One of the reasons I love being a blogger is the constant encouragement! Oh my goodness, all of you are really maintaining the excitement, and continuing to urge me on! Well, I won’t disappoint! At least for now ;).
Who needs a mop when I have a snow-white Curlicue splayed out on the floor every evening?
What you see is section 1 (with the scalloped edging), section 2 (looks sort of like a rhombus), and just the first few rows of section 3. Once again, my rhombus doesn’t look very much like the little wedge in the schematic:
I like coloring in my progress – it makes the whole thing feel much more real ;).
So far things are going okay. My only point of concern is the puckering where section 1 meets section 2. I’m opting not to worry about it for now for several reasons. First, my photo is a bit “posed” – if I want, I can make it lay entirely flat, which actually causes a very delicate spreading of the scallops, like a fan. I’m thinking that’s the actual intent of the pattern, and that once section 15 (ha!) is completed, everything will fall into place. Also, I see a bit of puckering in the pattern photo (how about you?). Last, this situation is entirely out of my control – the number of short-rows directly dictates the number of stitches at the joint.
To those of you who think that one section/day progress means a blanket in 2 weeks, I must say, eh, it’s not gonna happen. The most important reason – I would go totally insane. Second reason – this cotton really dries out my hands and I can’t handle it for long periods of time. Which brings us to reason number three…
Remember in my last entry I mentioned another project falling into my lap? Well, I’m sample-knitting for Annie Modesitt’s new book, Men Who Knit (and the dogs who love them). Now, imagine this – a book will be published, and something inside that book will have been knit by ME! That is the coolest feeling in the world! Anyway, the project I’m knitting uses a lovely wool/alpaca blend, which, in the most amazing way, restores all the moisture the cotton Curlicue sucks out of my hands. Annie and I have agreed on some rules with respect to blogging about this project, and, yes, I’ll be able to tell you more, although not everything (but for starters, here’s a sneak peek). For now, I’m putting off writing the actual post because I’m just floored by how clever and creative this project is, and I’m afraid that unless I seriously sedate myself before blogging, the post will be a puddle of verbal diarrhea filled with praises and raves of every imaginable variety.
So, yeah, need to sedate myself first ;).
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