November 14, 2005
… A licky boom boom down.
(I apologize for having grown up in the 90s)
I know I sounded very confident when I laid out the Grumpecue plan, but in reality my overwhelming thoughts went something like, “You’re wasting your time, you have no freaking idea if this is going to work.”
I told the voices in my head to shut up and completed the first section. It looked… promising, so I allowed myself to become hopeful and plan the colors of the blanket. I knew each section would take 1.5 skeins, and after examining my stash of Hand Work Cora I came up with the following color plan:
No white in this blanket, I’m convinced it’s bad luck :).
Before I got a chance to proceed any further, Betty (en español), the informer that she is, sent me the following e-mail:
”Maybe you already know about this, but I received my copy of Montse Stanley's Knitters Handbook, and today was looking through it when I spotted your Grumpecue! :) It's on page 104 in my edition, Fig. 2.113 (Short Rows chapter, Medallions). I think this is very funny! The book drawing even has the Curlicue garter lines!”
Sure enough, look at that!
By the way, I was extremely pleased to see so many great knitters list Montse Stanley’s Knitter’s Handbook as the best knitting book when answering Carolyn’s meme. I’m happy you have all discovered this gem of a resource – I’m in great company!
Betty’s e-mail prompted the biggest sigh of relief ever! So while waiting for yarn for my dad’s Sharfik, and while waiting for Sharfik to block, I knit and knit and kept on knitting the Grumpecue. Look at her now!
This is one of those situations where my plan is so fucking insane, that it might actually work. If Montse says it’s going to work, well, then it better!
Look at the color transitions, and at the waves that are formed at the joins – very pretty! I think they (along with the scalloped edge) feminize the blanket, which otherwise very much resembles a beach ball.
Now, kids, get out your calculator and your protractor, we’re about to talk a little Maths!
Having completed a little more than 3 sections of the Grumpecue, I wanted to double-check my modeling. Remember, I hypothesized that 6 Grumpecue sections would complete a 360° circle, but I based that prediction on Curlicue sections. Trusty protractor in hand, it actually seems to me that each section is coming out to be 65°, and that six such sections would therefore amount to 390°. Computer modeling confirmed my prediction.
Not to worry! I’m not much of a lace knitter, but I’ve certainly heard of “more than circular” shawls. This blanket is likely to become a “more than circular” blanket, and that’s just fine by me! Oh, and I now have a definite deadline for blanket completion – November 29th. Plenty of time! All good signs :).
And what of the Curlicue? I am still exchanging e-mails with Oat Couture, convincing them to take a closer look at the pattern. Apparently they haven’t been able to find any evidence to contradict what I’m saying – no yarn shops have sample-knit this pattern for display!
Then again, maybe in some instances it can work? For example, Betty didn’t have nearly as much trouble with her Curlicue as I did! Check out her before and after blocking pictures! (and click on them to be taken to the corresponding blog entries)
Amazing. Of course seeing the miraculous transformation made me question whether my Curlicue could be blocked into submission. Betty told me that she thinks even after the blanket is washed, it will not pucker (as much). Really? I’m intrigued! Would my cotton/acrylic yarn behave the same as her wool/acrylic yarn?
If I get a spare afternoon at some point, I may put the two-thirds-completed Curlicue to a two-step test. One: bind off what I currently have and block severely. If the Curlicue’s puckers are able to be blocked out, then I will move to step number two: machine-washing and drying the Curlicue to see if the puckers reappear (because I’m not interested in giving the mom-to-be a blanket that will distort after the first washing – no compromises).
Then again I’ve already offered to send the two-thirds completed Curlicue to the Oat Couture people as “evidence.” Ha!