September 26, 2005
Riding the good vibes...
You guys are great - thanks for egging me on! Woohoo! I'm totally psyched about the Curlicue Coverlet, and I really need to maintain that enthusiasm, because the schematic for blanket construction looks like this:
I may be pushing copyright boundaries by showing that to you, but I think as long as I don't specify how to actually make the blanket, I'm in the clear. Anyway, I've got one thing to say, "eh, shit!"
But until one casts on, one doesn't know how complicated the knitting will actually be, right? And so, I got started.
(We can discuss my choice of snow-white yarn at another point - there will be plenty of "other points," since this will be a very long-term project. Let's just say that it's a good thing I'm paranoid about washing my hands). The scalloped edging is worked as you go, just as the description claims. Very cute!
The pattern is not easy. There's constant counting, referring to the directions, second-guessing, shushing everyone - that kind of thing. The idea of frogging petrifies me because of all the short rows... and just the field of whiteness, all of it looking very much the same - how do you even start finding a mistake? So, I plan to avoid frogging as much as possible (famous last words) (don't we all say that at the start of every project?).
High pressure and fear of losing my place energized me to finish the first section in almost one sitting:
Well, you don't have to be a brain surgeon to see that it looks nothing like the little wedge in the schematic, but I think I've been able to locate that section in the picture of the actual blanket:
What do you think?
On to section 2? Yes and no. Of course, yes, but there's no way I'll be able to stay entirely loyal to this blanket which will take me until January to complete without going bonkers. Good thing another project sort of fell into my lap and it's out of this world! I'll tell you more about it very soon. For now, I'm starting section 2 of the Curlicue.