep last night to have taken the time to calm myself.

Today’s music is from The Swoon Collection III published by ABC Radio (Australia). First track is Giulio Caccini’s ‘Ave Maria‘.  Not the usually played version and beautiful for being different as much as for the actual composing.

The yarn for today is a sock yarn (75% superwash wool/25% nylon) by Schoeller+Stahl – ‘Fortissima Shadow Color’ in red. The yarns being produced in Europe – Germany, Italy and Spain particularly- are gorgeous. Lovely against bare skin and fabulous colours. The colours in this particular range are deep, saturated colours. I have skeins in red, grey, teal, green and purple and they will each make an appearance in this blanket at least once.

Today is the first time picking up stitches. Holding your first square by the cast off stitch, like a diamond rather than a square, and the cast on edge pointing down. Starting at that cast off stitch, pick up 15 stitches evenly along the right hand side of the square. I pick up the strand between the nobbly bits at the end of each row. You will be working from left to right, I know. Trust me, it works better this way.

Now cast-on 16 stitches. I use the cable cast-on method almost exclusively but use whatever you are comfortable with. If you use the thumb method be aware that if you are doing so with a single-ply yarn – like KP Chroma or Malabrigo lace – you may unravel the twist which could cause your yarn to pull apart.


You should have 31sts on your left hand needle, ready to knit your first row. Follow yesterday’s pattern, knitting as normal (for most that is right to left).



In other news, I am currently cataloguing my yarn stash which includes my handspinning fibre and handspun yarns. More of my house than usual is my ‘craft corner’ at the moment. The fibre for cataloguing today is between the sofa end and a bookcase.

I’d like you to meet Eris. She’s our 8-year-old German Shepherd who likes her comfort. She’s pretending not to look at me because she knows she’ll be shoo’d off the wool and is trying to prolong the inevitable.


P.S. I take all my photos with my phone. As such, they are more likely than not going to be pretty terrible and not at all colour accurate. You have been warned.