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July 20, 2009

Hibernating for summer

Most people hibernate in winter, but winter in Los Angeles is normally mild and happy and you can walk outdoors without fear of sunstroke. So I hibernate in summer. It's disgusting outside. Indoors it's cool and if you pull the shades down and don't venture out you can pretend you're in snowy Iceland during winter and your only task is to knit and pet the cats.

Actually, I think I knit more in the summertime than I do in the winter. My current hibernation knitting project is an entrelac scarf:

Noro silk garden color 241.

I had never attempted entrelac before Saturday and I'm pretty sure this is the most complicated thing I have yet to attempt (which isn't saying much, it's not really that complicated). The pattern I am using is a free PDF from the web, you can get it here. The pattern itself is really well-written, considering what a hard time I have reading patterns, although I was sure for the first hour that I was doing it all wrong. I figured if I messed up I'd just unravel it and start again. The stitches themselves are easy and if you've ever knit a pair of socks, entrelac will seem familiar to you (mostly short rows, and the same types of decreases, like slip-slip-knit). The only tricky part is figuring out at first where you're supposed to be picking up stitches and which needle you're supposed to be using (by the way, as far as I can tell most of the time you're picking up stitches using the needle in your right hand.) And sometimes you have to knit or purl a stitch even though the live stitch (with the yarn attached to it) is on the left needle.

Sometimes it's helpful to just dive in and figure it out as you go along, which is what I did on this scarf and it worked out just fine. I tried reading all the websites with entrelac tutorials but none of them were dumbed down enough for me, so I just plowed onward and with some trial and error it worked out. The most important skill necessary for me for this project is the ability to pull out stitches without having to unravel the whole piece. But after I had completed about four inches I finally started to get it (I am a slow learner) and now it's pretty easy, I even worked a few rows on the bus this morning. I'm feeling rather impressed with myself!


Oh, and it's Monday. Welcome to the week.

Posted by laurie at July 20, 2009 9:45 AM