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FO Report: Red Friday

It took patience, but we got there. Presenting: Red Friday! Light, comfortable and casual, I’m pretty smitten. After much dithering and overthinking, I cast on shortly before we were called away to another city to help out after a sudden death in the family. Red Friday was a huge comfort while I was there: apart […]

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Returning the favour

Here we have Red Friday enjoying what is probably its very last blocking. I hope so, anyway, because I’m getting bored with blocking and want to know if this cardie is a keeper or not. I knitted Red Friday the whole time we were away, helping family post-bereavement. I worked on it all the way […]

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Deeper

Red Friday’s deception runs deeper than I thought possible. I unravelled a single pattern repeat on both sleeves: while this meant I had 25 stitches to cast off instead of the recommended 23, that’s not enough to worry me. Now each sleeve is 2.5 repeats from armpit to shoulder, and that’s the main thing, right? […]

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In which our suspicions are confirmed

I took Red Friday off the clotheshorse, where it was drying from the half-arsed blocking I gave it, and settled down for seaming. I’ve already sewn the shoulders — that’s how you do the collar: sew up the shoulders, then pick up the stitches around the neckline — so I just needed to sew in […]

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Scrunchy

We’re home and damn good it is, too. I worked on Friday the whole time I was away, and it’s so close to being ready I can taste it! Taste the cardigan! I’ve finished the shawl collar and cast off: I have some doubts, to be resolved once I’ve blocked and eyeballed it. I’m concerned […]

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On the go

Still away from home, but on the move. We flew to another city, collected the car, and then hit the road. Next stop: wedding. A funeral and then a wedding within 24 hours. M drove, I knit. I mentioned my hotel room blocking? It was all for this: picking up a zillion stitches from one […]

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Blocking: The quick and dirty way

Still on the road, still relying on my knitting: better living through crafting. After I finished the back and both fronts, I got the blocking underway while I worked on the sleeves. Blocking is an awesome magic trick when you’re working with wool: wool is coily and crinkly, and knitted lace is like a bunchy […]

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Lifeline

My red Friday is roaring along. I’ve done the back and both fronts, and I’m up to the armhole on the first sleeve. The lace pattern makes it fast: it’s easy to memorise so you can charge away on it while you’re talking or flying a passenger aircraft or whatever. The pieces are fairly small […]

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How Not to Knit Lace

Or “How to Not Knit Lace”. There are three primary ingredients required for your failure to successfully knit lace: Some lace knitting you’d like to knit: ideally, a lacey cardigan such as Girl Friday. Some Sambucca. A few episodes of Spongebob Squarepants. Time required: 1-1.5 hours. Level of difficulty: moderate. Serves: 1. Now, I should […]

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Indecision: resolution.

That’s me, baby. Finishing Black Coffee left me anchorless, rudderless and alone in a desperate, unfriendly ocean. Without the reassuring bedrock of my black sleeveless turtleneck, the world seemed cruel, fierce and predatory. I wept torrents, obviously, but found solace in socks. Many, many socks. Socks lingering, unfinished, from years ago. A bag of last […]

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