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 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
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.”
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?
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:
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!