MKB 34 – German Pattern

It must be something about the cooler nights and fall being around the corner that has me thinking about this long term project of mine. I believe it was 2015 when I took it upon myself to knit up all the patterns in Miss Lambert’s unillustrated 1843 book entitled My Knitting Book (First Series). When I started this project, I definitnely didn’t think I would still be at it in 2020! But, I have realized it will be a long term thing that I keep returning to when the time is right. There are 46 patterns remaining in the book so I might be at it for another five years at this rate!

I completed this sample some time ago but somehow never posted so I thought this would be a great place to get going again on the project. Slow and steady wins the race, right? I really do think I have been bogged down by these lace patterns but there are only two more to go then I can move on to something different!

The 34th pattern in Miss Lambert’s My Knitting Book is called a German Pattern. This is the tenth of a set of patterns that Miss Lambert published for d’oyleys, tidies, etc. The written pattern is a little more complex than some of her other patterns but once it was charted it was pretty straightforward. She tells the reader for each odd numbered row that it is to be “pearl knitting” – a Victorian knittingism that never ceases to make me smile! I wonder when the term changed from pearl to purl? I love how clever and well thought out these stitch patterns were – we use so many of them today and have no idea they have been around for 177 years.

Here is the chart for my interpretation of the written pattern:

And this is how it turned out! I used fingering weight yarn leftover from another project. There is a beautiful sample on Ravelry that shows how the pattern looks in white, unblocked, and using a finer weight of yarn. I think this stitch pattern would look amazing in a heavier weight yarn as well!

Rhinebeck 2019 Recap

Last week-end, three generations of women in my family, including my daughter, sister, mother and myself, packed up the car and drove to the Hudson Valley. Our goal? To go to the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY. There was a lot of giddiness and excitement as we crossed the border and hopped onto the Interstate en route to our cottage rental near Hudson, NY.

On the Saturday of the festival, we got up bright and early, hoping to arrive when the gates opened. We were a little later than we had planned, having forgotten about the long line up of cars to get into the parking lot! We went to one gate and a very friendly security person directed us to the shorter line to enter the park, and we were in!

By mid-afternoon on Saturday, the festival was buzzing with energy and lots of people. And. So. Many. Beautiful. Sweaters. To take a time out, I spent some time sitting beneath a maple tree near the llama enclosure and enjoyed listening to young kids shout in delight when they saw the animals.

Did I buy anything, you ask? Yep! I bought lots of yarn (a sweater quantity, a shawl kit, and yarn for a hat for my daughter) and fiber for spinning, including some fiber that is not available here in Canada (Cormo, Finn Sheep). I also bought a cute little “whiskey glass” by Jenny the Potter as a souvenir of my amazing week-end!

It will be a few years before I go again, aiming for 2022!

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