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Oh dearest Scotch Mary how I love thee... No, really, I mean it. You're a very lovely lady....

As you've probably guessed, knitting has been good. At this point
everything seems to be proceeding pretty much as planned with Scotch
Mary. I'm a little worried I may not actually be completely done by the
end of the month, but hey, I'm gonna give it a try. The lace rib rows
go by fast when I'm awake. I go very slow on them if I start to get
sleepy. Note to anyone that knits this, be cautious when tired! I've
found myself either reverting to stockinette or randomly placing YOs
and forgetting the decreases. Nothing that wouldn't happen on any
stitch more complicated than garter or stockinette.

Last week sometime I received a question about figuring out sizing. If you're
looking for a book on knitting raglan shaped sweaters you may want to
check Knitting Sweaters from the Top Down.
The sweaters shown in the books are, in my opinion, quite hideous. That
is, however, just my own opinion and fashion sense. Regardless of the
sweater samples, the book does provide hints on different design
elements that you can use (like various necklines– hoods, cowls, etc.)
and the math needed to calculate top-down raglan shaping is explained
reasonably clearly. I'm not a huge fan of math and I still managed to
make sense of the instructions.

There are, of course, all the Elizabeth Zimmermann books. I almost feel like they go without saying.
Unless you're a nonbeliever. And now I am going to admit something...
Something I really am quite ashamed of... Until a few months ago I
found it very boring and a waste of time to read Elizabeth Zimmermann.
I was a nonbeliever. Yes, I did just say that. I am happy to admit I
was wrong and made a very foolish mistake to turn my back on these
helpful, insightful reads. Anyone out there that has never read one of
Zimmermann's books go do yourself and your knitting a huge favor and
pick one up. There are a few very good ones to choose from. I
personally have Knitting Around: or
Knitting Without a License, The Knitters Almanac, & Knitting Workshop. All of them are a good investment of time. Most recently I've been reading through Knitting Around as it's the newest in my possession.

I've put several design books on inter-library loan. With luck it won't take
them forever to come in and I can mention a few of them here over the
next few days.

Since I've been having so much fun documenting this sweater project,
I've decided to continue my regular blogging through March. However,
the theme will be different. During the month of March my family band, The Homegrown String Band,
will be doing a good deal of traveling. What that means for me is loads
of knitting in the car and hotels. Basically if I'm not playing music
or sleeping I'll be knitting. So the deal is this: I will be tracking
the progress of my knitting (which will also be a Fiddle Knits Design) and talking about our gigs and adventures out on the road.

And now... Scotch Mary summons my attention once more. :-)

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Comment by cherylbwaters on February 16, 2010 at 11:37am
Okay, I got sidetracked over at The Homegrown String Band. Now, I'm back to comment. I always regret knitting when I'm tired. I tend to knit until I'm literally falling asleep. And the next day, I end up frogging. So why push it and regret it later. I'm excited about following you and your family on the road. ♥c
Comment by Erica Jackofsky on February 16, 2010 at 10:32am
She really was a true innovator. I'm loving reading her books now. I guess I got around to Zimmermann when I was ready, because now I certainly appreciate her!
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on February 16, 2010 at 10:24am
Erica, I just did my first Elizabeth Zimmerman project. I really like the way she thinks and works, but doubt that I will ever be that good. Can't wait to hear more about your family band and the traveling. We will keep watching and reading! --S

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