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Posted on 2005.08.08 at 00:51
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Current Music: Stan Rogers -- Northwest Passage
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Some people only work on one project at a time and finish it completely before starting another project. I am not one of those people. I have always got at least four projects on the needles at any one time. Partially because I get bored easily and partially because switching between needle sizes is better for my arms, since I hold size 1's differently than size 8's. But mostly, it's because I get bored quickly and can never decide which yarn I love best at the moment, so I choose them all.

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So far, I'm only 8 inches into the Ribbon Xback from Knitty. I'm working it in Crystal Palace's Deco Ribbon, color 9398, which is a mix of deep blues and greens.

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I love the way seed stitch looks, but working seed stitch in the round gets a little boring after a while. It's a good one to knit while watching TV.

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This is a stashbuster project. I had two balls of Trendsetter Yarn's Dune that I'd gotten as a gift, and I had no idea what to do with it. I mean, just what do you do with 180 yards of metallic, variagated mohair? I fell back on my old standby--a scarf. I hope the pattern will show up better once it's been blocked -- it's Branching Out, from Knitty once again. It really is a very simple lace pattern; I worked these three pattern repeats while watching Return of the King last night and only messed up once (during the scene where Gollum bites off Frodo's finger, so it's totally understandable that I wasn't paying attention to what I was doing).

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I'm not sure how I like the colorway. It's bright turquoise, navy blue, and olive green, not to mention the multicolored acrylic strand wrapped in gold and turquoise metallic. Though, I do like the idea of doing such a romantic pattern in crazy colors, since pink angora would be way too sweet for me.

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Yet another stashbuster. I looked at my one skein of Brown Sheep Co's Lamb's Pride Worsted in orchid twist, then looked at my one ball of Plymouth Eros in color 3257, and thought, "Well, I'll try it." I like how the Eros breaks up the color and is unexpected on such a traditional pattern.

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Diagonal ribbing is fun because you get to do something new every two rows, but you don't have to follow a pattern because it's so easy to memorize. The stitch pattern goes like this:

Multiple of 4

Row 1: *k2, p2; rep from *
Row 2: Rep row 1
Row 3: k1, *p2, k2; rep from *, end p2, k1
Row 4: p1, *k2, p2; rep from *, end k2, p1
Row 5: *p2, k2; rep from *
Row 6: Rep row 5
Row 7: Rep row 4
Row 8: Rep row 3

After a pattern repeat or two you go, "Oh, I get it, you just move the ribs over one stitch every two rows."


brienze at 2005-08-08 13:56 (UTC) (Link)
I especially love the tank top... that's going to look great on you when you finish it.

I hope the lace pattern on that scarf does show up better when it's done... my philosophy is, if you're going to do something that complex, people darn well better be able to tell and admire it. I once used ivory cotton thread to crochet a colonial pineapple pattern floor-length tablecloth for a 24" round table... it's gorgeous, but a decade later I still twitch at the thought of doing anything bigger than a snowflake ornament out of thread.
geek_knits at 2005-08-08 19:29 (UTC) (Link)
I...wow. I cannot even imagine the time and energy it took to make that tablecloth. That is just mindblowing, and I bow down to you.
brienze at 2005-08-08 14:01 (UTC) (Link)
Lol, I just read this on your user page"

Geek is addicted to yarn, and knitting is mainly her cover story, a way to explain the constant expansion of her stash. What? All that new yarn? I, um...oh, yeah, I totally have a project in mind for that. In fact, I'm going to start on it right away. Really. That's why I got it. I swear.

I'm exactly the same way about stained glass. I have a huge walk-in closet full of glass, less than half of which is leftovers from past projects. I decided to do a four panel series of cities from the LotR movies (Rivendell, Edoras, Minis Tirith, and the Black Tower/Mt. Doom), and had a blast spending lots of money on gorgeous luminescent glass... now I just need to get around to the "finishing the patterns" and "constructing the darn things" steps. Someday.
fic_kitty at 2005-08-09 19:53 (UTC) (Link)
Hey, you don't really know me...heh, ok, you don't know me at all. I actually found you through your fanfic, cause good jesus knows there's not enough porntastic Nick/Greg out there, and then I started reading your livejournal and figured out you were a pretty cool gal. So, anyhow, just wanted to finally say hi, cause I actually have something to say! And that is that I am totally with you on the multiple-projects-at-one-time thing. I've got five projects working right now (Four scarves and a doggie sweater, how random) and they're all in different colors and styles of yarn. I've been knitting for, oh, going on ten years now, ever since I was eleven or so, but it's only now that I'm getting serious about it, so finding your livejournal and reading all your advice about knitting and, oh, that knitting instruction site, really was a nice little bit of serendipity. Keep it up, and I'll keep taking your word as law.

Mostly. :D
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