Monday, February 11, 2008

Inauguration Scarp Wrap

Hi Everyone! I'm Rachel, and I'm working on an Inauguration Day Wrap instead of a scarf. When I saw the beginnings of some Inauguration Day Scarves, I decided that a scarf with a fringe on the side was not really for me, and I was really unexcited about the idea of weaving in 732 ends. I like the idea of a fringe on a wrap, though, so I decided to make one of those instead. I cast on 2 stitches at the beginning and I had planned to increase one stitch every third day, but it isn't getting bigger as quickly as I had sort of imagined, so I'm going to start increasing every other row on day 24. On July 22, I'll start decreasing! Then I'll really know when the year is halfway over.

Five Days In!

I'll admit to not working on this every day, since I'm spinning solid colors for it as I go along, but here's a progress pic:

Next up is either green or turquoise (depending on whether I get to the spinning wheel today or not). Kids are home from school.

It was quite a weekend in primary/caucus land, wasn't it? Wonder what the final result in Washington will be...


Thursday, February 7, 2008

The Long and Ribbed Road

I'm happy to join the group! I was originally using Silk Noro to knit an entrelac scarf which I think is pretty on the public side and not so much on the reverse side (metaphor for the campaign?). So I'm repurposing the yarn for a straight 1X1 rib, alternating two rows of two different skeins at a time--I got the idea from brooklyntweed's blog.
The scarf-along is ideal for this because it won't be very interesting to knit on. Looking forward to seeing everyone's progress!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Super Tuesday! (350 days to go)

Here is my scarf on Super Tuesday. Now that there are more rows you can see how I'm doing it on a bias better. And you can see how the fringe is working out. I like it. I've been somewhat random with color choices, but also trying not to put jarring colors next to each other.

Someone asked me the other day what I would do if either my candidate of choice didn't win the election. Would I stop knitting in disgust on November 5th? Maybe. At the rate this thing is growing, I think it will be long enough to comfort a whole crowd of disenfranchised knitters by November 5th. So I would just bind it off and use it as a consolation prize.

I am actually concerned that it is going to be about a mile long by next January. I'm now thinking I might have to start a second scarf half way through the year....

Monday, February 4, 2008

Introduction and first day knitting

Hi, all! I'm a new member and have started my scarf, Kathryn Alexander's Color on Color from Scarf Style:

Admittedly, it doesn't look like much, but it's a good excuse to make a scarf I really like the look of (I'm a total color junkie)! I'm hoping it ends up more the size of a wrap, but I guess I could add more blocks.

Anyway, I'm a liberal/progressive mother of 2 (girl 9, boy 6), mid-40's (oh, man, that sounds old) in Southern California. I've been struggling since Edwards dropped out of the race with what I should do tomorrow, although I think I've made up my mind. As of this minute. Talk to me tomorrow. I'm spending today listening to the FISA debate on my computer.

Looking forward to seeing what everyone else knits up!

If you want to see more of my political ramblings/knitting/spinning come over to my blog, Progressive Purls.