April 08, 2006


I know, I’ve been a very bad blogger. For a while I could blame it on the end of term (our last day of class was this past Tuesday) and all the various little things that come up around that time. But it’s quite a few days past the last day of term, and I still haven’t blogged! Until now, of course. So I have no good excuse — I guess I’ve just been uninspired, and I haven’t had anything particularly photo-worthy to put up.

I finished the Bad Penny (and didn’t take a picture — see, I’m a Really Bad Blogger!) and sent it to my sister; I also sent the poncho to Mark’s god-daughter. Unless the mail really lets me down (and it’s true that the Sackville end of things is kind of slow fairly often) they should get to their recipients by Easter. Nice, colourful garments for a spring holiday.

Of course, it snowed here a couple of days ago (2 inches on the ground!), so it hasn’t felt very spring-like recently.

In the end, I ripped out the sleeves of Bad Penny and re-knit them in the round, picking up 7 extra stitches. I did contact the designer, who told me that she intended the seams to be sewn up, and didn’t find it necessary to pick up extra stitches, though some people might. I feel a little silly for asking about such a basic thing (one might assume that sleeve seams are always sewn up) but, in my defence, the pattern is fairly detailed on most of the other points, so I thought it was a design feature. (It tells you, under “Finishing”, to weave in ends — an instruction which I would have thought is on about the same level of redundancy as seaming. It also makes quite a point of knitting the sleeves flat, back and forth — and I can’t really think of any reason to do that if you’re just going to seam the sleeves in the end, especially since the rest of the top is done in the round and top-down).

Anyway, it’s not really that I have a problem with the pattern — I’m just defending my own seeming obtuseness about it.

Since finishing those projects, I haven’t been doing much knitting — I’ve made up a few little squares with the ends of the multicoloured and yellow yarns, for (eventual) incorporation into my scrap-blanket. (The blanket’s been languishing for a while, and some of the seams have come loose — it needs some serious repair, and there are alot of squares waiting to be added to it). But I’ve just started a pair of socks, so I’ll try to have a picture of that soon. And I promise I’ll do my best to blog again in a reasonable amount of time — I don’t want my mom phoning me again, worried because I haven’t blogged in so long! (Yes, she did. And, in fact, I think it’s lovely that she follows the blog closely enough to worry when I don’t post! (Hi mom!))

Posted by Aven at April 8, 2006 05:05 PM

Phew! Glad to know everything’s ticking over as it should at last! Many spring hugs!

Posted by: Mom at April 8, 2006 06:52 PM

I love the scrap blanket! Great idea, may help me whittle down those odds and ends.

Posted by: Lisa at April 9, 2006 07:06 AM

I think it was an oversight and possibly inexperience in pattern writing on the part of the designer that the directions were missing. I have written a fair number of tutorial lessons and help guides. I always had a tester use my written directions to find the flaws in my thought process. What we assume or think to be understood is not always the case. I love your scrap-blanket idea.

Posted by: Paula at April 9, 2006 05:01 PM

Aven, do you remember me telling you that your great aunt Lois, who lives in town and would love to see you to reminisce about this any time, was a knitting pattern tester for Sears for a number of years?

Posted by: Mom at April 9, 2006 10:10 PM

I’ve been knitting a shawl that I just realized is top down - talk about obtuse. If it’s not clear, ask.

It doesn’t feel very spring-like here either, we’ve had nothing but rain for weeks! It’s so odd.

Posted by: Carrie K at April 11, 2006 03:50 PM