Thursday, August 02, 2007

I, Möbius

One day, during a visit to my local purveyor of yarn, I came across a beautiful top the owner had on display. "That's the Lacy Shoulder Wrap from Cat Bordhi's Treasury of Magical Knitting," she said.

I was intrigued but put off purchasing the book until I'd moved a few WIPs into the finished column. I still have a couple of socks on the needles but really long to do something different, so now is the time for another kind of knitting! I know I'm absolutely late to the party when it comes to the single edge that is möbius, but as a confessed geek, I still find it pretty amazing. I just wish I hadn't wasted the money on that "Magical" book.

Ms. Bordhi rather chattily (and confusingly) explains the difference between a 180 degree twist and a 360 degree twist - surprisingly never calling it that either! I read the magic cast on directions (complete with tiny pictures) at least 4 times but couldn't make heads nor tails of what she was really saying. So I took my troubles to Google and that lead me to Planet Shoup.

Plain and simple, I instantly visualized the half-twist and knit up a sample. I know it worked because I was able to run my finger along the single edge of infinity:

Moebius sample

Alright, so maybe it wasn't a complete waste. I do have the pattern I wanted and the yarn I'm going to use is absolutely sumptuous. It's called Bamboo Silk from the Great Adirondack Yarn Company in the color "Very Berry":

Moebius wrap
Admittedly, there are worse things going on in the world than having needlessly spent money on a book. I'm off to count my blessings now, mkay?

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Blogger Courtney said...

Like you, I find the mobius fascinating...and that pattern beautiful!
Happy knitting.

8/02/2007 05:32:00 PM  
Blogger Donna Lee said...

What a cool shaw. I must have been under a rock because I have never seen it. Yours will look lovely in that color. I sometimes what makes some of these folks think that just because they can make up great patterns, they are qualified to teach someone else how to do it. I have always thought that great teachers are born, not made.

8/02/2007 05:34:00 PM  
Blogger Debi said...

Me and Occam, we think alike, the simplest solution tends to be the best one. Why some people insist on complicated instruction beats me.

Your mobius will be lovely.

8/03/2007 01:28:00 AM  
Blogger Leslie said...

That's really pretty! I, too, bought that book but it's been on the shelf for ages. I tried the cast-on once but that's about it. Maybe someday...

8/03/2007 06:47:00 AM  
Blogger Pirate Alice said...

The mobius confounded me when I found a pattern to try... Unlike you, I gave up.

8/03/2007 08:22:00 AM  
Blogger KnitNana said...

That yarn in that pattern? Going to be gor-ge-ous!
I don't have her books yet. Maybe one day...

8/03/2007 10:22:00 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Karen --
The colors of the yarn you selected are lovely, and will look just gorgeous on you! I'll be anxious to follow your progress -- the wrap pattern is really pretty. Have a wonderful time starting something new and FUN!

8/03/2007 12:23:00 PM  
Blogger The Ninja Knitter said...

Wow, what a lovely yarn cake - it'll look great in that pattern. As for the infinity thing, everytime I see it, I'm reminded of some of the lovely ladies of my knit group who got tattoos of "K2tog(infinity sign)". Awesome.

8/03/2007 01:02:00 PM  
Blogger bellamoden said...

I feel the same way about her socks soar on two circulars book. That much money for directions on one single page?!? Grrrrrr. Have I or will I ever use it after that very first pair of socks? Nope. O well.

Definitely only gonna use the library for her next books, out of curiousity. Because grrrrr. I wasn't impressed with her moibus books either. Self published and it shows I think.

But! But! Your moibus is looking awesome. :)

8/06/2007 05:10:00 AM  
Blogger AmyArtisan said...

Thanks for the link to learning the mobius! My Mom has commented on several mobius patterns & I knew I needed help to get started on one. :) The yarn for your wrap is beautiful!

8/06/2007 08:10:00 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

That's going to be gorgeous!

8/06/2007 02:04:00 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Beautiful pattern and yarn! Thanks for the link to an easy explanation of the mobius CO.

8/10/2007 01:56:00 PM  

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