Thursday, May 12, 2005

Post-Its Are a Girl's Best Friend

Because really, who can read this?

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This, though?

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Totally manageable.

But what is it, you cry, in a frenzy to know more.

Well, the very nice lady who made me that beautiful graduation quilt has been diagnosed with breast cancer, so I thought that as a thank you I would make her a chemo cap--but not just any old chemo cap. Because that would be easy, and not quilt-worthy. No, I'm going straight for the extraspicy on this one, and making Shedir, from the Knitty Breast Cancer Mini-Issue (
here's the pdf, if you want to download it). Here's my progress so far, as modeled by the dashing George Bear, who, it must be said, looks a little like a Shriner in it:

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This is definitely the hardest thing I've ever knit. Although the directions are clear and well-written, I find myself having to chant them under my breath as I go, which I don't usually have to, and 2 repeats into the cable, I still need to read the directions each time. It might just be that I'm better at reading patterns than charts; I'm definitely a verbal rather than a visual learner. Or it might be that I am just slow. The latter is probable. That's good to know though, because my secret and selfish motivation for making this cap is that someday I want to make Rogue, and I think this is probably a good way of familiarizing myself with Jenna's lovely and complex cable work.

Here's a closeup of what in my head are the pretzel-y bits of the cable; I'm sure there's an official cable name for them, but I think pretzel will do:

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I'm using Rowan's Calmer in Peacock, by the way, and I am here to tell you that Calmer is all it's cracked up to be (Newsflash! Knitblogger loves calmer! Alert the mainstream media!). It is soft and stretchy and yummy, and I am all the sadder now that I am too poor at the moment to make NBaT. Perhaps when I am employed. (I blame my dissertation for my poverty, by the way--I just spent $50 at wretched Office Depot on binders and tabs and printer paper to make copies of my diss for all my committee members, and I just found out that I have to pay wretched UT $108 in "filing fees" to get my dissertation formally accepted. Bastards. Don't they know how much Calmer $158 would buy?)


Blogger Elizabeth said...

Very cool hat with delicious pretzly cables! The woman who gave you the quilt will be very appreciative I'm sure.

$108 to submit your dissertation! I suppose they know that they could ask you for a million dollars at this point because you just want to be done with it, but that is nuts. Ahhh, what I have to look forward to.

5/12/2005 6:59 PM  
Anonymous laurie said...

Oooooh, the pretzel pattern is so scary-exhilirating-hard looking (to me, new knitter) but so pretty and fancy and I bet she just loves it! And your stitches are so even in tension.

Cables are simply the best. I LOVE cables. LOVE them.

Yes, George Bear is totally Shriner material!!!

5/12/2005 8:15 PM  
Anonymous Martha said...

It's a beautiful stitch pattern and you are doing an incredible job. WOW.

5/12/2005 8:59 PM  
Anonymous Cordelia said...

Pretty, pretty pretzel-y bits! (I too am dying to make Rogue; perhaps I will try the pretzel-y cable bits as practice.)
Bailey didn't want to model?

5/12/2005 10:36 PM  
Anonymous Sydney said...

Doesn't moving the post its after every row drive you crazy? It would me. My solution to long confusing charts is to take a couple of highlighters and highlight every other row or so. That way I can follow the pink all the way across and not go cross-eyed trying to keep up with the pattern.

5/12/2005 11:29 PM  
Anonymous laurie said...

More Bailey pics, please :)

5/13/2005 6:47 PM  
Blogger said...

great stich pattern. well done!

5/13/2005 8:32 PM  

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