I took my chemistry-with-hard-sums exam last week. Now I have no studying for a couple of months, until my next course starts in February (although I may do a little light reading in preparation for it). Even though my chemistry studies are over for this year, I still have plenty of new things to learn. I’ve cast on for my bountiful bohus cardigan. This features a couple of techniques I’ve not done before – short row shaping and steeks.
I have done short rows before, but not for shaping a garment. The pattern does give some shapings but I’m going to recalculate my own, as well as tweaking other parts of the shaping, using my hard-won mad algebra skillz. If I can apply the steady state approximation and understand the Langmuir adsorption isotherm then I can damn well work out where to put a couple of bust darts.
Steeks, though! Steeks are a different story. You want me to cut my knitting? I think I’d rather derive some more kinetic equations, thanks. Cut. My. Knitting! ? This is terrifying. But I know lots of knitters who have done it and survived, and they assure me it’s not that difficult but even so, I’m scared. But ’tis a long way off yet. I have started with the sleeves, by way of checking my tension calculations (my yarn is knitting up looser than the pattern so I am following the instructions for a smaller size). I’ve made the sleeves narrower than the pattern has them – I already have one cardigan with big sleeves, don’t really need another.
I did finally finish my summer school shawl, and wore it during my exam – it gets quite cool in the exam hall after 2 or 3 hours sitting still.
pattern: Litla Dimun by Cheryl Oberle (from ‘Folk Shawls‘)
yarn: Jamieson & Smith 2 Ply Jumper Yarn, shade 1403 (the red is slightly deeper/darker than it shows in these photos)
needles: 4 mm
I love the finished shawl, the Faroese shape really does stay on well. And I love the yarn, in all its crispness and slight roughness. This feels like the kind of shawl my great grandmothers would have worn. Airy lace and softy delicate yarns are good for dressing up, but this is an honest, everyday working shawl. Although I wear it for working in the library, rather than the fields or mills. Ah, which reminds me …
I kniktted this ‘U’ for the Poetry Society’s Knitted Poem. They asked you to tell them your favourite poem. One of mine is Digging by Seamus Heaney
But I’ve no spade to follow men like them.
Between my finger and my thumb
The squat pen rests.
I’ll dig with it.