I am making progress with the Diversion short-row socks, after the false starts of last weekend. I’ve gone down a needle size as I approach the ankle and will probably reduce by another 0.25mm for the foot because the sock is surprisingly wide for only 60 stitches.
At my knitting group the other day there were three of us knitting short row patterns – my socks, a Pfeilraupe scarf/shawl and a 2-ply lacy shawlette. Pfeilraupe is a pattern I’ve been thinking about for myself, ever since a saw a Ravelry project that was knitted in swing style. I’m not sure I’m quite ready for that yet, as the design has an increasing edge to start with and then a decreasing edge for the second half. I had problems managing the swingy “fields” when I tried to knit a scarf on the bias with decreases on one side and increases on the other, particularly on the decreasing side. It was like playing knitting chess, always thinking a few fields in advance to make sure that there was time to even up the fabric on the decreasing side by putting a field in there before the stitches disappeared into the decreases. But one of these days I will sit down with yarn and needles and work out some ground rules.
Anyway, the other two knitters were using the standard wrap-and-turn technique for avoiding gaps when turning mid row. I showed them how to do German short rows, and the lovely even fabric that results from it, and they’re both going to give it a go the next time – swapping mid project wouldn’t be a good idea. German short rows would be especially good for Pfeilraupe which is worked in garter stitch, I’ll be doing that when I get around to making my own version.
The corkscrew mouse
My dear husband has carved a mouse onto the top of the wooden auger he whittled. I love the way this shawl pin can be screwed securely into knitted fabric to hold the layers together. I plan to try and “finesse” the details of the mouse a little, it’s nose is rather flat for a start. Here’s hoping I don’t ruin it.