Moss Stitch, it transpires.
I settled down in front of You Tube and began to watch various knitting tutorials which immediately showed that I have been knitting back to front for years. I found this Quite Amusing because my knitting end results are generally OK. Perhaps I have Knitting Dyslexia?
After discarding the first couple of tutorials (which made the creation of moss stitch look as easy as knitting with blancmange), I finally found one that was simple and easy to follow, and set about mossing, which, I am tremendously pleased to say, involved knit and purl. I always thought it was pearl, so that was something else I learned last night.
I tried various combinations of knits and purls, because no one seemed to be able to agree whether it was alternate knit and purl, or knit one line and purl the next, or indeed knit two lines and purl two after that to achieve Moss Stitch. As a result the thing I produced does look a bit like it might have been kinder to put it down at birth, but I am strangely proud of it. It contains the Potential For Improvement, and is a Start (and that's the most positive way to go through life I always think). Anyway, I'm sharing it here to give you all a Jolly Good Laugh, in case your day has been fraught and you need cheering up...
I do like the colour, and somehow I managed to factor in some Nice Even Holes (twice, on two separate lines) that look as if they were meant to be there all along. If only I could remember how I'd done them.
You will, I expect, notice (hard not to all things considered) that the bottom is a good deal wider than the top. This is a problem not exclusive to knitting, as many ladies of a certain age will testify. I think I managed to add several new stitches while I was trying to work out purling before I hit upon the simple tutorial. What I want to know is: does this explain the curling at the base? Who knows! Now the only thing I am left pondering is what on earth to use it for. It's too long to twist round into a fingerless glove and too wonky to sew into the blanket. Any (polite) suggestions Gratefully Received.
Anyhow, I shall be trying again tonight and hope to have some more impressive pieces to show you in due course, if for no other reason than to prove the maxim "if at first you don't succeed, try, try again" (which should really read: if at first you don't succeed, then give it another go with an enormous glass of wine close to hand because even the shabbiest piece of knitting looks better when seen through Creative Wine Eyes). In the mean time, here is my scarf which I currently have on the go. Coffee and Cream wool, love it (this one isn't shorter at one end, that's just a Clever Optical Illusion)...
I've also finished a multi-coloured blue and sandy square for the blanket (ignore the mouse hole in the top left). I shall be doing more of these because I think the colours will look well with all the autumnal ones I've already crocheted.
And here is my New Knitting Bag which I bought t'other day in an attempt to tidily hold all my balls of wool which are threatening to take over the house and indeed have already swallowed up an entire sofa which is now off-limits to bottoms as a result. I'm rather partial to Cheerful Owls.....
The Unveiling Of The TV Boyfriend
Now listen ladies (and any gents who read the post but refrained from commenting), there was a certain degree of derision being banded about on the subject of one Mr Cillian Murphy on the boyfriend post. Since then (because I am thorough in my research and therefore needed to check out the claims of weirdness relating to him) I have listened to an interview he gave about Peaky Blinders, during which the interviewer told him about a blog someone has set up exclusively to showcase unflattering pictures of the poor man. When asked how he felt about it Mr M replied that it was a sad way to spend your life and express your creativity and that he tried very hard to ignore the internet because it had these nasty negative elements to it which are no good for the soul.
My mother always used to say when we were little: put yourself in someone else's shoes, and I couldn't help but think how horrible it must be to have a job that makes you famous if the outcome is not people discussing your quality as an actor, but instead dedicating themselves to maintaining a blog of horrid pictures about you, (or indeed taking this piss out of your name/ looks/ manners etc on a countryside blog - stern face at this point (I can't work out how to do on the keyboard so you'll just have to imagine it).
To combat this I am returning to Champion His Cause. Thank you kindly for all your honest thoughts and feedback, but I have decided that whilst Peaky Blinders remains on TV Mr Cillian Murphy shall be my new TVBF (with Max/ Hugh/ Micheal (my mother's choice) and Jason as Very Able stand-ins). BTW, I watched Tristan and Isolde t'other day and goodness me wasn't Henry Cavill rather tasty in that? But perhaps it's best not get started on that subject again or we'll be here all day......
Have a great evening one and all,