I've added the I-cord band to Sashiko:
Here's a detail shot, in which you can see that I used two very close shades of blue for the I-cords:
I'm knitting Sashiko's cuff downward by knitting up stitches from the cast on edge of the sleeve. I planned to do this from the start for two reasons: 1. it was important that the color repeats on the sleeve at the underarm match those of the body and I wasn't sure exactly how long the sleeve needed to be for the best length (in other words, I was too lazy to figure out the armhole depth and length of sleeve ahead of time!); and 2. I love the little raised line you get when you knit into the long-tail cast on. In fact, I like that effect so much that I have been known to cast off a piece and then knit up from the cast off in order to duplicate the effect when knitting in the same direction. And this way I can make the sleeve the perfect length. I'm sorry that the dark colors of the yarn don't really show what I'm talking about in a photograph:
This Sunday I'm heading off to SOAR (Spin-Off Autumn Retreat) for a week of relaxation in the company of other fiber addicts. This year, SOAR is being held in Tahoe City, at Lake Tahoe. I'll be taking a 3-day workshop on handcoverings with Judith MacKenzie McCuin and Nancy Bush--I expect to be overwhelmed (in a good way) with new information! The remainder of the retreat consists of 3-hour classes on such subjects as Painting Your Handspun Yarn, Spinning New Wave Fibers, Punchneedle Embroidery with Handspun, Felted Soap, Nalbinding, and a presentation by none other than Alden Amos on how spinning wheels work. All this, and the Sierras too! I am a lucky woman indeed.
Fool for Luck
And speaking of being a lucky woman, look what John sent me to celebrate the completion of my life-devouring work project:
Wish I Could Be There!
If you live anywhere near Madison, Wisconsin, be sure to check out the exhibit at the University of Wisconsin's Design Gallery entitled "New School Knitting: The Influence of Elizabeth Zimmermann and Schoolhouse Press," which runs today through December 17th. Nancy sent me this link to an article about the exhibit. I am an unapologetic uber-fan of Elizabeth Zimmermann and Meg Swansen--I've learned from many fine knitters, but Meg is the reason I took up knitting in the first place and began to design my own garments. Through Meg I made the acquaintance of EZ--I never met Elizabeth, but her writing is to immediate and personal that I feel like I know her, or some important part of her at any rate. So, make a special trip to view this show and then tell me about it, OK?
Confidential to Rachel who commented earlier about the Berkeley Dulaan Knit-In:
Check out Becca's Blog for information about the Berkeley Dulaan Knit-In (your email address was rejected many times !)