You know you have a good connection with someone when you can’t seem to finish one thought before going on to the next one. That flow of ideas between you reminds you that you are a good friend or just a good person to share a moment with in the yarn shop. Sometimes settling on a subject for this blog feels that way. I meander through my thoughts on a subject and it quickly becomes another topic and another. There isn’t the return flow, obviously, because you haven’t seen what I have in mind yet. But I think about how you, dear knitters, might respond if we were discussing my latest brilliant idea. We would go on and on. Which is how I decided to present this post. Here’s kind of a play by play as I figured out my latest project. I’d love to know what you think.
Kate Davies’ “Book of Haps” has ignited a spark for me in the way of haps and heritage. She has curated a selection of hap patterns from internationally known designers, including Martina Behm, Carol Feller, and Maine’s own Bristol Ivy, among others. Kate’s own pattern, Moder Dy, is written in the traditional Shetland style and has created a buzz here at the shop. Jodi and I, in particular, are interested in learning this outward-in construction, new to both of us. For the sake of expediency, I’m trying to make the Moder Dy at one-quarter size. We’ll see how it goes. I’ve got the math for the edging and the border, but I’m not sure what’s gonna happen when I get to the ‘riggie’ center (Shetland slang for garter stitch). I’ll keep you posted.
As I stated earlier, I’m showing the flow of this project as it moves. While each entry usually gets written over the course of a few weeks, I don’t normally share the progress. This time, I’ll let you know how my hap is coming along and what I’m learning. If you’re intrigued by my project, I’ve done my job. If my thoughts trigger something in you, it’s a good dialogue (or is it diatribe?).
First off, I am making my Moder Dy with Peace Fleece dk weight. The edging is done in Arctic White. As I said, I divided the number of reps by four and it came out even, so I’m going with it. Half done so far. Here’s how it looks…
Ah, the optimism of knitters. I did the math, got a quarter of the number of stitches for the edging and then for the border and started. Well, let me tell you that a quarter of the edging stitches doesn’t divide equally by four again to create four same-sized sides for the auld shell border. Not only that, the size is way to small to have any room to make the center. It would be three inches of edging by however wide the border is (I’m not there yet, busy griping about math) and about an inch of center. I realized that a few days ago and now I’m up to twenty-eight reps of the lace. I’m aiming, undeterred by the earlier math, eternally optimistic, to make the hap at half size.
Aaaand later it is. I think I’ve got it. Edging at half size, border until I think it works proportionally and on to the riggie bit. I mentioned I’m using Peace Fleece dk. So far the border is Olive Roots, Salmon, and Sea Moss. See?
I think I’ll use less colors than the pattern does. I jumped into this because I wanted to learn a new technique, not really focussing on yarn requirements. Boy, does that sound like me. I had all the colors except the white, generously donated to the cause by Jodi, and I want to use up my stash, not add to it. I think it will work. Planning on an Olive Roots center. Looking at the pattern yesterday, I think it should have been the same color as the outside edging, but my mind’s made up…
Got about a third of the center knitted. It’s a cool construction and, now that I’m at the riggies, I like it. I’m glad that the edging and borders were worked first so that the end of the project is the quick part. I had my doubts about it until I got this far, but it’s all good. Except one thing.
It’s wee. I mean, I knitted half the number of edging reps on purpose. This project was all about learning the Shetland construction, not creating something I would wear. And then I used a much lighter gauge yarn because that’s what I had in my stash and this was just an educational exercise, right? Now that it’s almost done and quite lovely, it’s wee and I don’t know what I’m going to do with it. It’ll be a nice talking point and I learned a lot, so there’s that.
You'll be hearing more from me on the subject of haps. One of our shop goals is to dive into Kate's book and present a show early in 2017 of haps. If you're interested in contributing, let us know. If you just want to knit along with us, we'll have a Ravelry discussing about it as well.
In other news, we start our Five Farms yarn club this month. You can follow the link in purple at the top of the page to read about it now. We'll be posting more about the individual projects and yarns as they come up and have a discussion on a Ravelry forum.
Thanks for reading.