For my birthday this year, I bought myself two books I’ve been yearning for: Sequence Knitting and the KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook. Both have to do, in rather different ways, with demystifying particular design processes, though sequence knitting is also a new method for knitting complicated patterns using extremely easy-to-memorize methods. I am pleased as can be with both these books. I’ve already learned a lot from both of them. I have so much to say about each of them that I can’t possibly review them both in one post.
Sequence Knitting: Simple Methods for Creating Complex Reversible Fabrics, by Cecelia Campochiaro. Sunnyvale, CA: Chroma Opaci, 2015. ISBN: 9780986338106, website: sequenceknitting.com, on Ravelry: Sequence Knitting
Earlier today I posted a lace knitting chart for fruitbat. Here’s a chart that can be used for any craft – quilting, cross stitch, crochet, needlepoint, colorwork in knitting… the sky’s the limit. Enjoy!
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As many of you know, each month my Patreon supporters suggest words for me to encode; I usually choose one randomly and then post the resulting stitch pattern on the first of the month. It’s good fun and I enjoy it. This month, the random number generator pulled up Katherine’s suggestion of fruitbat, which made me rather gleeful. For one thing, I like fruitbats; they’re quite charming. For another, it reminds me of Terry Pratchett and the Century of the Fruitbat.
In any case, while the word itself sounds a little silly to me, the appearance of the stitch pattern has little to do with the sound or meaning of the word it’s based on. And here we are, one lacy stitch pattern that pleases me. (Later today I will post another encoding of the word as a chart usable for many crafts.)
I wasn’t going to post today, since I made the Tau Day post yesterday. But I’ve been thinking about writing a post encouraging people to embrace mistakes and go ahead and try things they want to do even if they think they can’t do them. And I just read a post by Tien Chu that says much of what I wanted to say, only better. (Hm, maybe I should take my own advice.) Anyway, I think everyone should go read it: On Developing Skills. Here’s a quote:
Don’t let the fact that your early work sucks bother you. It’s going to suck. It’s good that it sucks, because if you can let go of needing to be good at it, you can get on with the real work, which is improving the skills that you’ll need to produce better work. As a weaving teacher I know tells her students, “Don’t worry about making the first piece perfect. You’re not making a scarf – you’re making a weaver.”
I may yet write my own post about this, but it’s a cornerstone of the way I go about exploring my work with yarn, and other things too.
Just for the fun of it, I’m going to post occasional stitch patterns in honor of geeky days on the calendar.
So what is Tau Day? Tau is a constant twice as big as pi, and it is apparently more useful than the number pi. Here is the Tau Manifesto for your mathematical pleasure. The main thing for my purposes is that 6/28 is a date that approximates Tau.
Therefore, I have encoded 628 as charts for lace knitting, knitted cables, and a grid for use in any craft that can use a grid as instructions. (This is not, of course, all of Tau; it just seemed like a useful stopping point.
Sometimes I discover that my brain has been thinking up things while I wasn’t looking, as it were. I love the way it does that. (Except when I’m overwhelmed by ideas.) This time, the back of my brain decided to combine a technique I’ve been playing with in swatches–k1long with inlay‘s ability to add a contrast color in a vertical colorwork design. This isn’t actually inlay, but merely borrows the idea of carrying a contrast color vertically up the wrong side of the knitting when it’s not in use.
I’ve only written instructions that show how to work this from the front, but I hope that it will be evident how to reverse the process from the wrong side. Please let me know if I’m mistaken and I’ll write this up. As it stands, it should be easy enough to work in the round regardless.
The first step is to consider whether the contrast color loop is leaning from bottom left to top right or from bottom right to top left. If the former, I’ve used a k2tog (right leaning) to secure the loop, and if the latter, I’ve used SSK (left leaning).
The instructions below are for the right-leaning version; the left-leaning version doesn’t require the slipped stitch to be worked first (if working in the round, anyway).
Here’s the collection of geeky holidays I have so far (thanks in large part to my friends on Google+), starting with the one that’s next to arrive:
You might be wondering what I’m going to do with these. I plan to turn them into stitch patterns, of course! I’m not going to do all of them in a year; I’ll work on them sporadically as I feel like it. You will note that some of them are math jokes (i.e. Tau day), some are random (i.e. Talk Like a Pirate), some have to do with string geekery, and some celebrate certain fandoms (i.e. Towel Day). Feel free to suggest more; I don’t want more than one for a given fandom, though. I also don’t want the dates of fan conventions. (There’s too many). And I reserve the right to skip some if I feel like it.
I’ve had a suggestion for the 8th day of each month, which is apparently sacred (in South America) to Mary, the Untier of Knots. I’m not sure it fits in so well, but I’m thinking about it.