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February 28, 2006

I See Wet People.

While the rain has all but stopped, traffic in the city is still suffering post-traumatic driving disorder. And when you spend so much time in traffic, you maybe begin to scrutinize your knitting. And the slight "I don't love this stitch" feeling you had about your little scarf intensifies, and before long you think, "I am going to be trapped on this bus forever and I don't know what stitch I want to use and I am HUNGRY and also... eeeeew. The bus smells."

So, well into hour numero dos of my bus ride yesterday evening, I decided to test out a new stitch pattern on my other skein of this lovely Blue Sky bulky yarn (do you think I keep ripping and re-knitting because I love the yarn so much and don't want it to end? Good thing March starts tomorrow, and with a new month the yarn budget begins anew. Amen.)

But... there was just a slight hitch in my giddyup. I was not carrying my normal knitting bag full of normal knitting gear, and I had only my yarn and my one pair of needles. In possibly my proudest knitting moment to date, I channeled MacGyver and created what may be the butt ugliest stitch holder consisting of one red felt tip pen and two mismatched hair clips:

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Hey. Whatever works.

The pattern I was using to knit the scarf up until then was a basic cast on eight, knit the very first and very last stitch of each row, and in between do a yarnover, knit two together. That stitch worked great on a recent scarf I made, but I think I just had a different idea for how I wanted this scarf to look, less poufy and more nubby (um, those are technical terms. Poufy and nubby.) Plus, I'm planning to wear this one in Paris (it's going to be COLD! and even if it isn't cold by European standards, I have prissy Los Angeles weather coldness standards. Ya'll know.) and I wanted a less airy fabric.

So, now I am using a modified seed stitch, a pattern Ellen showed me several months ago, and I like it because it's basically a modified Magic Scarf. I cast on ten stitches, then: knit 2, purl 2, knit 2, purl 2, knit 2.

On the next row you do the opposite: purl 2, knit 2, purl 2, knit 2, purl 2. So you have two rows of magic-scarf-ish looking stockinette chunks, or at this point it could even become a ribbed scarf. But on the next two rows, I mix it up with a: purl 2, knit 2, purl 2, knit 2, purl 2 ... and then knit 2, purl 2 blah blah blah and you get this:

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I am not a fast knitter by any means, so you know traffic is bad when I get home with a scarf that's already knitted through one whole skein of yarn!

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I'm really happy with it now, I think the color of the yarn looks good with the texture of the stitch. I'm thinking when it's done I'll block it like no tomorrow and then add some long fringe. Hello, my name is Laurie and I am a scarf knitter. And re-knitter. And, um, re-re-knitter!

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Posted by laurie at February 28, 2006 9:57 AM