Tuesday, November 11, 2008


I've made progress on the TBT sweater, but the ribbing and a few rows of the body aren't photogenic enough to drag out the camera. Now that I'm done with the corrugated ribbing (PITB but totally worth the work), the pattern knitting should go a lot more quickly. Thanks everyone for the title suggestions- the consensus calls for some sort of *Harvest* theme (and, #4, it's probably not going to be called Terri's Sweater... heh). I'm going to continue to work on the sleeves and body at the same time, since the yarn is limited, and I want them to match as closely as possible (well, I want the sleeves to match each other exactly, the body may have fewer or more rows of any individual shade, depending on how far the yarn goes). I'm knitting the sleeves separately because this fabric is too bulky for the extraneous seams you get with tandem sleeves. It's nice to get them done with the body though- you'd expect sleeves to go quickly since they're so much smaller, but that's not the case. At least for me, shorter rows, and frequent color changes interrupt the flow and slow me down (not to mention, all those increases). I can knit the body (with 262 sts) almost as quickly as the sleeves (with about 70@ at this point).

In the meantime, here are some new links (posted in assorted places on the right side of the page) to amuse:

The 1884 Knitted Lace Sample Book

Blog owner, Vintage Kathleen, found a hand-written journal from the late 1800's in a used book store. In addition to the historical value of day-to-day life, the book has a compendium of knitted lace samples and instructions. Beginning in January, 2009, the blog will feature transcribed portions of the journal, along with lace patterns and samples. It should be absolutely fascinating.

Knitting II

Mona is a South Dakota knitter and blogger. We met on Ravelry, and then met in person at a booksigining/knit in at Athena's Fibers in Sioux Falls, SD. Mona is a new spinner and dyer, and her stuff is lovely. She also designs and sells patterns for lovely Fair Isle mittens (link on her main page).

Keeping it Real at 66 Degrees North Latitude

This blogger is a New Englander by birth, but Alaskan by choice. She happens to live in Kotzebue, Alaska, where my maternal grandmother (an Inupiat Eskimo) lived. We met because I mentioned Kotzebue here on the blog, and through her, I am now in contact with relatives in Alaska. Her blog is a fascinating look at life above the Arctic Circle (which, surprisingly enough, isn't a lot different from life on the Great Plains), and her photographs of the area are stunning.

The Paper Collector

Linda and I share membership in the Yahoogroup Paperdollnews. Her new blog features wonderful paper memorabilia, including paper dolls. Some of the items are printable, and they're all fascinating. I especially love the political paper dolls


Geek Knitter said...

More blogs to subscribe to, how wonderful!

vintagekathleen said...

Thank you for the plug. I am looking forward to as many knitters as possible exploring the lace sample book along with me. I just wish I didn't need to finish my Christmas knitting before I start on the book!

Marlyn said...

Thanks for the info about vintagekathleen's blog. It sounds so cool, and I've already subscribed.

Linda said...

Thanks for the shout out, Kathleen!

And thanks for those Thursday paper doll pages. That's a lot of work to scan in and digitally knit together--and it's much appreciated.


Anonymous said...

Thank You Kathleen!!!
Your the Best!
Hugs Mona

tundratantrum said...

Thsnkd for the link. You must have quite the following because I had a lot of extra visitor coming from your blog. I was wondering if the Joules ever contacted you?