Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Holding Pattern

I seem to have been going about this the wrong way. Literally. And that's why my neckwarmer in progress looks like this:

Aspen, ripped again
My design sketches show a row of buttons on the left, front but it did not fully dawn on me until this morning that I'd been approaching the knitted realization of the sketches from right to left (beginning of row) and not left to right (end of row). The lesson here is that, while you may picture it one way, it cannot be created that way (head > desk).

I've been at this for the past two weeks, in one way or another, with very little to show for my efforts except for scribbled pattern notes (with the requisite strike-throughs) and arrows pointing to other parts of the page. As the yarn begins to show signs of wear after being knit and ripped and re-knit several times, so does my patience with my ability to execute these particular design choices. Oh, and before anyone asks, the first item of business was the creation of two carefully measured gauge swatches.

Could lack of sleep or the pressure and pain behind my eyes be playing tricks on my inner deconstruction vision? If it's not a bout of the galloping sinus crud, my biggest fear is that alpaca released into the air by frequent frogging might be sparking some kind of allergic reaction (cue the screeching "Psycho" violins).

Thus, here the balled yarn sits, gored by a pair of size 17US needles and awaiting new orders. In the meantime, I think I'll knit an adorable little jumper (free Blue Sky Alpacas pattern) for my neighbor's new baby girl. After all, Malabrigo chunky hath charms to soothe the savage breast.

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Blogger Sarah said...

*Nods.* Indeed, Malabrigo makes everything better!

11/04/2008 10:09:00 AM  
Blogger a friend to knit with said...

yes. and that sweet little jumper will fly off your needles......leaving you feeling accomplished and ready to dive back in!

11/04/2008 10:53:00 AM  
Blogger lu said...

yes, when i make my knitting creations (which are usually just wool mittens), i tend to sneeze a lot. that pesky little allergy to wool really gets in the way of a knitting habit!

11/04/2008 11:04:00 AM  
Blogger Jodi said...

Argh! I definitely vote for a little Malabrigo therapy. That's going to be one cute jumper.

11/04/2008 11:04:00 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Sinus infections make everything more challenging. Hope you're feeling better soon!

11/04/2008 11:43:00 AM  
Blogger KnitNana said...

Ok. But I'll tell you what: That photo? It's worthy of it's very own month on a calendar...
Hmm...how about a 2009 Karen's photos of yarn calendar?

11/04/2008 02:08:00 PM  
Blogger bellamoden said...

I'm lefthanded. I can create the buttonholes for you exactly the way you want.

Send me the yarn and pattern. I DO IT.



11/04/2008 04:27:00 PM  
Blogger KnitPastis said...

You know what I am thinking. I bet you could crotchet one. Although, you did pick out a cute little jumper with a nice thick yarn:)You crack me up laughing, "Psycho violins".LOL

11/04/2008 04:34:00 PM  
Blogger KarenJoSeattle said...

Just keep thinking about how much you're learning from the process.

Could it be done by knitting back backwards (AKA left-handed knitting)?

11/04/2008 04:46:00 PM  
Blogger kerstin said...

YAY, YAY, YAY, YAY, YAY, YAY!!!!!!!!!

Can't stop crying. Help.

Can't stop smiling either!

11/05/2008 05:40:00 AM  
Blogger Debi said...

I'm horribly allergic to alpaca so I'm probably not the one to ask :)

Why not give the yarn a rest and knit it up in a Delores Park Cowl...so simple yet so delicious - it was over 80 here last week and I didn't want to take it off!

I used Malabrigo Chunky BTW...I finally popped my Malabrigo cherry! It was the first time I touched the stuff - YUMMY!

11/06/2008 04:18:00 AM  
Blogger The Ninja Knitter said...

Oh. Yes. Malabrigo can soothe the savage knitter. Go for it - sorry about the neckwarmer. Sometimes yarn just needs to be put in it's place and given a stern talking to.

11/07/2008 07:57:00 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Oh! Knit the jumper! Maybe my great-niece will receive one also... after the holidays.

11/09/2008 07:39:00 PM  

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