Monday night, my synagogue-gals knitting group (the mighty Balabustas!) laid eyes on my Superscript Shawl-in-progress and went kind of nuts over it, although I was still knitting the long, plain garter tail that kicks off Version B.
This is the Sherlock shade of Raíz.
There was nothing fancy about the knitting (yet), but there is something so compelling about the yarn, Amores Raíz. It has a liquid-y kind of color that you just want to touch. To see it is to touch it, and to touch it is to knit it, and to knit it is to be in a position to die happy.
You would think (as I did) that the long, plain garter tips of Version B would be automatic-pilot knitting.
There was one challenge, however: keeping track of when it was time to increase with a KFB (knit into the front and back of the stitch) at the beginning of every 6th RS row. I kept messing it up and not knowing where I was.
Unable to distinguish the previous KFB, I couldn’t simply read my knitting and count back to the last KFB to know when it’s time to work the next KFB.
Row counters—mechanical or jotted on scrap paper—don’t work for me, because I can’t be trusted to do a click or make a mark for every row. I end up gaslighting myself: Did I make a mark? Did I not make a mark? I have to devise a way to count rows in the knitting itself.
My gizmo of choice: a removable stitch marker. When I can count 3 garter ridges above the marker, it’s time to work a KFB at the beginning of the the next row. And it’s also time to move the marker up to the last garter ridge before the KFB row.
Simple but effective, and it has a fail-safe: If you forget to move the marker, you can count back, secure in the knowledge that there should be an increase every 3rd garter ridge. (For some reason, I trust myself to work the increase, but not to move the marker.)
Now I’m onto the second color, and the exciting! slip-stitch! canals! In this portion of the program, I still need to count ridges to keep the increases straight. In addition, the two WS rows in the 4-row repeat differ in how the 3 slipped stitches are worked.
How do I know which WS row I’m on? My trick: I look at the last 6 stitches of the row. If they are all knit stitches, I’m on the first WS row of the repeat. If they are 5 knit stitches and 1 slipped stitch, I am on the second WS row of the repeat.
This will make sense when you get there. Or maybe you’ll have a better tip. Lay it on me, Superscript knitalong friends! I need all the tips. I’m one tip away from disaster at every moment.
In the MDK Shop
A word of thanks to you, Ann, for your Knit to This post about Ken Burns’s Country Music series on PBS. It is one of the most engrossing and moving documentaries I’ve ever seen. Each long episode is keeping me up well past my bed time.
I will forever associate my Superscript Shawl with these people and this music. The tale of Sara Carter and Coy Bayes had me weeping on my wool. And Merle Haggard’s first Johnny Cash concert? Oh, man—it’s too much.
The stories keep coming, and I keep knitting.