Sunday, September 10, 2006

The "New" Rule

Many thanks, everyone, for your congratulations on the Amazing Lace, and special thanks to the hostesses, Rachel and Theresa. They came up with a lot of great challenges and reminded us to have fun with our knitting. I think the incredible imagination that was shown in all of the entries is testament to how much knitters took to heart the spirit of the game.

Thanks, also, to everyone who suggested where I might find my missing toe. While no one pointed me to exactly what I seemed to recall at the back of my mind, SJ and ev and Ozknitter recommended the wide toe in Nancy Bush's Knitting Vintage Socks. The photos and the directions for that toe leave a little to be desired, but in the end I was able to come up with something that matched what I was remembering.


Forgive the wonky picture -- the only way I could get a decent shot was to put the sock on my hand. Turns out that to achieve the effect I wanted, I merely had to align the stitches differently prior to grafting. Um, yeah ... duh.

I am one of those strange people who likes to Keep Track of things. I make lists of all sorts of stupid things, which I usually ignore, and I count rows while I knit. It makes me happy. Yes, I'm strange. The bad part is that I tend to cast on while I'm upstairs and make careful notes of the yarn and needles. Then I rip the page out of my notebook because I tend to knit away downstairs. I take it all back upstairs to turn the heel, back downstairs for the foot, and upstairs again to finish the toe. It may end up travelling around with me, or not. When I'm done, I end up with crumpled, little grease and/or coffee stained pieces of paper which I then just throw into a drawer in my desk. For future reference, you know.


It is time to get a little more organized. This is my new record keeping system.


Yes, it's another doo-dad, and yes, I have BLUE index cards :-)

I am still suffering from startitis. I present to you a fistful of UFOs.


I have decided that in order to curb what is starting to turn into an annoying habit, I must institute a "New" rule. Because I'm not really into the whole Deprivation Thing, my "New" rule says that I can still cast on whatever I want, whenever I want, but before I start something New, I must first take a photo of the yarn. A decent photo. That means I need decent light and the camera batteries must be charged. No more spur-of-the-moment, 10:30-at-night cast-ons. Other than the socks above, and the mate to the sock up top, if you see sockly evidence without seeing the yarn in its "natural" state, you have my permission to yell at me. Nicely, of course, but still ... keep me in line, eh? Besides, it will be interesting to compare how the yarn looks in the ball or hank with the finished product.

In the Other News Department, I have started my scarf for the International Scarf Exchange. It's now about a foot long, but here's a shot of it in its infancy.

41 people had something to say:

Michael said...

Debbie Bliss Camshmerino Aran... Nice, isnt it?

trek said...

Iused to use colored index cards for studying purposes - love the blue. Interesting new rule there - how'd you cobble that one up?

Kathy said...

I too am a paper stick marker counter! Whatever works.

At least you are keeping track of things on paper.
I am always writing things down, knitting related or not. Same little piece of paper going on here in Chicago!

I reuse a lot of envelopes. I ought to get a decent notepad....

Kirsten said...

Oooh, spiffy new system! Look how organized you are! Impressive!
I like that toe. I might have to try that on myself.

HPNY Knits said...

I love the yarn fro the scarf. very luxurious!

Julie said...

I love your new system and I'm so glad to know I'm not the only one making little tic marks as I knit. ;) I am usually using a xerox copy of my pattern (that way I can knit the same thing again with different modifications if I so desier) and it then goes into a sheet protector in a binder. Before that it gets folded and scrunched and tortured just like your notes.

Love that blue socky in the back and that green/lighter blue as well- gorgeous gorgeous colors.

anne said...

do people really chastise you on the number of WIPs you have?? they better NOT!
hmm, that scarf looks like it could be familiar—am i right? is it one i would know VERY well?
and i love the little organizer! i don't know if i could get myself to use it, but i'm sure you are a better man than i! i've always gone for the little memo book with notes shoved into it willy-nilly and tied with a string . . . in other words, i'm organized, not NEAT.

Dee said...

I love ALL the sock colors, but that green one really caught my eye. That one is going to be fabulous!

Jeff said...

Mmmm.. Cashmerino Aran. I'm making Fetching for a coworker of mine and it's just too beautiful and feels great. Just wanted to say to that I enjoy reading your blog- can't wait for more posts.

Lisa said...

Love the color and the yarn! We're both Debbie Bliss'n for the ISE3...cool. :)

Stacey said...

The index cards are a great idea! I tend to grab whatever paper is handy and spill/scribble all over it....I guess fall is a time to get organized!

Your promise get great pics is another good one - I am always snapping at the last minute (usually at night) and getting no-so-great shots. That's an idea I'm going to steal if you don't mind - really try to get GOOD shots, not just adequate.

turtlegirl76 said...

Any new rule that includes promises of yarn pr0n is fine by me. =)

crankygrrrrrl said...

let us know how the new system works out. i add post-it notes to the pattern books or xeroxed copies i carry around. problem is, everything eventually gets crushed! on occassion, i'll get ambitious and transfer a pattern to my palm pilot. it doesn't really take much time...

KnittyOtter said...

That's a good rule. ;^)

Love the color of your sock. :D

lexa said...

Index cards are a great idea. I, too, have about three little notepads that I scribble on. Sometimes I forget which one I've used for which project, so that can be a pain.

aquaknits said...

I'm a list maker too, and your new system seems so organized!

Nice new rule, it's always interesting to see the difference in the yarns in the hanks and knitted up. Looking forward to all the pics. :)

Cindy said...

Could you send a little organization my way? I am so not organized or even ordered in my knitting. Just pick up and go. And I see absolutely nothing wrong with your WIP. They even look festive being photographed. Love the blue cards, though

Blue Turtle said...

OMG, You sond just like me! Counting, Rules, index cards, I love it!

That Green WIP is lovely!

KellyD said...

Well, all I can say is UFOs are the reason no one gets in my yarn closet. I have more then I care to admit. And thats all I have to say about THAT! I am making a scarf w/ garterlac in mind. Check it out on the blog. Its turning out nicely. With the exchanges and KALs I'm in now? Ohhh the UFOs...
And the socks in hand? I love the colors!!!

Sharon said...

I thought for one terrible second there you weren't going to allow yourself the pleasure of casting on more projects, phew!!! so glad that is not the case, I mean how boring would that be ;)

Kerry said...

I can relate to you "Startitis" Dave, I have 8 or 9 WIP and just as I think I am getting one finished another one pops up to grab my attention.

Your Secret Pal said...

Hi Dave! I'm your tardy ISE pal! I apologize for the delay in contacting you, but I wanted to let you know that I'm in the planning process and will get going on your scarf very soon.

In the mean time, I look forward to getting to know you through your blog.

limedragon :-: Harriet said...

Lovely colors and yarn for the scarf, mmm!

I love index cards, especially in purple. : )

JessaLu said...

I just came home with three new skeins of sock yarn, three hanks of fiber to spin and a fleece. You want to discuss startitis?!?! I don't know where to begin, I just know I want to play with ALL of it. At the same time. Right now.

aija said...

Did you start something new since you're showing us that pic, then? :) Man, that cashmerino scarf will be soo soft, I love petting that stuff @! my lys.

Paula said...

LOL, Startitis. I suffer from that affliction too! Let me know when you find a cure!

KnitXcorE said...

Your page looks like Roswell! (ufo's???, oh well i thought it was funny!) I've promised myself not to start anything until i finish both pairs of gloves. We'll see what happens with that :-)

Kathleen said...

Ah the rules. Seems everyone is starting UFO, FO, no FO, no CO kind of rules. Mine happens to be - finish two UFOs before a new CO can occur - that way, until I catch up, I'll be at least one ahead! :) It has worked like a charm this week. No guarantee what next week will be!

KnitNana said...

I like your new system, blue index cards and all...And that scarf...looks scrumptious!
(((hugs)))

Emily said...

Isn't it funny when you visit someone's blog and say, "Hey, I've made socks that color!" That just tickles me.

SJ said...

I keep a stack of freebie sticky notes in a bowl on the coffee table (along with measuring tape, stitch markers, etc.) and I'm always using tally marks to keep track of where I am. Hey, if it ain't broke...

Love your new rule for starting new projects. I should probably institute something like that myself. Come to think of it, the other night my fiance remarked that I had a project everywhere in the house where I'd sit down (living room, family room, bedroom). Maybe that's an indication that I have enough projects on the needles!

keohinani said...

thanks for your comment on teri's yarn. i think i will keep it simple. besides, i've cast on and ripped back four different patterns and none of them seemed right; plain stockinette or perhaps even a simple ribbed pattern would definitely work best. ;)
keeping track of things is a daunting task to maintain if you don't have a system, but i think that's really where the magic is. i mean, i don't usually keep track of things, but when i do, i relish putting together a system specifically for that purpose. i have a binder full of patterns i purchased, an accordian file folder for all the patterns i printed off the internet, and i just bought an address book for use specifically for knit blogging buddies. it is a beautiful thing. :)
i like your new rule. i hate when i get startitis because i'll start on a pair of socks, but want to knit another yarn. i make the huge mistake of pulling out the needles from a sock in progress for use elsewhere, and then forgetting what size it was when i come back to it. i resolve that problem by 1) buying more sock needles, 2) making sure i've knit past the heels before extracting needles so at least if i use the wrong size when i go back, the fit only effects the foot, and 3) writing it down in my notebook with all my sock knitting notes. ah, systems. gotta love it.

cindi said...

It does my heart good to see evidence of another person's startitis! Thanks for reminding me that I'm not alone in my affliction.

BLACK DOG KNITS said...

Re: vertical graft - reposition the first 4 sts on one needle and the last 4 on another. This will give u a pointy-type toe with a vertical graft. x

Uli said...

Hi....
I love lists, too - that's why I keep a ongoing list of all my sock yarn on my blog. :-)

You were asking about the pattern for the reversible scarf I'm doing for the International Scarf Exchange. It's actually a free Lion Brand pattern: http://cache.lionbrand.com/patterns/50368.html

I've modified it a bit just due to lack of yarn amount and my total stitch count is fewer and the cables are 4 stitch cables instead of 6 stitch cables but I've kept the number of rows between twists the same so that they are elongated cables.

It's a fun scarf and I wish I had more yarn to make it a lot longer but I don't so it will end up just over 4 feet in length.

Morgan said...

Good luck with the index cards--I have a little box with my neurotic notes in them. I still have a bunch of notecards to do still and find papers with my calcuations everywhere. I have pages upon pages of cross multiplications when I need to alter a number of stitches. I had tried to do them on a disk on the computer but I like the physical notecards better.

Lissa said...

Hey - new reader! Though I don't know how, because I'm an Ottawa blogger myself. Anyway.

I have a blank spiral-bound notebook that I paste patterns into and/or write them out line by line to track if I need to. Keeps me sane.

DeeAnn said...

Ha, I have piles of in process socks like that too. Although with your new rule I would be inclined to photograph the entire bin of sock yarn so I'd already have it covered if I wanted to cast on at 10pm at night lol :)

The Dragone shawl looks like it will be quite a stunning project. I look forward to seeing your progress and hearing your comments on the pattern.

Carrie K said...

Just remember Dave. Rules are made to be broken.

Pretty ISE scarf. And DB cashmerino aran? Yum.

kristin said...

Nice toe! What yarn is that, if you don't mind? It is lovely.

Eva said...

Love your Regia Stretch socks! The colors are very nice (not "colorful") and no pooling. I am knitting with the same yarn but in another colorway and it is pooling in the most hiddeous way. I´ll show you if you want :)