Math is not my forte.

With a 2-week hiatus from Shawl Neck Cardigan to work on Randall Herringbone Scarf for my husband for Christmas, I’ve resumed work on it and the end is truly within grasp.  If only I can get a window of just a couple of hours, Shawl Neck would be done.  Maybe tonight, maybe not.  The scary thing is that I have only 45 grams left of Elann Peruvian Quechua for it, which I found out after launching a search of the usual places I stow yarn and came up with numerous stitch gauge swatches and weighed them.  I think it will be enough, but it’s really hard to say.  I could attempt some sort of math, but my math may have failed me when I calculated the yardage for it in the first place, so why rely on it now?

Back seam, before work on collar last week.

Last week my husband sent me off for a couple of nights at the Bellevue Westin, just me and my knitting, and I had a great time getting a lot done on Shawl Neck.

Mt. Rainier (left) on Christmas Eve morning from Bellevue Westin.

Not only did I work on Shawl Neck, but I brought three store-bought sweaters that needed mending, because lately I’d become rather heavy-handed in how I took the sweaters off and they’d all had the left armpit ripped.

Those darn ripped sweaters!

So, stay tuned, you should be seeing a post about another finished object soon!


I did the math…

You know all those old postage stamps from previous years that you have stuffed in various locations around your home, but never got around to using them before the US Postal Service changed the rates?  Well, I got fed up and got even this year.  I figured that with all the first class stamps I had hanging around here, that I wouldn’t need to buy new stamps to mail our Christmas cards, and I was right.  So, I did the math and calculated how many stamps for each previous postal rate I had on hand and ordered the appropriate number of 1- and 2-cent stamps I would need to use the old ones under the current 44-cent postal rate.  I had an handful of 37-cent, quite a few 41-cent, and a ton of 42-cent first class stamps all decked-out in various Christmas themes just begging to be put into commission.

Of course, it slowed down the process of mailing by an half hour or so, but it worked out fine and now they’re off and doing their job.

Randall is done! It turned-out that the 4-row stitch pattern was easily memorized.  It took me a bit of fiddling around with the stitch pattern to grasp how it would look, but once I understood it, I just coasted along.

I put a keyhole in it because I figured that my husband wouldn’t be able to lose it as quickly if it is fastened around his neck.  Only thing is that I made the keyhole too long and rather than ripping it out to the keyhole, I just sewed the keyhole smaller.  He said he doesn’t care, and who’s going to really notice?

Nice project and it progressed much faster than I thought it would.

Nice yarn, too.


Pattern: Randall Herringbone Scarf by Regina Fulton
Yarn: Filatura Di Crosa Zara Solid (100% merino), just over two skeins
Needles: 4 mm/U.S. 6
Finished dimensions: 106 cm x 17 cm (41.5″ x 6.75″), keyhole length is 7 cm (2.75″)

This is the first item I’ve knit for him and I know he’ll enjoy it.  My husband and son run on the warm side and never want too much on, and my son adamantly refuses to wear a jacket most days, so I haven’t made much for them.  Now I have not only a Christmas gift for my husband (we don’t technically gift eachother for Christmas), but a knitted one at that.

Inching along.

I think the speed with which Vine Lace Cardigan progressed must have inspired me, because as soon as that was done I hopped right back onto Shawl Neck Cardigan, a project that at times has seemed as if it would never end.  It’s amazing to me that given the interesting twists and turns that Vine Lace pattern has, and despite its size (it’s really a jacket), and helped by the fact that it was made with bulky yarn on big needles, I didn’t get bored.  Whereas, Shawl Neck has seemed to inch along.  No matter.  Truth be told, with Vine Lace I became the almost a monogamist knitter, spending the bulk of my knitting time on it, and since then Shawl Neck had been coming along with the same degree of dedication and I’ve finished the two halves and am at 28″ of the 36″ required for the waistband (pictured above).  That is, until this ungodly cold snap hit our area, and as of yesterday I’m splitting knitting time between Shawl Neck (I save it for knitting at long red lights—we have tons of those around here—or for knitting when my husband drives) and a scarf for my husband (Randall Herringbone Scarf), who is in desperate need of some warmth.  So much for my flirtation with monogamy-knitting.

Randall Herringbone Scarf

How cold is it? Outdoor cat water dish on ice.