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Friday, March 30, 2012

Episode 84 Slip, An Unsung Hero

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Pipeliner Notes
Carol asked how to distinguish yarn weights.  I talk about wraps per inch tool.  The best way is to do a gauge swatch.

I read a letter from LaLaLand

Nature Notes
Spring Beauty aka  Claytonica virginica  Closes up at night or on cloudy days.
Spring Beauty

Shepherd’s Purse is the flower/weed of the week.  Botanical: Capsella bursa-pastoris

The Flowers
 by Robert Louis Stevenson 
All the names I know from nurse:
Gardener's garters, Shepherd's purse,
Bachelor's buttons, Lady's smock,
And the Lady Hollyhock.

Fairy places, fairy things,
Fairy woods where the wild bee wings,
Tiny trees for tiny dames--

These must all be fairy names!

Tiny woods below whose boughs
Shady fairies weave a house;
Tiny tree-tops, rose or thyme,
Where the braver fairies climb!

Fair are grown-up people's trees,
But the fairest woods are these;
Where, if I were not so tall,
I should live for good and all.

My bench in the woods, surrounded by spring beauties and other fairy things.
 Needle Notes
Mystery Mittens for Me by Laura Linneman

Clever use of the slipped stitch...and that got me thinking about slipped stitches and how they are unsung heros.

Shetland wool fingering weight from Schoolhouse Press. 
Knit Stitch is like the good well behaved child.  Purl is rather like the black sheep of the family, in some circles anyway. The Slip Stitch is like the forgotten wall flower or perhaps the one we wouldn’t miss until it was gone.

I talk about some of the ways that the slip stitch, if it can be called a stitch at all, is used in knitting.
Edges, SSK and other decreases, colorwork patterns, texture patterns, slipped stitch heel flap, brioche, and mosaic knitting are some of the occasions when slipped stitches are essential.
Barbara Walker is probably the Queen of Slipped Stitches with her invention of Mosaic Knitting. I believe she is the inventor of it and certainly the mistress of it.  One piece is a tea cozy that is done in mosaic and then lined in red wool, a most effective way to keep a pot warm.
Faithful mosaic knitting tea cozy and faithful teapot.

It has at i-cord piping along the edge.

Inside lining is also mosaic knitting.

If you are doing stripes you can decide to slip a stitch at regular intervals and it looks a bit like stranded work.  On the next round, try purling your slipped stitch for a completely different effect.  It is fun to play around with color and slipped stitches.
The Blethering Room
Story about neglected wildflowers  Bastard Toadflax and Hoary Puccoon
In the Pipeline
Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables
Maisie Dobbs #3 and #4 Pardonable Lies and Messenger of Truth
Louise Penny Still Life


Cardigan (in the planning stages)
Quince & Co Finch in Icelandic colorway. Waiting to become a sweater.

Quince & Co Tern in Boothbay Blue, a potential sweater for me.

Lydia McCauley
Hawthorn from Quieting

Haste ye back!


Bronwyn said...

I just followed the links for the neglected wildflowers. Isn't it funny that neither is present in our own Tazewell County? Smack dab in the middle of the state and surrounded by all these other counties that have these flowers. Interesting.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the suggestion on The Principles of Knitting book. It just arrived today and can't wait to really look through it. It seems very comprehensive.
Knitmom68 on ravelry

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