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February 26, 2010

Curiouser and Curiouser

I've just completed the 2nd installment of the Uncommon Threads Mystery KAL and it just keeps getting curiouser and curiouser. This installment features short rows, button holes, and asymmetrical increasing. 

There is something disorienting -- yet strangely exhilarating -- about knitting something for which you have no clue what it looks like. I'm beginning to piece together a partial visual image and believe this "accessory" will be donned on knit tagging evenings.  Third installment due out next Monday, party the following Friday -- I'm jazzed!

Second Installment Finished

February 26, 2010 in Knit Along - Mystery | Permalink | Comments (35)

February 23, 2010

The Joy of a Well Written Pattern

I am one of the 966 Ravelry knitters who has experienced the sheer joy of knitting Brooklyn Tweed's Girasole pattern. Part of this joy stems from the uninterrupted rhythm of knitting in the round. Another portion of said joy can be attributed to the Malabrigo yarn I'm knitting with -- if they made eggplant colored butter, this yarn would be it. While nostalgic memories of past doily knitting accounts for another smidgen of my joy. But really, when you peel away the layers, the heart of my Girasole joy comes from a well written pattern.

Girasole is a bit of a blob on the needles -- Chart F, Row 5

Each of us -- based on our experience, knitting style, and brain quirkiness -- have qualities we consider essential to a well written pattern. Here are my reasons for declaring Girasole to be one:

  • The designer, Jared Flood, respects the intelligence of his knitting audience. His instructions are concise and precise and he includes links to additional resources for the curious or those seeking further explanation.
  • Girasole is a potentially daunting project filled with many rounds of 600+ stitches, but the pattern is divided into managagable sections allowing for a sense of accomplishment and movement through the project.

  • The Lace charts are large, clear, accurate,and accompanied by a detailed legend.

  • The pattern itself is aesthetically beautiful and well designed -- from the layout, to the color scheme, to the gorgeous photos.

  • And last, but not least -- the pattern is error free.

If you're one of the 2069 knitters who has this project in their Ravelry queue, I have but one thing to say: What are you waiting for? Cast on!

I love how the sections flow into each other!

February 23, 2010 in nonaReviews, Project - 2010 | Permalink | Comments (20)

February 20, 2010

Miss Marple Would Be Proud

Miss Marple is my role model. There is something deeply appealing about her attention to detail, her tenacity for solving problems, her love of knitting, and her ability to drink a cup a tea with the best of us. I'm convinced this crafty sleuth would have enjoyed the puzzle of a mystery KAL. With the first installment of the Uncommon Threads Mystery KAL completed, I've donned my Miss Marple thinking cap -- or would it be a lace shawl -- and have begun to suspect a potential accessory for the mystery item on my needles. The hostesses for the KAL will neither confirm nor deny my conjecture, so I'll have to wait for the next installment to gather additional clues.

Mystery KAL -- 1st Installment Finished.
I'm digging the double decreases

February 20, 2010 in Knit Along - Mystery | Permalink | Comments (20)

February 18, 2010

Knit Tagging: The Bison

Have you seen the new book, Yarn Bombing? From the moment I leafed through -- and immediately bought -- this inspiring book I've been unable to pass a pole, a fence, or a bench without seeing it spruced up with a knit tag. How can you not be inspired after seeing the likes of this, or this, or that!? Although this type of public art is typically called yarn bombing or knit graffiti I prefer the less aggressive term "knit tagging", which seems more fitting for this risk-adverse nearly 50 year old. Please let me live under the illusion that I'm not "littering" and am still a good role model for my 7th graders.

For my first knit tag, I took a trip back in time to Bucknell University where the iconic Bison statue guards the field house -- a place of many fond memories for this once-upon-a-time field hockey player. Many thanks to my partner in "crime" RC for doing the actual tagging late one night. I don't know the current fate of this horn cozy, but I do know it lasted at least a couple of weeks.  Can any Bucknell student update the status?

nonaKnit's first Knit Tag

February 18, 2010 in Knit Tagging | Permalink | Comments (13)

February 15, 2010

Mysterious Intrigue

Several years ago I had an epiphany while swatching. On that uneventful day in early May 2007 I realized one of my greatest pleasures in life was figuring things out. What can I say, I love a good puzzle. So why, oh why, dear reader has it taken me so long to jump onto the Mystery KAL bandwagon? Perhaps it was my preoccupation with teaching mathematics these last few years that had diverted my attention away from the knitting shenanigans happening across the blog-a-sphere. But let's leave speculations for another day and discuss the cold hard facts. Today I joined the Mystery KAL sponsored by my LYS and am completely and utterly hooked. I'm already halfway through the first installment and have no clue -- not a one -- as to what I'm making. 

Ahhh, the joy of a good puzzle.

February 15, 2010 in Fun & Games, Knit Along - Mystery | Permalink | Comments (48)

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