Are we all here? Yes? Well good evening, and thank you for coming at such short notice. I just thought it would be a good idea to have a blog post updating you on various bits and pieces that I’ve mentioned recently. It’s a pretty full agenda, so assuming you’re all settled with your knitting or crochet, let’s get going.
First on the agenda is the naming of the spinning wheel. A big thank you to all 247 people who voted. And as per the outcome, may I proudly present Monsieur Algernon Spinburne, who’ll no doubt soon be known as ‘Algie’ to his friends. (Have I mentioned how much I love using my spinning wheel?)
Moving on to item two: finished objects. If you follow @thetwistedyarn on Instagram, then you’ll have seen a similar photo to the one below already. I don’t usually make toys, but one of the twinnage had been asking me for a knitted or crocheted digger. How on earth am I supposed to do that? I wondered, followed by, I bet there’s a pattern somewhere on Ravelry. And indeed, there was. Of course there was. This is the Bobcat Excavator by Kristen O’Keeffe. I added a few extra details to the wheels, but otherwise stuck to the pattern:-
Judging by the fact that my son has been seen holding it in his sleep, I think he likes it.
Item three on the agenda. Ah yes, bottoms. (No sniggering, please.) If I had £1 for every time someone has asked me whether the bottom ever sags in my knitted skirts, then I’d have enough money to buy a really nice skein of yarn. The question came up again in the comments on this recent post. We were discussing how the lack of bottom-sagging on this skirt that I’ve worn about eleventy thousand times…
…might in part be due to the fact that stranded knitting makes a less flexible fabric than plain knitting. And if this is the case, then you might expect this skirt (that I designed, but hadn’t worn a huge amount) to be at risk of the much afeared bottom-sag:-
So in the interests of science, I’ve been wearing the second skirt a lot.
And I’m now in a position to update you on two points: (i) No bottom-sagging has yet been observed (in the skirt, I mean – I’m not going to comment on the wearer), and (ii) This whole thing is making me paranoid about my rear.
But yeah, early results are promising. Knitted skirts appear to be quite capable of keeping their shape. Let’s give the final word to Candace Eisner Strick, author of the book, Knit My Skirt. She’s obviously been asked the same question, and she says:-
Ah. So don’t knit it too tight. Fair point.
Right, can we leave the issue of bottoms behind now, please? Moving on…
Agenda item four. Works in progress. I’m designing a couple of new things. One is a gift for someone whom I’ve seen hanging around here, so I can’t show it to you for a few more days. The other is approximately half-done, and is worked in Stylecraft’s brand new yarn, ‘Linen Drape’ (70% viscose, 30% linen, DK-weight). I’m planning to publish the pattern:-
Knitted up, this yarn does indeed have a lovely drape, and good stitch definition. It feels surprisingly heavy, which is fine for the right kind of project. It’s available in eight colours, but the two that I’m using are definitely my favourites.
(Disclosure: I did not pay for this yarn, so my opinion is obvs not to be trusted, not even slightly.)
Right, next? Oh yes, item five: my Adventurer-In-Law, i.e. the Stoic Spouse’s father. You may remember me telling you about how, in his seventies, he’s taken to the stage for a terribly serious course in stand-up comedy. Well, he’s at last nearing the end of the course and this coming Monday, he and his fellow students will give their final performance, to which the public are invited. So please, would you be generous enough to wish him GOOD LUCK! Not that he needs it – he’ll be brilliant.
And then item six: the recent snow. No, wait: please don’t groan! I do realize that most of you are responsible adults thinking sensibly cautious thoughts about the recent inclement weather, but some of us are basically a five-year-old trapped in a forty-five-year-old’s body, and we can’t help but give a little SQUEEEE! Look!
Right, I think that those were the main agenda items. Is there Any Other Business? If so, please do comment below! ↓