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The Wall of Linen: It Lives

Dear Ann,
When I say things like, “I am going to knit a slipcover for a chair,” or “I am knitting a blanket based on this Gee’s Bend-y cushion and my impressions of Sean Scully’s paintings”–people take me seriously. One person took me so seriously about the Sean Scully blanket that she has actually caught up to where I left off (square 5), and is wondering, in a loving way, where the heck is her square 6? Message received!
Square 6
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Square 6 is kind of revolutionary (if something can be “kind of” revolutionary), in that it is not constructed via the log cabin method. I wanted to mimic the uneven stripes on this patch on the cushion. I didn’t figure out how to do that with log cabin until after I was already working the square in intarsia.
My takeaway from working square 6: I still don’t love intarsia. But I do like the smoothness of this square. Here’s the recipe.
Using pale blue, cast on 66 stitches and work 18 garter ridges. On the next row, work 14 stitches in pale blue, then work the remaining stitches in cream. This row sets the position of a cream intarsia stripe, which will be worked for a total of 6 garter ridges. Cut the cream yarn after this stripe is completed.
Work 5 garter ridges in pale blue. On the next row, work 11 stitches in pale blue, then work the remaining stitches in cream. This row sets the position of a cream intarsia stripe, which will be worked for a total of 4 garter ridges. Cut the cream yarn after this stripe is completed.
Work 10 garter ridges in pale blue. On the next row, work 8 stitches in pale blue, then work the remaining stitches in cream. This row sets the position of a cream intarsia stripe, which will be worked for a total of 4 garter ridges. Cut the cream yarn after this stripe is completed.
Work 14 garter ridges in pale blue. Bind off all stitches and continue to work a cro-Kay edging around the other 3 sides of the square. Fasten off.
Bandanas for Humans
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While not always wearing shawls, Carrie does usually have something on her head. She is a hat person. We were a bit concerned when the Ubiquitous Green Crochet Hat was still getting daily wear in June, but then an elastic bandana was discovered in a shop. I only bought 2, thinking, “I could make that.”
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Here it is. What is mystifying to me as a self-taught seamstress is how it is that there is no topstitching on either end of the tube that encases the elastic. I went looking for a how-to on the web, and found this one, which does use topstitching. Perhaps I will solve the mystery myself. I’m sure that sewing the casing inside-out is involved, but can’t get my mind around how this could be done on both ends of the tube. (Clue: on the original, there IS a stretch of topstitching on the seam that forms the tube/casing itself.) Sewing requires mad skills in spatial reasoning
Anyway, I’m posting this for other people with sewing machines, fat quarters, and daughters. A bandana is a fine thing, but adding elastic–basically turning it into a headband–is brilliant and makes it much easier to put on without pulling hair, and to wear without constant re-tying it as it loosens. If you scrunch the scarf part, it turns into a regular headband. (FYI: There are a whole lot of dog bandana patterns on the Internet.)
Sneak Peek Friday
Ann. Do you notice anything different about this copy of our Uncorrected Proof?
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It doesn’t say, “Uncorrected Proof”. It’s the real book, one of the airshipped early copies. It came yesterday, no warning, no phone call, no nothing. I know you don’t have yours yet. Sorry. I’m sure it will arrive on the next Wells Fargo wagon to make it up the mountain.
When I opened the envelope, I felt all funny for a minute, like last time. You know, that feeling that the book has been a mental construct for so long that it doesn’t make sense for it to exist outside our minds? This time, I did the same as when I was handed my swaddled newborns:
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I took off their dust jackets to see what they looked like naked. I never dreamed we’d get aqua! We love aqua!
More to come. Sorry for teasing. The paper is nice and shiny, Ann, just how you like it. Gale’s pictures look even better than they did when we put our eyeballs right up to the computer screen to choose them. There’s something about ink laid on paper that the digital world still can’t match.
Happy weekend, everybody!
Love,
Kay

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36 Comments

  1. I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of the book. Maybe it will come earlier than the promised September date??? hope, hope, hope.

  2. I want that book. Now! Congratulations!

  3. My book is on order so can’t wait for it to arrive, it will be a surprise also! Love the elastic bandana. The whole tying and tightening thing is a bit of a pain. I don’t sew (nor do I want to – I am spatially challenged)but wow, those are cute!

  4. I’ve had just about enough of you guys dangling that confounded book in my face!! I get myself all settled down to wait for Amazon to cough it up and then you wave your copy around like candy in front of a kid. Enough!!!

  5. HURRAY for the book! I’m so thrilled for ya’ll. I can’t wait to have my hot little hands on one.
    Super cute bandana! I need some of those for myself for the summer. I CAN so but I don’t and even if I did, I wouldn’t have time right now to make them. Do you remember where you found the original?

  6. I think for the casing you fold the fabric wrong sides together with the elastic inside and lined up with the top edge, then sew the top edge of the fabric, then turn the fabric so it is right sides together with the elastic sticking out the top, then sew the side of the fabric. When you turn the fabric right side out the elastic will be inside the casing and attached to one end.

  7. Preordered from Amazon and anxiously awaiting delivery while drooling!

  8. Um…I’m one of those people who take you seriously, this better not be a thinly veiled bale out on the slipcover!!! :-P
    The book looks Fab, can’t wait for my copy to arrive, but alas I fear it will be September….sigh

  9. “If you scrunch the scarf part…”—‘Scrunch’ beng the operative word here:
    Is it possible (or even desireable) to cut a matching “scrunchie” hair tie, lay it straight, and then sew either end to the body of your bandana? If you think it would work, then you might try it on one of those old-fashioned “cowboy” bandanas (you know, they traditionally come in either red or navy blue), and a matching soild red or blue scrunchie.
    Now about the new book (“The paper is nice and shiny, Ann, just how you like it”)–shameful teasing, but good naturedly so. It brought a smile to my face, as does the thought of a new book from you guys…Where may we go for the ‘in-person’ book signing?
    Thanks for being there.
    LoveDiane

  10. I’m curious about how you would have solved the stripe issue using the log cabin method. Maybe on Square #7?

  11. The killer kind of M-D post. Mystery for solving! New square recipe! BOOK TEASE! Oh yes and cute kid in cute outfit. 12 stars.

  12. Congratulations ladies! I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!!

  13. I love those bandanna things! Thanks for supplying the pattern link. Now I just have to learn to sew properly…
    And the book! I heart the book, I lurve the book. Now I need you all to start planning the tour. Its gotta be soon, right? I love RJ Julia’s in Madison CT, thats where I saw the Yarn Harlot and Gale Zucker, but it can be a little hot and cramped. I will pervert my need-it-now nature and buy the book from whatever store you chose to appear in! So dish ladies, dish on the details!

  14. It looks so good! Can’t wait to see it — and buy it!
    Congratulations!

  15. Can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait….
    I’m just a little eager.

  16. Congratulations on the new book, Kay and Ann! Happy page-turning, Kay – and delayed-but-even-more-exciting-therefore page-turning, Ann!
    I’ve published quite a few text&photos pieces (but not books! hat’s off to you both!) and seeing the package in the letterbox and then opening those glossy pages for the first time hasn’t gotten old yet.
    New book! Wheeee!

  17. in 2 weeks i am flying all the way to the states just to buy your book. when will it be out????
    oh, and I am going to visit my family, too.
    love the bandana…but even simpler, just cut the arm off a t-shirt and put the tube on your head…it is the perfect size …if it is a bit old and stretched out….

  18. Love the text/words on the cover of your book.
    Looking forward to seeing the inside:-)
    Diane/Bloomington,IN.

  19. the book and the square may both be in my future. Sewing (a bandana or anything else) , not so much.

  20. Woo hoo! It looks absolutely faboo!!! I love the aqua too and can’t wait to get the book.
    And the bandana thing? Another great idea.

  21. Oh, I can’t wait! Congratulations to the both of you. Rick and I will be fighting over the book. Guess I will have to buy him his own copy! Kay, thanks for your plug about the sheep stitch markers. I have met some of the greatest ladies because of it! I think I have also made almost as many sheep as I had seen in Australia years ago!!

  22. The book looks gorgeous, both dressed and naked. Congratulations! I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy…

  23. Whew – Square 6 – now I can make it through the Swim Meet of Champions this weekend! Thank You! Thank Mr. Scully and Thank Euroflax – I’m in business.
    Book is lookin’ good – proud mommas!

  24. Whew – Square 6 – now I can make it through the Swim Meet of Champions this weekend! Thank You! Thank Mr. Scully and Thank Euroflax – I’m in business.
    Book is lookin’ good – proud mommas!

  25. Congratulations!!! Aqua suits your book ;)
    And yes, I will probably do just that if I get my baby handed over to me all wrapped up, which I actually think wont happen, but who knows.
    Anyway eagerly awaiting the arrival of your book to a bookstore near me!

  26. Wow! I’m impressed — by book #2 (which I look forward to reading) and that you actually read each and every comment on this blog —
    Thank you Kay for block 6 — last night I finished up the very last croKay on block 5 and was wondering what to do next!!
    Knit on!!

  27. The book looks good, love the colors… and inside???? Can’t wait!

  28. myrt them two girls have written
    another book
    i still haven’t cast off
    on the bib yet -myrt its
    four feet long- well may be they
    will explain cast off in this book
    happy new book to you both

  29. ::drool::

  30. I believe the correct word is “SQUEE!” I do love new knitting books…and you know? There’s MUCH to be said for Delicious Anticipation too. I’m hoping to see some of my words on pages too before long. The “swaddled newborn” image strikes me as really appropriate. This labor is longer, but more painful that the baby-producing one. (My DH has taken to betting me “a new knitting book” on various things – talk about win-win! On account of, he’s not a knitter, so must rely on me to help him select a good one when he wins, which is honestly almost always!)

  31. congrats! you must be so excited

  32. Ok, if it’s aqua under the jacket, I’m totally buying it. It’s like a Scully Square. (someone is So Totally going to clue him in on the blanket, and he try to tell himself he hates you, but secretly you will be his favorite groupie) (and he will want the blanket so badly it hurts). The book under jacket kills me – reminds me of my mother confessing how it horrified her that the first thing I did with every doll or teddybear in a sweater was to undress it. Ya gotta see what’s Underneath! Perhaps you should plan a special surprise for anyone who undresses your knitted-slipcovered chair. (How many slip-stitches are in a stitched slip, if the stitched-slip has slipped stitches?)
    Ever parenthethical,
    Amber

  33. Making an elastic or fabric cording without top-stitching. Cut elastic (or cording) twice as long as desired length. Cut fabric the desired length of elastic or cording. Fold the fabric in half right sides together over the elastic (elastic inside fabric sandwich with right sides together) matching the fabric to one end of the elastic. Now start seaming along the long edge of the fabric and end stitching along the short edge through fabric and elastic in the MIDDLE of the fabric length. Trim the seam along the long edge. Now turn the elastic inside-out over the elastic. The toughest moment is getting it started but be patient and gentle to get it going and the rest of the turn goes well – you’ll then have a lovely covered cord attached on one end. You’ll have to gather up as you want and attach the loose end of the fabric to the elastic.
    I, too, can’t wait for the book – and am crazy about the psychedelic square blanket I’ve been working on since May after the greatest e-mail about tahki cotton classic from Kay!

  34. Making an elastic or fabric cording without top-stitching. Cut elastic (or cording) twice as long as desired length. Cut fabric the desired length of elastic or cording. Fold the fabric in half right sides together over the elastic (elastic inside fabric sandwich with right sides together) matching the fabric to one end of the elastic. Now start seaming along the long edge of the fabric and end stitching along the short edge through fabric and elastic in the MIDDLE of the fabric length. Trim the seam along the long edge. Now turn the elastic inside-out over the elastic. The toughest moment is getting it started but be patient and gentle to get it going and the rest of the turn goes well – you’ll then have a lovely covered cord attached on one end. You’ll have to gather up as you want and attach the loose end of the fabric to the elastic.
    I, too, can’t wait for the book – and am crazy about the psychedelic square blanket I’ve been working on since May after the greatest e-mail about tahki cotton classic from Kay!

  35. Did you wipe the vernix off? Sorry–but that substance was part of the wonder of the baby fresh, fresh baby moment for me.
    The aqua is sublime.

  36. When oh when is the book for sale!!!!!