I had a brilliant idea a couple days ago, Ah-tell-yew-what. I had just finished the giftknit for my brother, and came up with Version 2.0b, which would have utterly surpassed it in geekiness. It involved something like five or six cables across 40 stitches, the center of which would have spelled out a secret message in Morse Code.
Once again, I got all jazzed, and this time I got out the paper and pencil and started working it all out. How many to cast on, where the mirroring cables were, how they were flanked by twisted-stitch minicables, calculating the rows needed for the secret message and using that number to calculate how often the other cables would cross….. It was a complicated thing of beauty, and I was already writing out the pattern for the ends, then the cabling setup rows.
Then I looked at the yarn I had planned to use for it, and took a moment to ask my son if he wanted a cabled scarf in the yarn with a secret message running up the middle. I showed him the in-progress Irish Hiking Scarf as an example of what it would sortoflooklike.
He said No. (Nicely.)
He wanted a Ravenclaw House Scarf from the Charmed Knits book.
He has mentioned this a couple of times before, so it should have come as no surprise. However, it did a fine job of sucking all the geek knitting mojo right out of the room.
Tracking down and buying the appropriate yarn for that project was the only good thing that happened to me on Thursday (thanks Knitch, I blogrolled you), but still. It’s a bit of a letdown, and between the Ravenclaw scarf and the other things I want to finish before Christmas, I won’t have time to get back to ubergeek knitting until after the holidays.
At which time I have a self-imposed deadline to produce the first draft of a book.
Does anyone make a knitting machine programmable by computer?
Knitwise, I’m ready to start the toe decreases for the Puppy Tstocking. Another IHS repeat. That will probably be it for tonight, pending whatever there is to see on Ravelry. But I’d like to get Ravenclaw started, so I can be working on it when my Eldest isn’t here and he will be utterly surprised to see the FO on Christmas morning.
AND my parents are visiting this week. I have my Dad thinking of how to make a niddy noddy out of fine woods. And a tabletop skein winder, and a Lazy Kate, and a reeler (see Foxfire 2). I sent my parents back to their hotel room with Foxfire 2 (thank you local library), three Richard Schneider books, and three copies of Spin-Off. Perhaps if I infest their brains…..
Mom is almost converted to crochet and quilting. As soon as gardening weather passes, we’ll see.
Editor’s Note: From now on, I’ll use bold for subheads and for Ravelry names. It seems to have sprung up as the way to refer to Ravelrers, and it made sense to me.
And we had frost if not freeze last night. The grass clippings looked like shaved ice. If you decide to comment, include the current temperature! Brr!