Two Rows Forward, Many Rows Back

Jane finished her Double Basketweave Cowl. She had two skeins of each color of Juniper Moon Farm Moonshine which she held double (Worsted: 40% Alpaca, 40% Wool, 20% Silk, 197 yards). Clearly the grey had much less when it came down to the actual knitting. Not sure what to make of that. Thoughts?


She inadvertently did a garter gauge swatch for the Easy Folded Poncho versus a stockinette swatch. Knit happens, she cast on. Yarn: Juniper Moon Farm Zooey (DK: 60% Cotton, 40% Linen / Flax, 284 yards).

Cornelia started the back of her customfit vest in Knitting Fever Painted Cotton (DK: 100% Cotton, 357 yards). While working on her vest she came up with a question, “why is back always done first in knitting patterns?” I did a quick google search and came up empty so I posted it to a internet knitting group.

Here are the thoughts on this matter:

  • It’s for measurements, if you keep track of the number of rows knit, you can match the front. This will make putting together much easier.
  • Backs are a bit simpler, having a minimal or no neck shaping.
  • The back at least starts with a long straight piece which gives you chance to get the stitch pattern in your head..You can then see what it looks like before you start any shaping. 
Eileen cast on for Sari, not Sari in Hedgehog Fibres Cashmere Merino (Fingering: 50% Cashmere, 50% Merino, 328 yards). She taped the colors of yarn to the pattern sections. Brilliant.

She wants to pick different pattern for Artyarns Merino Cloud (Sport: 80% Merino, 20% Cashmere, 428 yards). She’s not enjoying how this the Spring Flowers Poncho is knitting up.

Eleanor was off pattern in Nurmilintu, I took it back to where it was right. Yarn: Anzula Dreamy (Fingering: 75% Merino, 15% Cashmere goat, 10% Silk).

© Kelbourne Woolens & Linette Kielinski

While I was ripping back Nurmilintu, she pulled out Bibbe. She put it away for a while has lost her bearings. Since she knit it longer than she intended, she is going to rip it back that way she’s more confident she’ll have enough yarn.

Mallory needed a refresher on how to do a SSK (Slip, Slip, Knit): slip one as if to knit, slip next following stitch as if to knit, insert left needle tip into fronts of slipped stitches on right needle and knit together. She is almost done with her current stocking. Time to begin the next, a wreath.

Calann was not happy with how the picked up edge looked on Tressage. Since it was a function of how the asymmetric version of the sweater was designed, she wanted to take it out and finish the sweater even. Yarn: Anzula Squishy (Fingering: 80% Merino, 10% Cashmer, 10% Nylon, 385 yards).

Trivia per Cornelia who never disappoints:

  • MIT’s mascot is the beaver, nature’s engineer.  
  • Her father was a professor there. Cornelia’s parents met Winston Churchill and his wife when they visited the school.  
  • George Eastman anonymously donated all the land and money to build the current campus.

My kids always get the most poignant pictures of our dogs. I was mystified by this until I learned that they hold food above the camera. That will get rapt attention every time.