Truly Madly Deeply
Some downtime with my favourite film last night... I never tire of this film, it gets better every time I watch it! Anthony Minghella's Truly Madly Deeply with the brilliant Juliet Stevenson, Alan Rickman and Bill Nicholson definitely presses all the right buttons for me.
Tues 3 Jan Wendy Knits Wendy Johnson
Shot in Highgate, London close to where I used to live, the scenes in Waterlow Park bring back lovely memories of when son Felix was little and we fed the ducks there. But actually it could have been shot anywhere, it's got great music, comedy, pathos and even knitting! Nina wears a beautiful 80s knit intarsia cardigan with a bi-coloured rib. It looks familiar but I can't decide who designed it - Susan Duckworth, Carrie White, Sasha Kagan and Jamie & Jessie Seaton immediately spring to mind - Rowan magazine circa #8? Can anyone help me out here?
Two coloured (or corrugated) ribbing was used a lot in the knit renaissance of the 80s and, of course, it's a standard technique in traditional fairisle knitting. A neat little technique to have in your portfolio, it can jazz up any plain sweater and looks fab on kid's knits. I'm all for recycling whenever I can and as the ribs are the first things to go on well-loved sweaters, especially on the sleeves, why not reknit them using a corrugated rib and give them a new lease of life? Same goes for thrift shop finds.
In Sweet Shawlettes I've updated the technique for Bess, a ribbed collar inspired by the Tudor neck ruffs worn by Good Queen Bess. The corrugated rib will get you up to speed for future Fair Isle projects, whilst the simple frill can be used to add a touch of glamour to any scarf. Stylish, cosy, and stows away neatly in your purse!
Here's the bare bones of how to:
Here's the bare bones of how to:
Corrugated 2 x 2 rib
Multiple of 4 + 2
Choose two colours A and B
Row 1 *k2 in B, p2 in A, rep from * to last 2 sts, k2 in B
Row 2 *p2 in B, k2 in A, rep from * to last 2 sts, p2 in B
The only thing to bear in mind is not to strand the yarn too tightly on the back, so that the fabric retains its elasticity. To do this make sure you have your stitches evenly spaced on the needle and not bunched up when you knit, then you'll find it's minimal effort to get a perfect finish.
|Bess from Sweet Shawlettes|
The blog tour got off to a cracking start yesterday with Wendy Knits. I was amazed to see that there were nearly 300 comments on Wendy's blog yesterday and would like to thank everyone for participating and wish you all the best of luck in the draw. There'll be plenty of other chances to win a copy of the book, so I hope you'll all keep following the tour.
➤ Wed 4 Jan Knitgrrl Shannon Okey
Thurs 5 Jan Yarnagogo Rachael Herron
Fri 6 Jan The Knitter Rosee Woodland
Sat 7 Jan Rhythm of the Needles Joanne Conklin
Sun 8 Jan Knit Purl Gurl Karrie Steinmetz
Fri 13 Jan knit 1 chicago Lynn Coe
Sat 14 Jan Go Knit In Your Hat Carol Sulcoski
Sun 15 Jan Redshirt Knitting Erika Barcott
Mon 16 Jan In The Loop Cheryl & Ellen
Tues 17 Jan WEBS Kathy Elkins
Wed 18 Jan Zeneedle Margene Smith
Thurs 19 Jan Knitspot Anne Hanson
Fri 20 Jan Urban Yarns Alexa Ludeman
Sat 21 Jan A Friend to knit with Leslie Friend
Mon 23 Jan Tentenknits Margaux Hufnagel