Feels Like Fall
The weather is cooling off, and we finally have the new soapstone ministove completely installed. Is this thing cute as a button or what?
It took us almost a year to the day to get everything ready. We tore out the old furnace closet, scrapped the nasty old inefficient LP gas furnace, bought a cabinet & countertop to put it on, and came up with a heatproof pad for it to sit on. Then we had help installing the chimney and had to find someone to connect the gas.
This morning (44F, 7 C), manual in hand, I turned the little knobs on the side and look, flames and everything!
We still have to get through the yuck period of high-temperature paint-curing smells, but we only have to go through that once.
Anyway, I did promise knitting, so here's what I've been knitting.
In the back of The Knitted Lace Patterns of Christine Duchow Vol 3, there are several hand-drawn charts of patterns from the notebooks of Gertrud Woywod.
I started wondering what they looked like knitted up, and here is the result.
Not exactly Herbert Niebling, but interesting.
After a while, my brain adapted to /=YO, g=k2tog, r=knit, a=ssk, and rv=ktbl. I eventually figured out that "WM" (Wickel-maschen) was like what Mary Thomas calls "clustering tie stitch," where you wrap the thread around and around the base of the indicated stitches. A nupp would probably work, too.
But I got kind of tired of trying to see the cursive-written rs and so on, so I poked around until I found David Xenakis's Knitter's Symbols Fonts over at knittinguniverse.com.
A couple of hours of chart-translation later, I have a Burda-like chart I can read without taking off my glasses. I can see why some of the weirdness in this pattern happens. And I can cut and paste and see how it would look if I knitted more than one repeat.
So that's been my fun for the week! What's yours?