JLS (jlsjlsjls) wrote,

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Brrrr Redux

Winter's back again. Last week, it wasn't necessary to wear a coat outside. Even when it snowed on the weekend, it didn't get cold. Today, was dressed all warm and cozy and just didn't feel warm all day (unusual for me), even though it was only minus five Celsius. Probably due to an increase in humidity, caused by some (not all) of the white stuff melting/evaporating in the sun ... humidity increase + minor minus temps = feels like it's friggin' minus thirty! (when it's really minus thirty, it doesn't usually feel that cold, as long as there's no windchill, because there is NO humidity then ... dry cold really does feel warmer).

Fortunately have good snuggle material ... picked up volume three of Kage Baker's Company series at library tonight. (I will never, in my lifetime, be able to thank anotheranon enough for introducing me to these books!) :-))))) Also picked up a knitting book that I had on hold ... just spent ten minutes flipping through it and immediately placed an online order for it through work. I'm not usually THAT easy a sell, but this is something completely different ... and part of it may be of enough interest to the non-knitting sewers out there that they're tempted to pick up a pair of needles.

The book is Knitting on the Edge, by Nicky Epstein, and it's 100% about edges. Ribbing (25 pages of ribbing designs alone, with several on each page), ruffles, lace, picots, etc. And (here's where the sewers come in) fringe! Regular fringe, looped fringe, beaded fringe. Fringe that CANNOT have its fringy edge pull out, when snagged or pulled (unlike woven fringed edging, where, if you yank hard, you CAN pull it out of the strip that holds it all together). I'm not turning into a fringe-aholic or anything ... I'm ordering this book because it's packed full of stuff/ideas/stitch patterns that I have NEVER seen anywhere else (and I've leafed through a LOT of knitting books over the years) ... e.g. a scarf fringed along its entire length instead of across the ends ... fringe produced, not by a ton 'o knotting, but by knitting it extra-wide and then dropping several rows of stitches down one side when the scarf is finished (this is the large-scale version of the technique used to make all the fringes, including the beaded ones). Any of these edges can jazz up an existing sweater or a cloth garment (many, too, can be cast onto the cloth and knitted right on, rather than being knitted separately and sewn on ... this is also true of crocheted and tatted edgings).

Now take a moment and imagine ... some special garment (even jazz up something you bought) with an nifty, one-of-a-kind edge of this (which is like miniature fringe to begin with) or this or this or this or this or this or this (perfect for PVC garments) or ... okay, I'll calm down now. It's the cold ... gets me all yarn-enthused. :P
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