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Flat Done. And a Farewell

Dear Kay,
I’m not saying that I engineered a fambly trip in order to generate long stretches of time available for knitting. I’m just saying: a connecting flight to Norfolk via Baltimore gives a person just enough time to finish a rilly long scarf.
[People for the Ethical Treatment of Handknits should avoid the following photograph, which contains images of curled knitting under extreme duress.]
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I know, I know. I liked this scarf in its curly stage. But if I’m going to crank out 540 square inches of Koigu, I’m not really wanting 270 of those inches to be hiding inside a tube of stockinette.
(For the record, one Southwest flight attendant, Gary, loved its tubiness, and one 12-year-old youth hockey player–we’ll call him Rocko–said it was “cool.”)
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Details: The pattern is the Diagonal Lace Rib from Ann Budd’s Knitter’s Book of Handy Patterns, page 44. I made mine 56 stitches wide, using size 3 needles. Blocking added six inches to this 55″ scarf, which was a good thing because it’s not possible to achieve the true French slipknotty doubled-over scarf deal with anything much shorter.
It took three skeins of Koigu to make an 8″ x 55″ scarf. I think you could go narrower, ditch the blocking, and end up with a curled scarf that would be rilly cool.
Ah, the Koigu.
So glad to be giving this to Frannie. Happy birthday, a little on the late side.
Moment of Chaos, Please
I was sad when I heard that Hunter S. Thompson had ended his own life on Sunday. A long time ago, in my days as editorial lackey, I had the rare experience of sitting in a storeroom at Simon & Schuster, watching a fax machine spit out Dr. Thompson’s manuscript for Generation of Swine. This was back when fax machines hadn’t learned how to cut the rolls of paper into individual sheets. Or maybe it was just that Dr. Thompson’s writing made the fax machine go nuts. All his rantings spilled out of the machine in one long stream, curling up on the floor in a puddle of energetic outrage.
I admired his go-to-hell attitude even as I worried about his love of firearms.
Love,
Ann

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23 Comments

23 Comments

  1. Ann – It’s only fair to warn you there’s now a picture of you on my blog! :) You look fab though so no worries.
    Thanks a ton for the Angel Hair Yarn trip and the lunch pick. It was great meeting you!
    Nicole

  2. Ann,
    your pictures of this beautiful scarf have done nothing, NOTHING I tell you, to help me in my personal battle with a raging Koigu obsession.
    Thanks a lot.

  3. Ann, the scarf is beautiful! Curly or flat, it’s absolutely wonderful.

  4. Wow, that is a really nice color of KPPPM. I like the x-shaped “flashing” or whatever people call that effect.
    Its a sad end for the great and reckless Hunter Thompson, isnt it. I did hear on the radio today that they are planning to blast his ashes out of a cannon at his memorial service, though. Heh heh.

  5. Wow. How have I resisted the Koigu this long? The blocked scarf is rilly rilly great. I enjoyed your HST comments too.

  6. ann….i’m lovin’ the little jaunt through safari land….have you figured out an anti-squirrel device for your birdfeeder?…. such clever, agile, furry, and humorous little beasties!

  7. Hi Nicole–It was great hanging out with you crazy cross-stitchers. Totally hilarious. (Y’all–Nicole and Theresa and Jenny came through Nashville like a hurricane for a cross-stitch trade show. These people are nuts; they make knitters look like a bunch of do-nothings. We had a fine time sampling chocolate and yarn.)
    Aw, Aara. I’m always the enabler, you know.
    Emily–I took a long photo of the scarf as it was blocking, and when I saw it on my screen, I was amazed to discover the colors make a double helix. It’s like DNA or something. So strange, like seeing Mother Teresa in a cinnamon bun.
    And Carolyn–I have two squirrel-proof feeders, but I can’t help but let Uncle Cedric (that’s the lost-lost relative now inhabiting the body of a squirrel) chow down when he figures out how.

  8. beautiful, absolutly beautiful. every picture on this blog makes me want to buy more yarn and start something new. this could get ugly…

  9. Ann, if you had used only orange pins, your blocking photo would look like The Gates.
    Back in Gates-Land. Wondering if I can knit a Gates Scarf in time to pose for a picture under the Gates.
    xoxo Kay

  10. Ann, that scarf is too faboo. Your stitches are so lovely and perfect. Rilly.
    Kay: go orange. Go gates!

  11. Ann, i used to live in Norfolk. And that is really still home. Hope you had a good trip to visit your family. I like the scarf.

  12. Moi? Crazy? Woman, I have a photo of you and the blogphone and I’m not afraid to use it!
    I love your story of watching “Generation of Swine” come in via fax. I like to think it was his energy that made the machine go nuts. So sad.

  13. Ann – that scarf is loverly! It makes me want to knit scarves (and few things do). Tres chic!

  14. I love the scarf! What pattern and what size needles did you use?

  15. I’m getting a similar tubing effect on a scarf-size Clapotis I’m working on right now, and am hoping that a good blocking will get it to turn out as lovely as your scarf. May your gorgeous Koigu scarf be a role model to all unwantedly-tuby scarves everywhere!

  16. Ann & Kay
    If you want to listen about quilts, go to the link below, then under “A” got to Art of Gee’s Bend
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/progs/listenagain.shtml
    Jo
    xxx

  17. Newbie question – what are you blocking that on? It looks like a rubber mat for cutting fabric but I could be wrong. I haven’t found anything I like to pin my stuff too.
    Thanks

  18. Hi Carey!
    http://www.yarn-store.com/blocking-supplies.html
    This is the REAL DEAL blocking board. I love this thing. I’d been using a giant cardboard box covered in 1/4″ gingham squares, and it was the pits. This one means that you never need to use a measuring tape–the inches are printed on the board–and it’s super sturdy. Pricey, but if you’re a blocking hound like me, it’s pure heaven.

  19. My that Koigu did lovely things for you in the pooling department! I love knitting with it because you never quite know what it will decide it wants to do for you.
    I’d have blocked the bejeezus out of it too. Thickish stockinette tubes are hard to wear around the neck, as I found out with Clapotis!

  20. I’m still feeling sad about Hunter S. For some reason I feel worse about writers who kill themselves, like Spaulding Gray, than I do about other individuals. They are all very sad situations, but nevertheless, I feel I know the writers better, perhaps, from reading their work, and then, too, they’re fulfilling that destiny that befalls too many authors. Somehow they’ve reduced themselves to a mere statistic now, and it’s such a waste. Sigh.
    Hunter S. will be missed for sure. What a character.

  21. Ann, my hubby is a HUGE HST fan, and I thank you for recounting your tale of the fax machine. My guy was very sad at the lack of interest in the passing of Thompson, and your little gem made him smile.
    For Kay, http://www.smilinggoat.com/crackers.html
    Hee-hee!

  22. Okay, maybe I’m just slow, but HOW ON EARTH do you get that pattern in Ann Budd’s book to work? Whenever I try to do it, I get hung up on row 13, where my eyelets won’t line up and the purled section jumps two stitches over instead of one. It looks like they’ll line up on the chart, but it doesn’t on the fabric! Never mind ending row 1 with a yo…
    Thanks for even reading the rant, and even more thanks if you can help me figure out what I’m doing wrong.

  23. Oh, Brynne, I KNOW. I would have written about the CHALLENGE OF THE EDGES except it was so tedious that I thought nobody would bear to hear it.
    Let’s see.
    The yarnover at the end of the row indeed is the most confounding instruction. I have no idea how to do that. It may be that Ms. Budd figured people would be adding a garter stitch border or something so that the yo wouldn’t just hang there. I couldn’t get it to behave, so I fudged it by doing a backward loop cast on of one stitch, so that on the next row I could purl it and keep the pattern going.
    I don’t have the scarf anymore to see what exactly the hell I did. I gave it to my friend Frannie who mercifully isn’t obsessed with knitting and didn’t comment on the weird edges.
    But casting on that stitch at the end of the row preserved the stitch count so that I didn’t endlessly decrease anymore. My basic advice: keep a close eye on your stitch count until you’re confident that it’s consistent from row to row.
    As for row 13, the k2tog at the end of the row was also no good–I just knitted those two last stitches in order to preserve the stitch count. Otherwise, you end up a stitch short.
    Does this make sense? I’m getting delirious.