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There's a lot I ought to be doing,

but what I want to do most is knit a pair of socks.  It's been so long.  Maybe I'll pick a worsted weight yarn and do a pair on larger needles, just for fun...hmmmm.....

(I do have a scarf on the needles, using one of those floofy eyelash hair type yarns, knitting it in my favorite pattern: cast on a multiple of 3 + 2.  This is fairly bulky yarn, and I cast on 14, I think. Or maybe 17.  

Then you slip one purlwise, knit 2, purl 1 across until the last stitch, which is always knit.  Each row is done the same.  It gives you a type of non-stretchy rib, which is really good for something where you want the  extra thickness of a rib, but not the stretchy one, and it looks nicer in a scarf than just straight knit stitch, IMHO. 

OOoooh, boy, that felt good to talk about knitting.  Back in the day, I used to have a vanity plate that read K1P1YO.  I knew the person was a knitter if they didn't ask me, what's kipiyo?  (The plate is most of a direction for a common texture, knit one, purl 1, yarn over, and the next step should be k2tog, knit 2 stitches together).  I should have made it K1YOK2TOG, but that wouldn't have fit on the plate.....but it makes a prettier texture.  Back in the 1830s, one knitter named that one the shawl stitch.

Yep, I can tell it's almost fall.  The urge to make things is getting strong.



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Aug. 24th, 2009 08:55 pm (UTC)
Knitting can be very fun. There was a sudden vogue for it when I was an undergraduate -- all the hipsters would bring knitting to lectures.
Aug. 24th, 2009 09:17 pm (UTC)
And you know, of course, I have to be a bit of an amateur knitting historian...with several original books printed in the 1840s and later, and a reprint of one published in the 1830s...

It is a relaxing, frustrating and pleasant useful art. Socks are probably my special favorites, but not all I do.
Aug. 24th, 2009 09:24 pm (UTC)
XD Now you've got me wanting to find my knitting needles & try that K2YOK2TOG pattern. I'm sure I have some yarn lying around somewhere.

I got eyelash yarn today too! I'm going to crochet a couple of bunnies out of it. (Like I don't have enough stuffed animals & dolls ^^;)I've knitted with it before, but never crocheted with it, so it should be fun. Now if only I could tear myself away form writing long enough to do some crocheting... ;p
Aug. 24th, 2009 09:50 pm (UTC)

I could get you addicted to lacy textures if you don't watch out...
Aug. 24th, 2009 10:07 pm (UTC)
*laughs* I don't doubt it. I've been wanting to make myself a shawl for when I sit at the compy. If it looks pretty enough to wear someplace special all the better. :D
Aug. 24th, 2009 10:31 pm (UTC)
You and me both, about creating in the fall.

It's def my fave time of year, all the colors,
the crisp air. I want to bake, and craft and

The last couple days have been in the 80's here,
and it's been a real relief. Def wetted my appetite
for cooler weather.

Come, Fall, come!
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