February 9, 2007

Five for Friday

I am finished the yoke of the Bohus, although some of these pictures are from yesterday because today my camera batteries are dead and it's too cold to go to the store. It will warm up later and I'll go (a moment of respect for how quickly the human perspective can shift? I am now calling the change from -20 to -15 "warming up") but for now, you get yesterdays pictures.

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There have been some requests to see the wrong side, and what with the absolute joy that I find in the wrong side of stranded knitting, I have to comply.

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Now that I'm at the division for the body, I have a dilemma. The pattern is written to knit the yoke in the round, then divide your stitches into two sleeves, a front and a back, all of which are knit flat (back and forth) and then seamed up.

Now, I'm a big fan of flat knitting, but I am considering converting the sweater to knit in the round (like Sally did) for a couple of reasons. Firstly, I don't want to sew those seams. Secondly, I'm planning a couple of changes that would be easier to knit in if I were working in the round, and it would make it real "idiot knitting" if I didn't even have to turn at the end of a row. (Believe it or not, the need for idiot knitting was the reason I started this sweater.) Finally, I don't like knitting back and forth on circulars, but straight needles that are 2.5mm are too flexible for me to enjoy, considering the way I stick one needle under my arm to knit. I'm currently in consultation with Susanna and a couple of other clever knitters, but I was wondering what you think.

Five Questions

1. How important do you feel it is to "stick with tradition" and execute patterns with a history in a way that protects that?

2. Do you worry that if we go around changing the way that things have always been done that we will lose that history?

3. Susanna has said that she thinks that garments that are split and seamed wear better and last longer, and this may be true, although my own knitting history, other knitting traditions (like fair isle, or Norwegian sweaters that are knit in the round and steeked) and another clever knitter I've been emailing with all suggest that may not be true. Dale's hold up really well, and there's not a seam in sight. Do you think that seams are important for wear?

4. Some garments need seams for structure. Woe betide the knitter who takes the side seams out of a heavy aran, for she takes some of the integrity of the sweater with her. The garment, without the seams to strengthen them easily stretch out of shape. The bohus sweaters, however, are very, very lightweight. If a sweater does not need seams for structure or integrity, can you think of any other reason to have them?

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I found some batteries. That's the whole yoke.

5. Do you think I'm thinking about a sweater too much, am in danger of being called "overly focussed" again and just need to make up my mind and knit the thing, because seriously, this is not a huge issue?

Note - Added later: Some of you have noticed some issues with the blog having capacity problems. Apparently, although we do not have too many blue shirts in our closet, we open and close the door too often, and the closet owner (webhosting service) has "throttled access" to limit the number of times the door is opened and closed. Ken (without wanting to throttle anyone, which makes him a much better person than I am) is working on it. Please bear with us.

Posted by Stephanie at February 9, 2007 11:41 AM