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The Trouble with Markers

Dear Kay,
Look, ma, no hands! After the first Birch repeat I took out all the markers because they were screwing up the tension–one diagonal line of stitches was larger than the rest. Ecch! The markers were crucial for the first repeat–I knew I could never get more than ten stitches out of whack as long as I had the markers. But once I saw the full pattern, I didn’t need them anymore. Crutches, and fiddly as all get out.
I finally feel like I’m actually knitting and not doing beadwork. I keep thinking about those French nuns making lace all those centuries ago. This is definitely the kind of thing that would put anybody off sex.
Meanwhile, Back in Easyville
In other news, the sweater now known as Jack ‘n’ Eddie is cruising along. I reduced the Eddie pattern by one zigzag row to fit this eight-year-old size. I love gansey patterns, so rhythmic. So binary. So NOT lace.
There are twelve guys in my front yard getting ready to pave our driveway for the second time in nine months. The first attempt resulted in a mottled, wrong-sloping driveway that did not solve our drainage “issue.” I do believe Rome was completed in the time it has taken to get this re-do underway. Ah, I love the smell of asphalt in the morning. Smells like . . . home improvement . . .
x0x0x0 Ann




  1. I love your easyville sweater. Looks much nice in this red colour. Is that conker felted tweed?

  2. Ann,
    I know thouest pain. Took 2 tries to solve a drainage “issue”, and three whacks at the porch roof to get that right…..forget Rome, Western Civilization was completed in the time it took my guys to fix my stuff here!
    Birch looks divine, and oh so true comment about lace, nuns, and sex (that would sound really strange out of context!!)

  3. Polly–It’s in Wool Cotton, Roast is the color. You know, I have some Conker Felted Tweed just waiting for that perfect project. This Wool Cotton is a dead match with the Conker; maybe I could rig up a striped something with my leftovers?

  4. Beautiful Birch,and lovely ‘easyville’.
    I can vouch for Wool Cotton’s suitability for little boy’s clothing !
    Where’s your friend? Where’s the photographic proof that she knits ? :0]

  5. Ah ,misnomer ! Jack’n Eddy ! Or something …
    Anyway ,it’s gorgeous with all those roasted zig-zags !

  6. Birch is looking great! I hope you’re v.v. proud of yourself.
    those zig-zags are looking good on Jack & Eddie too.
    Quick Rapunzel update – should finish the back tonight – lurex is looking OK and only a little bit of frogging had to be done on the cable (one glass of wine too many, obviously!) but it’s moss stitch from just above the waist, all the way up the rest of the back (lurex every 4th row). It’s looking good, but the lurex would have looked more subtle if I could’ve got one that matched the KC colour. I’ll just have to be flashy, that’s all there is to it!

  7. Birch looks fan-tastic! So does Jack’n’Eddie! The nuns have come out of the cloister, hit a bar, and are possibly aiming to pick up the bikers who just rode in. It looks great! 😉


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