Another Cable Swatch

Swatch of three simple cables from Barbara G. Walker’s Treasury of Knitting Patterns.

simple cables

3 simple cables


Close Braid (p. 249)

Six-Stitch Cable Crossed Every Eighth Row (p. 242)

Plait Cable (p. 244)




Wheels of Glory

I have now swatched two of the skeins I got from Schoolhouse Press.

Wheels of Glory

Wheels of Glory — yarn is wound and ready to knit

They are strong and tough, just what I’d envisioned. But somewhere in the middle of my swatching, I came to my senses a bit.

I’ve already bought two full sweaters’-worth of yarn. I really should stop this never-ending quest for The Perfect Yarn and just get on with it. If the Wool of the Andes sweater turns out too light, then I’ll have a nice indoor sweater. In the meantime, with all this dithering about yarn, I’m not making any progress, and will have to wear the craft-fair sweater again next year.

I’ll make the current sweater in WOTA, make my next one in Cestari Bulky, and then after that, I’ll make something nice with something from Schoolhouse Press. And maybe I’ll finally get around to making things with my odd-lot stash, as well.

Schoolhouse Press swatches

Sheepswool 2-ply & 3-ply; same needle size on both

Cable Swatch

Just a small swatch of four small cables.

Small swatch

Small swatch


Cables are from Barbara G. Walker’s A Treasury of Knitting Patterns.


Four-Stitch Cable Crossed Every Fourth Row (p. 241)

Simple Slipped Cable, Left Twist (p. 108)

Simple Slipped Cable, Right Twist (p. 109)

Little Plait Cable (p. 245)

(Picture is upside-down.)

Curiouser and Curiouser

Well, that’s bizarre.

In my addendum to A Foggy Day, I detail how the auto-publishing feature was messed up. I had scheduled that post to be published on 6-24. On 6-26 I discovered that it hadn’t been published, so I manually published the one before it (Maybe this will be *The One*), which had been scheduled for 6-22, and also hadn’t been auto-published when it was scheduled to. Then I wrote the addendum to A Foggy Day and went to bed, intending to publish that one the next day.

Well, the next day, 6-27, I was busy, and did other things. Today, 6-28, I got on WP, re-read the post and then hit the <Publish> button. It was definitely the <Publish> button and not the <Update> button.

Right after that, I clicked the link which opens my web browser to the blog page which has all posts on it, with the most recent one on top. The one on top was Maybe this will be *The One*, followed by A Foggy Day.

The publish date on Maybe this will be *The One* was 6-26. (Correct.)

The publish date on A Foggy Day, complete with addendum, was 6-24. (WHAAAT- – ?)

Even now, WP is telling me that this page was published four days ago, when I know I just hit the Publish button ten minutes ago!

ADDED JULY 12, 2016:

WP did it again. I wrote the post That’s More Like It! sometime around June 27, but couldn’t publish it then because I first had to catch up on my swatching posts. (I actually wrote the post on MAY 20, but had to wait to publish it. Have I mentioned how far behind I am in posting? Some time later, I uploaded and saved the draft on WP, so I could attach the pictures and set it up for publishing on another day when I might not have the time to fuss with all that.)

I then posted this one (Curiouser and Curiouser), and then posted Cable Swatches 1-4. Then, we lost our phone line and internet for two days due to heavy rain, and then lost power for another two days, due to more thunderstorms. Finally, I was able to post That’s More Like It!

I hit <Publish> and then <Preview> to see if it loaded correctly.

WP published it with the date June 27, inserting it BEFORE Curiouser and the four Cable Swatch posts!

So, beware, WP bloggers: Apparently, WP bases its dates on the date you first SAVE your post, not the date you actually choose to publish on. If you try to use your time efficiently and pre-load several posts on one day, intending to spread out their publication over several days, and then you insert some other posts, publishing them before the ones you pre-wrote, forget it: WP will date them as if they’d been published on the date the drafts were first saved. WP will completely disregard your careful planning, because WordPress knows best about what date your posts should be published on.

That’s More Like It!

The yarn came today from Schoolhouse Press. I plunged my hands into it, and breathed a sigh of relief. This yarn feels dense and tough. I wouldn’t want to wear it next to my skin, but it feels exactly like what I had in mind for my outerwear sweater.

Sch Press yarn in box

The yarn came today.

I have not swatched it yet, nor even rolled it into balls, but I am very excited about it, and am looking forward to experimenting with it. I’ll have to wait until my swift is available, and then can dive in.

My favorite swift

My favorite swift

Until then, I will continue making cable swatches.

Cable swatch 1

Another recent cable swatch

Maybe this will be *The One*

As I mentioned in What’s in a Name? and other posts, I’m not totally happy with any yarn I’ve tried so far. I settled on the WOTA, but the more I work with it, the more misgivings I have about it. Like the Cascade 220, it will probably make a very nice sweater, but it might not be right for this sweater.

As I’ve been writing these posts, I’ve inserted credits wherever possible. As an occasional creator of intellectual property, I try to be sensitive to this, and do it wherever possible. So, when I’ve made reference a few times to books published by them, I inserted links to  Schoolhouse Press. (See? I just did it again! 😀 )

When I needed to get the links for the books, I went to the Schoolhouse Press website. While there, I was reminded that they sell yarn, too, and good quality yarn, perhaps the very yarn I’ve been looking for. I am sorry to say that I’ve never bought yarn from them before. This is why I didn’t remember them until now.

I wanted to buy their yarn (back when I was buying yarn, before my stash got so big), but it seemed so expensive to me back then. I don’t know whether they’ve lowered their prices (does anybody ever do that?), or if I’m just remembering wrong, but when I went there and looked around, they seemed very reasonable.

So, because this sweater is very important to me, and I want it to be done right, I ordered one skein each of several promising-looking wools, the ones which looked tough enough for outerwear. Their descriptions of the yarns were helpful in this regard. I’m holding my highest hopes for the one that is undyed, natural sheep-colored wool.

I can’t wait for it to get here!!

A Foggy Day…

Foggy day

Foggy day

What else to do on a dismal, dreary, cold, wet day, but to read a book and knit? Not at the same time, of course — I’ve never attempted knitting anything more complicated than K2,P2 ribbing while reading — but both Buttercup and Sergie curled up with me while I read. (Sorry — no pictures. I didn’t have the phone within reach.) When I finished the book, I did another repeat or so of the current cable sampler.

Current Cable Swatch

Current Cable Swatch

In all, a pleasant way to spend a day in which I felt under the weather, umm, figuratively and almost literally, I guess.


I originally wrote this on a cold, foggy, rainy day in May (5-17). What with getting sidetracked and backlogged and some other directional words, I’m posting this a month late. Last weekend, I wrote The Sun’ll Come Out Tomorrow, then  spent some time setting up my remaining pre-written posts as drafts in WP, attaching their pictures, and scheduling them to be published nearly every day, to help get them caught up quicker. I scheduled And Now, for Something Completely Different to be published on Tuesday, 6-21. The next post, Maybe this will be *The One*, was set for Wednesday, 6-22. This post (A Foggy Day. . .) was scheduled for Friday, 6-23. Another was scheduled for Saturday, the next for Monday, etc.

It gave me a sense of relief to have them pre-scheduled, so I could just let them publish themselves while I busied myself with other things for a while. And I was pleased that the weather report said that I’d be posting A Foggy Day on what was expected to be another foggy, rainy day, even if the temperature would be in the 70s instead of the 50s, as it had been in May.

Sunday night, 6-26, I realized I’d need to edit the post scheduled to be published on Monday, so I opened up WordPress, and found Maybe this will be *The One* still sitting there, waiting to be published! Needless to say, none of the following posts had gotten published either.

After speaking to WP’s app using some very strong language, I hit the Publish button on Maybe this will be *The One* and then started writing this addendum.

I don’t know who’s to blame here. I’m inclined to think that this is a glitch in WP. On the other hand, my internet connection is so bad that maybe somehow the scheduling setups didn’t go through, even though it said they did on this end. I do know that every time I open the WP app, I get a pop-up box telling me it wants to do an update, then restart the app. I click OK, the app restarts… and then I get a pop-up box telling me it wants to do an update, then restart the app. In other words, the update hangs on my slow connection, then restarts before the update has finished downloading. I’ll probably never get that update unless I take my computer someplace that has a normal internet speed.

In any case, I am very annoyed about the publishing delay. I suppose this means that I’ll have to come back every few days and manually publish the remaining posts. This is a pain, and means that the posting will probably be delayed longer because I won’t get around to it every day. But what is really annoying me is that now I can’t trust WP to publish posts when they’re scheduled. It was such a useful feature, but now if I try to use it, I’ll have to keep checking up on it to make sure it’s done what it was supposed to do, which pretty much negates the convenience factor.