Judging from the amount of nervous energy I am storing in every cell of my body, by Saturday afternoon I shall surely be in dire need of both.
The giant needles arrived last Friday, and I spent the weekend getting acquainted with them. They are very large and somewhat cumbersome to use, but are not impossibly fiddly. Garter stitch is definitely easier to manage than stockinette, and looks nicer too I think, though it does, as always, really eat the yarn.
Not that there’s a yarn shortage here. I managed to score about thirty or so leftover ends of cones from Melyn Teifi, and some full cones from the Wool Museum’s new spinning operation, that didn’t quite make the grade for consistency, but are perfect for my purposes. I also delved deeply into my own stash, and managed to pull together a couple of different colorways to play with, consisting of between 24-30 different yarns each, made up mostly of those always-difficult-to-find-a-use-for oddballs. If nothing else, the needles are terrific stash busters. They have the potential to be more than that, I think, and I’m already wondering what cables would look like at this gauge.
Prior to working up an enormous cabled piece for, say, the wall above my desk, however, there is the plinth project to get through. In case you missed the memo (which I find hard to believe, as I feel very certain I have notified everyone I have ever met in my life)…
Saturday is 4th Plinth day!
I’m on at 1pm London time. (For those of you in the US, that’s 8:00 am Eastern, 7:00am Central, and 5:00 am Pacific.) You can watch the action live here or visit my profile, after the fact, to watch a recording of the live stream.
After the event I will be at the (adorable!) pub, pictured above, called The Ship and Shovell. Located below Charing Cross Station at 1 – 3 Craven Passage, Charing Cross, London WC2N 5PH, the S&S is actually two pubs in one, spanning an alleyway. I haven’t made a reservation, as I didn’t know how many of us there would be, but they do know a group is coming. I plan to arrive between 2:30 or 3:00 pm, and I would love it if you’d join me for a little post-plinth knitting and beer.