Stephen's blog

The first pancake...

...always has bubbles, as my friend's Russian colleague Yelena points out every time there are teething problems.

So after a week and a half with some kind of foul chest infection (why can't I get ill in the winter like everyone else?) I've finally finished the upper of the first clog.  And it's enormous, around 30% bigger than my foot.  Maybe I can get it to shrink that much; if not I need to find a friend with very large feet and thick ankles.  Of course, it's a basic translation error which if I hadn't been so enthusiastic and read the pattern properly, I could have avoided: US size 9 definitely does not equal 9mm. 

Knitalong slowcoach

Hi Guys!

Just back from a knitting-free weekend in Barcelona (lots of other fun, though) and I'm feeling a bit dispirited about the clogs.  So far I've only managed half of the first one, which seems to have an extra stitch in it somehow, but I'm assuming that I can carry it through and just shrink a bit more when I eventually get round to the felting.  The thought of frogging through all that short row shaping and working out where I am on the pattern is just too much.

Am I the only one who hasn't finished the first clog yet?  Everyone else seems to be doing so well...