Fourth Cable Swatch

Another swatch of three slightly-more-complex cables. These too were from Lesley Stanfield’s The New Knitting Stitch Library. See previous post (Third Cable Swatch) for my notes on the link for this book.

159-104-101 Stanfield

Three more Stanfield cables





Again, the picture is upside-down, with the cast-off toward the bottom of the picture instead of the top. I didn’t state that in the previous post, but it’s true for that one, too.  This works out for me when I’m designing a top-down garment, but could be strange for people who might want to see what something looks like from the bottom up. (Right-side-up, or the way the swatch was knitted.)


That middle cable, #104, was a strange one. When you look at the chart, you wonder how what you’re seeing will turn into any kind of a cable. Maybe it’s a misprint. But then you knit it, and it does work out. The wonders of knitting never cease.





Third Cable Swatch

Another swatch of three cables, a bit more complex than the previous two. These are from Lesley Stanfield’s The New Knitting Stitch Library (Lark Books, 1992).*


swatch of three cables - Stanfield

Swatch of three cables





*It’s difficult to find a good link to this, since Lark Books was moved from Asheville, NC to NYC by its parent, Sterling Publishing Co., in 2014, effectively killing it.

Since Barnes & Noble is the umbrella owner of Sterling, I tried to find a link through them; but, just like Amazon’s link, it’s a brief description of the book and no copies are available. (FWIW, the picture of the book’s cover on the Amazon page – today, at least – is the one I have.)

The best link I found was to AbeBooks, where there are several used copies available from independent booksellers, at a variety of prices. I like shopping at Abe. YMMV.


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.)

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.

And Now, for Something Completely Different

The time has come to start adding on stitches. As I work these, I will be setting them up for the cables they are to become. And I have no idea what cables I want to put next.

So, I need to set the sweater aside, get out my trusty Fishermen’s Wool, and swatch, swatch, swatch until I find the cables that belong in the rest of the sweater.

cable swatches - graph paper

Some cable swatches to try

Yes, I did just say, “my trusty Fishermen’s Wool.”  In an earlier post (What’s in a Name?), I had said that FW is a low-quality wool which disappointed me greatly when I made a vest out of it. True.

But it looks like a nice wool, the kind that an Aran (Fisherman’s) sweater would be made of. And the fact that it is cheaply-made makes it affordable. Also, it comes in a center-pull skein (no rewinding necessary), which is HUGE (8 oz.; 465 yd.). So, back when it first came out, I had high hopes for the stuff, and did my part to encourage Lion Brand to make more wool yarns available. All their other yarns are acrylic. Many are probably good-quality acrylic, as acrylics go, but they will never be wool. (Yes, I have tried their Wool-Ease. It looks nice in the skein, with a lovely assortment of colors, but in the end, it’s still an acrylic blend, and not worth the effort of making something with.) It would be very nice if they would come out with more wool and other natural-fiber yarns.

When I say that I “did my part to encourage Lion Brand to make more wool yarns available,” what I mean is that I bought a lot of it. I had big plans for it, so I picked up a few skeins every chance I got. Then I made the vest, and discovered that I wouldn’t be using it for clothing any more.

But it is perfect for making cable swatches. I don’t need high-quality yarn for that, but do want something which shows the stitches well, in a neutral color of wool, and which is not so expensive that I short-change the swatch, feeling money go down the drain with every stitch. It is also perfect for cat toys and blankets: they get to play with wool, and I can be generous, because they’re not destroying something that cost $20 an ounce.

I am very fond of my Fishermen’s Wool, when used for the right things.

Cast-on for Swatch #1

Beginning Swatch #1