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29 August 2005 @ 11:25 pm
knitting, some assembly required  
I have done Brain Work! I have now designed, calculated, and written out a full pattern with all the fun abbreviations and row counts and shape guides and everything to combine machine and hand knitting. It's a guy's sweater for this first attempt, because the shaping is easier. OMG. LOTS OF NUMBERS AND MATH. And translating things from three dimensions into two dimensions into little abbreviations and... anyway. I like doing stuff like this because I realize how much I do know amid the "OMG WHAT AM I DOING!?"

That's reassuring, although even when I'm good at something I don't usually like to put my good-ness to the test. It's a very nice little ticky-box on my health checklist to have sat down to a project on a day when I was feeling pretty awful (general whiny memo to world: I HATE HERBS AND VITAMINS THAT MAKE ME QUEASY AND DIZZY. HATE HATE HATE.) and actually pulled together all sorts of disparate sources and double-checked and thought and did math and pulled it together. I STILL HAVE A BRAIN!

Now, however, I am flailing with a misplaced panic, because my brain decided I must be back in school if I'm doing things like research and therefore should freak out over deadlines and projects and schedules and everything else. It's like academic fight or flight mode. *shudders* GOD, I hated this at Brown, but right now it's kind of cracking me up. (It can stop now, though. *digs nails into desk*)

I showed off my pages of knitting code to my mother, fishing for a response of "you understand this!?" (I don't know if other knitters get joy from this -- it gives me such guilty gleee when people stare in horror at pattern gobbledegook.) Her reaction was, instead, "You enjoy this better than your novel, don't you?" The answer at present is OH MY GOD, YES, but I have faith: when it comes time to sew seams, I will rediscover my love of writing trashy romance novels.
 
 
feel: stressedirrationally stressed
hear: "Oxygen" - Willy Mason
 
 
 
if i could, i'd punch you into paralysis!: SGA-John/Liz (daygloparker)grenadine on August 30th, 2005 04:11 am (UTC)
academic fight or flight mode

OMG, do I ever understand that feeling. *is buried under landslide of textbooks while conveniently, the fic part of brain has started producing ideas again* But, yay! Sweaters! That sounds so cool!
Little Red: knitting! - melyannamylittleredgirl on August 31st, 2005 03:40 pm (UTC)
It's amazing how the ficbrain kicks in at the most inconvenient times, isn't it?

And yay! I hope this sweater pattern ends up working... *flails at certain things in it*
רותם שחר (Ro): destiny 2roothekittykat on August 30th, 2005 05:11 am (UTC)
*snuggles*
Little Red: sga - shep getting hot - jr_moonmylittleredgirl on August 31st, 2005 03:40 pm (UTC)
Shep is really hot, isn't he?
(no subject) - roothekittykat on August 31st, 2005 06:35 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Pooh: Cupid - GOOBERS! (by meegzi31)mspooh on August 30th, 2005 05:26 am (UTC)
*loves your math geekiness*
Little Red: cupid - claire/alex too cool - meegzi31mylittleredgirl on August 31st, 2005 03:41 pm (UTC)
I feel so vindicated that I'm using my graphing calculator that I spent all this money on last year because it's just wrong to be without one. :) Not to, like, graph or anything, but to add things. With perentheses! *geeks*
Jainabrightcupenny on August 30th, 2005 05:30 am (UTC)
Whee, go you! That so sounds like something I could never do in a million years because it would make my head hurt horribly. :)

Yay for productivity!
Little Red: knitting! - melyannamylittleredgirl on August 31st, 2005 03:42 pm (UTC)
See, that's exactly the comment I was fishing for with my mom! *snuggles you*

The problem with knitting is that sometimes one's productivity can be literally snagged...
w0lfstar: knitting otp by melyannaw0lfstar on August 30th, 2005 08:02 am (UTC)
omg I want to see you patterns! *is so totally, amazingly impressed with you*

EEEEEEEEEE!!!!

You rock!
w0lfstar: house - cane by stelladivesw0lfstar on August 30th, 2005 08:09 am (UTC)
oh, and to also make you amused, I saw this icon and realized that I TOTALLY needed it. And thought you might be amused
(no subject) - mylittleredgirl on August 31st, 2005 03:43 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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મનીષાdelgaserasca on August 30th, 2005 08:59 am (UTC)
See, I only straight knit because pearling etc? Not a great idea for me. That being said, I always look at the pages of 'code' (so to speak) and go - "Woah." So, mondo impressed that you can work that stuff out.
Little Red: knitting! - melyannamylittleredgirl on August 31st, 2005 03:47 pm (UTC)
I didn't realize there even was a purl stitch for, like, six years after I learned to knit. And then I was purling incorrectly and twisting all the stitches for another two years and was totally confused by how my knitting looked different than other people's! ;) *still sekritly thinks twisted purl stitches are cuter*

I still run into some weird abbreviations I'm unfamiliar with in other patterns. Sometimes I think knitters abbreviate things totally at random just to keep it an exclusive club or something!
(no subject) - delgaserasca on August 31st, 2005 08:55 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Lindsay: JAG - yumbabylil on August 30th, 2005 09:41 am (UTC)
See, I knew I found knitting intimidating for a reason. It's got to be the maths.

*hides in fear of maths*
Little Red: knitting! - melyannamylittleredgirl on August 31st, 2005 03:49 pm (UTC)
Heee!! There is a bit of math that sneaks in there the more advanced you get. When you're just knitting scarves, though, there's pretty much only counting. :)

And any of my former roommates can tell you I suck at counting pretty spectacularly. I'll be counting stitches all "sixteen... eighteen... twenty... twelve..." if I'm doing it in front of the TV. It's kind of ridiculous.
suesjhw_tolerance on August 30th, 2005 11:44 am (UTC)
Woohoo! Isn't it exciting when a pattern comes together! Even with the math?
Little Red: knitting! - melyannamylittleredgirl on August 31st, 2005 03:50 pm (UTC)
YES! I feel so cool! I'll feel even cooler after I knit it, of course, and see that it actually works... *meeps*
(no subject) - sjhw_tolerance on September 1st, 2005 12:16 am (UTC) (Expand)
Bitch-extraordinaire!: Violin and writing #2sakuracorr on August 30th, 2005 12:08 pm (UTC)
*pets* Yay knitting (even though I have no luck with such things, yay knitting for you)!
Little Red: knitting! - melyannamylittleredgirl on August 31st, 2005 03:51 pm (UTC)
:) *loves knitting really more than I should*
rogue equestrian: DW:: Rose shy  smileelvinborn on August 30th, 2005 04:46 pm (UTC)
yay for the glee!!!!
I love getting reactions from people over showing them codes. I was trying to pick out a pattern for my fall afghan project, and it was so much fun when asking for opinions on the pictures to get the OMG What Do all those little things mean!?! (and that was just crochet. my shawl knitting book boggles most people) *geeks*

I hear you on the seams thing too. I've gotten to where I tend to avoid things that require sewing. It always makes me want to beat my head into a wall covered in nails.

i need a yarny icon
Little Red: knitting! - melyannamylittleredgirl on August 31st, 2005 03:54 pm (UTC)
I was trying to pick out a pattern for my fall afghan project, and it was so much fun when asking for opinions on the pictures to get the OMG What Do all those little things mean!?!

I KNOW!! It's such a guilty pleasure. Mmmm. Afghans. OMG. It's almost afghan season, YAY!! I'll need to figure out what productive things I will have to do to earn the "big needle afghan" book as a reward. *grins*

Weirdly, I hate sewing things together less than other knitters... because it's also a repetitive thing... but I really hate it when the ends are all curly. It's blocking I can't stand. I should ask for suggestions about blocking...

Do you know about sg1knitters? Sometime way back in the community (there haven't been too many posts, so you can page back) melyanna posted yarny icons like this one. :) I'm pretty sure there were some crochet hooks running around in there, too.
(no subject) - elvinborn on September 3rd, 2005 03:06 pm (UTC) (Expand)
One Whose Honesty is Stronger Than Her Fear: knittingamilyn on August 30th, 2005 05:32 pm (UTC)
I have faith: when it comes time to sew seams, I will rediscover my love of writing trashy romance novels.

This is Meeeeee! I HATE sewing seams. I hate even more weaving in the ends.

Sister!
Little Red: knitting! - melyannamylittleredgirl on August 30th, 2005 05:45 pm (UTC)
OH MY GOD, I KNOW. There's very little I hate more than weaving in ends. I think that's the primary reason I don't do color-stranded knitting more often.

I like knitting everything in the round to avoid seams, but now I'm trying to get some of the stockinette stitching sections done on a knitting machine to see if that'll work... and so they have to be knit flat. I finally managed to wrap my brain around knitting in two dimensions, but I suspect everyone will hear lots of squawking and bitching when it comes time to block and seam things.
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fyca: 0Moni sunnyfyca on August 31st, 2005 03:18 am (UTC)
Is your heroine going to knit a sweater for her love? And weren't you going to make a LJ for your novel? What's going on with that?
Little Red: knitting! - melyannamylittleredgirl on August 31st, 2005 03:28 am (UTC)
My heroine is totally a knitter!

No, I'm not making an LJ... at least not right now. Too much other stuff to deal with.
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