Or something like that. More like, I haven’t added anything to my blog because I’ve been too busy playing with my new iPod. It was a gift from my husband and son for my birthday, and I am addicted! Between the podcasts, and browsing for audiobooks, and transferring my CD’s, I have been on the computer for three hours every night after I put my son to bed. I am being truly irresponsible – I have other things to do, like work, clean, return letters and emails, read, KNIT, and, oh, I don’t know… sleep?! I. Can’t. Stop. Myself.
So, to keep this about knitting, here’s an update on the HP scarf: I have done three repeats, and have finally finished with the frogged yarn (The color’s a bit off in the picture; I’m not the best photo editor). Yeah!!! I don’t know if it was my imagination or what, but the frogged yarn kind of sucked. It felt thinner running through my hands, even though knitted up it doesn’t feel any different. It has been quite a journey so far, not because it’s a hard pattern, but because I keep making mistakes and having to unknit rows to go back. Also, the Russian Join is getting very tedious (there’s a video of this joining technique on this page).
I used it because I was too chicken to use the other methods I’ve read about or seen of tying knots or twisting strands together and then sewing in ends. Also, I know from crocheting that I hate sewing in ends. Mostly, though, it was the former, chicken reason, and I figured that Russian Joins look all but indestructible. I am regretting it now, every 27 rows, when I have to knit with the gold for three rows, then with the burgundy for five, then the gold again. I have to do the join four times in 11 rows, and it gets annoying. As if that wasn’t enough, my yarn is bulky at the joins because it’s thicker than the usual 3-plys that the yarn has. I cut out one ply on each end when I join it, but that still makes it 4-ply at the joins. You might be able to see the thicker stitches in the closeup. I’m not worried about it, because I’ll just put that part on the edge of the scarf when I add the fringe – I don’t appreciate the wave at the beginning / end of each round, anyway – but I’m realizing that it might have been a poor choice. In the name of consistency, though, I’ll stick to it.
I know this scarf is good practice, doing the knit stitch and all, but, yeah. I think I get it. It’s getting pretty boring. If it wasn’t for the fact that it’s for my husband and he reallly wants it (he gets antsy whenever I start unknitting), I might be tempted to turn it into a giant hat.