Saturday, December 29, 2007

I'd like to thank the academy...

When I was in high school, I crocheted a pink and grey sweater, by making long strips in the afghan stitch, and sewing them together. The sweater had sort of a Japanese, Miyake-esque thing going on, and it took me a full summer to create. By the end, I was so sick of that yarn and the repetitive motion, that I promised myself when I finished, I would never knit or crochet a sweater again.

That is why this project appealed to me. See earlier post for details.

Small enough to complete within a reasonable time frame, cool enough not to get bored, and a pretty complicated stitch pattern (for me, at least).

We have had house guests this week, so my creative time needed to be social. Good opportunity to knit, right?

Well, let's just say it has been a comedy of errors. I'm using practice yarn, though. I really like to take on big challenges... it is fun to decipher a knitting pattern, which might as well be Greek for me, since I am really learning these stitches for the first time.

So far, I have cast on the wrong number of stitches...

Funny, I thought I could count. I must be tired.

Well, anyway -- pulled out two rows when I noticed my mistake.

THEN, noticed that although I was reading the charted pattern from bottom to top... I had been reading LEFT to RIGHT on every row.

Oops, oh, okay, I get it... ripped it all out.

Learned what a cable needle is...

And why I really will need one...


And... with the help of these videos, got some idea of what I need to know...

Wow, this really will take a village. Did I mention that I am only working on the small trial before embarking upon the actual pattern?


  1. This is a beautiful scarf pattern. Have fun with it!

  2. I'm looking forward to the final project. I really should knit again..