Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Granny Weatherwax knickers

My new novel is about witches (and spies), and while I was writing it I read either WWII/occult research or fun witchy fiction. Wyrd Sisters and Witches Abroad are my two favorite Discworld novels so far—Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg are terrific fun.

When I saw the Witches' Britches pattern in Knit2Together, I wanted to knit a black-and-red-striped version I could see Granny Weatherwax wearing. (The Flickr link above is Kat Coyle's striped version, which is my favorite on Ravelry.) The perfect lounge pants!

Here's my swatch:

Knit Picks Swish DK in bordeaux and coal, US 6 needles, 6 stitches/8 rows per inch.

I'm definitely going to go with the thinner stripes. I didn't get gauge, nowhere near it, so I'll have to tinker with the numbers. I'll most likely end up using size 5 needles, so I need to knit a second swatch.

- - -
‘Baths is unhygienic,’ Granny declared. ‘You know I’ve never agreed with baths. Sittin’ around in your own dirt like that.’

‘What do you do, then?’ said Magrat.

‘I just washes,’ said Granny. ‘All the bits. You know. As and when they becomes available.’

—Terry Pratchett, Witches Abroad

2 comments:

Margaret said...

I love that quote Camille. It reminds me of something I think Brendan Behan's granny said - take a bath once a year whether she needed it or not!

Kate Scherer said...

Granny Weatherwax is the best. I like Terry Pratchett's books. The Tiffany Aching ones are my favorite, although I like Going Postal as well.

I have one final left at OSU, so my knitting is on hold. I knitted my boyfriend a red scarf for Valentine's Day. Over spring break I may knit some more. :)