This is mostly a knitting blog. Sometimes pictures of things I've made, sometimes not. I'm a guy who knits, I usually attend a men's stitch 'n' bitch on Monday nights, and I prefer natural fibres to artificial ones. I have a love-hate relationship with bamboo yarns: I love what they can do and how they look, I hate how they are made. I've been knitting since about 2003, though I really didn't get into it until 2005, while convelescing with a broken leg. I must have discovered something good, 'cause I'm still knitting years later.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Provisional Cast On: Mishegas or Agita?

There's a reason I'm a knitter and not a crocheter. Beside the fact that knitting uses less yarn than crocheting and burns more calories, I just like the way knitting looks more than the way crocheting looks. However, last  weekend I attended a knitting workshop to learn about a specific pattern. The first row of stitches had to be kept live in order to graft the beginning and end together, so we had to do a provisional cast-on. I totally suck at manipulating a crochet hook, and had a hard time coordinating my hook and my knitting needle. A lot of crocheters say that knitting is hard because you have to manipulate two needles as opposed to one crochet hook. But using that crochet hook and getting everything to work out right took the devil's own time. Now that I know how to use the provisional cast-on, I hope I never have to try it again. Talk about agita! Talk about mishegas! Talk about mixing two cultures!

This project is called Shibui Mix. It is Shibui Silk Cloud (60% kid mohair, 40% silk), and is some of the softest stuff I've ever knit with. The colours I've chosen are Ivory, Graphite (which is grey), Suit (which is blue), and Ink (which is black*). In alternating blocks of colour, three strands of Colour A, then two of A and one of B, then two of B and one of A, then three of B, and so on, when it is finished, the two ends are grafted together (the reason for leaving live stitches on the first row and using the accursed provisional cast on) and you've got a loopy scarf for which you didn't have to cast on hundreds and hundreds of stitches (yes, I'm still working on the 1000 cast on lace weight scarf on US size 3 needles; why do you ask?).

When I've got more to show for what I've been doing, I'll post some pictures.

*When dealing with pretentious colour names I always wonder if it should be spelled blacque.

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