Monday, December 08, 2008

Secret success

Version 2.0 of the secret project as pattern and FO is finished, and it looks mighty fine. The sound you hear is me patting myself on the back for a job well done.

Seriously, though, I am impressed with what I learned through the process. knitPro certainly deserves some of the credit as it provided the basis from which I determined how many stitches to use for the different parts within the design, but I did a fair amount of heavy lifting in figuring out how to divvy up the stitches and what should be knits and purls.

This process is yet another tip-off to me that I have a fundamental understanding of knitting. The mathematical element in writing the pattern is fun for me because I do like working with numbers (just not as much as I like working with words). Finding the symmetry and converting it into rows of knits and purls not only speeds up the process but also pleases my inner aesthete.

For what seemed like the longest time I had difficulty reading the knitting, or seeing the difference between knits and purls. To be able to envision a pattern before knitting a stitch of it definitely gives me a sense of pride, even if in this case my first attempt was a nice mental cheat sheet for picturing it the second time around.

I've said before not to get too excited over something that it seems like I'm hyping up. (Hopefully all can be revealed in a week or so.) This project isn't the be all and end all. Still, it has given me a great deal of satisfaction.

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At 8:18 AM, Anonymous LittleWit said...

Hooray! I am going to map out my project today. Gotta get it knit if it's gonna be ready in time. ;)

At 2:21 PM, Anonymous Karen said...

I'm excited to see the fo's. I'm really happy that you found such knitting satisfaction with this project. :-)

At 8:11 PM, Anonymous Karen said...

Ok here is my guess for the secret project. I'm guessing a patterned/picture washcloth. The kind where you knit/purl up a picture in the field of the washcloth. My guess on the subject is the Cincinnati Reds.

I'm probably way off, but it's been fun thinking up things the project could be.

Regardless of what it is I'm glad you leveled up your skill set and feel good about it.

Happy Knitting


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