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Mystery Stole 3: Clue 1 Done

Posted by knitpicking on 9 September 2007

In my defense, I didn’t start on the stole until a couple of weeks ago.



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I’m In!

Posted by knitpicking on 22 August 2007

After over 2 months of waiting, I’m finally in at Ravelry. I have to admit that it annoyed me to hear everyone ooh and ahh over how cool it was when I couldn’t get in yet. I’ve played around there for a bit and it is pretty great. I see myself spending quite a bit of time there.

In other news, I finished the shawl that has taken me a year to finish. The Pawprint Shawl by Lorna’s Laces:

Pawprint Shawl

It is my first lace project. It wasn’t difficult or anything, just a bit tedious at times. And blocking it so that the yarn-overs at the edge stood out was a pain Thank goodness for blocking wires, or I would still be pinning it.

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Any Interest?

Posted by knitpicking on 1 July 2007

I’ve been thinking about writing up how I did the toes in my flip-flop socks. Is anyone interested?  If so, leave me a comment.  If I get enough feedback, I’ll post the pattern.

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Posted by knitpicking on 30 June 2007

Taking advantage of the smug feeling of finally finishing the flip-flop socks, I decided to try the Jaywalker pattern next. It seems that everybody who knits socks has tried this pattern, and a lot of them love it so much that they make them again and again. So I wanted to see for myself what the fuss was all about.
Jaywalker Socks

I now see the charm of this pattern. First, it’s a really simple pattern – only two rows, and very easy to memorize. So no having to fiddle with charts if you’re knitting on the go. Second, it works with just about any type of sock yarn, but seems to make hand-dyed and self-striping yarns shine. Third, it seems to work up very quickly. I don’t know if it’s a quality of the pattern itself or a result of the fact that it continues to hold my interest (and therefore gets a lot of knitting time).

Who knows, this might be the first pair of socks that takes me less than a month to complete.

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Posted by knitpicking on 24 June 2007

Despite their best efforts to stymie me, I have finished the socks:

Split-toe socks

They are flip-flop socks, whose pattern was made up as I went along. Overall, I am pleased with the results, given how much trouble they have been.

 UPDATE: I’ve been thinking about posting the pattern for the toes.  Any interest?  Leave a comment.

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The Threat of Knitting

Posted by knitpicking on 13 June 2007

I know that knitting is not a very common pastime, so I have come to expect a bit of reaction from people when I’m knitting in public. The response generally falls into two categories:

  1. Excited interest. The people who exhibit this behavior are invariably knitters themselves.
  2. Polite curiosity. The people in this category generally look like a combination of amused and befuddled, like they’re inwardly saying, “Wow, people still knit?” or “What is she doing with those sticks and string?” They usually smile and go on about their business.

I have now encountered a third reaction: thoroughly frightened.

I was sitting in the waiting room at my orthodontist’s office, knitting peacefully on my sock while I waited my turn. Across the room was a mother and her daughter, who appeared to be about 6 or 7. (I found out later that they were waiting for their older daughter/sister to get done with her adjustment). The mom took a look at what I was doing, then looked at me with an expression akin to one you might have if you found yourself face-to-face with Freddy Krueger. The fear then morphed into a sort of disgusted look, as if knitting was a deviant act that should only be done in the privacy of one’s home between consenting needles and yarn. She then (and this is the part that stunned me) grabbed up her kid and moved to the farthest point in the room from me.

I’ve had some time to mull this incident over, and I still can’t make any sense of it. What is so threatening about knitting? Did she think her child would be scarred for life from exposure to knitting? That she might find out too soon how baby sweaters are made?

One thing I did find amusing was that the daughter was singing along to the song “This Is Why I’m Hot”, which was playing on the radio. Not exactly wholesome, even when heavily edited. So knitting is terrible but songs about clubbing and promiscuous sex are perfectly fine?

(Oh, and in case you’re curious, apparently Mims is hot because he’s fly, and “you ain’t ’cause you not.”) Nice.

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