September 1st, 2013

The Librarian


Last night: It is not a good sign when a knitting pattern tells you to work row 17 following the instructions for row 13 and you hit a spot in those instructions where you think "I don't remember doing that when I did this row before."

This morning: That little piece of green + green knitting is getting ripped out and started over this morning while I have daylight, wide awakeness, and fresh caffeine.

A new month ....

And back to back odd-numbered days = back to back "Foreigner" teases. Hmmm ... or would the atevi shudder at that type of pairing as well? The whole atevi numerical thing isn't superstition ... even numbers and artificial paired symmetry such as a hallway with doorways all perfectly opposite on each side are described as having the same effect on their brains as fingernails on a blackboard have on our ears. Even a description of who is next to who at a dinner party, when you start actually figuring out seating placement in your head, has more people on one side of the table than on the other. All part of what makes the series so fascinating. :-)

From "Destroyer":
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Once more, this time following ALL the instructions ...

One advantage knitting has over sewing ... it takes longer because you are making your own fabric but if you screw up, for that very reason you can easily rip it out and reconstruct it (same for crochet). A lesson to me not to get complacent once I've got the hang of something ... in this case most of the twenty rows that make up one repetition of the overall stitch design are symmetrical opposites but a couple are not. And the first instance of nonsymmetry is where I messed up ... I just automatically did the symmetry thing for the second half of the row instead of paying close attention and seeing the slight difference in the stitch sequence; caught it for the second non-symmetrical row becasue I was knitting it a couple days later and so reading more carefully to refresh my memory of how the thing went. At least I caught it early (instead of, say, after I was 200 rows in) ... right now the piece doesn't look drastically different from the first attempt but the flaw would have been very visible once I'd completed further correctly done repetitions it could be compared to.