Saturday, January 31, 2015

South Park on a Bleaky Day

Just a few photos from our walk in South Park today. The weather is dull, windy and rainy. We had to abandon our plans for sledging on Vitosha because of the strong hurricane winds that have been blowing yesterday and today in the mountains - there were uprooted trees in the park after last night's storm.

My Monte Rosa is almost ready. Here's an idea I came up with for finishing double-folded collars. Instead of casting off the stitches and then sewing the cast-off ridge to the body, I decided to use grafting, treating the back side of the stitches, picked up for the collar, as live stitches. The result is a smooth ridgeless finish:

This is the collar from the inside - green outside and yellow inside.

I still haven't attached the sleeves to the body, as I'm a bit at a cross-road. For some reason, unknown to me, I have changed the tension of my knitting on the sleeves and instead of 16 sts per 4", I've knitted them to 17.5 stitches per 4". Thus the sleeves are a bit tight. I could wet block them and hope for them to relax or I could reknit them, adding a couple of stitches for good measure. I'll sleep on this and decide tomorrow :)


  1. Grellow is always a nice combination.

  2. I'm always interested to see your illustrations of life in Bulgaria. So, can you please explain what the man in the fourth photo is doing? :-)

    1. He's sort of a street musician, playing on a shepherd's pipe. The interesting thing is, that the pipe is attached to a wooden construction, that looks like a shepherd's crook.