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Neck news

Jan 22 2020
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I was wrong about the double ended set of needles!  Clearly we have run out of either options or patience regarding the circular needle and have plumped for the set of four so neck picking up is in progress.  The idea seems to be that you put a third of the stitches on each of three of the needles thus providing a spare one to work onto.  

Needle woes

Jan 21 2020
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Work on the jumper has stalled as mum is missing a circular needle.  This sounded very singular to me but it seems that it has a point on each end with some tubing in the middle.  A variant on this is a set of four double ended straight needles but she hasn’t any of them to lose either.  She has asked....

Hot water

Jan 19 2020
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Aunty Biscuit acquired a very long, thin hot water bottle which has a novelty cover.  At some point this is going to need a spare cover. This then leads to the dilemma of whether to go for a relatively plain cover maybe stripes or a simple pattern, or something a little more exotic.  Perhaps a snake or a daschund?  Maybe something in leopard spots or zebra stripes? I will wait and see whether the sketchbook or yarn and needles appears first.

Mental arithmatic

Jan 18 2020
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One of the differences between knitting an item from a pattern or whilst creating one is the maths.  Mums jumper is now at shaping the neck stage which was punctuated by mutterings like 63 minus 9 divided by 9.  I assume the 9 is the number of stitches in the middle as she then said she hopes the neck won’t be too big.  I have every faith in her that it won’t be.

Life on the edge

Jan 17 2020
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Aunty Biscuit is doing one row double then one row treble crochet on a strip for the oddments dog blanket (current shade a rather pretty delicate peach) .  This gives it nice neat edges at either side.  For knitting, slipping the first stitch on a row also gives a neat firm edge to the piece of work which in turn improves the finish on garments.

A major leap forward

Jan 14 2020
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Aunty Biscuit has taken a leap into the modern era and purchased one of those freeview digital box things.  Given that a) a number of my pearls of wisdom weren’t shared with the world over the summer as she didn’t press the post key on the blog (you can’t get the staff) and b) she is currently sketching ideas for patterning design for a dolls jumper using a pencil, a rubber and some scaled graph paper, it will be interesting to she if she can set it up or manage to use it.

In the kitchen

Jan 13 2020
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Mum has been making lemon meringue pie this evening.  It nearly didn’t happen as the cornflour was missing in action, thankfully found in the nick of time.  This of course disrupted my plans for the evening which given that it is cold and windy, had consisted of lounging on the sofa keeping an eye on her knitting, which incidentally has progressed to having the back completed and just half way up the front.

The complexities of DK

Jan 12 2020
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Delving deeper in the bag of blanket wool I espied a full ball of a beautiful lilac double knitting.  I was puzzled as to why it was there but Aunty Biscuit explained that not all DK is the same thickness and that generally some do 28 rows to 10 cm and others...….

I love it when a plan comes together

Jan 11 2020
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It appears that my disapproval of Harrier having the thick blanket instead of me has been noted and is being actioned.  Aunty Biscuit turned up with a bag of oddments and work has commenced.  The bag has a bit of chunky yarn (one nearly full ball in an extremely dodgy colour, one small part ball leftover from a jumper a while ago and subsequently used in.....

Confused

Jan 08 2020
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The jumper mum is knitting is going to have a dropped sleeve.  I initially thought that this was a little careless and also that it really ought to have two, dropped or otherwise.  Apparently though it is a style of sleeve which means that on the front and back there is a bit of shaping at the armhole start then not a lot until the top.  Another type of shaping is a raglan which steadily decreases to form a slope from the armhole up to the top.  Aunty Biscuit that a raglan was named after an Earl, so I am now wondering whether a dropped sleeve was named after a type of scone although I suspect not.