Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The knitting. It is... spazzy.

For those who can't remember, I am currently knitting a gigundous shawl as a Christmas present. It will eventually look like this:

Which is a photo out of the pattern book and swiped off Ravelry. It is "Helmut" by Herbert Niebling.

Remember when I said the more, shorter pattern repeats, the better? Because they're easier to remember? Well. This may be too much of good thing. It has 48 pattern repeats per round, and multiple rows of the same pattern, so I've been sitting here doing things like knitting 500 repetitions of "ssk, k3, double yo, k3, k2tog, yo, ssk, yo, ssk, yo, ssk, yo, s1k2tog psso, yo, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo". I'm in the middle of that right now. Yes, I typed it from memory.

I am within a few rounds of starting the decreasing which brings each spoke to a point, before the edging of more, multiple points (144 repeats per round, won't that be delightful?) There will be no fringe. I hate fringe. I will be putting beads at the peaks of each major spoke point, and at each peak of the smaller border peaks. It'll only be about 200 beads and so shouldn't weigh too much.

I started this bitch in mid-September and have been knitting on it daily. Did I mention, AAAAAAAH!

Oh. Someone asked me about the half-graft hem. There's a link in the sidebar under "Knitting Blather" that will take you to a tutorial. Or click here. It's also listed on Ravelry somewhere in some kind of skills library, because I keep getting hits from there. But I don't know where. But anyway. Hit the sidebar.

Here's the new Spaz-along button. Let's not get excited about this; the idea is to have fun, not offend handicapped folks. I don't mind being rude to folks at all, but I prefer doing it on purpose over their stupidity, not by accident over things they can't change. I stuck with the Scream theme, and kept it simple. Use whichever of the two buttons you like.

I went to the pharmacy today. More stupidity. I swear those guys are idiots.

And Mythbutherth ith on, so I'm gonna go geek out and knit some more.


Alwen said...

I can haz button? Noes. I can't haz.

Apparently my ISP has done something, because when I FTP stuff like buttons up to my old web address, now I'm getting a 403 error when I go look for it.

Crapheads. I so do not want to spend 10 hours listening to hold music and waiting for tech support to come online and tell me I can't do that anymore.

On the other hand, I did somehow accidentally call up their entire username list including my own. So teh security, not so much.

Amy Lane said...

Luvs the button--luvs the shawl, too, but I too would be losing my everluvin mind--no wonder you're bored w/it!!! (aaaaa!!!)

Donna Lee said...

I can't imagine the tedium of that shawl. It is beautiful and I know it will be appreciated but wow.

Roxie said...

That's a short repeat? I must be seriously attention deficit. The results will be freaking gorgeous, though.

Jen Anderson said...

I read this post ( on Redneck Mother and thought of you. Either I'm hallucinating, or you said forever ago that you had a fire ant situation on the lawn.

If you're living fire ant free, then disregard my hallucinations. Everyone else does.

Liz said...

Wow - that shawl is insane... Good luck!!

And thanks for the button!