Today the Tour de Gansey began with a short, but technical stage: Stage One: Cast-On The particular cast-on I've chosen to use in my gansey is the same one used in the Sampler Gansey I knit last year, the Channel Island Cast On. This cast-on utilizes a double strand of yarn, wrapped twice counterclockwise around… Continue reading Le Tour de Gansey, part deux: Stage One!
Two posts in as many days? What sort of craziness is this? I just couldn't help but post again, because I'm sort of ridiculously delighted with myself. I'm so eager to knit this sweater that I'm doing everything I possibly can besides cast-on (which has to wait until Saturday!), and yesterday afternoon, I did this:… Continue reading more gansey planning!
I took the Bog Jacket out of time-out thanks to everyone's reassurances that it will grow when I block it, just like my swatch told me. I've already made it past the "thumb trick" section, and am knitting across the sleeves: (Yeah, it looks a little weird at this stage). I've reached a point where… Continue reading getting ready
It's lilac season here, and I'm thoroughly enjoying it. The air around my neighborhood (home of the Lilac Festival) is just thick with their scent. I went for a walk through the park the other day (avoiding the main part of the festival, as I'm just not a festival sort of gal) and came home… Continue reading stop and smell the lilacs
So, in case anyone was wondering, this: is exactly how much sock I can knit during a 5 hour session of bloodwork: from cast on through a few rounds of gusset stitches. In yet another instance of "why didn't someone tell me this ahead of time?" (I've been having lots of these relating to medical… Continue reading Waiting Room Sock gets a whole lot of action; and a good mail day
Y'all will just have to take my word for it that this wee gansey was totally finished before the end of le Tour, because I had no access to a camera or internet those last two days (but fortunately, we were able to have the Tour recorded for us, and were able to watch the… Continue reading le Tour de Gansey est fini!
I'm going ahead and posting this fairly early, even though it's the second-to-last stage, because the next few days are going to be so crazy busy with moving that I may well not have a chance to post again before Monday. Having a hard time keeping the spirits up...I'm so unbelievably tired. Just so tired,… Continue reading le Tour de Gansey: Stage Eight
Back again, with certifiably scandal-free coverage of le Tour de Gansey, part of the Tour de France Knitalong, presenting: Stage Seven: The Sleeves We begin this stage where we left of in Stage 6, picking up stitches around the opening left when we split the front and back of the body of the sweater. During… Continue reading le Tour de Gansey: Stage Seven
Before we get into more coverage of the Tour de Gansey, some actual Tour-talk: How awesome is Rasmussen? Amazingly awesome, yes indeed. I was getting so irritated the other day, listening to all of the commentators talking as though it were a given that he'd be losing the yellow jersey after the time trial, and… Continue reading le Tour de Gansey: Stage Six
We're back with more coverage of le Tour de Gansey, part of the Tour de France Knitalong, with coverage of Stage Five: The Underarm Gusset While the actual Tour riders are suffering through a cold, wet time trial as I write this (those poor boys!), I'm toasty warm here at home, on a fairly easy… Continue reading le Tour de Gansey: Stage Five
We're back with more coverage of le Tour de Gansey, part of the Tour de France Knitalong, presenting Stage Four: Pattern Motifs Like the real Tour, we're into the mountains (at least metaphorically speaking)! New techniques are all over the place in these next few stages. In the current stage, we use a chart to… Continue reading le Tour de Gansey: Stage Four
Our coverage of le Tour de Gansey, part of the Tour de France Knitalong, continues tonight, with Stage Three: The Plain Area, Seam Stitches, and Definition Ridge. Today's stage in le Tour de Gansey is an easy one (unlike today's stage in the actual Tour de France, which is their first venture into the real… Continue reading le Tour de Gansey: Stage Three
Our coverage of Stage Two of le Tour de Gansey, part of the Tour de France Knitalong, picks up where Stage One left off. Literally. From the cast-on completed in Stage One, a 9-row garter welt is knit: Then the efforts of Stage One are duplicated, followed by another 9 rows of garter stitch to… Continue reading le Tour de Gansey: Stage Two
When we moved up to MN from NC when I was 8 years old, everyone I met up there guessed I was Scandinavian. Not a bad guess, when presented with a pale girl with blond braids in the Scandinavian-laden land of MN, but I've not got an ounce of it in me. I'm really that… Continue reading Nordic Wednesday (hopefully the first of many)
So, as might be obvious from the title of this post, I decided to go ahead and join the Tour de France Knitalong. My entry: a yellow jersey sampler gansey, following the course laid out by Beth Brown-Reinsel. She has laid out a series of ten chapters stages outlining each new technique to be conquered,… Continue reading le Tour de Gansey: Stage One