Interlude in the 'Desert Sun'

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I'm waiting for any mistakes in 'Queen Anne's Lace' to display themselves, preparing for several family functions;trying to write up the various variations for Fibonaccci Eyelets, catch up with the spawning blankets and wedding shawls and resist the temptation to cast on about a gazillion projects...

So - for "mindless knitting" - I'm working on Desert Sun from GoddessKnits.

Now, I know it doesn't look mindless, but the repeats are not long, very logical and very easy to "read" against your finished stitches - and each one is done 24 times.... the next three rows are all "knit 22, purl 2" - and the purls are verticallly aligned, so it really is the next best thing to mindless garter.

I started this last summmer, and currently have under 40 rows and the edge to knit. My version is being worked on US 8 needles in a heathered bayberry 2/8 Jagger Spun Maine Line wool.

addendum:6/7 - Under 35 rows left (plus edge)

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MMario's picture

Eight edge points left to

Eight edge points left to knit. Actually - 8.5

Is there anything more boring then a countdown of how many repetitive units of something are left to do?

100 rows - averaging 14 stitches per row. that 1400 stitches. Practically nothing.

But in a way it's compulsive.
I'm off to a "Knitting Retreat" this weekend - and I want to get this DONE before then. As a matter of fact, I would like to block it tonight, but doubt muchly that will happen.

MMario - ambiguity is cultivated, it doesn't happen in a vacuum!

TomH's picture

Is the knitting retreat your

Is the knitting retreat your own personal getaway? Or is it with a group?

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It's the "Knitter's Review"

It's the "Knitter's Review" annual retreat - this year at Seven Hills Inn in Lenox, Mass.

Every guest at the Inn - except for two, will be members of the retreat or there with a member of the retreat. I'm going primarily so as to have a "down-time" - before I plunge into my "30 days of Christmas" performances.

MMario - ambiguity is cultivated, it doesn't happen in a vacuum!

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One Third of the way around

One Third of the way around the edge - only 64 points left to knit.
MMario - ambiguity is cultivated, it doesn't happen in a vacuum!

MMario's picture

Make that 49 points left to

Make that 49 points left to knit - one more then half.

Of course I haven't worked on it except for a few minutes last night since last friday evening. I can't understand why it isn't closer to being finished!

MMario - ambiguity is cultivated, it doesn't happen in a vacuum!

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18 edge points left to

18 edge points left to knit.

that's about 2 hours of straight knitting

or 216 rows

or 3024 stitches.

MMario - ambiguity is cultivated, it doesn't happen in a vacuum!

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Still working on 'Desert

Still working on 'Desert Sun' but now I'm down to a bit over 10 rows and the edging to do.

MMario - ambiguity is cultivated, it doesn't happen in a vacuum!

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5 rows to the edging! MMario

5 rows to the edging!

MMario - ambiguity is cultivated, it doesn't happen in a vacuum!

MMario's picture

I managed exactly 20

I managed exactly 20 stitches on this yesterday - less then a single repeat out of the twenty four on this round. but only 1 pattern row left, then three straight knit rounds and I get to start the edge.

MMario - ambiguity is cultivated, it doesn't happen in a vacuum!

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less then a single row to

less then a single row to knit before the edge starts. this is my "coffee break and lunch hour" project - and I am tempted to take it home over the weekend - but if I do so I know I will get nothing done on any of the other projects I'm working on - since this is at one of the "WOW!" points. so I won't.

MMario - ambiguity is cultivated, it doesn't happen in a vacuum!

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I I have begun the edge -

I I have begun the edge - most of 1 row of plain knitting done today - and 6 points on the edge. I have another 90 points to knit.

MMario - ambiguity is cultivated, it doesn't happen in a vacuum!

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84 points left to knit on

84 points left to knit on the edge. I *can* get a point done in seven minutes. lessee, (7 * 84)/60 = 9.8 hours of knitting left to go on this sucker. I better get the time per point down!

MMario - ambiguity is cultivated, it doesn't happen in a vacuum!

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76 points remain. approx

76 points remain. approx 8.8 hours of straight knitting.

I *hate* mathematics at this point in a project - they are so depressing!

MMario - ambiguity is cultivated, it doesn't happen in a vacuum!

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As a math teacher, I hate

As a math teacher, I hate how often I hear people say they hate mathematics. I realize you're only talking about one specific context, and you aren't as scared of math as the general population, but still....

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My sister/landlord is a math

My sister/landlord is a math teacher - so let me rephrase that:

I hate what mathematics reveal about the reality of a situation at this stage of a project; because the results are always too depressing.

Better?
MMario - ambiguity is cultivated, it doesn't happen in a vacuum!

Now, now boys, play nicely!

Now, now boys, play nicely!

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But Mo-OM! *grin* I should

But Mo-OM!

*grin* I should have put a smiley or something in my response. That was an honest re-phrase, not a snippy retort.

MMario - ambiguity is cultivated, it doesn't happen in a vacuum!

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And I hope that you realize

And I hope that you realize that my original comment was not entirely serious, either....

OK - you can have your

OK - you can have your allowance back.

MMario's picture

How far can this go stepping

How far can this go stepping off to the right like this? Hmmmmmm.

70 edge points left to knit.

MMario - ambiguity is cultivated, it doesn't happen in a vacuum!

Wow, Mario -- If this be

Wow, Mario -- If this be mindless, protect us from your challenging projects.....it is beautiful nonetheless!

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seriously - short repeats,

seriously - short repeats, no fancy stitches. I make it a policy to choose patterns that look much more complex then they really are.

Less work, more "wow" factor

And as long as they aren't based on a multiple of 2 - i'm usually okay. I have problems counting to two.

MMario - Can anybody tell me what year it is?

TomH's picture

Desert Sun pattern is

Desert Sun pattern is marvelous. I'm adding it to my potential project list (as well as some of GoddessKnits' other patterns.) But they have to wait. Queen Ann is next on my list - hopefully I'll receive my order of yarn this week.

Can't wait to see pix of your finished Desert Sun. By the way, is the edging grafted on as a separate piece or is it continuously knit on in the round?

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knit on edge - average of 12

knit on edge - average of 12 stitches deep; 12 row repeat (which means 96 repeats around)

MMario - Can anybody tell me what year it is?

TomH's picture

Wonderful. I'm leery of the

Wonderful. I'm leery of the idea of knitting a separate edge and then having to graft it onto the finished shawl.