slightly unravelled

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Repetition

I've been working on the Artyarns diagonal tank. I'm almost finished with the front, and as I was knitting I was thinking about the fact that the back will be mostly the same as the front, and I'm not looking forward to knitting the same thing again. In fact, this pattern is particularly bad because the left and right are done separately, so really I have to do a bunch of stuff that I've already done twice for the front two more times for the back.

I was thinking about the fact that I dislike knitting the same thing more than once (doing the second sleeve on the hourglass made me miserable, I lost all my excitement after the first pattern repeat (of 10!) on the wavy scarf, and I can imagine that if I ever start knitting socks I will end up making a lot of singletons), but a lot of people seem to really like knitting the same thing over again. Other people often seem to finish projects and say "that was fun; I think I'll make another." I think for me the thrill is really figuring out the pattern and watching the design emerge from the series of stitches I'm doing. It's all about the magic of the individual stitches, which aren't much on their own, adding up to something really cool. This is especially true with the Artyarns tank because I was really amazed to see how those k1inc1s caused the whole thing to become a series of triangles. But once I've seen how a pattern works once, a lot of the fun is gone and the knitting seems a little like drudgery.

Ironically, as I was thinking about this, I kept noticing that the Artyarns tank looked too big. Then I realized that I'm about half-way through my yarn...but not yet half-way through the tank. For the size small, you're supposed to make the bottom edge 17 inches. And it was 17 inches at one point. I had measured it, but I'd been very careful not to stretch it because I didn't want the whole thing to be too small. But then I think adding the sides had the effect of stretching out the bottom a bit. It's now 19 inches. I don't want it to be too big, and I really don't want to run out of yarn. So I'm going to rip out a bunch until I get down to my original triangle so I can make it 17 inches when very lightly stretched.

Which means I get to knit most of it over again.

This is what it currently looks like, but soon there will be much less to it.



On a brighter note, here's a little peek at my first color stranding attempt:

4 Comments:

  • Hi Erica,

    I hate making fronts/backs too, for the very reasons you stated. Usually I will knit both of them at the same time using a very long circular and just work back and forth. Cast on for each side using a separate ball of yarn and just do your thing. That's how I made Orangina, and that's how I'm doing the sleeves of Starsky too. Other than that I convert to the round, and when the pattern changes up, I would just then work that part straight. So that's a few options for ya in the future.

    necia

    By Anonymous Necia, at 5/13/2006 11:40 PM  

  • Necia: That sounds like a GREAT idea! I'll have to remember that.

    Erica: I tend to get bored very easily and knitting the same things over and over gets old. I knitted a ton of pantas and hats when I first started. But then I wanted more challenging things! Now I really want to do some stranding or intarsia.

    Some day I will knit a whole sweater, I swear.

    By Blogger , at 5/14/2006 2:48 AM  

  • Thanks Necia! That does sound like a good idea.

    By Blogger erica, at 5/16/2006 8:57 PM  

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