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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Diamonds part 2

Let us begin.
Ну что, поехали...
holes based chart parts are here
части точечныхх схем выложены тут
H1_1 - stole, katetka-small shawl
HL1_1 - shawl

Small shawl or stole: is 22 teeth wide. Larger shawl: is 31 teeth wide
We start with bottom teeth ribbon. Cast on 7 stitches (we use Russian cast on). Following chart A knit 0 row, this row is important, it is the row where you will turn left bottom corner. For Stole or small shawl Knit 22 teeth using chart A like so: knit tooth 1 using chart A rows 0-18, then repeat 20 more times rows 3-18 and make the 22-th tooth repeating rows 3-17. For large shawl we need 31 teeth total, it means repeat 29 teeth instead of 20 in the sentence above.

Orange - slip stitch only for the edges.
Knit all even rows, slip the first stitch of every row purlwise. This applies to the entire shawl. It's garter stitch based lace..

Оранжевый цвет - кромочная петля. Все изнаночные ряды вязать лицевыми
Для катетки нужно вязать 22 зубца по схеме А, для платка 31 зубец.  Вяжем первый зубец по схеме А, потом повторяем ряды 3-18 схема А пока не будет 31 зубец. .останавливаемся на 17 ряду последнего зубца

Tuesday, February 26, 2013


What is sold as Russian spindle at antiques auctions... did little search today picked some pictures. so, here we are. what is sold... Ok I did filter things that look like spindles, and some I added because it was one lot
As a spindle a bobbin winder is often enough sold... why, that one I do not know...
So are these available at antiques auctions in Russian, yep.. plenty. conditions is as usual.. some did sit at an attic or a shed for quite some time according to the looks. Some look like they were stored inside thankfully. There are plenty of options, and even some big stashes... looking like the family was into linen-flax deal .
enjoy the photos. If some is after some Russian auction adventures, there is plenty of these types of things.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Winter comfort

Blizzard outside,severe weather blizzard alert on all cell phones etc.
and more coming, that just a beginning now we can get a whiteout. Inside... there is need for comfort food. Means good winter soup is mising and it has to be fixed :). Potatoes, dry mushroom, carrot, onions, beans, chicken stock... oh white miso.. that sounds like a plan to me. Were did my udon go? right, all the ingredients are here and I'm not sticking my nouse out because the roads are treacherous it makes it for a very bad driving weather.
so we start with good helping of white miso, and some chicken stock. Dry mushroom goes in there, and then cubed potatoes . Beans I had in cans, means time savings. Onion, small bell peppers (because I had those and red, yellow, orange make for a nice winter color addition) and carrots go into saute pan , because I like my vegetables this way. When the vegetables are almost there we put the udon in, vegetables and beans. and then I just let it do it's thing and go off the smell, if it smells right, it's done.

and then let it sit, copper makes it for nice energy savings also. Cast iron dutch oven would an excellent pot to make that soup also.

Thursday, February 21, 2013


Standard Matchless ST set up.


 it is somewhat hard to photograph. I borrowed 3 hairs from my dog, sheds anyways :)

any better?

when I looked at filament I'm pairing this down single with I went, oh nuts, I did spin it too thin. what was I thinking in the morning... I'll have to re-do this or use that one for something else.
Fiber: Orenburg goat down.

Speaking of food

So... a trip to a Russian store... a bit of a drive in our neck of the woods. but...
Лосось aka steel head
 A bit of flower, salt, pepper, nice copper fish pan

fried on both sides. after that Russian meets Japan. unagi sauce and water. And here we have it, simple and

bit of citrus to cut the sweetness.

How can I get out of a Russian store without wild mushrooms... yeah... that would be tought

the only thing with frozen in winter.. they release good amount of water that needs to be removed and reduced
mushrooms, umame, umame, mushrooms...
Yea... that's Italy

and that's Japan: soba noodles. soba, buckwheat, Russian grain, Russian mushroom, sour cream... that does sound like an idea... here is green tea soba

not nessesary, because wild mushroom is strong, 4 of them even stronger, sourcream does cut it bit

 by the way, моховики are fragile, I do not thing I'll pair those with the rest again, fresh - yes, all gos into the mix, frozen in winter - no, too fragile. and маслята I'll cut to 1/2 or 1/3 of what I've used or just fry those and be done with it. they do not need someone go fancy on them :).

Friday, February 15, 2013

Diamonds part 1

Here is a swatch pattern for shawl or stole.
Это образец для платка или палантина

20 stitches x 42 rows. knit all even rows. slip first stitch of every row purlwise (Russian way)

Образец 20 петель на 21 ряд (42 иголки). первая петля всегда снимается, все изнаночные ряду вяжутся лицевыми

перевод обозначений

pattern repeat on chart B2 is highlighted if someone wants to do longer swatch.
повтор узора выделен жирным контуром

Holes based charts at times called Russian lace charts work as wisywig. here is previous KAL post to the same account where the wisiwig portion of this is illustrated.

We will also talk a little bit more about the rhythm of these pattern a bit later.

The swatch is one of the lace patterns used in the shawl/stole.
For ones who never have seeing Russian charts before, it's a different and shorter lace notation. It is geared to show the structure of the lace similar to blueprint drawing. If you look at holes based chart and detailed chart side by side the only difference is that k2tog/k3tog positioning is shown on the detailed chart, it is not shown on the holes based charts.
The question is, how does Orenburg knitter know where do they put k2tog and what does lead the lace pattern.
The answer is in the internal rhythm of the lace. In 90% of the cases the k2tog is after the YO. There are 2 exceptions - right diagonal and left beaded diagonal. Even then left diagonal does start with oy, k2tog.

Точечные схемы работают по принципу визивиг (тт же что истользуют програмы верстки или текстовые редакторы- что пишу то вижу). Блог на ту же тему в предыдущем совместнике
Для тех кто не видел еще точечные схемы - это более компактный способ записи узора по сравнению со схемами каздый ряд-каждая петля, вдвое более компактный. Такой способ описания кружева привязан к самому усполнению кружева , разница между точечной схемой и деталировкой в том что не деталировке показано где 2 или 3 вместе расположены относительно накида, в точечной схеме показано место положения накида.
возникает вопрос как кружвница знает где 2 месте вязать?. В более 905 случаев 2 вместе вяжутся после накида. исключения - правая косорядка и левая бисерная дорожка, причем косорядка начинается с накид, 2 вместе.

Начинаем ритм узора с ервого накида И раз, 2,3, И раз,2,3 И раз, 2,3, И раз,2,3 И раз, 2,3
это ритм первого ряда узора начиная с первого накида.
накид - И
2 вместе - раз
лиц, лиц - 2,3
попробуйте этот принцин на послудющих рядах узора.
в скором времени кто-то пойдет по ритму, кто-то пойдет по относительному расположению накидов. Кто-то может быть по средине. В конечном итоге часто вязальщиц проверяют себя по количеству петель глади между ажурами.

Lace rythm:
AND one,2,3 AND one,2,3 AND one,2,3 AND one,2,3 AND one,2,3
AND - yo
one - k2tog
knit, knit - 2,3

this is the rhythm of the first row of the lace starting from the first YO.

Can you see the rhythm of other rows using the same principle? In a little bit some will use mainly the rythm of the lace to go, some will use the relative positioning of the YO one to another (prev odd row) and some may use both/ In the end lots of knitters start chechkin the lace using the amount of garer stitches between YO's.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Orenburg lace teeth layout

In Orenburg lace teeth are counted as 8 stitches of length/width of the body == 1 tooth plus 2 additional stitches for the sides. Often enough these 2 are not counted, or picked to even the lace, or 1 stitch is picked to even the lace.
The teeth and the middle of the center main pattern of the body are aligned. either with the top (5-th hole) or the bottom (between 2 teeth).
An example of alignment for Russian Empire sampler

1 tooth has 16 rows. Holes-based chart shows only odd rows for the tooth. In Russian knitting when one works a simple garter or any other stitch the first stitch of the row is slipped purl-wise. That's why when one would pick up the stitches from the shawl bottom teeth border they end up with a count 8 stitches=1 tooth. 8 'laying' stitches will be used to pick up from the wide flat side of the ribbon side.
The top stitches of the ribbon  become the beginning of the right teeth of the shawl. and from the bottom side the stitches picked (basically as many as one has on the top at the moment when the corners are turned) from the bottom of the ribbon.
"Granny's" method would use additional yarn piece to 'knit' that bottom edge. And produce as many open stitches as the pot of the ribbon has. This method id good for the folk who have tighter cast one. Or they can cast one using 3-4 needles that will make the edge looser and will allow to pick up stitches in a traditional way.

I did see some descriptions of casting on with different yarn the beginning of the teeth ribbon, knitting some rows, unraveling the bottom end, putting the stitches on a stitch holder... To be honest stitch holders I did see in American craft stores that are shown in pictures corresponding to these descriptions is not something I did see back in Russia. I guess tools were just simpler - I mean 2 straight steel needles, a bead glued at the end, or a "fuzz ball" :). And off we go, knit some lace.

At times it's challenging to explain to an English speaking knitter who is accustomed to their own ways that Russian lace is first and foremost is a mindset. Like Russian knitting is a mindset when a knitter does not think about stitch positioning, tension/gauge control and many of other things that seem to be of great interest some very detail oriented English speaking knitters (and it's a good thing also, people become interested in all kinds of things). Russian folk do not think much of it and simply knit. How is it so? It's like .... does one think how exactly do they chew the food how do the jaws move and how exactly do they swallow when they happen to eat and read a magazine in the morning at the same time, or how exactly do they sip that coffee and which exact minuscules do move and how and which ones do not move? Kind of like that. Russian knitting is an activity that is learned by the boy and mind. Like writing, walking and many others a human body has learned to do. It's not a different super complex thing. It's all same kind of a thing - one of fine motor skills. Human bodies are pretty good at these fine motor skills. It may take some time and patience to learn and each learning curve can be an individual thing.
What does it have to do with lace?
The base stitches get hardwired to the point that they become similar to writing letters, on the same level. Practice makes it perfect. After that one puts those base patterns together. Like a puzzle if you wish. That's where fine motor skill and visual tracking skills (same that are used while writing) come together.
Knitting lace is a kind of activity that your body already knows how to do, I mean you are reading this writing, right? Lace is same, it's writing in a different alphabet. The skills that body-mind uses are same.
Think of Russian lace like about a language that writes with holes on garter "paper".
Those shawls one can read and one can write their own shawl after some practice of making simple stories. Making your own story is the goal. For some they may be simple, for some - more complex. It's is the reflection of "you".