Day 99


Well now, will you look at that! One more sleep at I’ve been doing this for 100 days which is very nearly 1/3rd of the way to my goal. Very awesome.

Tomorrow will be a party tune I think. Today is a song that has been whispering in the back of my mind for some time now. In my mid-teens, I did a lot of singing at school and church and the occasional paying gig. It was not a career I was ever particularly interested in pursuing but I enjoyed sharing my love of music with others  and occasionally introducing them to something new. At that time, there was an album released to celebrate the 80th birthday of a harmonica player called Larry Adler. He had been friends with George and Ira Gershwin, and his birthday recordings were all Gershwin tunes. The one that I heard first was new to me – ‘Stairway to Paradise’ and was sung by Issy Van Randwyk and was a style that I quickly came to love. That’s not today’s song though. Today I’m going to share Gershwin’s ‘Summertime’ as played by Larry Adler and famed violinist Itzhak Perlman.

A harmonica duetting with a violin is not a pairing that immediately springs to mind but it is beautiful and suits the tune so very well. The haze of the heat and the lethargy that accompany it hold true in the hands of these masters.

The trapezoid for today had to be joined in a similar way to yesterdays but because it is the opposite way around with the angle on the right, the decreases and pick up are done at the beginning of each odd numbered row eg

pick up 1st from day 81’s large triangle and knit together with 1st stitch on needle, (slip 1, knit 1, psso) then continue with pattern.

Not too difficult I think. I’m also not sure the join is as pretty as yesterday’s but I did try a few options and this was the nicest.

day 99

The blanket is big enough now that it’s hard finding somewhere to lay it out that I can also pin it and then take a photo. My bedroom is too dark. My son has bunk beds. I’ll work it out tomorrow though because I want to post a picture of the whole thing so far.

Day 98


Ok, so we’re back with the scheduled program today.

The blanket plan had me knitting a trapezoid for yesterday. Simple enough pattern but this time I needed to join it angled side to the angled side of day 96’s trapezoid. The solution was easier than I’d expected.  I’m not going to put the whole pattern here because I only made a minor, repeated change to make this work. The full pattern for this shape is on day 13.

The change that I made is at the end of every odd numbered row (rows 1, 3, 5 etcetc).

You’ll want to pick up/cast on the 47sts of the base and the right hand side.

For row 1 – k14, (slip 2 sts, k1, pass 2 slip stitches over),  k27, k2tog. You will have one stitch left on the left hand needle. Slip this stitch, pick up the nearest stitch from day 96’s trapezoid and knit this stitch, pass the slipped stitch over.

NB – you’re going to pick the stitch up as you have been doing for the rest of the blanket. It’s the stitch “leg” that shows between 2 ridges.

Turn and knit the next row (row 2).

For row 3 – k13, (slip 2 sts, k1, pass 2 slip stitches over),  k25, k2tog, slip last stitch, pick one up from day 96, pass slipped stitch over.

Keep going like this – working the pattern to the last stitch, pick up and work those 2 stitches together. On the last row , when you only have 3 left, slip 3 together, pick up and knit the last stitch on the angled side of day 96’s trapezoid then pass all three slipped stitches over it.

Ta-dah! All done except for the sewing in.

day 97-98

Today’s blanket piece is a simple square, knit in the same yarn as the trapezoid but further along the repeat. They don’t look like they’re the same yarn, do they?

Music for today…… The song most forward in my mind  is a very appropriate but very swear-y song by Limp Bizkit so I will be choosing something else. Something completely different in fact.

We’ve been enjoying some incredible summer weather here in St Albans for the last couple of months so let’s have a summer-y song. It’s another Stooshe tune – ‘My Man Music’. Bar B Que’s and dancing with friends in late afternoon sunshine with a caribbean lilt. Sounds good to me.

Day 49


I’m in between projects in many ways and while designing may seem like a project in itself, I don’t consider it that way. It is a process that may not result in anything and an opportunity to explore texture or stitches or shape and the combination of these design elements. Calling it a ‘project’ puts too much expectation and pressure on it. Having said all of that, I am beyond the halfway point (length not width measurement) of the shawl I am designing. I had hoped I could make it using only one ball of yarn but alas it was not meant to be. The Husband will be venturing into the loft for yarn once again.

By the way, it’s World Wide Knit in Public Day next week. Well, I say ‘day’ but it’s expanded to encompass the entire week to allow as many people/groups to participate. It’s awesome and our ‘event’ 2 years ago brought my friend G into my life.

So, who doesn’t love The Muppets? Some of my favourite movies and tv shows owe their thank to Jim Henson and his brainchild. The Muppets (movies and tv), Farscape, Labyrinth, Fraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal…There’s a lot of viewing hours involved, and most of them were not during my childhood… nor my son’s.

Other than the frequent crazy involved with them, one of my favourite thing about The Muppets is the music. Whether they were interpreting an old standard or putting their stamp on modern pop (Elton John’s ‘Crocodile Rock’ is brilliant!), I love it. So, here is a Frog and a Bear at the beginning of a roadtrip.

And just because I love this one…. stick with it. It’s ridiculous and perfect.

Seriously, so many Muppets clips on YouTube that I want to share with you all (there’s one of Tom Hiddleston that you need to see for no other reason that it’s Tom Hiddleston, who just may be flawless.)

day 49Anyway, knitting. You’re getting a new pattern today. It’s another triangle and the pattern is based heavily on the pattern we use for the squares with a 3-into-1 decrease up the centre but it also has a decrease along each edge to flatten what would be the other 2 sides into just one. This pattern of decreasing will take 4 stitches from your total at the end of each right side row. Decreases that require a series of steps to complete have been placed into parentheses “( )” for simplicity.

Abbreviations I’ve used (and I am so sorry for not including this sooner) :

k – knit

s – slip a stitch from the left hand needle to the right hand needle as if you were knitting it

psso – pass slipped stitch over the stitch/es just knitted

k2tog – knit 2 stitches together

sts – stitches

Start by picking up 31 stitches along one side, 1 in the corner and 31 along the second side, at a right angle to the first. I am working along the rectangle from day 43 for the first side. The second side is made from working across the small square of day 38 and the first half of the rectangle from yesterday (day 48). This gives me a total of 63 stitches.

Row 1 – k1, (s1, k1, psso), k27, (s2, k1, psso), k27, k2tog, k1 – 59sts

Row 2 – knit

Row 3 – k1, (s1, k1, psso), k25, (s2, k1, psso), k25, k2tog, k1 – 55sts

Row 4 – knit

Row 5 – k1, (s1, k1, psso), k23, (s2, k1, psso), k23, k2tog, k1 – 51sts

Row 6 – knit

Row 7 – k1, (s1, k1, psso), k21, (s2, k1, psso), k21, k2tog, k1 – 47sts

Row 8 – knit

Row 9 – k1, (s1, k1, psso), k19, (s2, k1, psso), k19, k2tog, k1 – 43sts

Row 10 – knit

Row 11 – k1, (s1, k1, psso), k17, (s2, k1, psso), k17, k2tog, k1 – 39sts

Row 12 – knit

Row 13 – k1, (s1, k1, psso), k15, (s2, k1, psso), k15, k2tog, k1 – 35sts

Row 14 – knit

Row 15 – k1, (s1, k1, psso), k13, (s2, k1, psso), k13, k2tog, k1 – 31sts

Row 16 – knit

Row 17 – k1, (s1, k1, psso), k11, (s2, k1, psso), k11, k2tog, k1 – 27sts

Row 18 – knit

Row 19 – k1, (s1, k1, psso), k9, (s2, k1, psso), k9, k2tog, k1 – 23sts

Row 20 – knit

Row 21 – k1, (s1, k1, psso), k7, (s2, k1, psso), k7, k2tog, k1 – 19sts

Row 22 – knit

Row 23 – k1, (s1, k1, psso), k5, (s2, k1, psso), k5, k2tog, k1 – 15sts

Row 24 – knit

Row 25 – k1, (s1, k1, psso), k3, (s2, k1, psso), k3, k2tog, k1 – 11sts

Row 26 – knit

Row 27 – k1, (s1, k1, psso), k1, (s2, k1, psso), k1, k2tog, k1 – 7sts

Row 28 – k2tog, (s1, k2, psso), (s1, k1, psso) – 3sts

Row 29 – s2, k1, psso – 1sts


Day 31


Today’s music is by Voltaire – not the philosopher – and was unintentionally chosen by My friend J unintentionally chose today’s music when she sent me the link to this piece on YouTube. It’s by Voltaire – no, not the philosopher – and it feels a bit like ‘Danse Macabre’ by Saint-Saens, a slightly sinister, uptempo violin and tambourine dance. So, I hope you enjoy ‘The Headless Waltz’.

It’s hayfever season here and though it’s been raining the last day or so, we had a couple of weeks of gorgeous weather (aka, the English Summer) which set my sinuses to ‘clogged’ and my nose to ‘sneeze’. I try to be philosophical about it – a sneeze is a good abdominal workout after all especially if your sneeze is actually several consecutively. Unfortunately, this style of sneezing has proven to be more likely to throw my back out. I can’t seem to get comfortable today and it’s impacted my knitting which is nigh unforgivable…. ok, maybe not but it’s very irritating. I would like to use the knitting as a distraction from the hurt which stretches from halfway down my back and into my pelvic region and feels swollen and throbs with my pulse. Time to make an osteopath appointment I guess. I am consoling myself with custard cream biscuits. It’s working 😉

I’m not entirely sure I’m happy with how I’ve finished today’s new blanket piece. It’s the mirror image of the upside down trapezoid that gave me so much difficulty last week so it’s not really a surprise. But it works so we’re going with it. Yes, there are short rows in this one too.

Pick up 15sts along the incline of day 29’s trapezoid, 1st in the corner, 15sts along the edge of the rectangle then cast on 16sts.

Row 1 – k14, (sl2, k1, psso), k16

Row 2 – sl1, knit to end

Row 3 – k13, (sl2, k1, psso), k16, turn

Row 4 – sl1, knit to end

Row 5 – k12, (sl2, k1, psso), k16, turn

Row 6 – sl1, knit to end

Row 7 – k11, (sl2, k1, psso), k16, turn

Row 8 – sl1, knit to end

Row 9 – k10, (sl2, k1, psso), k16, turn

Row 10 – sl1, knit to end

Row 11 – k9, (sl2, k1, psso), k16, turn

Row 12 – sl1, knit to end

Row 13 – k8, (sl2, k1, psso), k16, turn

Row 14 – sl1, knit to end

Row 15 – k7, (sl2, k1, psso), k16, turn

Row 16 – sl1, knit to end

Row 17 – k6, (sl2, k1, psso), k16, turn

Row 18 – sl1, knit to end

Row 19 – k5, (sl2, k1, psso), k16, turn

Row 20 – sl1, knit to end

Row 21 – k4, (sl2, k1, psso), k16, turn

Row 22 – sl1, knit to end

Row 23 – k3, (sl2, k1, psso), k16, turn

Row 24 – sl1, knit to end

Row 25 – k2, (sl2, k1, psso), k16, turn

Row 26 – sl1, knit to end

Row 27 – k1, (sl2, k1, psso), k to end

Cast off until 2sts remain on the left hand needle, (sl1, k1 psso), finish casting off.

day 31



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Day 29

'Upcycled' chopstick spindle

‘Upcycled’ chopstick spindle

Last August I made my own handspindle for spinning yarn. I needed something lighter than the ones I had. I scrounged through the house and turned up a small cup hook, a medium length chopstick and a small plastic plug. Because the plug already had a hole in the centre for the chain attachment to fit into, it was an excellent choice for a whorl. It was balanced which is far more important than you’d think for something that needs to maintain a spin for as long as possible. the only downside is that it has a small circumference. this can be fixed with a piece of cardboard but if you put too much weight on the spindle it can effect the thickness of the yarn you spin – very thin yarn will snap if there is too much weight hanging from it.


Handmade handspindle based on the Trindle Spindle.

Anyway, this grew from a small handspindle to researching different types of spinning devices. There are so many more than you think, some of which used some inspired technology that has essentially been lost. For example, in the 1800’s clock makers devised a way for the spun thread to be fed onto the bobbin that automatically moved the yarn backwards and forwards. this allowed the bobbin to be filled evenly and smoothly and saved time because the spinner didn’t have to stop work to progress the yarn from one hook to another along the flyer unit. There has been a recent development in the technology of the flyer that can do this but it costs as much as the cheapest spinning wheel (£200+).


Meccano charka

Not my point. I was going to tell you that I made a slew of devices. A couple of different handspindles, some working models out of meccano of a charka and one of an electricly powered spindle. I made a spinning wheel and a charka out of PVC plumbing pipe. I also made my own electric spinner.


Motorised Meccano spindle

spindle wheel - angle

The PVC spinning wheel waiting for its treadle


PVC Charka

Electric spinners are compact, tabletop devices that have a motor to turn the flyer unit instead of being pulleys run by foot treadle.

It worked quite nicely but only for short periods of time. the motor was not designed to run for long periods of time and the gears kept overheating. As a proof of concept, it was a win.

You’ve seen only a fraction of the projects I have on the needles at the moment. I don’t imagine that I’m alone in this but the more time I spend crafting, the more ideas and desire there is to do more. Everything must be made and created nownowNOW. That’s why I have 1 lace shawl design in the works, 3 other shawl designs demanding attention and a very strong desire to do some yarn spinning. I am hoping that in the next couple of weeks, hubby and I will be able to replace the motor and gears in my spinner so that I can make more pretty pretty yarn. No, I don’t need more projects but I have found that I have to move through the ‘creative cravings’ to produce the work.

Also, I’ve got random flashes of interesting muscle responses in my right hand. It’s not exacty pain but sometimes it feels like the skin has been scalded. it’s just overwork but if i change the craft I’m doing, it changes the muscles that are most in use and eases any problems.

There are two pieces to show you today on the meditation blanket.

Firstly, I finally sorted out the trapezoid but you might not like it. We’re going to use a technique called short rows. Short rows are a way to shape your knitting, or a way to create a shape with your knitting which is what I’m going to do with it and it is exactly what it sounds like – you knit only part of the row, 15 out of 20 maybe, and turn your work to knit back over those stitches. It can be complicated by techniques to disguise the point at which you turn your work but I won’t be bothering with that for this.

Start by casting on 16sts, pick up the 15sts from day 27’s rectangle, 1 in the corner, 15 along the incline edge of day 26’s trapezoid.

Row 1  k30, (sl2, k1, psso), k14

Row 2  k31, turn

Row 3  sl1, k14, (sl2, k1, psso), k13

Row 4  k30, turn (this will be one stitch further up the incline than worked on row 2)

Row 5  sl1, k14, (sl2, k1, psso), k12 (slipping the first stitch keeps the gap created by working part rows small)

Row 6  k29, turn

Row 7  sl1, k14, (sl2, k1, psso), k11

Row 8  k28, turn

Row 9  sl1, k14, (sl2, k1, psso), k10

Row 10  k27, turn

Row 11  sl1, k14, (sl2, k1, psso), k9

Row 12  k26, turn

Row 13  sl1, k14, dec2, k8

Row 14  k25, turn

Row 15  sl1, k14, (sl2, k1, psso), k7

Row 16  k24, turn

Row 17  sl1, k14, (sl2, k1, psso), k6

Row 18  k23

Row 19  sl1, k14, (sl2, k1, psso), k5

Row 20  k22

Row 21  sl1, k14, (sl2, k1, psso), k4

Row 22  k21

Row 23  sl1, k14, (sl2, k1, psso), k3

Row 24  k20

Row 25  sl1, k14, (sl2, k1, psso), k2

Row 26  k19

Row 27  sl1, k14, (sl2, k1, psso), k1

Row 28  k18

Row 29  sl1, k14, (sl2, k1, psso) – 17sts total

cast off

days 27-28

The second piece is a regular, pink trapezoid.

I’m quite pleased how the green piece from yesterday has come out. Well worth the frustration.

Day 26


The sweaters new theme song…..

driftwood-colour plan

Sweater colour plan version 1

I have started knitting again for the sweater. I am using it as an opportunity to rework the colour plan because I wasn’t happy with it but I wasn’t so unhappy that I was going to undo I just to fuss with the colours but now I’ve undone it anyway, I’m going to fuss. I’ve also decided to give steeking a try.

driftwood - colour plan v2

Sweater colour plan version 2 (current)

Normally knitting a garment is done in one of two ways – by knitting each piece individually then sewing it all together or by knitting in the round – like with a sweater, you can go round and round in continuous circles until you reach the armpits. At that point the work is separated for the front and back and worked into the described shape, then sewing the upper body and sleeves together. Steeking means you don’t have to do that. Instead you work the shaping as usual but where you will put the sleeve or the collar you continue to knit. These waste sections will be cut when the knitting is finished. Before cutting, one of several techniques will be used to keep the stitches in order when they are cut so the whole garment doesn’t just fall apart.

Taking a pair of scissors to my knitting is a terrifying prospect but working in continuous knit stitch circles is much faster than having to alternate between knit and purl rows, turning the work in between. I like the pattern and love the yarn but I’ve already knit most of this sweater once… So my friend E is going to help me when I’m ready.

Obviously we're not ready yet.

Obviously we’re not ready yet.

Tonight’s blanket piece is another trapezoid but this one is a mirror of the one we’ve made so here’s a new pattern for you.

Trapezoid with the incline side to the right

Pick up 15 stitches for the short side, 1 stitch in the corner, 31stitches for the long side – 47 stitches

Row 1 – k1, (sl1, k1, psso), k27, (sl2, k1, psso), k14 – 44sts

Row 2 – knit

Row 3 – k1, (sl1, k1, psso), k25, (sl2, k1, psso), k13 – 41sts

Row 4 – knit

Row 5 – k1, (sl1, k1, psso), k23, (sl2, k1, psso), k12 – 38sts

Row 6 – knit

Row 7 – k1, (sl1, k1, psso), k21, (sl2, k1, psso), k11 – 35sts

Row 8 – knit

Row 9 – k1, (sl1, k1, psso), k19, (sl2, k1, psso), k10 – 32sts

Row 10 – knit

Row 11 – k1, (sl1, k1, psso), k17, (sl2, k1, psso), k9 – 29sts

Row 12 – knit

Row 13 – k1, (sl1, k1, psso), k15, (sl2, k1, psso), k8 – 26sts

Row 14 – knit

Row 15- k1, (sl1, k1, psso), k13, (sl2, k1, psso), k7 – 23sts

Row 16 – knit

Row 17 – k1, (sl1, k1, psso), k11, (sl2, k1, psso), k6 – 20sts

Row 18 – knit

Row 19 – k1, (sl1, k1, psso), k9, (sl2, k1, psso), k5 – 17sts

Row 20 – knit

Row 21 – k1, (sl1, k1, psso), k7, (sl2, k1, psso), k4 – 14sts

Row 22 – knit

Row 23 – k1, (sl1, k1, psso), k5, (sl2, k1, psso), k3 – 11sts

Row 24 – knit

Row 25 – k1, (sl1, k1, psso), k3, (sl2, k1, psso), k2 – 8sts

Row 26 – knit

Row 27 – k1, (sl1, k1, psso), k2, (sl2, k1, psso), k1 – 6sts

Row 28 – k1, (sl1, k2tog, psso), k1 – 3sts

Row 29 – (sl2, k1, psso) – 1st

day 26

I’m falling asleep here so I won’t say anything else except ‘good night’ 🙂

Day 18


In deference to the Epic that is my photo tutorial in this post, I will keep other commentary to a minimum by saying that today I knit my blanket square with a turquoise coloured Fortissima Mexiko yarn by Schoeller + Stahl.

Day 18

Photo Tutorial : Picking up stitches

This photo tutorial will deal with picking up stitches in garter stitch – specifically the techniques I use for my meditation blanket project.

I’m using a thicker yarn and larger needles to make it easier to show you how I do this. I am using fewer stitches than in the pieces I’m making for the blanket. The technique is the same regardless of the number of stitches you are working with but this tutorial will be worked referring to the number of stitches I am using for the samples.

I will make a large square equivalent to 3 squares x 3 squares, using 2 squares, 2 trapezoids, 1 rectangle and 1 large triangle. In the diagram below you can see my layout plan. Each shape has a dot and an arrowed line. The dot represents the starting point, the arrow is the direction for casting on/picking up. You will cast on when the line doesn’t touch another shape. where the lines are shared between 2 shapes or more is where you will be picking up stitches. The plan and therefore this tutorial will cover how to pick up the stitches for each of the shapes I am using in my blanket.


We’re starting with a completed square. I have used 21sts to make a square with 10 stitches along each cast on edge and 1 in the corner. the cast on edge is placed to the left and down with the line of decreases going  from lower left to upper right. we will be picking up stitches from the top edge.

1 - square

2 - edge detail

Detail on the edge for picking up stitches.

Cast on the stitches you will need for the longest edge of the trapezoid (shape #2), in this case 22 stitches. Once I have those stitches on my needle, I can start picking up the remaining 10 stitches needed to make the trapezoid. I start with the stitch created by the slip knot used at the start of casting on the square then move along the edge from left to right. In each case, I insert the needle into the fabric of the square under 1 strand of yarn between 2 bumps.

3 - picking up

Loop the yarn around your needle as if you are going to knit.4 - yarn round needle

Then gently pull the stitch from the square over the yarn loop and off the needle.

5 - new stitch

The last stitch is picked up into part of the last stitch of the square. If you are following my pattern, you will know that the square is finished by working 3 stitches into 1. To pick up the last stitch for this edge, I put the needle into the stitch along the edge. This is *not* the one you can see when you look straight at the square. It is the stitch that you knitted into before passing your stitches over in the final decrease of the square.  It is the bottom-most stitch of the trio. It will make no difference if you go into the one you can see on the top, but I prefer to separate the stitches that will be worked into this corner instead of having them crowded into the same space.

6 - cast off pick up

7 - all picked up

All stitches picked up.

8 -  back of work

Wrong side of the work after picking up.

part A

Pieces 1 and 2

Working piece 3 (the second trapezoid) starts with the cast off stitch of piece 2, or rather with the stitch under the top stitch. After picking up this stitch, pick up the rest of the stitches you need as described above. You will need to pick up an extra stitch between pieces 1 and 2. This is where you use the centre stitch in the trio at the point of square 1.

9 - centre pick upPick up the remaining stitches, working the last stitch into the cast on edge. To do this, locate the 2 strands of the last cast on stitch. Pick both of those up and work as you would for a normal stitch.

10 - cast on edge pick up

11 - picked up end of edgeI now need to cast on 11 stitches before I begin working the trapezoid pattern.

Part B

The large triangle is next and is pretty straight forward. Pick up 1 stitch as already  described along the angled edges of the trapezoids + 1 where they join to have 21 stitches.

This piece will pull in on itself. I could have picked up double the number of stitches which would make the next couple of pieces easier but I didn’t. I could have done the decreases in the middle instead of at the sides but I didn’t. The triangle will stretch when it is knitted into. It will stretch when you wash and block the final piece of fabric into shape and it will look just like all the other pieces.

Part C

So, the next 2 pieces have some tricksy picking up in that you will be picking up both between the bumps and the bumps themselves. also, for this first piece – a rectangle – you will have to pick up stitches from halfway down the side of the triangle.

To make the rectangle, cast on the 11 stitches you need for the side then, including the bump of the final stitch worked in the triangle, count 5 bumps down the edge. Our first picked up stitch is the length of yarn you would normally pick up. For the next stitch pick up, you will be picking up the yarn that is crossed over between the straight thread and the bump. In the photo you can see that my finger is directly behind this spot. If you pick up the bump itself, it will all still work out but won’t look quite as neat.

12 - picking up bumps


Pick up and work as you would for any other picked up stitch.

13 - picked up bump


Continue to pick up stitches alternating with picking up the stitch between bumps and the bump stitch itself for a total of 21 stitches. Cast on the stitches for the other side of the rectangle so that you have 43 stitches.

You can see that it looks a bit more crowded than the other rows of picked up stitches.

14 - picked up detail


But it works out.
Part D

for the final square, pick up 10sts along the remaining section of the triangle side you have already worked in the same way. Pick up one in the corner between the triangle and the rectangle (11 stitches on your needle). Your last 10 stitches are picked up along the first cast on edge of the rectangle. This is another stitch that is picked up by putting the needle under 2 strands of yarn on the cast on edge.

15 - cast on edge pick up


pick up a total of 10 along this cast on edge for a grand total of 21 stitches on your needle.

16 - final pick ups

Knit the square as you did the first one. Congratulations, you have a complete large square!

Part E

Yeah, it’s a little wonky but if you pin it out you can see what it will look like if you block it.

Part E - blockedSo there you have it – how I pick up my stitches for the meditation blanket project. Let me know in the comments if you want this as a pdf.



Day 15


Today’s knitting is accompanied by Triple M radio in Sydney and their Almost Acoustic Sunday. Gotta love online radio streaming. I miss Triple M since coming to the UK.

Today, using the green version of the pink Austermann Step I used on Day 7, I tackled the triangle and I am pleased to report that the technique I used for the angled side of the trapezoid works for the triangle.

So, working left to right across the angled sides of the 2 trapezoids we’ve already made, pick up 15sts on Day 13’s shape +1sts between the 2 shapes +15sts from Day 14’s shape. You’ll have the standard 31sts on your needles.

Your decreases are made 1 stitch in from the edge on both ends of the right side row.

Row 1 – k1, sl1, k1, psso, k25, k2tog, k1 – 29sts

Row 2 and all even numbered rows – k

Row3 – k1, sl1, k1, psso, k23, k2tog, k1 – 27sts

Row 5 – k1, sl1, k1, psso, k21, k2tog, k1 – 25sts

Row 7 – k1, sl1, k1, psso, k19, k2tog, k1 – 23sts

Row 9 – k1, sl1, k1, psso, k17, k2tog, k1 – 21sts

Row 11 – k1, sl1, k1, psso, k15, k2tog, k1 – 19sts

Row 13 – k1, sl1, k1, psso, k13, k2tog, k1 – 17sts

Row 15 – k1, sl1, k1, psso, k11, k2tog, k1 – 15sts

Row 17 – k1, sl1, k1, psso, k9, k2tog, k1 – 13sts

Row 19 – k1, sl1, k1, psso, k7, k2tog, k1 – 11sts

Row 21 – k1, sl1, k1, psso, k5, k2tog, k1 – 9sts

Row 23 – k1, sl1, k1, psso, k3, k2tog, k1 – 7sts

Row 25 – k1, sl1, k1, psso, k1, k2tog, k1 – 5sts

Row 27 – k1, sl2tog, k1, psso, k1 – 3sts

Row 29 – sl2tog, k1, psso – 1st. Break yarn and pull through your stitch.

There you go Stuart, a triangle! (I was asked for a triangle earlier this week).

day15In the photo, you can see that I have pinned the piece out. You can also see that between some of the pins, the fabric is bowed. in the final item this can be taken care of with blocking (more on that in a later post). But right now let me explain.

I’m knitting with the same weight yarn (4ply sock yarn) for each of these shapes, on the same size needles (3.25mm), using the same techniques, stitches and dimensions. do you remember that I said in an earlier post how just because several yarns say they are all 4ply, some are thicker than others?  That’s one part of it – because a thicker yarn fills the stitch space more fully. Another part is that whether the knitter is tense or relaxed effects how tightly they knit. A chilled out knitter is more likely to knit loosely than a knitter who is contemplating stabbing you with her needles despite the blood it will get on her yarn (and believe me, in that moment, the potential damage to the yarn is the only thing saving you :p). There are other factors involved but those are the two most likely to make a difference in this project.

Hey Charlotte, did you make your husband go into the loft today?

I didn’t actually, but he remembered and went without me nagging. He’s clever like that. So along with 7 or 8 other projects, I now have the project I’ve been  wanting to work on for a week. It’s a lace shawl made with yarn that’s about as thick as a couple of strands of sewing thread (for the curious, the yarn is JaggerSpun Zephyr – a wool-silk blend, lace weight yarn in the colour ‘Peacock’).

Anyway, the pattern is called ‘Aspen Grove‘ and has been designed by Miriam Felton to look like, well, like a grove of trees. I’m about half way down the tree trunks and haven’t had the focus to work on this for more than a year.

aspen grove


Lace work needs a lot of attention – counting stitches and working out if you’ve put the yarn overs and k2tog’s in the right place. Anyway, I haven’t been in the right fame of mind for that until now so I wanted to strike while the proverbial iron was hot.

Yes, it is entirely normal for me to be working on his many projects at he same time.


Day 13


We’re listening to Sky Arts 1 today -Muse in concert in Rome Olympic Stadium. Yeah, it’s a rock concert and it’s awesome. But I’m not going to talk about that. I’m going to share a Facebook post of mine from earlier along with a YouTube clip…

You know how sometimes there is music that is ‘Joy’? It’s the music that makes you tap your foot or bob your head no matter what mood you are in. It sends shivers of ‘This Is Good’ up your spine and across your scalp every time you hear it. There might only be one song in your life that gives you this feeling. And sometimes the song that does that for you will surprise you. Sometimes the ferocity of it is the surprise. But whatever it is, you can’t articulate what it is about that piece of music that makes you feel this way.

Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway to Heaven’ is one of those songs for me but watching the composers and original artist react to this performance just made it that much more sweet.

Today’s knitting is a new shape and I’m holding J responsible. I asked her what shape I should do but didn’t specify what the choices were. So today, trapezoid. I’m basically creating a square with a right angle triangle attached.

day 13-trapezoidStarting at 1 stitch after the tip of square 10 and working from left to right pick up 15 sts from square 10, 1 st where squares 5 and 10 join, 15 sts from square 5, 1 st where squares 5 and 12, 15 sts from square 12. This will  give you 47sts on your needle.

The working for the first part of each row will look familiar – it’s the same as making a small square. The second part is where we make the triangle.

So, the first part – knit 14, slip 2 stitches as if you are going to knit them together, knit 1, pass slipped stitches over, knit 14.

For the second part, we want to make only half of the mitred square shape. We did not cast on for a third side like we did with the rectangles so the decrease only needs to be one stitch at this end instead of the 2 sts we have been doing so far. Continue knitting on this row until you have only 3 sts left on your needle, knit 2 stitches together, knit the last stitch.

FYI – we are doing the second decrease on each row 1 stitch from the end to make joining other shapes to this edge easier. Keeping this a solo stitch instead of a stitch knitted together with another makes it easier to see and to pick up.

So here is the full pattern, which includes the row I have just walked you through.

Row 1 – k14, (sl2tog, k1, psso), k27, k2tog, k1 –  44sts

Row 2 and every alternating row – k

Row 3 – k13, (sl2tog, k1, psso), k25, k2tog, k1 – 41sts

Row 5 – k12, (sl2tog, k1, psso), k23, k2tog, k1 – 38sts

Row 7 – k11, (sl2tog, k1, psso), k21, k2tog, k1 – 35sts

Row 9 – k10, (sl2tog, k1, psso), k19, k2tog, k1 – 32sts

Row 11 – k9, (sl2tog, k1, psso), k17, k2tog, k1 – 29sts

Row 13 – k8, (sl2tog, k1, psso), k15, k2tog, k1 – 26sts

Row 15 – k7, (sl2tog, k1, psso), k13, k2tog, k1 – 23sts

Row 17 – k6, (sl2tog, k1, psso), k11, k2tog, k1 – 20sts

Row 19 – k5, (sl2tog, k1, psso), k9, k2tog, k1 – 17sts

Row 21 – k4, (sl2tog, k1, psso), k7, k2tog, k1 – 14sts

Row 23 – k3, (sl2tog, k1, psso), k5, k2tog, k1 – 11sts

Row 25 – k2, (sl2tog, k1, psso), k3, k2tog, k1 – 8sts

! Pay attention – this is 3 consecutive rows of pattern

Row 27 – k1, (sl2tog, k1, psso), k1, k2tog, k1 – 5sts

Row 28 – k1 (sl1, k2tog, psso), k1 – 3sts

Row 29 – sl2tog, k1, psso – 1st

Ta daaaah! 🙂

day 13Btw, the yarn is Schoeller+Stahl’s Fortissima Shadow Color again. I’ve used the red yarn twice now. This time it’s a gorgeous shade of petrol blue.

Day 9


We were rockin’ out to Bach again today. Started with ‘Concerto for Harpsichord, Strings and Continuo No. 5 in F Minor’ before more Brandenburg Concerto’s. Very much enjoying this collection.

Today I used the Vulcan coloured Step by Austermann that I mentioned yesterday to make another rectangle. For this rectangle, only 1 side was cast on, but 3 sides were picked up.

I cast on 16 stitches, picked up 15sts along the righthand side  of day 8’s square, 1st between that square and day 6’s rectangle which it’s joined to, 15sts along the edge of that rectangle, 1st in the tip of day 4’s square and 15 along the  side of day 5’s big square. those 15sts should put you 16sts from the cast off tip. So, you have cast on or picked up : 16sts + 15sts + 1st + 15sts + 1st + 15sts = 63sts on your needle.

Now you will repeat the rest of the pattern from  day 6, which is helpfully reprinted here for you.

Row 1: k14, (sl2 tog, k1, psso), k29, (sl2 tog, k1, psso), k14 – 59sts
Row 2: k across
Row 3: k13, (sl2 tog, k1, psso), k27, (sl2 tog, k1, psso), k13 – 55sts
Row 4: k across
Row 5: k12, (sl2 tog, k1, psso), k25, (sl2 tog, k1, psso), k12 – 51sts
Row 6: k across
Row 7: k11, (sl2 tog, k1, psso), k23, (sl2 tog, k1, psso), k11 – 47sts
Row 8: k across
Row 9: k10, (sl2 tog, k1, psso), k21, (sl2 tog, k1, psso), k10 – 43sts
Row 10: k across
Row 11: k9, (sl2 tog, k1, psso), k19, (sl2 tog, k1, psso), k9 – 39sts
Row 12: k across
Row 13: k8, (sl2 tog, k1, psso), k17, (sl2 tog, k1, psso), k8 – 35sts
Row 14: k across
Row 15: k7, (sl2 tog, k1, psso), k15, (sl2 tog, k1, psso), k7 – 31sts
Row 16: k across
Row 17: k6, (sl2 tog, k1, psso), k13, (sl2 tog, k1, psso), k6 – 27sts
Row 18: k across
Row 19: k5, (sl2 tog, k1, psso), k11, (sl2 tog, k1, psso), k5 – 23sts
Row 20: k across
Row 21: k4, (sl2 tog, k1, psso), k9, (sl2 tog, k1, psso), k4 – 19sts
Row 22: k across
Row 23: k3, (sl2 tog, k1, psso), k7, (sl2 tog, k1, psso), k3 – 15sts
Row 24: k across
Row 25: k2, (sl2 tog, k1, psso), k5, (sl2 tog, k1, psso), k2 – 11sts
Row 26: k across
Row 27: k1, (sl1, k1, psso) x2, k1, (k2tog) x2, k1 – 9sts
Row 28: k2tog, sl1, k2tog, psso, (sl1, k1, psso) – 3sts
Row 29: sl1, k2tog, psso. Break yarn and pull through the stitch.

day 9

You can see in the picture how a yarn dyed to produce definite stripes looks compared to the other types of striped and patterned yarns discussed yesterday.