Archive - Feb 27, 2007

RainCityRick's picture

RainCityRick No More!

Well, my partner was just offered a fantastic job in Napa, California. It looks like RainCityRick may become WineCountryRick!

I know that there are a bunch of guys on here from the Bay Area. I'd love to get some information on any knitting groups in the area. We're thinking about either living in Napa itself or possibly a little closer in to the city (like Vallejo.) Any suggestions and advice would be greatly appreciated.

Rick

Gerard Allt's picture

knit a river

hiya

many of you have contributed to the Knit a river campaign for WaterAid.

Thank you for your contributions. I would like to share a couple of stats with you. We have been amazed by the response to the campaign, we have received over 40,000 squares, many of them from the US.

Much of the river has yet to be sewn together but the dimensions at the moment are very simple. The river is about 7 foot wide. This means that when the the river is complete it will be longer than the Empire State Building is tall. How incredible is that? The river is approximately 1500 feet long, the Empire State Building is just less that 1300 ft.

We are very much looking forward to taking the river out and using it to draw attention to the fact that too many people (over 1 billion) lack access to safe water.

Celowin's picture

Saxon Braid Scarf

Let it never be said that I do things halfway.

From when I first started knitting (has it really only been 5 weeks?) one of the things that completely fascinated me was cabling. When a company was sitting on my mail order, I decided to make a braided scarf out of what little yarn I could get locally, as a "fun little interrim project." Oh, how wrong I was.

Roughly 50 hours of knitting and 1085 cable crossings later, here is the result.

I didn't follow a "here is a scarf" pattern. I took the saxon braid pattern from http://www.eunnyjang.com/knit/2005/11/technickety_how_to_unvent_a_si.html and added a simple rope cable border on each side. There are 27 repetitions of the pattern, because it was roughly the right length, and for the mystical connotations of three sets of three sets of three. I also did the final weave-ins on the 27th, for the same reason. (I don't actually believe in any mysticism, but it is interesting enough to me to take it into consideration.)

I haven't done any blocking on it, and I'm not sure if I will. 50 hours of work seems like a lot to risk doing I process that I'm unfamiliar with, even if it seems simple enough. Besides, does a scarf really need blocking?