At first, things seemed to be going rapidly downhill and backwards for me in the KAL. I knit still more swatches, but that je ne sais quoi was je ne sais où. This is for Bay Cardigan by Mags Kandis, in Mission Falls Spring 2001 aka Simple. Nice, but... er, hm.
This is for Bobbly-Pointed Edges by Jean Frost, in Knitters 52, Fall 1998. One motif has the bobble edge, the other doesn't.
I cast on a non-bobbly Bobbly-Points, knit a bit, was underwhelmed. The notion of a tricot jaune of my own receded into the distance and Gingernut's excellent La Lanterne Rouge pattern started to seem très àpropos. (The TdF rider with the fastest overall time wears the maillot jaune [yellow jersey]; the rider with the slowest overall time is known as the lanterne rouge [red lantern], from the hazard light on the caboose of a train.) I began to think it possible that I might expend my entire supply of Classic Al in swatches.
Rather than do that (!!!) I rummaged in stash and changed
For speed and because I loathe seaming, I'm knitting in the round. The tendency for circular knitting to bias (because it's actually a spiral) does not seem to be affecting the cables, but we'll see.
Also see: Gingernut is blogging to increase depression awareness at Knit and Fight the Black Dog. Winston Churchill was among the many sufferers of the disease, which he called his black dog. William Styron was another; his Darkness Visible is the harrowing yet hopeful account of his descent into a catastrophic major depression and his slow recovery.