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Dear Ann,
The sock-yarn log cabin has reached a Turning Point.
I’m 6 blocks into it.
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But I don’t like one of the blocks.
Meanwhile, knitting six 10-inch squares, at 8 stitches to the inch, gives a girl time to think of New Stuff To Do.
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I have eliminated the unloved square. “It’s not you, it’s me,” I told it. “I’m just not that into variegation.”
Now I am poised on the precipice of something that has never been done before with a miter, or at least never been done by me: intarsia. I have no illusions about the path that lies ahead; there will be tangles. The heart wants what the heart wants.
Meanwhile, when is 2 and a half hours a lot longer than 2 and half hours?
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When you forget to bring your knitting to Little League.
Love,
Kay

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36 Comments

  1. Woweeeeewowow! That shawl is beautiful!! I hear you about the 2 1/2 hours…the same could be said about any amount of time.

  2. But you’re a leeetle bit into variegation?

  3. I like the unloved square, it gives the other squares something to talk about.

  4. OMG, little league without knitting would probably kill me. So glad you lived to tell of it. : )

  5. OMG, little league without knitting would probably kill me. So glad you lived to tell of it. : )

  6. That shawl is super gorgeous! I’m still trying to finish my 6 section citron but you and your cashmere are definitely an inspiration!
    Love the gray and blue square!

  7. OMG! No Knitting at Little League????? How did you EVER survive! Personally, I would have gone home to get my knitting and risked missing part of my kid’s game.

  8. My first sock yarn log cabin was born during little league and stayed In The Car, dedicated to those games. Now our little league years are behind us and I miss them. Second sock yarn blanket is Emergency Car Knitting. As important to our safety as the First Aid Kit and jumper cables.

  9. I totally hear ya, sister. Last week, at the very start of what turned out to be a LOT of EXTRA innings, I ran. out. of. yarn. #@$%$#. I’m ashamed of myself, truly.

  10. If circumstances permit, I have been known to ditch kid and sports activity and get. more. yarn. (or knitting). I’m just saying.

  11. Miters? Intarsia?!?11
    I’m going to need a stiff drink and a lie down.
    Soyez Brave Cher Kay!

  12. Little League. I am thankful that my eldest did one year of T-ball, the most boring game in the world, and then ditched the lot.

  13. Strangely, I learned intarsia when I was playing around once before I knew it was called “intarsia” and supposed to be hard and confusing. If you keep the premise of twisting the yarn like you do in your mitred squares, you’ll be fine, and then you won’t even realize it was meant to be tricky.
    The shawl is beautiful, can’t wait to see the rest of the blanket.

  14. “patchy matchy rug.” how was that possible?

  15. Does Unloved Square become a pillow with a quilted back?

  16. I just read that knitting burns 99 calories per hour, as opposed to just sitting, which only burns 85 calories per hour (I couldn’t find anything about the caloric output of say, fair isle vs. mosaic vs. intarsia). So— if one pound of fat is 3500 calories, a person would have to knit for 35.35 hours in order to lose one pound. (Yes, I’d like to lose a few pounds….)

  17. Therefore, sitting at Little League without knitting would burn 212.5 calories, as opposed to sitting at Little League WITH knitting, which would burn 247.50.

  18. Oh. The Little League games. They DO go on. . . Love the volt. Love the squares. Glad you ditched the one you ditched.

  19. Mental Post-It: bring knitting to 5 hour karate tournament. Inside a gym. Hard chair. (did I mention 5 hours?)

  20. Intarsia – always remember that sewing in the ends will cure a lot of ailments. I love it that you hae a rug (assuming) that matches that block.

  21. Ohhh, I feel your pain. In my posterior. After sitting on the grass through a two-hour soccer practice. I have been knitting American Girl doll clothes, but they are not large enough to get me through an entire practice. When you finish them you are reduced to rooting nervously through your bag and swatching with novelty yarn. (Log cabin potholder, anyone?)

  22. HA,HA,HA, “It’s not you, it’s me.”–Where have I heard THAT before? Kay, you’ve got a square with some strong VARIEGATED gold/yellows there, ya know? (Just saying.)
    The shawl is lovely; it looks soft and cuddly/comfy, too. As my Yia Yia would say, Wear it in good health.
    LoveDiane

  23. I have been having such a good time with the log cabin and crochet and your current version is really inspiring me to have another go at the knitted version. really beautiful.

  24. Oh, the agony of a sporting event without knitting. Ouch! I feel for you.

  25. I wouldn’t junk that unloved square just yet. I miss it in that grouping. And I agree with Frida – it gives the other squares something to talk about.

  26. The shawl is fabulous! And pass my sympathy on to the unloved square…
    At my daughter’s softball practice last week, I heard her teammate ask “Why is your mom knitting?” I didn’t hear the answer, but thought perhaps “So I don’t kill people.” isn’t quite the response to an 8 yo girl… I’ll have to think of a more socially acceptable response, I guess. Glad you (and those around you) survived!

  27. I’m with you on the variegation. Love how the rest of the l.c. sock yarn blankie is coming, though!

  28. Though your sock yarn squares are beautiful, what is the fabric they are photographed against? It turned up in another of your blog posts…I love it!

  29. saw the Volt and Dawn shawls at Stitches South yesterday. Gorgeous. So tempted to try one myself.

  30. That log cabin is Teh Awesome.

  31. That log cabin is Teh Awesome.

  32. That log cabin is Teh Awesome.

  33. I LOVE the log cabin squares! Gorgeous, creative, perfectly simple. What could be awesomer? Nothing, that’s what.

  34. kay – can you tell us something about the fabulous gray circles with blue blocks in them, at the beginning of your post? wowee.

  35. How are you going to join the squares? I have a pile of similar squares that I knit with four shades of Bartlett’s worseted weight yarn. I think I’m really going to lurve this Bartlett Blanket of Cozy Happiness, provided I ever figure out how to join all the squares.

  36. How are you going to join the squares? I have a pile of similar squares that I knit with four shades of Bartlett’s worseted weight yarn. I think I’m really going to lurve this Bartlett Blanket of Cozy Happiness, provided I ever figure out how to join all the squares.