Citron a la Moi, c’est fini. That extra repeat I added…took a while. The math of ever-increasing stitch counts always surprises me. I know that if the stitch count keeps growing, the yarn will not go as far, row-wise, but I’m always surprised at how dramatic it is. “One more repeat” doesn’t sound like so much. But when you’re increasing a bunch, and ruching a bunch, it takes a lot more yarn, and a lot more time, in the backstretch. Still, I had plenty left in my second skein of Jade Sapphire Mongolian Cashmere (lace weight, Green Tea shade) to do an i-cord bind off. Which I only decided to do after binding off a couple hundred stitches purlwise, taking that out and then binding off a couple of hundred stitches knitwise, dropping a stitch (stitch approximately the 10th of 200 or so) on my first i-cord attempt–you get the picture. A couple of evenings of consternation, but finally, RESULT! I do love an i-cord bindoff. (How to do an i-cord bind-off. My only change was to do a k2tog through back loops instead of slip, slip, knit. Faster and tidier.)
As you can see, my blocking regime is not rigorous. I threaded the garter stitch ridges onto blocking wires to make the top edge behave in a respectable manner, but left the ruffle to more or less ruffle hedonistically. A little finger-pressing of the damp cashmere was all it took. Like spit curls. I realize it might not meet some people’s standards. I meant to shoot some steam at it, but I forgot.
The extra repeat made a big difference to the fit. It’s not a sumptuous shawl by any means, but it’s beyond a Neck Napkin. So light!
Friday’s snow, which barely stayed frozen, was heavy and wet and perfect for sculpting. I heard tell of an anatomically correct snowman in Central Park, but in our neck of the woods we had just your traditional snow bourgeoisie.
People asked me what I did with all those paper cranes we made back in January. I hung a bunch of them on pussy willows, with decorative intent. With local pussy willow season nearly upon us, I would like to make a public service announcement: DO NOT PUT CUT PUSSY WILLOWS IN WATER (as I’ve seen them in florist shops, including the one where I purchased mine). Left in water, they will root, and in the words of Cousin Ann, the Pussy Willow Lady of Louisville, “the pussies will fall off”. If you put them in a dry vase, the pussies will stay on indefinitely. Allowing you to display your paper cranes indefinitely. But if, like Cousin Ann, your intent is to grow live pussy willows, then by all means put them in water, and let them root. (Cousin Ann, who really does raise masses of pussy willows every spring for a church fundraiser, was very excited to see pussy willows at Carrie’s bat mitzvah, but concerned that I was unintentionally rooting them.)
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