2.20.2014

Noniversary

It isn't an anniversary post, because I'm a long way from any sort of anniversary, even if it was a brand new relationship measured in hours, days and weeks.

But on July 13, 2006 I started this blog. Which you could read here. Holy crap, it is terrible.

There is a long list of reasons I started a knitting blog back then. Knitting blogs were all the rage.

[[And to the non-knitters, I know right?!? But they totally were.]]

I had read every single word of Crazy Aunt Purl's blog at the time (coincidentally, no longer being writte). I had a lot of needs. I needed a community to talk to about the knitting obsession I had recently acquired and my boyfriend while supportive, infinitely preferred World of Warcraft.

I wanted to be unique, so I didn't capitalize anything. I really had no concept of knit language and I thought Cascade 220 was over priced and referred to the local yarn store (LYS) as a "specialty shop."

I went back to the beginning because writing has become a part of my life again lately and I wanted to see how I had changed. I read that one post and stopped. I'm not sure that I should go further. I'm not sure what I could possibly learn about myself except how stupid I was. How self centered I can be. How miserably I spent a lot of those years. You can tell when I was depressed, I had a lot to say about knitting.  Most of the good times were spent away from the keyboard.  I'll want to re-edit the whole thing.

But maybe I should leave it enshrined.  To who I was.  And remain infinitely glad I'm not her anymore.

If you are interested in some of the things I've been working on lately, check out my contributions to The Yearbook Office, created by the amazingly talented Alice Lee.  While you are there, check out everyone else's contributions as well. Krissy's contribution kills me and Josh A. Cagan delights even when he makes me cry.

The past is the past. Now, for onward and upward!

2.17.2014

Who?

I completed a project last week.  For those of you who don't recognize it, it is based on a scarf warn by Doctor Who in the 15th season of the series. I'm not a fan of the show, so that's what the internet told me. I would appreciate it if you didn't inform me of all the ways that statement or this scarf are incorrect.

I made it for a friend of mine.  There is some disagreement on how I ended up promising him I would make the scarf. He swears up and down he didn't ask me to do it, that I offered. And I know he either said "unless you would knit it..." or gave me sad pleading eyes that sounded exactly like that. I'm pretty sure it was the pleading eyes.  Deny all he likes, he begged me non-verbally.  Unless of course, that was the knitter's bleeding heart. We were standing at a frigid bus stop in downtown Seattle late at night after watching the latest Who-thing in a nearby movie theater and he was gallantly keeping me company as protection against whatever was gonna get me in the wee hours of downtown.

I had, just that night, lost a pair of hand knit finger-less gloves I made myself years ago.  Talk came round to warm things.  I believe I was stunned that he doesn't own any scarves, my woolly sense perked up at that, and ideas started cranking through my head while we talked. Suddenly, buying a Doctor Who scarf online came up. And I balked. I balked so hard. Here was a dear friend of mine, with nothing to warm his neck and I, a knitter of (let's face it) the most impressive skill and he talks of *buying*.

Ok. He may not have asked.  Out loud. But there is not one knitter out there who will disagree with me, he was begging for it. Hand made love was required. I could stand for nothing less, store bought, just would not suffice.

So I got to looking on the internet and before you know it, I was picking out Wool of the Andes colors on Knit Picks and planning a scarf based on this Ravelry page.

I just put the fringe on it and got you some terrible photos. It is not the miles long these scarves are reported to be. But it is a perfectly manageable length that might actually get some wear (I'm not sure why I thought someone who isn't in the habit of wearing scarves would wear a 15' one, something must be broken in both of our brains). The garter stitch was not boring thanks to the color changes. I paused about every quarter of the scarf to weave in ends.  And I am pleasantly surprised to have about 10 balls left of various colors.  The colors grew on me.  I love the weight and drape. Doug's lucky I have leftover yarn, or I might have considered keeping the scarf. Telling him it was lost at sea and wearing it when he wasn't around.

I haven't washed it yet. It could grow a mile when I do. But right now, I am so pleased.




2.14.2014

Tink - A Poem

I shared this poem with Ravelry.  And now I share it with you.

Tink
Tink
Tink
I hate thee
catch below
pull yourself free
you’re so very slow
but blame belongs to me
the fault is mine
purling while browsing Ravelry.

And thanks to Ravelry, I have written a follow up Haiku:

You are such a jerk.
The "Phantom Disagree-r".
No body likes you.

2.10.2014

Combined Knitting

I  may have explained this once.  If you've heard this story, you can't stop me.

I learned to purl "backwards".  But I didn't know it at the time. I didn't know it for about 5 or 6 years actually.  The only "tell" was that SSK and K2TOG decreased leaned in the exact same direction. Having only ever read about left leaning and right leaning decreases I figured it was some fabric thing that I couldn't see, unless I squint at my project really *really* hard.  So all my decreases leaned to the left and I accepted that as perfectly and totally normal.

And then I knit the Branching Out scarf and the sl2-k1-p2sso would not become a centered double decrease no matter what I did to it. I figured out if I slipped and twisted each stitch individually, then it would work.  It was starting to become apparent that something weird was going on.

I brought it up to my knitting group.  I mentioned that none of my decreases looked right but no body had any ideas. Then one day, just glancing at my work, someone noticed that I was purling funny.  Lo' and behold everything started to click into place.  All the times I tried to show someone how I did something and that one person not understanding.  Why decreases never came out for me.

Once I learned what the "problem" was, it was easy to fix.  I can know purl any old way I want as long as I understand what the end product should be and I account for it. I still purl "backwards" when I rib so that I can tell without glancing at it when it is time to knit and when it is time to purl.

Today I found out that there is a Combined Knitters group on Ravelry.  And some of these knitters are trying to make the same mistake that I unknowingly made for 6 years.

Well don't that beat all...