last night my brother complained about the lack of non-store related stuff on the site (i usually try to avoid subjecting you to my guerrilla photography and writing) and serendipitously i ran into a bit of a snag in the scarf i’m knitting so i figured i’ll post it for all.
the project: men’s scarf
the yarn: 2 skeins Manos Del Uruguay mix (brown/grey/black)
the needles: 10mm
the stitch pattern: herringbone.
R1: *K2 sts together through the back of the loops, but only release one stitch, keeping the other one on the left needle; repeat from* to end to last st, K1 through the back of the loop.
R2: *P2 sts together, but only release one stitch, keeping the other one on the left needle; repeat from* to end to last st, P1.
repeat these 2 rows. (Cast on 30 sts)
take note of the difference in the patterning of the yarn between the top and bottom parts. the first skein knitted up totally randomly and the second was utterly symmetrical, a visual juxtaposition on a grand scale. what were the chances? chaos/control, chaos/control. Regardless, I broke the cardinal rule of working with hand-painted yarns; always alternate your skeins every other row. It isn’t hard, you just bring the yarn your are going to switch to up from the front, thereby carrying the other strand up the back.
I guess I was lazy or just didn’t think about it. Hubris is what it was. Now, normally i’d allow God’s ironic phenomena to work it’s magic through my hands. But the scarf is for my Dad who doesn’t really get that kind of a joke or see the beauty of the manifestation of the random intelligence of the universe. So i’ve ripped the scarf back and i’m doing it the right way, working with 2 skeins at a time, alternating them. so far the texture is nicer than berfore, the colours are consistent and the edges are cleaner too.