Tuesday, November 06, 2007

I know I haven't posted anything to my blog for a few days.

I've written a few posts, but I –well I've been a sour mood, and the post went beyond acidic to positively vitriolic, and I've elected not to share them--most of them shouldn't see the light of day!

Some will be sweetened up, and appear sometime in the future. Others, I suspect will never see the light of day—the topic include knitting groups (and group behavior at its worst) TV commercials, medicine and sexism (that one will get rewritten and published) and the Pidge and the uproar about how expensive it (supposedly) is--and how impossible it is to knit (NOT!)

I've been knitting-- the Ocean wave socks have a heel (I photographed them when they only had half a heel, but the second half was finished Sunday.

The Ripple scarf plods along.. (about 20 inches now) (no photographs)

And a HUGH ball of an old NORO yarn (a mostly rayon blend) that has been sitting (not put away, but left out, in sight, for inspirations) has finally found a project.

The design I'm knitting is a rip off.. a copy of scarf/shawl that has been seen (well seen by me!) in the back of several knitting magazines.... a spiral that starts narrow, increases and turns, making a full circle, and then another half circle (540° in all) --it's as simple as can be, short rows of double garter stitch (K1, P1/P1, K1) with the yarn doing most of the work—and doing a lovely job of it!

It's going to be tedious, all those short rows.. (and it will get worse with every inch.. ) already, there are 18 inches of hem for a mere 4 inches of neck (and I am figuring, a loose neck is 18 to 20 inches, + another half neck –27 to 30 inches at neck line (which will be some 100 or more inches of length at the hem end. --I could make the hem end narrower, but I want a soft drapy fabric..and a slightly ruffled edge--Unlike the spiral wrap I've seen photographed in the ads.

So my scarf/wrap isn't attempting to be a duplicate --but it clearly takes inspiration from the one I've seen

The Noro is slightly thick and thin, and its being worked very softly on a size 5(3.75mm) needle.(and was a lovely gift from Barbara V (aka the KnitWit on several knitting boards, but blogless)
When I measured wraps per inch 1 inch =23 wraps, but 2 inches =28 wraps (or 14 per inch!)
The truth lies somewhere in between—since the thick parts of the yarn aren't to be found every other inch.


Tsarina of Tsocks said...

I'm fascinated by the way the color sections are behaving with the short rows! Couldn't have planned it better if you'd tried. So totally different from what I'd envisioned for that yarn (and you know me with visualizing from descriptions - it's still not quite clear in my pea brain what the whole thing is supposed to look like), but it looks just wonderful. You didn't mention that the yarn is a single; to my mind that really makes a difference to the texture.

Will be curious to see what you have to say about knitting groups... but BTW I thought the one we joined on Sunday was mighty nice. Also curious about this Pidge thing - a term I never even heard until the other day, but apparently that's what one of the members of the group was wearing and knitting (two separate ones). Whoo knoo?

Shea said...

Well now curiosity is killing me about the knitting groups. I always enjoy your rants and would love to see this one. Nosiness is next to Godliness you know. That is the saying, isn't it? :)

Rebecca Clayton said...

I'll bet your vitriol is wickedly funny! Of course, the trouble with pointed criticism on the Internet is that it is a magnet for less interesting writing, such as name calling.

Thanks for the felting ideas. I'd been thinking the little machine was going to be useful for felting, but I'm fascinated by the idea of embedding irregularities!

Anonymous said...

Now you have us all curious about your knitting group - it's a real shame that your group has "group behavior at it's worst". I think I'd rather knit alone than suffer a terrible group and ruin my knitting mojo.

iwouldratherbeknitting said...

I love the color of the blue/green/turq socks.. yummy!

Check out my shiny brand new blog.. mere weeks old. Started because I had a tendon injury in one hand- which prevented me from knitting. *I used to think you had to be 'all computery' and the such- had no idea how easy it actually is/was. :D