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May 3, 2005

Does this make me a mail pimp?

But first, there was knitting.

In lieu of motoring through the second half of the Mystery Knitted Cat Thingamajig, which is ugly, I decided to complete a Noro basketweave (checkerboard? whatever) scarf for Jennifer, who even as she reads this will instantly forget the Noro scarf, and will act excited to see it at Christmas.

Frankie was kind enough to model the finished product. Two skeins of Noro Kureyon worked on size 10.5 straight needles, a simple knit 5, purl 5 for ten rows, then the magic happens, magic! I tell you! You just start to purl 5, knit 5 for the next ten rows, and so on, for a chckerboard.

(EDITED TO ADD: Heidi was having trouble with this one because I didn't put in a key component of the pattern! I'm so glad she emailed me and we could fix it. OK, here goes.)

With the basketweave scarf, you have to do it it "blocks" of even numbers [four blocks -- Knit 5, purl 5, knit 5, purl 5] then [four blocks the other way -- purl 5, knit 5, purl 5, knit 5] because what's happening is you're making stockinette, in little chunks. One chunk of stockinette, one chunk reverse stockinette, one chunk stockinette, one chunk reverse.

And that can only happen when you do it in even number blocks. So that when you knit across, your first 5 stitches are knits, next five purls, next five knits, next five purls. Then, magic! 'cause when you finish that row and do your next row, you're knitting again right? Same old k5, p5 pattern ... but you're starting that k5 by knitting up five stitches that were just purled on the last row! Stockinette, here we come!

I was a dork for not adding that info in the post originally. Sorry!

frankie-noro-scarf.jpg


Click for a closeup of the fiber:


In other news, I finally figured out how to get the comments to email me! When I discovered this function I felt so brilliant! And also, so dumb. Because, ya'll it's just a checkbox. That I somehow missed. This technology, I tell you.

Speaking of mail... well, more aptly, speaking of slug mail, I have a litle sumptin sumptin for you.

slug-beast.jpg

Notice the beer used to provide scale. That slug is a beast. And he is right now as we speak probably building an empire in my back yard. Whatever. I only go out there to smoke and light the voodoo candles, so what do I care? Let it all revert back to nature!

That's all for today. I have to double-time to get all my projects at work accomplished so that I can go see the man I love, the man I want to marry (even though I don't believe in marriage, ya'll, I would SO marry him! I love him!) the only man who makes me feel complete.

My hairdresser. Wooohoo!!!

Posted by laurie at May 3, 2005 10:02 AM