Tuesday, January 04, 2011
A Linen Stitch Shawl
I decided to gather some compatible bits of yarn and knit a rectangular shawl in linen stitch, based on a patten in Sally Melville's The Knitting Experience Book 3: Color, which has a lot of well-designed classic patterns. I am in love with linen stitch. It produces a fabric that looks woven. I can see many applications for this stitch: it's perfect for using up odds and ends of various yarns.
While I was knitting on a couple of rainy afternoons, I watched the BBC series Victorian Farm on YouTube. In this series, three experts, two archaeologists and a historian, live and work on a Victorian farm in rural England for a year, and we see them doing various routine tasks: cooking, raising sheep, and farming, using the technologies of the time. There's a wonderful scene when Ruth Goodman, the historian, who is an expert on domestic practices, cross stitches a pair of suspenders by lamp light in an unheated room so cold you can see her breath.
What a pleasant way to pass the hours. Unlike poor Ruth, I was nice and toasty, and with a few more good movies, I'll have a nice wrap.