Thursday, January 15, 2009

Black Dog 1, Blog 0

The Black Dog has certainly been dogging my footsteps and the blog has suffered. There has, of course, been knitting - even at my very lowest I can usually manage to pick up a needle.

I blocked the three squares that make up the Estonian Potpourri :

and fastened them together in the rather strange (but ingenious) way the pattern directs. I then tackled the border, which required picking up stitches all the way around. There were a great many stitches on the needle at the end of it but eventually it was finished, even though it involved a number of the dreaded nupps.

Speaking of nupps - I have, it seems, been mispronouncing their name. That is, if this video is to be believed. Nancy Bush demonstrates how to knit one of the pesky little fellows and she says "nupp" to rhyme with "soup" (and not "cup", as I've been saying all along).

The border is done but needs to be blocked and I just haven't been able to raise the enthusiasm for crawling around on my hands and knees. I will certainly have to do it before I go to SkipNorth in March. It will be an essential item in the "what did you make with all the yarn you bought last year" questions which I know will be forthcoming.

There has been plenty of other knitting - Cinxia from Knitty, done; a hat for Diego, done; 371 squares of the sock yarn blanket, done; Fulmar, resurrected, back and front, done; Lyra, started; but pictures and all that jazz will have to wait because now I have to go to work.

Now the days are getting lighter and the Black Dog is slinking off, I'm hoping to blog a little more and knit a lot more.


allisonmariecat said...

Gorgeous Estonian lace. I'm amazed at how it fits together!

May you prevail over the black dog soon.

littlelixie said...

371 squares of sock blanket! Blimey - how many do you need altogether? Good to have you back x

maryannlucy said...

Good to see you back, I have been looking out for you.