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Setting Boundaries – and a pattern promotion

Everyone probably has a need to set limits at some point. It may be personal boundaries, or quite specific boundaries. As for instance my neighbor, who needs to fence the entire property in with a two-meter high metal fence. I do not know whether it is to keep the tenants inside, or to keep the neighbors out? But boundaries are also set in the wider sense, such as demarcation problems – how do I defined my topic? Books have been written about it.

Then there are the ones who understand the world through knitting needles. My contribution here is the hat, KT Boundary Hat, which I designed 2 years ago. It is inspired by a quite significant boundary, namely the geological boundary that marks the transition between the Cretaceous and Tertiary. It was at the time dinosaurs became extinct. The boundary is marked by fish clay layer in Stevns, see link.

Inspiration for the hat I got from seismic interpretations. The seismic output is a background consisting of a gray texture, and the geologist to interpret seismic, marks the transition between the geological layers with colorful lines, typically in the basic colors red, green and blue.

The pattern is free throughout the month of October with the purchase of one of my other patterns on Ravelry. Make use of the offer by adding the pattern to your cart and apply the coupon code SettingBoundaries

Oh  -  and the pattern is free for existing customers as well.

Happy knitting!

Edith’s Summer Cardigan

Finally – I have finished knitting the mohair cardigan for Edith. White, light as a feather, with vertical openwork pattern on the fronts. A feminine cardigan for a soon to be three toddler.

The cardigan is worked top down, with set in sleeves worked simultaneously as described by Barbara Walker. The method is closely related to raglan sleeves but in stead of increasing on both bodice and sleeves, increases are only made on the sleeve side.

The resulting sleeve shape is a trapezoid, which is close enough to the shape of an ideal set in sleeve to ensure a good fit. And the finishing is beautiful  all in all very nice, in my opinion.  I have done a review of different methods for knitting set in sleeves, including the contiguous method by Susie Myers, will share my thoughts when I get around to it.

Pattern thoughts -

or the Social-democratic project, anno 1954

It is no coincidence that the ball of yarn on the front of the knitting pattern for this lovely cardigan is red. In fact, the pattern is an election pamphlet published by the Social Democrats for the local elections on March 2, 1954. Most likely to address the the – maybe not so interested in politics – knitting woman. “What thoughts come to mind while knitting?” asked the pamphlet, “For all that is woman’s present and future.” Four tableaux from four stages in women’s lives are outlined for the reader. The young girl “knitting the jumper, that she is sure her boyfriend will like like” – her main concern is to find accommodation that “should not be too expensive, so you should probably try to get an apartment built with support from public funds.” The young mother with children in kindergarten, thinking in particular on her daughter ”Lise, the practical girl (…) even buttons and laces have kindergarten teacher taught her to tie.” The housewife with big kids are first and foremost concerned about the husband’s job, and a possible upcomming economic crisis and unemployment. For the children’s sake, it is important that there is work for their father, “I wonder if they in the Town Hall are going to have jobs ready, when the crisis is coming?” Finally the grandmother who rejoice welfare benefits as hospital and the husband’s age allowance, “and now we really must look into the public senior houses. There we can live with our own furniture and all the wonderful photographs of the children. ”

“The pattern helps you to get your knitting right. But it is up to you yourself to do something about your life pattern. ”

The pattern gives food for thoughts, especially today, where you can wonder what has become of the project of the Social Democrats. In the municipal elections in 1954, it was “a beautiful and smooth pattern” and all the things that can help to “get  a beautiful, lively and smooth-running life pattern that was on the Social Democrats’ agenda. It was “good apartments for young people, for families with children and the elderly, good child care and schools with modern teaching facilities, municipal evening classes, cheap hospital charges,  good management of social laws, sports facilities and full employment. ”

Now, I am going to cast on for the cardigan, and see where my thoughts in a pattern take me, here almost 30 years later.

PS – I found the pattern at a flea market in KB Hallen a few years ago, shortly before the sports hall burned down.

“Howto knit?”

“How to knit?” is no. 9 on the list of most Googled terms in Denmark within the “Howto” category, followed by “How to crochet?”. The Top 10 includes searches for help with very fundamental challenges of life. For example, how to kiss, how do contractions feel, how to get your retirement pension paid and how to divide and multiply. And yes, also how to knit and crochet. If you carefully try to conclude something about “searchers”, it looks like all ages search the Internet for information.

Source: TV2

Embroidery on Kiboko’s knitted jersey

OK, I have been doing a tiny little progress on the jersey Kiboko Bondo is going to flash at the Killimanjaro Marathon, although I have not quite had so much knitting time, and although Kiboko Bondo got homesick, unfortunately. The knitting for the jersey has been completed, but the embroidery poses problems as usual. I could really need some more practice, and now, 40 years later, it is kind of annoying, that I let my sister finish my embroidery sampler instead of doing it myself.

 

 

 

For the “Because I am a girl” hat, I used chain stitches, which I thought – and still think – are well suited to the font that is used to Plan’s logo. It worked out fine, but I thought I should try something new this time. It is a serious thing to embroider on knits, so therefore I consulted a German bog, “Das grosse Buch der Handarbeiten IX” from 1987 (Aktuell und topmodish!). It contains very comprehensive and detailed instructions compared to other places I’ve looked. Nice when you feel you have to start completely from scratch.

 

I’ve tried different variations on the flat stitches, which I like very much, but in my opinion, hard to get to lie neatly on a piece of knitting. I have tried both wool and plain DMC embroidery thread, but the coarse knits made it somewhat difficult. So now I have tried with my “Tear and rip stabilizer” as a backing on the front, which gives stability and the surface that is required for the stitches to lie flat and nicely. DMC yarn is fine and smooth, and it’s not that hard – practice makes perfect. Now I really hope it will stay that way when I remove the Tear and Rip – stabilizer.