Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Diagonal Rib Infinity Scarf from Stitch(es) - Day 4

Um...yeah...about that...

So, here’s the thing about writing a knitting blog.  It’s loads of fun, and you get access to the most delicioius cupcakes on the planet not to mention meeting great yarn folks from all over.

Then those great yarn folks give you stunning patterns.  Which you knit.  In front of lots of people--well, digitally in front of ‘cuz you’re not in my living room or anything (and aren’t you glad??).

And then there’s the bit where you mess up.  Which, in blogosphere terms, means you mess up in front of everyone.  Then you’re forced to fess up about your mess up. [cue violins]

Which explains today’s post.

You know all those pattern instructions for circular needles that say “make positively absolutely triple-dog-certain that you don’t twist the stitches when you join them together”?  Twisting the first row is like crossing the streams in Ghostbusters: the world just might fall apart if you allow it to happen.

Um...yeah...about that “no twist” imperative:  I sort of botched it.  Worse, I was three inches into the knitting before I caught on.  Halfway done--that’s downright embarrassing. So much for the myth of the observant nature of writers.  My infinity scarf is twisted.  Rats. [cue ominous music]

I spent a half-hour kicking various living room objects, cursing my inattention and the fact that I absolutely couldn’t manage ripping it out and redoing it in time to stage a cover-up.  

Then it dawned on me: Infinity scarf + twisted loop = mobius strip = mobius scarf! [cue trumpet fanfare]

I have always wondered how these mobius things worked (although now having accomplished it and read the Wikipedia entry twice, I’m still not sure I know).  The pattern has a clear front and back, so it’s not an ideal set-up, but I’m going to make the most of it. [cue earnest music]

You never just might may even turn out awesome! [cue 1950's announcer crooning..."until next time..."]

1 comment:

Kimberly and Abby said...

An infinity mobius scarf is the first thing that popped in my brain when I read you'd twisted it at the beginning. Hope it all works out all right.