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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: queenmaggie
2011-10-08 04:03 pm (UTC)
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 )
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-10-08 08:21 pm (UTC)
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!
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[User Picture]From: seitherin
2011-10-09 03:35 pm (UTC)
"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...
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[User Picture]From: queenmaggie
2011-10-09 05:08 pm (UTC)
nd i had funn with it too, inspecting her yardage every day, ad encouraging her to learn something
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-10-09 08:22 pm (UTC)
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!
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[User Picture]From: seitherin
2011-10-21 06:50 pm (UTC)
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.
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