Heather Knits

Where Heather waffles on about knitting and anything else which crosses her mind.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

One armed jumper

The patchwork jumper now has one arm! And Blogger even seems to be co-operating, I uploaded today's pictures first time. Obviously the threat of defection has worked.

Without further ado, here is the one-armed wonder:

And a close up of the join of the sleeve to the body.
A bit of unpicking and reknitting was involved but I am very happy with the results so far. It satisfies my sense of neatness that it is all knitted together, there are no seams. An elegant solution, I think that is the mathematician in me speaking again.

I have started the second sleeve and that is coming along although not particularly quickly. This week has been a busy week of tech editing for the first issue of Yarn Forward Magazine. It has been a very interesting and educational experience. I have been really surprised by the wide variety in the quality of patterns submitted, although there seems to be an almost universal blind spot over tension information! There will be fewer patterns in the first issue than in subsequent issues so I think I will be even busier in future, although at least by then we should have a pattern template and also have more experience with the whole process. I would be very interested to hear your thoughts on the new magazine when it comes out. Particularly those pertaining to the clarity and correctness of the patterns. This is my first go at this, but I am keen to learn! (Hopefully there wont be too many mistakes along the way). I only have three patterns left to complete for this issue so it is going well. One really is just a trivial odd number vs. even number problem that I am waiting to hear back from the designer about, but should be easily solved. One Kerrie is going to post me the garment so I can work out what shaping the designer meant as the pattern isn't clear. The third seems so far to be a clear pattern, but it is on 12 pages (!) and I think it may be easier to read in chart form, so far I am on page 3.

It hasn't been all work round here though. I have just signed up for Skip North 2007 which I am now ridiculously excited about. I know that Rosie is going. So who else is going to be there? I may be a little tired by the time I get there though because it is the week after Majma (a Middle Eastern and North African dance weekend down in Glastonbury, their website is rather out of date as booking has already opened for next year).

I've also started having osteopathy treatment on my neck, back and shoulders which have been a problem since January. Hopefully this will start to do the trick, it will certainly make the knitting easier if I don't hurt! I have just about recovered from Thursday's treatment now which is good because I have another appointment tomorrow morning.


  • At 7:48 am, Blogger Marie said…

    It's looking very nive. I'm not a mathematician but I'm with you in your fascination over a clever construction.

  • At 3:57 pm, Blogger Alice said…

    I'm so tempted by skip north.

    *goes off to check if hers is the 12 page pattern, surely not...*

  • At 6:39 am, Blogger Liz said…

    Great sweater! I'll be at Skip North again this year...

  • At 7:23 pm, Blogger Daisy said…

    I've signed up for Skip North too! Steph left a comment on my blog about shops for wide shoes and suggested this place:
    Might be worth a try?


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