Knitting? You want some knitting finally?
OK, here’s my Red Scarf in progress:
This is “Durango” yarn (wool/acrylic), heavy worsted, knit in Barbara Walker’s “Cartridge Belt Rib” stitch. This scarf has been making the rounds this fall as the “Corrugarter/Corrugator“, but I do feel the need to point out that I have been knitting scarves like this for at least 5 years! Years ago, I found this stitch pattern while searching for a interesting but non-feminine stitch for a male friend’s scarf. This is a great, non-curling, fast, easy stitch with textural interest, which fits well with this tweedy yarn, I think. The scarf is about twice this length now; it goes fast!
I also have the opportunity to show you a pre-blogging FO of which I’m very proud. The owner needed it re-blocked, so I took it back to do so and thus got to photograph it! This was a gift to one of our pastors, who has become a friend, to honor her first year of service as a pastor and in our church. I designed it from scratch; I did not find any patterns for knitted liturgical stoles even with Google! The stitch pattern is from our old friend, Barbara Walker, again; the “Embossed Twining Vine Leaf” from “A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns”, modified a little at the beginning and the end of the pattern.
Here it is:
(Click the thumbnails below if you’re really interested in the shaping details)
Knit in Noro Kureyon, as many could have guessed. This yarn drove me slightly crazy at the time, due to slight variations in yarn thickness, the knots, the abrupt changes in color at the knots, and the vegetable matter. You can see in the closeup the irregularities from the Noro’s variable thickness; at the time it did not fit with my perfectionistic vision. Now I think it looks rather cool with the irregularities. At least it looks hand-made and real! No clue about needles except I deliberately knit it tightly to keep its structure without pulling out of shape from the weight (it’s LONG). At some point, I will get a photo of it on the recipient. [Now that it’s reblocked and looks better, of course.] The edging is seed stitch, to theologically accompany the theme of the vine and the branches; green being the ‘ordinary’ liturgical color for much of the church year. (Green was my plan, anyway; the Kureyon didn’t always cooperate. At the end, I started breaking and rejoining yarn for desired color effects; I rather wish I’d done that at the beginning.) Knit from the bottom up, the neck being shaped first with decreases, to narrow the stole as it goes over the shoulders, then the point shaped with short rows and joined with a decorative three needle bind-off.
Yep, I’m proud of it, even if there were a couple things I wish I’d done differently, and even though I may take it back and knit a facing for it when it’s ‘out of season’ (right now it has a fabric backing for stability, but I think a knitted backing would probably work better to control the curl at the bottom, yet keep a little drape). It still turned out well for something that I made up all my own self, I think. That is, it turned out mostly like I had been picturing it!
Many dogs ,
some cats ,
a hamster ,
came with their humans.
We sang “(All God’s Critters Got) A Place in the Choir“by Bill Staines ,
said the prayer of St. Francis, talked about how animals are part of our bigger family and what animals give to us and deserve of us, and then each animal got an individual blessing.
It was weirdly hot for October (we’re usually having our first hard frost right around this date), and it ended with angst since a certain Preteen decided to put Citrus the cat down in the church, where he got freaked out by the dachshund, tore down the hall after peeing (on tile, thank heavens) and disappeared for almost an hour. Only when my husband called him did he finally peep up, where he had hidden behind some boxes in a storage area. Arg. OK, next time, we will have a carrier and we will only take the cat out at certain predetermined and pre-agreed-upon times. One assumes certain rules are self-evident; like, umm, I don’t know, don’t let a cat loose in the church? But apparently some of these rules have to be explicitly stated. Of course, it had to be OUR pet running amok.
However, at least we *did* find the cat, and it really was a very enjoyable time.
All God’s critters got a place in the choir
Some sing low, some sing higher
Some sing out loud on the telephone wire,
Some just clap their hands, or paws, or anything you got now!