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November 06, 2007

Trivial Pursuit

Trivial Pursuit is at the bottom -- way, way, down at the end  -- of my game list.  I'd much prefer a rousing game of Cribbage, Sequence, or Rummy-Cube.  My dislike for this classic American favorite stems from the inevitable moment when the reader of your question sighs, rolls his eyes, and exclaims how unfair it is that you get all the easy questions.  At which point he reads a question for which you have no earthly idea what the answer might be.  I suppose a twinge of public humiliation is good for controlling one's ego, but it sure ain't fun. 

Perhaps Trivial Pursuit would be more enjoyable to me, nona, if one of the Popular Culture categories was changed to Knitting.  Then I could be the one to roll my eyes and declare, "Too Easy!", when reading questions such as: 

Question:  What happens when the yarn-overs in a lace pattern are not immediately next to their paired decrease?

Answer:  Click Here

As fate would have it, I was just thinking about undulating, rippling lace fabric while stewing over Veronik Avery's Woolen Gloves pattern.  I love these gloves, but want to modify the pattern so I can knit the gloves from the top down -- fingers to cuff.  The long lace cuff, however, features just such an undulating lace fabric and I'm afraid knitting it in the opposite direction would ruin the effect.  What's a girl to do?  I-cord fingers on one hand -- pun intended -- and proper looking lace on the other.  Since my Grafting Epiphany eliminated all fears of grafting, I'm planning to work the gloves in both directions and graft the halves together at the wrist.  Who knows if my approach will work, but the attempt will certainly be more fun then a snoring game of Trivial Pursuit.

Working up from the cuff and down from the fingers.
Here's to meeting in the middle!

November 6, 2007 in Project - Gloves | Permalink


I have tried once to work curvy lace on both side of a scarf. Actually in both directions you will obtain the curves, but in opposite position (the top of the curves at one sides become the starting point of the curves at the other side)
I don't know if this makes sense given my bad english !! Anyway, that means that you could go for the gloves in any which direction you like, provided you make both gloves the same way (or not, after all ;-)
A trivial for knitters, what a great idea !

Posted by: Sophie | Nov 6, 2007 11:09:40 AM

Rummy Cube is great! I never liked Trivial Persuit, but we had a nice "vintage" version from 197? so I was at a bit of a disadvantage.

Posted by: Vicki | Nov 6, 2007 11:18:31 AM

I love Trivial Pursuit, but I agree that commentary before asking the question should be kept to a minimum. My husband is the worst!

Posted by: Carla | Nov 6, 2007 12:10:38 PM

I am becoming more and more fond of grafting and provisional cast-ons as a means of knitting portions of a garment in the direction I happen to feel like.

Posted by: Ruth | Nov 6, 2007 1:19:08 PM

Me, the "cautious knitter" will just watch this one from the sidelines. You amaze me.....!

Posted by: Kathy in Iowa | Nov 7, 2007 4:28:50 AM

I've done gloves (in simple double knitting as you are doing) from finger tip down (right down to cuff!)

I love gloves that way.. get all the tedious work of the fingers done first (and not itsy bitsy DPN's to deal with (i like LONG dpn's.. but they are pain for finger and just a few stitches--i don't mind 1's, or 2's, or even 0's... but i had 3 inch long dpns!)

have fun!

Posted by: helen (of troy) | Nov 7, 2007 11:06:30 AM

I just have to say thank you for the I-cord fingers tutorial! I'm just at the finger point of a glove I'm making, and I think I'll try this method rather than working from the hand up. And then I'll graft the fingers to the hand.

I did a grafting "surgery" on another glove... I had made the cuff too short, but didn't realize how short until the second glove was done properly. I cut the cuff off the first glove, knitted it longer, then grafted it back onto the rest of the glove. Oh, and there were cables on the back of the hand, and I was working on size 0's! Isn't grafting great?

Posted by: Anne C. | Nov 7, 2007 12:49:39 PM

Looking forward to seeing how these work out. Sounds like it'll be satisfying to make the pattern do what *you* want.

Posted by: Deborah (a.k.a. Mt. Mom) | Nov 9, 2007 12:03:56 AM

Hey Nona - did you ever happen to do anything with your oversized doilie? I recommended using as a fashion statement and I guess I'm not crazy! Check out the Adorn Magazine blog - http://www.adornmag.com/blog/

Keep up the great work. Your blog is inspiring.

Posted by: Jen Scott | Nov 10, 2007 5:48:30 PM

Your plan sounds intriguing - I am looking forward to seeing the results!

In my 20's I used to go to the Jersey Shore on summer weekends, to a house that a group of us would rent each year. Trivial Pursuit, Monopoly and Risk were the games of choice... We always played Trivial Pursuit as two teams - guys vs. gals. The guys would always get killed on silly questions pertaining to things like nursery rhymes, while we gals were stumped by sports trivia. It was always good for a laugh!

Posted by: Bernadette | Nov 11, 2007 4:10:25 AM

Just an FYI...that demon game Trivial Persuit was "invented" and developed by a couple of Canadian "dudes"..now they don't have any money worries and I am sure are rolling in their profits!!

Posted by: Susanne | Nov 11, 2007 6:39:29 AM

Hi there, Nona - it's funny that this post is about gloves, but you do so many wonderful socks that this novice knitter is thinking about trying some. Could you recommend a good sock pattern for a beginner?


Posted by: Jen Scott | Nov 12, 2007 7:21:33 PM

Hi Nona,
I'm sure which ever way you go they will be beautiful gloves. I just want to thank you for your tutorial on gloves. I hope to start a pair soon hopefully they will make it to my blog soon. I love your blog I come here often.


Posted by: DeAnna | Nov 18, 2007 1:09:42 PM

I think Nona found a great idea for a new game.... Trivial Pursuit for Knitters. I'd buy it.

Posted by: LisaK | Dec 14, 2007 1:53:17 PM

Where are you Nona? Wishing you and yours a joyous, healthy, safe holiday season.

Posted by: Anne | Dec 21, 2007 9:23:14 PM


Where are you? I hope you and you're family are well. Please post something so we know you are okay....Miss you and Happy New Year.


Posted by: Sue | Dec 29, 2007 7:14:15 PM

Nona I want to start a pair of i-cord gloves, but don't know how to measure my hand. Could you give me som pointers? I miss seeing new stuff on your site. Hope all is well. Happy New Year Georgia

Posted by: Georgia | Dec 30, 2007 8:29:50 AM

Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year.

Posted by: Bsrbara | Jan 1, 2008 8:39:12 PM

Long time no see, Nona. Hope you and your family have arrived in 2008 safely, happily, and well. The strange, strange "comments" appearing above are a bit of a cause for concern in that regard, though. And two months of silence - not that you can't turn the tap off anytime you want, of course, for as long as you want, but please do consider popping back in again soon, if only to say you're OK!

Posted by: Ann R. | Jan 9, 2008 7:13:23 PM

Hope all's well! Happy 2008!

Posted by: Sandy | Jan 10, 2008 3:31:40 PM

judging by the lack of, er, housekeeping in the Comments, I guess you have not been around here much recently... but, just in case you do drop by some time, I'd like to tell you how much enjoyment and information I have derived from your blog, and how much you are missed.
'Bonne et Heureuse Année' (as they say around here) and all good wishes.

Posted by: OMW | Jan 17, 2008 9:36:08 AM

Hi Nona,
I'm just wondering how you're doing, I missed reading your posts a lot! Happy new year!

Posted by: yuvee | Jan 17, 2008 4:53:29 PM

Maybe we (knitters) need to make and market a knitting trivial pursuit game. :) That would be fun!

Posted by: Arleta | Jan 27, 2008 10:46:22 AM


Hope everything is okay. Sometimes life takes precedence over online activities, but do check in when you can...

Posted by: BarbaraK | Jan 27, 2008 12:57:57 PM

Hi Nona,

miss reading your posts. hope all is well.

Posted by: candi | Jan 28, 2008 1:30:23 PM

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