Swatching Walker – post 2

A Treasury of Knitting Patterns, Volume I, Chapter 10 – Lace Herringbone Faggoting Half Herringbone Faggot Herringbone Faggot Reverse Herringbone Faggot Double Herringbone Faggot Herringbone stitches are designed to resemble the center spine of the herring fish.  Imagine some clever knitter gaining inspiration for her knitting from the remains of dinner – or maybe breakfast. …

Roller Derby Queen

There is a saying “May you live in interesting times”.  I think if you narrow that down you’ll find that “May you meet interesting people” can be even better.  While at a party during the summer of 2009 two of our friends, Clara and Carissa, announced that they were joining a roller derby team.  Chris…

Swatching Walker – post 1

A Treasury of Knitting Patterns, Volume I, Chapter 10 – Lace Basic Faggoting Stitch Turkish Stitch Purse Stitch Feather Faggot Ms Walker starts the Lace chapter by introducing us to Faggoting, which I’ve generally seen used for separating patterns or as an edging stitch.  Sometimes it’s a main feature.  The Basic Info: I’ve used a…

The wild side of Spring

My sister has jonquils blooming.   Jan over at Hungry Holler has daffies up.   It’s spring! As soon as it gets dark here on the farm all three dogs go batshit crazy.  Barking and howling lasts for hours.   It’s spring.   The wild pigs are back.   eta: a gazillion baby mosquitoes hatched today.  commence slathering. Mvar…

Swatching Walker – a beginning

Like many knitters, when I choose a lace project it’s often a response to admiring a stitch pattern in the design or seeing a finished shawl or scarf.  Call it a response to the “ooh pretty – must make” impulse. Sometimes I get part of the way through a project and realize that I’m either…