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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:


[User Picture]From: hugh_mannity
2011-10-08 03:46 am (UTC)
That's often the best way to fix mistakes -- un-knit the row. Often referred to as "tinking" -- "knit" backwards.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-10-08 11:54 am (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: reading_angel
2011-10-08 03:30 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-10-08 10:39 pm (UTC)
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.)
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[User Picture]From: hugh_mannity
2011-10-08 09:06 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-10-08 10:38 pm (UTC)
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.
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