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  • Could you not have treated the change of direction like a short row, and either done a wrap and turn, or pulled the stitch over as if doing a German short row? Not criticising, genuinely asking for future reference should I end up wanting to change directions mid spiral…

    • This is the kind of thinking I needed!

  • Kay, thank you for this. It always makes me feel better to know that even you experts get bored, distracted, or even (!) make mistakes sometimes. And thanks too for the photos of MDK Headquarters – I’ve always wondered what a sleek, professional yarn center looked like. (At first I thought “aren’t they freezing without power?”. But I was momentarily forgetting that they’re in Nashville – and I’m in Maine. ). I’m so impressed and inspired by the energy and courage of your team and everyone in Nashville these days.

  • I think knitting backwards might have been your friend when you got to the sleeves, in order not to have to purl them. I’ve done it that way at least once on an in-the-round project, although I’m struggling to remember which one, and it worked nicely.

  • Kay I hear so much of everyone knitting „top down“ sweaters and have a book to try one out. But am just wondering….how does one block a sweater that is already in one piece??

    • I think (never having done it) that you simply lay the thing out whole and pull to the required size. I’m not sure if it would need pinning, as the extra weight of both ‘layers’ may help hold it. Or, just pin through both layers; maybe run a wire along each side to keep it straight?
      Less time pinning but more time drying.

    • If you have the cash or the woodworking skills you get yourself one of these beauties 🙂 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lacis-Wooly-Adjustable-Blocking-Multicoloured/dp/

  • With everything that has happened this week in Nashville and Mount Juliet, I am so grateful to have the distraction of your daily blog, which never fails to bring a smile to my weary face.

  • I did this too – knitted the body inside-out and then flipped it when I started the sleeves, although I almost forgot to flip. And my raglans do that too! Of course, I didn’t notice until I was almost finished and I’m just going to pretend they match. 😉 It is so bittersweet to see these images of MDK headquarters, car-powered shipping and sweet Janet with the headlamp. I feel like I was just there, getting Ann’s grand tour of downtown. Sending all the love.

  • Knit like the wind!

  • I recently knit the OSLO hat which also includes a change in direction from right side stockinette to ‘wrong side stockinette. The instructions advised doing one German short row stitch at the marker to accomplish this. Worked perfectly and no hole!

    • Wish I had thought ot it!

    • This works great for a single switch (like turning it from inside out to rightside out just once), but when I tried to do it for garter stitch in the round, the direction changes stack up and form a little ridge because of the extra yarn at those stitches – is there a solution for that?

      • Yes! The solution is Helical Knitting. Look at Jen Arnall-Culliford’s Helical Stripes video. Then apply the concept to alternating rows of knit and purl instead of alternating rows of 2 colors. It works like a charm–no ridge because there’s no “change!” I used helical knitting on my sweater because I had the beginning of round in the middle of the sand stitch on the front of the sweater and I didn’t want a ridge where I changed from ribbing to plain knit. Worked perfectly.

        Here’s the link to Jen’s video of the technique: https://www.moderndailyknitting.com/go-year-techniques-begins/

        • This avoids the problem of an awkward transition when switching between knit and purl while working garter in he round, but I am seeking to avoid purling entirely by turning the work inside out on the purl rows and knitting them from the inside. If you use short rows to do this, the fabric becomes a bit thicker at the turn (in addition to a possibly wonky transition). But maybe, like helical knitting, it could be done by using two balls or yarn, one for the knits on the outside and one for ‘purls’ (knitting done inside out)? I need to experiment and see if there is a way to make this work out smoothly. Thanks for the link, Kay, hadn’t thought of how it might relate to helical knitting!

      • My solution is to cut the yarn and leave a longish tail, turn the knitting, and begin the new section with the yarn from the ball. also with a long tail. Temporarily close the hole with a safety pin or similar. When finishing, treat the two tails as if they were color changes in intarsia,, crossing the tails then weaving in.. ( Will learn GSR soon)

  • Wow. The pullover looks good, even with all the “design features”! As for the throw, I thought the border color was “carmelized raisin,” and not any shade of treacle, molasses, chocolate, walnut, etc. And, just in from Kermit: “SHE WINED. A LOT. LIKE A LITTR OF PUPPIES.”

  • Here is a video that shows changing direction with a short row:


  • An electric tape dispenser????

    • Packing tape, not scotch.

  • Our local knitting group meets at a local coffee shop on the first Saturday of the month for Suck It Up Saturday. People bring projects with a deadline, projects lingering in Time Out, the dreaded Weaving in of the End, and so forth. Some of us actually get stuff done – it’s a great motivator. Feel free to steal the idea if you like.

  • Treacle looks almost purple on my screen.

  • Treacle is one of my favorite Felted Tweed colors. Enjoy!

  • How did I miss this sweater?? Oh yes, I was traveling. (Those were the days). What a gorgeous shade of blue – and I am rarely “taken” by blue. So inspiring.