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Project 5 grows... [Oct. 7th, 2011|10:30 pm]
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Today I made a mistake with Project 5, purling a row I should have knit.  Ordinarily, I'd know how to fix that, or just decide to put a ridge  there and call it a design element.  But this time...this time I knew the purl row would just look silly.  Yet I didn't know how to rip back to the previous row when there were those "drop yarn-overs, make a new yarnover" combinations.   I thought about it, picked it up, put it down, grumped...and finally just started slowly taking it apart.  This yarn is so fat that it's not quite as easy to see as a firmly, slightly less plump yarn...but I did it.   And fixed it.  YAY.

Here's what it looks like this evening, laid out on a chair covered with a red towel to make it easier to see.




Because the pattern is basically stockinette, the edges curl in toward the purl side, making almost a complete column of the knit stitches...it looks sort of like a fancy braid.  And it's comfortable around the neck (yes, I tried as soon as it was long enough.)    You can tell I've used over half the yarn in this skein--I didn't worry too much about gauge, though the last time I checked it was pretty close.  I'll see how long it is when I'm through the skein and if I think it needs more, I'll add on some from the other skein.   I suspect I won't want it too long--it's "loose" enough that snagging is a concern.

EDIT:  Here's a closeup of the look, a detail of above image:

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[User Picture]From: reading_angel
2011-10-08 03:37 am (UTC)

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Ooh! It's pretty! Now I want to make one... It helps, too, that it's made from gorgeous yarn.
[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-10-08 03:40 am (UTC)

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Yeah, the yarn's pretty. I think the other colors--the multi-colors in particular--would also look pretty.

The directions are on the inside of the yarn label, which is a nice touch.

[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-10-08 03:45 am (UTC)

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I should mention this is *expensive* yarn (in my terms, at least) at $29/skein. Yeah, you can make a whole scarf out of one skein, but I made a scarf out of two skeins of Berroco Comfort for less. The big needles are expensive, too. And...tempting, once you have them, to do it again.
[User Picture]From: reading_angel
2011-10-08 05:41 am (UTC)

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Well, I didn't say I was *going to*, just that I want to - there's no way I can afford that at present...

Also, I can't in good conscience buy more yarn with my stash overflowing the way it currently does. I have *enough* yarn, I just need to find the right things to do with it.
[User Picture]From: teriegarrison
2011-10-08 08:52 am (UTC)

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'Expensive yarn you can't afford' is a great thing to ask for as a gift or to buy with money received as a gift. And Christmas is coming. :-) I'm going to use my last royalty check to buy some expensive Noro silk to crochet a cardigan. (Of course, this says a lot more about the size of my royalty checks than about the price of the yarn! They're so small I use them as 'gift money' not as meaningful income.)
[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-10-08 11:51 am (UTC)

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I have decided not to count my mother's stash (which has been quietly in its sacks and boxes for the 21 years since she died) as MY stash (since I'm not fond of the all the same yarns) until I have divvied it up and disposed of what I don't want. So MY stash, at this point, is only now working up to respectability. Both the Berocca Comfort colors are committed to projects in progress (one large, so it's slow, and the other a set of scarves for gifts, of which one is already with its recipient and the next in progress about half-done.) So they're "working stash." That leaves some Noro Furiside I got on sale, two skeins of Berocco "Jasper" that just arrived and for which I have a plan, and three skeins of Valley "Cold Spring" for which I have less definite plans but the brain is working.

Yeah, the Link yarn is much more expensive than the others I've bought/am buying. But...I really, really wanted to make that scarf at least once.
[User Picture]From: hugh_mannity
2011-10-08 03:46 am (UTC)

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That's often the best way to fix mistakes -- un-knit the row. Often referred to as "tinking" -- "knit" backwards.
[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-10-08 11:54 am (UTC)

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I've learned that "frogging" is another slang term for it, because you "rip it, rip it, rip it."

My mother called it "ripping out".

There were probably as many terms for it as there are groups of knitters who hang out together a lot, but internet chat is slowly erasing the minority terms and teaching everyone a few local (and maybe regional?) ones.
[User Picture]From: reading_angel
2011-10-08 03:30 pm (UTC)

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I think of frogging/ripping out and tinking as different things - with frogging you drop the needles and pull on the yarn and it rips out several stitches at once(which I absolutely hate doing - it freaks me out), with tinking you are carefully undoing it stitch-by-stitch.
[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-10-08 10:39 pm (UTC)

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I think I fall into the "tinking" category then, as I'm too chicken to pull out a whole row at once (I know some stitches will immediately run deeper than others.)
[User Picture]From: hugh_mannity
2011-10-08 09:06 pm (UTC)

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There's a difference between tinking and frogging. Tinking is when you unknit stitch by stitch back to where the mistake began, keeping the work on the needles.

Frogging is when you pull the needles out and rip the work back (usually somewhat savagely) then put it back on the needles and pretend it never happened.


I hadn't thought of the homogenising aspect of the internet at all. I've been so delighted with the online presence of other knitters, after decades of knitting in relative isolation, that I hadn't thought there could be any negative effects of it.
[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-10-08 10:38 pm (UTC)

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I wasn't considering the homogenising effect as purely negative. I suspect there's less social push for knitters to blur what they do, to all make the same designs/use the exact same techniques. I'd thought of it as being more like "fusion cooking"--offering the opportunity to see and try (if they want to) things that were once "hidden" by distance and time.
[User Picture]From: nagasvoice
2011-10-08 04:17 am (UTC)

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Such a pretty blend of colors, like storm clouds.
[User Picture]From: ozdragonlady
2011-10-08 10:29 am (UTC)

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*blink* $29!!! ouch

I want one .. not the yarn, but the pattern ... dont suppose I could persuade you to send it to me? scan it, dont type it ... Pretty please? Pretty please with prairie flowers and croaking frogs ... and special flutterbies and scaredy little fawns .. and skittish ponies that nudge you with velvet noses?
[User Picture]From: ozdragonlady
2011-10-08 10:33 am (UTC)

mmm .. strike that ...

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its on their web page ... but you can keep the kritters :D
[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-10-08 11:55 am (UTC)

Re: mmm .. strike that ...

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Oh, good! Because I did type it out for someone else, but it's kind of tedious. I'm much better at typing whole words that cryptic codes.
[User Picture]From: ozdragonlady
2011-10-08 12:32 pm (UTC)

Re: mmm .. strike that ...

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theres a pdf knitting book of all the Link patterns as well as individual pdfs.
[User Picture]From: xinef
2011-10-08 03:42 pm (UTC)

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That is beautiful. I love the colours and the way they blend.
[User Picture]From: queenmaggie
2011-10-08 04:03 pm (UTC)

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When I first looked at that yarn, I thought that you had made it yourself, with a "knitting wendy" those little tubes with crenellations at the top for tube knitting (once upon a time they were used as the easiest way to start a child learning to knit. It was a way to see how the yarns formed loops without having to manipulate two needles at once. It was used to make wider tubes and cords than a lucet can. people also made the tubes into mats and pads.... The fun things I learn doing research as a Ren faire character;D )
[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-10-08 08:21 pm (UTC)

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Wow, the things I'm learning! I never heard of a "knitting wendy". I did have, as a child, one of those square metal frames with teeth along the edge, on which you positioned store-bought loops all parallel, and then wove other loops through them using a piece of bent wire. I made innumerable potholders that way. My first one was red and blue (made a sort of check) but then I started playing with different patterns. The first crochet I ever did was learning to crochet and edge to these when they came off the frame (you tried NOT to let the loops come off the frame ahead of the crochet hook, because they'd try to retract like a pulled thread.) The biggest thing I ever crocheted was a rag rug--cut the rags into strips, sewed the strips together end to end, and crocheted a small rug for the kitchen.

While in the military, I met a woman in Civil Service who tatted. I loved to watch her do it (but was not a good student--willing but slow--when she tried to teach me.) The things humans can do with a linear piece of some fiber!
[User Picture]From: seitherin
2011-10-09 03:35 pm (UTC)

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"Knitting wendy" . . . Is that what those things are called? I used to make mine from things around the house when I was little. The old tube curlers with four bobby pins was a quick favorite. And the old style wooden thread spools with four small nails hammered in one end. I never actually did anything with the long ropes I made, but I really loved making them.

Which now has me thinking about making up a nice long rope and knitting a bulky scarf. Hmmm...
[User Picture]From: queenmaggie
2011-10-09 05:08 pm (UTC)

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nd i had funn with it too, inspecting her yardage every day, ad encouraging her to learn something
[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-10-09 08:22 pm (UTC)

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OK, now I'm getting hooked (as if I needed something else to be hooked on...)

I can visualize the old tube curler with four bobby pins, but then what?

I took the vampire stake needles and the scarf to church today, to show some of the choir, and at least a third of them, on looking closely at the yarn, asked if I'd knitted that first. My brain explodes!
[User Picture]From: seitherin
2011-10-21 06:50 pm (UTC)

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Sorry for the lag in reply. I hate it when school gets in the way of life. So annoying.

I'm not sure what you mean by "but then what?" What I did was pin the bobby pins to the curler so that just the head of the pin was free and then I would cast on and make rope with the rope dangling down inside the round tube of the curler. My baby dolls had the mostest and bestest hairbands on the block.

The curler I used was light green and had bristles on the outside while the inside tube was smooth. There were also holes along the length of the curler which let me anchor the pins by pushing the long, straight edge thru the hole.
[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-10-09 01:19 am (UTC)

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And it's done. Not one hour, but not very many hours. And to my surprise, it's the size it's supposed to be.

If you use a long-tail cast-on, as I did, try to have just enough tail left, when you've cast on, to tuck in neatly. I had a little extra, but it was easy to tuck through the loops of the purl side, where it's hidden by the curl-around.
[User Picture]From: amm_me
2011-10-09 02:58 am (UTC)

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Wow, it's actually done! That's impressive.
[User Picture]From: seitherin
2011-10-09 03:36 pm (UTC)

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Love it. Stormy colors for a dry summer.
[User Picture]From: gifted
2011-10-13 08:41 am (UTC)

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What beautiful colours! I love the fat softness of that yarn.