Monday, February 13, 2006
Ever heard of a Moebius Loop?
Well, that's what the brainiac I live with informed me that I had NINE inches into my first circular knitting attempt. On a deadline. During the knitting olympics. I'm not sure what they call it in the knitting world, but I'll be sure to find out so I can avoid them in the future.
When I started this project the voices of my helpers rang in my head, "Be sure not to twist your stitches." Yeah, whatever. In my world of straight needle knitting, really it doesn't matter because you untwist them as you go. Ummmm, not really the case when you JOIN your work & knit in a circle. Let me back up a bit. The olympic events really started at 3:00 on Friday, but I was thinking that I couldn't start until 7:00 when they really really started. Not so. I got back from Walmart with Patrick telling me to start knitting already, opening ceremonies started! He is still in self preservation mode & not wanting to get stuck with the pointy sticks. So I quickly unpacked my groceries & started knitting. I knit all of Friday night while watching tv & then Saturday I watched literally 5 movies & all I did all day was knit. About 8:30pm, I decided to see how wide the opening of the bag was. Hmmm, I can't seem to straighten this out. Patrick, hold this side. Ummm, we have a problem. "You have a mobius loop", that's what he said. What the hell is that??? It can't be - it's not possible that I screwed this up & knitted for 2 days not knowing. Alas, yes, it is possible. I'm not sure if you can tell from the picture, but it is indeed twisted and there is no fixing it. Well, there is but it's not really what I wanted to do. I frogged the whole damn thing, nearly 2 balls of uneven, bulky yarn & started over. I wanted to cry but I really just couldn't. Lesson learned. I realize this is what happens when I decide to try new things with no supervision. Really, though, it doesn't make it fun.
The good news? After much knitting & a few tips from my knitting friends, I'm back on track. I'm about 9 inches in and the handles are done, so it's not the end of the world. See picture #2. Now THAT'S a circular bag. Geometry lesson over.