Friday, June 20, 2008

Monday, June 09, 2008

Who Invented the (Raglan) Wheel?

Bea Freeman, in 1969, by all accounts. This gem turned up at my local Value Village and I was audibly pleased.

The wheel's inner dials list line by linish instructions for Raglan Fronts, Backs, and Sleeves. Three yarn weights/gauges are included. When the dial is set to your size (listed on the outer, stationary wheel) slots reveal the number of stitches to plug into the instructions.

Coming out of Bryn Mawr, PA, clever Ms Freeman has provided adjustments for cardigans, round and v neck pullovers. With allusions to further cunning changes, Ms Freeman promises a full 360 possibilities (though this probably covers different sizes which range from 6 mos- Mens' 48 and includes the intriguing group of 'Sub Teen' measurements)

Bryn Mawr is my favorite of the Seven Sisters.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

The Aquitaine

Through with languishing on my sweater shelf, this finished object is finally out of the closet.
What started out as a Bavarian dirndl type thing, ended up much more medieval due to a knitting sabbatical in Upper Canada. When I returned to Nova Scotia (late last year) I was immersed in the immense biography of Eleanor of Aquitaine and was centering my day around the cartoon Jane and the Dragon. Throw in a new passion for Barbra Walker's mosaic/slip stitch patterns and it's no wonder that my sweater took a distinct turn towards Lady Armour. Details:
Needles -3.25mm addi
Yarn -Cascade 220 and Twilley's Freedom Spirit
Ref -Barbara Walker treasuries 1-3
Knitting in the Old Way

All hail the misunderstood bobble.
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