Mentioned that I had a collection of penannular brooches. Here’s one of the more elaborate ones, actually more suited to cloth because the area on the pin between the fancy bit and where it crosses the “C” of the body of the brooch is rather narrow. (I keep trying to spell “brooch” as “broach,” which is the verb meaning “to pierce or penetrate,” as broaching a cask of liquor, or “to raise a topic for discussion,” as well as the name of the medical instrument used by orthopedic surgeons, which is where I know the word from.) Examples shown are approximately 2-1/2 inches in diameter, big enough to do the job well, but small enough to be light in weight.
Penannular booches are a rather nifty and ingenious bit of ancient hardware. The pin has a ring on the back of one end through which the C-shaped piece is threaded. The ends of the C-piece are finished/decorated in such a way as to keep the pin from sliding off. The tip of the pin is allowed to swing down below the opening in the C-piece so you can fastened it in an in-and-out fashion through both layers of the fabric, the end is pulled back up through the opening, and the C-piece is turned 90 degrees. They’re basically designed to let you make a square or rectangular piece of fabric straight off the loom into a cloak without cutting it up, thus retaining its ability to do double duty as a blanket. They fell out of fashion once people started wearing cloaks that were purpose made garments intended solely for that use and that were fastened with ties, obviating the need for additional hardware to keep them on. Also, the pin has to have a sharp point in order to penetrate whatever you’re pinning with it, so there is a safety factor involved. . . but anyway, they make great shawl pins (if there are no babies or small children involved because sharp points). It is the third example I’m using at the moment on my Sunday evening Malguri Morning, and it is working a treat.
I have just finished shoving a sandwich made with roast beef and Muenster cheese on lightly toasted rosemary and olive oil bread into my little kisser, followed by a small dish of cottage cheese be-sprinkled with pineapple tidbits, I have a fresh pot of chai tea to hand, Soma FM’s Drone Zone playing through the ear buds, and I am about to settle into some fingerless mitt knitting (pattern on left monitor) and catch up on the YouTube video channels I follow (on right monitor). Bliss.
I have made a slight shift in my knitting agenda. I will be setting aside Mrs. Crocombe’s Braided Delight temporarily so that I can finish the row and do a temporary bind-off on The Assassin’s Daughter shawl to see if five skeins is sufficient, after which I will frog out the bind off and either continue on to skein #6, or else finish the shawl. I am doing this because of the “teal feather’ color Malabrigo sock yarn that has been whispering in my ear. I have an idea for a semicircular shawl using Turkish cast-on instead of garter tab which I think I’m going to do on US7’s (4.5 mm), and I think I have spotted what I want to use for a knitted on border. I’m also going to use KFB (knit front and back) as the increase instead of yo (yarn over), just for grins.
Using the Turkish cast on to start a top-down shawl instead of using the traditional garter tab allows you to have a decorative knit-as-you-go top border that’s knit in both directions at once from the center line. It’s a bit tricky, since you have to start off using a short and a long circular needle for the border and a double-pointed needle for the center bit until you get enough knitted to shift everything over to the long circular needle. That’s how the Ilisidi triangular shawl (at left) is constructed, with the seamless braided cable for a top border. Here’s a picture of it a little farther along so you can appreciate the construction.