On the way home from Oregon’s famed Multnomah Falls, Thor and I paid a visit to Portland’s also famed Powell’s City of Books (68,000 square feet of space containing over 1 million volumes). Amazed (perhaps dazed would be a better word!), by its holdings, we agreed we’d go our separate ways in the bookstore and catch up later. Of course I quickly found where all the fiber-related books lived (shelves and shelves of them!) and happily rooted around.
I bought Barbara G. Walker’s Charted Knitting Designs – the third in her four-volume series on pattern designs. Over the years many knitters thought it strange that my extensive holding of fiber-related books did not include Walker’s well-known series of four. The answer is simple: Most of her designs are in the long-hand version of knitting patterns: row-by-row written instructions. I prefer graphs and, at least to date, have had no desire to graph her written instructions.
So why now? Because I saw some cable patterns I thought Thor might like on his birthday sweater (now post-birthday sweater). As I sat in bed that evening pouring over the designs, I showed the section on cables to Thor. He liked several: the 6-Rib Knot Cable 1 & 2 (p. 77), Double Knot Cable (p. 78), Loose Knit Cable (p. 78), and Enclosed Cable 1 & 2 (p. 81). I will be knitting up swatches of these so he can pick the one he wants.
In the interim, I have Christmas gifts to knit for the grandchildren. Rooting through my stash of yarn, I came across a rare find in my holdings: machine washable wool (Cascade Superwash). Several 50 gram balls of sport weight in various colors – some of which granddaughter F and I dyed over the summer – perfect for hats and gloves for the grandchildren!
When I decreased to 12 stitches at the top and incorporating beads, I knit three 4-stitch icords, each ending with a loop of beads.
A pair of matching fingerless mittens will be ready soon. Concerned that the four-stitch “smock” would create too big a loop for a mitten (too easy to catch on a tree branch, tanbark, etc.), I decreased it to a two stitch “smock” stitch.
I thought it was prudent to be frugal with bead placement for granddaughter F’s mittens. She’s an active child, and I didn’t want her mother to tell her to “mind your mittens” as granddaughter F runs out to play. 🙂