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