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  • What’s the quilt at the side here? Is this your f-i-l’s shirt quilt? I think we should be told. It’s very beautiful.
    As always, I have a vague suspicion that if I had been keeping up with the background reading I would know the answer to this – but tell me anyway.

  • Hi Tessa! I wish that were the father-in-law quilt; at the moment it’s Kaffe Fassett’s quilt, from Passionate Patchwork. I’m still chopping out little triangles in the desperate hope that someday maybe I could have a pale imitation of that quilt.
    If you scroll down to the bottom of the Found Objects column, you’ll see a bunch of dates. That’s where we gab on about our Found Objects.
    And as for keeping up with the background reading on MDK, I try really hard not to knit anything too fast–it’s sort of like a soap opera where you can tune in five years later and know that Erica Kane is still having man trouble.

  • Alas, I have not sleeve advice as I have no raglan experience (yet) ~ but I’m sure you’ll make it work. Here’s a question, though: Block before weaving in ends? I’m not sure I ever weighed the issue before as I’ve not had such stripes but in toddler cotton that I never blocked. What say ye, O Cumberland savior?

  • Maggi–I know, I know. It’s pure heresy to block before weaving in ends, but let’s just keep that our little secret? The reason I wait is because I like weaving ends into seams so that they never, ever come out. I know some of our Beckier readers will point out that this makes for a bulkier seam, and they’re right. And sometimes I do weave ends before I block. But mostly, the seams don’t seem too awful when I do it the other way.
    Your demi-derriered correspondent, Ann

  • Hi Ann, a few days ago I tried to get your attention in the Rowan forum on this sleeve issue and others, but failed miserably. Anyway, i do not think your particular sleeve is too long, i think that the pattern calls for extra long sleeves, probably just to accomodate the ‘right’ number of large stripes! I pondered long on this and decided that i’d do the sleeves in the small stripes, for increased pattern flexibility, and reduce the lenght from 140 to 120 rows, before starting the raglan.
    I am not suggesting you reknit the sleeves at all, it was just the pattern! surely they can be rolled up.
    beside, to be honest, i am not sure i will actually like ‘my’ Punch, when it’s finished, with large and small stripes alternating etc
    and can’t decide yet whether to make a cardi or a pullover. so far i have the back and one sleeve.
    but i love your version and the colors you used, it will look gorgeous. what color are you going to use for the collar?
    Love, ben

  • oooh – I love punch. A little blocking and pinning is just the thing for cold winter days / nights don’t you think? As long as you have the fire burning, a glass of wine in one hand and someone else to cook the dinner that is. What a dream..

  • My nick name growing up was Hinky…

  • Ben–My partner in Punch! Sorry not to have checked in at Rowanville in time.
    How wise of you to shorten the sleeves before you even began. Once again: why didn’t I think of that? And I’m really curious to see how the thinner stripes look on your sleeves. Follow your heart on the cardigan/pullover issue. Personally, I like a cardigan. But I did a pullover here because it’s going to be a present for a relative, and frankly, I’ll do a buttonhole band as a gift maybe once a decade.
    I think you’re right about the large stripes necessitating long sleeves. But I’m sorry to say I think I’ve exceeded even the pattern’s requirements. Which might not be such a bad thing: the large size means the sleeves had to have a weird 12-row stripe at the cuffs. If I remove that a) the sweater will look better and b) the sleeves will be shorter. This is my provisional plan, should joogeing not work.
    Another question: this thing knitted up into the most curled-up stockinette I’ve ever seen. Looks like a burrito, I tell you. I used a 5 needle instead of a 6 to get tension right; could that have made it so curly? The curliness is the reason I’m using four zillion pins to block it.
    And the collar? Yikes! I haven’t even thought about that. I’m guessing I’ll use the darkest shade, but who knows?
    Keep me posted on your Punch. xoxo

  • Ann, I think your plan to shorten the sleeves will work beautifully! Brilliant!
    Mine is not overly curly, but then i used a different yarn from you. If anything, the fabric is a bit floppy.
    I also like cardigans, and when i bought the yarn, that was what i wanted to knit. then i saw your punch, went back to the photos in the mag and looked how both version fitted the model and had second thoughts. not that i look anyhting like the model, but still.
    but now i am thinking that the colors are much more suited to my mother, who might prefer a cardigan, so i really do not know what to do.
    i guess i’ll knit the second sleeve awaiting for inspiration. by then you’ll be finished and have posted a photo to illuminate me on the misteries of Punch
    love, ben

  • Oh oh oh…I usually weave in ends AFTER I block – I prefer to weave in ends completely while seaming. Never know when you might need one of those ends, you know. But what I usually do pre-blocking is weave the ends up one or two rows only, so that the selvedges are all neat. It’s not complete weaving, though. Just a tad to tighten things up a bit.
    The sleeves: Oh, I’d jooge ’em. Jooge ’em good. I’ve left too-long sleeves before and nothing, not even blocking widthwise, helps to shorten them.

  • I could do with a fire like that too, if I had the fireplace for it. -15 deg. Celsius tonight and the Fjord is freezing over already….

  • Ah, Becky, I hoped and hoped you’d have a thought on the topic of post-weaving v. pre-weaving. How solomonic to split the diff and weave both before and after.
    Punch is now unpinned, and I never fail to be amazed at the difference a little steam and water can make. So smooth! So much less burritolike in its curled edges.
    And Thomas–freezing fjords! It’s time to pull out the stash and use it for insulation. Stay warm.

  • Punch looks so smooth. Wow! And the colors blend very well too.

  • Ann – glad to see that you enjoyed the mom’s retreat – I do trust that the evening’s entertainment was of more of an alcohol & chocolate type nature than the afternoon’s “free time”!
    Kay -love the denim dishcloth – hope to see the after-effects of going through the washer a couple of times – there’s something about denim that’s not quite right in it’s crisp, dark newness – it just gets more denim-y once it’s been through the hot wash.
    Jo
    xxx
    P.S. I think I’ve got a footballer in my belly, but one who tends to aim for major organs or my groin – do they all do that? Is it just a phase or is it going to continue through the next 15 weeks? (or is it going to get worse? – hubbo’s already slept on the sofa twice this week so that he could get some sleep in-between me tossing & turning attempting to get comfortable).

  • Jo–Uh, let’s just say Cabin 10 won the award for Worst Cabin. I myself had numerous moments of spiritual development, but some of us took literally one speaker’s exhortation to “Do what you need to do for yourself this weekend.” Which meant sleeping through morning prayers, missing the icebreaker, and generally not Getting With It. We excelled at providing copious wine and coffee, of course.