Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Tuesday- Honestly Where Do These Names Come From?

Well looks like we all look at both colors and patterns that catch our eye. Thanks for taking the time to comment yesterday and answer the question.


Tuesday's I like to present a stitch for everyone, either a knit or crochet stitch (mostly knit though) to hopefully introduce something you haven't tried yet. The task is to knit up a sample of this featured stitch and then let us know what you think about it.

Today's featured stitch is called FEATHER FAGGOTING

Here is a picture of the swatch I knitted up this morning
I did 4 rows of Knit for a border and 4 knit stitches of border on each end. I then did 4 repeats of the pattern and then 4 rows of knit across twice. This was my result. Oh and I started with 24 stitches. (multiple of 4 (16) + 8 for border)

Now here is the pattern directions
*Note I added the K4 at the beginning and the end for the border, this is not required though)


Works on multiples of four stitches.

Row 1: K4 *Knit 1, Yarn Over, Purl 2tog, Knit 1. Repeat from * across to last 4, K4

Repeat this row for pattern. Block to desired openness.

Post in the comments section what you think of this stitch. Have you tried this before? What did you make with it? Did you like it, hate it? Any comment today will get you another entry in this weeks contest, so jump right in, OK?

I will tell you I personally do NOT like the name of this pattern... honestly can't they come up with a more user friendly name? Geez.

I'll leave you today with a picture of some wild flowers my husband brought me last night. He found them while walking in the park. They were in his pocket for awhile, but they held up OK. I think he called them Black Eyed Susans... again... another not so user friendly... did they get named this because someone gave Susan a black eye and then gave her flowers to apologize? LOL


leah said...

What a sweetie your husband is!

SimplyMe said...

Yep, he knows something's up.

Turtle said...

lol at the name, aww, flowers!

Unknown said...

Well, the stitch name probably came from the early 1900's. Like gay used to be a nice term...
Ok, I don't know about that stitch for a cloth since it seems so holey. But it might make a nice scarf. Hmmm. How did the yo p2tog work out?

The flowers are pretty. My hubby opened up my blog writer and put in huge black letters: LOVE YOU while I was in the bathroom. When I got out, guess what I saw! Don't you love the sweet husbands?

danielle said...

From the online Merriem Webster Dictionary:
"Main Entry: 2fagot
Function: transitive verb
Variants: or faggot
: to make a fagot of : bind together into a bundle

Main Entry: 1fag·ot
Function: noun
Variants: or fag·got/'fa-g&t/
Etymology: Middle English fagot, from Middle French
: BUNDLE : as a : a bundle of sticks b : a bundle of pieces of wrought iron to be shaped by rolling or hammering at high temperature"

I have always known those flowers as Black Eyed Susans too - even tho the 'eye' is really brown!

"Black-Eyed Susan
Rudbeckia hirta (Asteraceae)
A stiff, upright annual or shortlived perennial native to the eastern United States, but has become endemic throughout North America. The Black-Eyed Susan is probably the most common of all American wildflowers. The characteristic brown, domed center is surrounded by bright yellow ray florets. Thrives in most soils in full sun. A true sunshine worshiper that forgives neglect" and from Wikipedia: "'Black-eyed Susan' or 'All in the Downs' is an iconic song by John Gay (1685 - 1732)
"Blackeyed Susan" is the name of a song by the Triffids, written by David McComb from the album The Black Swan (1989)
'The Blackeyed Susans' is the name of an Australian band, named after the Triffids song
'The Black-eyed Susans' is also the name of a jazz quartet from Baltimore
"Black-eyed Susan" is a Morrissey song from his album My Early Burglary Years
"Black Eyed Susan" is a Paul Westerberg song from his album 14 Songs
The name of a play, Black Eyed Susan.
Black-Eyed Susan is also the name of a cocktail which is the official drink of the Preakness stakes horse race.[1] It consists of 2 parts Bourbon whiskey, 1 part citrus vodka, 3 parts sweet & sour mix, one part orange juice and garnished with orange and a cocktail cherry."

Isnt searching for info thru the internet a fun thing?

Kenyetta said...


sailorcross said...

I'm not sure about that stitch--maybe a scarf would look pretty in that. I'll have to try it and see.

As for the flowers, they are definitely black-eyed susans. I grew up in Maryland, and they are the state flower--grow wild all over the place!

I don't know how they got their name--hopefully Susan wasn't punched in the eye--that wouldn't be very nice, now would it?


Katie O said...

purty flowers! I haven't tried the stitch but i don't like the name either!! lol

Unknown said...

What a great guy!!

I believe that the stitch was part of the MS3 last year, which means it would be part of a shawl that I haven't completed! LOL.

Don't like the name but then again it was probably named a long time ago when it was very descriptive for its use.

Have a great day!

Marti said...

LOL @ Susan's black eye. As for the fagoting. I think that was named long before the world distorted the word. You know... gay used to mean happy. I would like to try this if I get time.

hakucho said...

Your stitch of the day is a great alternative to just plain garter stitch. Love your flowers...they look right at home on your keyboard :)

smariek said...

That's so sweet of your husband to bring you those pretty flowers.

Wildflower said...

I have not tried this stitch before maybe sometime I can when I have time.

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