Pine Cone Progress

(Emperor Pine Cone project at Ravelry)

I managed to fit in an hour and a half on the scarf this afternoon. It’s almost done. I have ten pattern repeats on the second tail. The pattern calls for 13 on each side but I did 15 on the first tail. I am considering making it lopsided, so that when one end is wrapped around the neck, the ends come level at the front while the centre section remains at centre back- IYSWIM. I’m not sure though – equal lengths is simpler.

A little tension

Now. I have something to say. You will need to listen vairy carefully, because I will say this only once – and I will say it quietly, nay – whisper:

       I should have swatched


Yes, it is a scarf. No, it isn’t usually necessary to do a tension square for a scarf. No, I have never done a tension square in my life, actually. I like living dangerously – and I may not have perfect pitch in my singing voice but I do have perfect tension in my knitting fingers of course (*cough*). Yeah, yeah, yeah – I know.

So, anyway, in this case, I was wrong. You heard it here first. The thing is… that centre section is knitted at ninety degrees to the old shale tails. And it’s, like, crucial, I realise know, to have the length of the pine cone matching the width of one’s tails.

What do I do? Do I frog it and begin all over again? Or do I admire the skilful way in which I tailored an inward curve on the centre section of the scarf, so that it rests snugly against the back of the neck?


Am I being wet?

The big problem here is, of course, that the Kureyon is Dry Clean Only and I should therefore not be contemplating wet blocking it and stretching that pine cone into a better fit.

On the other hand, a Ravelry contact tells me that it is perfectly possible to wash Kureyon gently in cool water, using Eucalan.

What’s the UK equivalent of Eucalan? Can anybody make a recommendation?

SSK trauma

I still struggle with these damn SSKs. I have asked this question before and am still longing for an answer – just what is the point of the SSK and how does it benefit over a nice simple K2tog tbl ?

Please – tell me! Can I just do my reverse shapings in the easier manner, or does it really pay off to do the SSK? Horrible damn fiddly things that they are…

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Here, there, everywhere – and nowhere at all

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The Cold Light of Day

The Cold Light of Day

Nell’s excessive drinking and urination have ramped up considerably. Hence I was outside at a little past 2 am this morning, by which time the car was already covered in a sparkling frost. On the 6 am toilet run, the world was looking fairly well white all over (as viewed through the window from my bed, that is). When we first came house-hunting around here there was snow on the ground (apparently a once inContinue readingThe Cold Light of Day

Recent movements of the: Deux Escargots

October 29, 2020 at 12:12PM

It’s mass migration time! #livereportingfromtheroad #france #autumn2020 #thelockdowndash

October 29, 2020 at 10:24AM

An interesting morning. Up and at ’em we went to Intermarché to fuel up and to buy some food for when we arrive home. They were queuing outside the door for what appeared to be controlled entry. There were queues for fuel too. “We’re not that desperate” we said and set off for home. It… Continue reading October 29, 2020 at 10:24AM