Monday, August 22, 2011

On the Road to Setting an Agenda

Some time in the spring I affixed metaphorical blinders on to keep me in the proper robo-knitter mode needed to finish the behemoth SHE. Now that all 1,790-ish yards of SHE is off my plate there is no harm to looking deep into the abyss(es) of my knitting bin(s). I have the bandwidth to face the knitting crazy I have or have had going on.

About 10 days ago I frogged the Bayerische socks:

Bayerische, Interrupted
Madtosh sock

My flickr info informs me I took this photo three years ago, in August 2008. My desire to knit twisted cable stitches on size 2.00mm needles has not returned since the time I took the photo. It's time to accept the desire may never ever return. The pattern shall be waiting in it's own cellophane sleeve when, and if, it ever does.

After finishing up a recent FO which I have yet to showcase here I began a more ambitious version. The pattern was for an elbow length fingerless glove. I started the project at the beginning of June and frogged it at the beginning of this month:

Sundara's fingering merino cashmere in Ruby Port

At the end of June I binged on a new yarn, Acadia by The Fiber Company. I had a colorwork project in mind for which I put together this sample thingy:


I proceeded to cast on a sweater sleeve cuff with absolutely no idea of where I was going, and knowing I already had two design-as-I-knit sweaters on needles. I never entered the project on Ravelry. I'm pretty sure I frogged the cuff the same day or evening I frogged the Bayerische socks:


Right now I am overwhelmed by vivacious and myriad design impulses. Frogging hastily cast-on projects seems my best defense at the moment. I think it's working as I made significant headway on a sweater I started last January and one of the few stranded sock projects I have going.

My ambition is bigger than my brain capacity. I'm gonna slow 'er down and see what happens.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Sigmund's gonna need a new name!

She no longer looks like a Sigmund the Sea Monster.

evenstar_cum sigmund_cum?
on the wires and loving it!

That, and she's now definitely a SHE. (I am wearing SHE as I type this. I think I will only take SHE off to shower and to place in such a position so that SHE may be worshiped formally.) I shall never be cold again!

evenstar_cum sigmund_cum?
damp, lain out right before blocking

I'm in the "block the helloutta it" camp.

evenstar_cum sigmund_cum?

I am having a pseudo-religious experience with this FO. I have never ever felt anything like this in recent memory. I am so enamored of SHE I don't think I can muster the will to put her up for judging at the fair because I CANNOT part with her.

I took her off the wires last night. When I lay on my bed with her covering me I felt blessed, as if swathed in pure grace. This feeling is pretty unknown to me. It's as if the sense of magic we so easily conjure as children escaped it's musty, dusty prison confine and is washing over me as joy and love.

For this blessing I am thankful.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Meanwhile, back at the ranch...

Heheheh. My life is filled with little sayings like that. Family sayings. My family is pretty far away from me physically, as well as psychologically. These phrases bring me back into their fold for a moment.

It is a very sweet moment.

Sundara Sock August 2011 LE

I just looked up the word "aphorism," as that was what came to mind first when I opened the "new post" window on Blogger. I'm feeling very partial to Merriam Websters #2 definition:

2 : a terse formulation of a truth or sentiment : adage

In my book the value of an aphorism is in it's sentimental brevity. And speaking of brevity, one of my favorite Dorothy 'Dot' Parker quotes is "Brevity is the soul of lingerie." Fuck, what a line that is.

Shibui Knits Staccato in the Kitchen colorway

So I downloaded a free PDF program and I think I know how to use it. It's only a matter of time, albeit maybe a long time, but just time in and of itself, nonetheless, before I dip my fat big toe into the waters of pattern self-publishing.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

time keeps on slippin'... into the future

Whoa, tastycakes! It's August?

I am rounding the corner on my Evenstar, recently renamed Sigmund the Sea Monster:



You see what I mean with the name, right? Gawd.

Thanks to the statistics kept by my camera, and Flickr, I can say with complete confidence that I started the knit on border on or around July 31, 2011. And after parannoying for a week that I'd never get it done by the end of August, I passed the halfway mark yesterday evening. That's over 10,000 stitches in eight days (560 rows x an average of 18 stitches). (How is that even possible?!?) Booyah!


Anything can happen between now and August 31. I've had more than a few months without a stitch knit on this, but the craving to block this suckah is driving me onward. It's a primal urge. And if the past nine days has informed me of anything, a weekend or two is all I'll need to finish her up.

With that said, my point in having it done by August 31 may be a moot one. That deadline is for me to be able to enter Sigmund into my local county fair's competition. The thing is, I have come to realize that I personally don't feel this is Best in Show material.

Not Good Enough Reasons:
1. I never should have used a yarn that has such a high certitude for skein to skein variation. I knew the Madtosh Pashmina had a lot of variation, but I thought my "technique" would put this problem to bed. Duh! The technique I've used, which is knitting every other, or every other two, rows with a different skein has provided some measure of repair, but having the occasional yarn overlay must disqualify this project from being a master product.

2. I used inconsistent new yarn joins. This is also due to the yarn. I spit spliced where I was able, but started new yarn with ends that need to be woven in in other places. Second duh! A master product should be 100% consistent in technique.

3. I should have used a more neutral color.

So the sum of my problem is inconsistency. It is a valuable lesson to keep in mind with my future pursuits. With all of this said, what I feel and how the judging actually works, are two separate things. It all depends upon the entries of my fellow knitters, and the proclivities of the judges. So if it's done, I will enter it. Yes, I will. But I am the most important judge and I know I can do better.

So for my next master project I will
1) use a more conventional yarn to insure technique consistency;
2) use a more neutral colorway to help insure the project item is judged for the handiwork and not for the unconventional color choice;
3) use a well established pattern and/or designer to minimize pattern problems; and
4) use a new-to-me pattern because I want the master project to be one that I get right the first time.


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