Last night, looking east from my Aunty’s:
The best part of winter is . . .
starting on the collar!! Now, this is not traditional Fair Isle, but much of this cardi is already unconventional, so my thinking is that all the traditions (and I do love traditions) were originated by weird people like me, who likely worshipped their own traditions, but also yielded to the call of the wild . . . I found a pattern for a cardi collar by Briar Rose that I liked on the “By Gum, By Golly” site (http://bygumbygolly.com/2011/05/briar-rose-vintage-kal-two-ways-to-knit/), then (of course) altered it to make it more my own by adding a couple more sets of markers for additional increases, which will change the shape, but to what, I’m not entirely sure. 😉
I did go out yesterday and it wasn’t as bad as I expected, likely ’cause the wind had mostly died down.
I’m glad I picked up a few groceries, though, as there will be more snow today and tomorrow.
In researching collar patterns, I was inspired to see if there were any Fsir Isle Tam patterns and of course there were! So I also picked up some smaller sized double pointed needles (two sets, as I like to use at least four to hold the work and another to knit with. Two smaller circular needles, too, in different lengths (the only ones in that diameter).
Then I attempted the Magic Circle Cast-on from the Persistent Illusion site: http://www.persistentillusion.com/blogblog/techniques/magic-cast-on/magic-cast-on-2
I had a little trouble with it, although I did feel I understood the idea. So I gave up in the directions and did what I thought was intended. And it worked!
But when I tried to figure out a pattern and make increases to keep the work flat, I found out why all the tam patterns start with the band and work up! It’s just easier (and you can try it on as you go.
So I’m not sure what I’ll do with this bit, but I put it aside and went back to the cardi and now, voila!!
. I knitted the collar in garter stitch (knit every row) using two strands of the hot pink, alternating strands every stitch. This kept the collar in sync with the stranded body, so nice and thick. I followed the recommended cast-off instructions (use a size larger needle and cast off loosely). I knit loosely most of the time, though, and after a couple of inches didn’t like the edge and unpicked what I had done. No photo, sorry. The stitches were still on the larger needle, so I used a circular needle smaller than the size I used to knit the collar, then cast off a bit loosely, alternating strands. I’m very happy with this edge!
I don’t think you can tell, but this was taken after 10 pm tonight and the flurries which began in the afternoon are still coming down; just not steadily. We have a snowfall warning out through tomorrow, with a predicted 10 to 20 cm (4 to 8 inches) of snow. But it’s warming up and was -19C last time I checked. By Saturday it should be around +4 and +1 on Sunday. The city is near the end of the November snow removal budget and that’s before removing this batch. More is coming in a couple of days, too! So, here’s what I’m planning to do about it: reprise a new favourite treat, Norwegian Egg Pancakes! Super easy and good for those of you with an abundance of spring eggs . . .
Start heating a frying pan (I prefer cast iron, but use what you have)
Break 6 eggs into a bowl and whisk (or beat) well.
Add 1 cup of milk; whisk (or beat) well, again.
Dump in 1/2 c flour, whisk/beat ’til smooth.
Add a bit of oil, margarine or butter to the panv pour about a quarter cup of batter into the pan, forming a thin crepe-like pancake. Cook for 3 min on the first side, turn and cook for 1 min on the other side.
Makes enough for two for brunch.
Now, you know I don’t follow directions all that closely, right? So I halved the recipe (it was only for me, last week). I used whole wheat flour plus a couple tablespoons of wheat germ. My eggs were extra large size, so the cakes tasted ‘eggy’, which I liked.
I thawed a few frozen strawberries, added some frozen blueberries, cut a banana in half and sliced it into the warm berries, then added a wee bit maple syrup . . .
After I cut up the pancake stack, I poured the mixed fruit over all and dug in!
It’s now 1am on Friday morning, I’m hungry, but I’m not making pancakes now. Grapes and a few pages of my book await me. Have a lovely day in the garden, my new southern friends, and we in the north will sit by the fire, knit, eat and read (figuratively for some of us, alas).