Hang on

This blog post is entitled “Hang on” as a salute to my darling grandson who turned 3 a couple of weeks ago.  When he was very young he had a very impressive, not to mentioned expressive, Gallic shrug which seemed to indicate an internal questioning of the world around him.  “Hang on” appears to be a verbalisation of this.  When faced with something new, or when wanting to buy time to work out what something means, his first action is to claim “Hang on…”

I’m making a little progress on my striped Rimini cardigan.

First front progress

I have a deadline for this project.  It’s got to be finished and ready to wear by the middle of October so I can take it on holiday with me.  Suddenly it’s September and I’ve realised I’ve got to actually work on this.  So I am going to try and commit myself to knitting one pattern repeat each evening.  The pattern repeat is 30 rows – 10 of colour one; 2 of colour two, 2 of colour one, 6 of colour two; 2 of colour one, 8 of colour three. Since I haven’t worked on my knitting on weekday evenings for several months, I am not sure if I will be able to pull off this regime.  I just feel I need to in order to make the progress I need to make.

I subscribed recently to the Rowan magazine.  I have done this once before, but I am always undecided whether it is worth it.  I like Rowan’s autumn/winter collections and am never particularly keen on their spring/summer collections so I would usually only buy one of the two magazines that I will get on the subscription.  However, the whole subscription is made almost worth it for me by one single sentence in the July 2012 newsletter.  In an article on “The Rise of the Fair Isle Technique”, Jane Crowfoot writes “It also seems, despite popular belief, that cutting and steeking the knitting also originates from the Scandinavian style of knitting, and was not practised on the islands until the middle of the last century.”  O, music to my ears (or, rather, eyes, as I was reading it).  I have been mystified by the growing clamour of knitters who espouse knitting everything in the round and steeking in half a dozen separate places in order to render the piece into a garment.  It seems so counter-intuitive to me.  Of course, it is good to have options and if you find it difficult to seam a garment together, or to construct a colour pattern on purl rows, then by all means knit it in the round and cut into it to create the necessary openings for sleeves, neck etc.  You will be following a fine Scandinavian tradition that suits you perfectly.  Me?  I will be working with another tradition altogether.

It is my intention to do a review of the Rowan Magazine Issue 52, but I will need to do more than the quick flick-through I’ve managed so far.  I do most of my reading in the bath and the Rowan magazines are not bath-friendly at all.

So, until next week, when I hope I shall be nearing the end of the first front of my cardigan, I shall just say…

“Hang on!”

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