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April 22, 2006

Very long rounds

Well, there it is.

Doesn't look so impressive, does it? Sounds a whole lot more gargantuan - "I picked up 582 stitches," "I'm starting with 648* stitches..." Big whoop-de-doo, looks like a wadded up something or other. Don't alert the media.

But we do what we have to do, and in order for me to have a beautiful ruffled scarf, I have now committed to knitting very long rounds. So long, in fact, that I think for the first time ever I can visually tell the difference in the size of the ball of yarn after knitting only 1 round.

I'm not complaining, though. This beauty is on US 5 needles, and the yarn is significantly thicker than the cobweb weight I'm using for the Mountainash shawl. For a change I don't have to consult charts, or look at my knitting, or learn Japanese, or strain my hands, or poke and prod at googly mooglies! Ahhh! It's like relaxing on the beach contrasted to studying Optimality Theory (and if you know what OT is, you're as much of a dork as I am).

*I actually picked up 656, and will conclude with 2624, but who's counting?

Posted by Kathy on April 22, 2006 10:19 PM


The article on OT was interesting. The scarf, however, is much prettier.

OK, the OT entry is a bit thick but interesting. Had no idea linguistics had come so far.

I can never get enough of your numbers. Can't wait to see the ruffles.

I never thought I'd live to see OT mentioned on a knitting blog. That makes my (dorky) day! Must resist urge to make up knitted OT tableaux...

Lovely yarn you're using, by the way.

That is a crazy amount of stitches! I can sympathize.. I am working on a ruffly scarf, and am now casting off over 3,000 stitches.. it gets sooooooo tedious. Race ya! :)

OT is a little too involved for my delicate sensibilities, but ruffles I can take!

And here I was moaning and complaining about the Widow's Shawl final 800 stitch rounds. I am utterly silenced (but not for long *G*)

So, are your neuroscience interests language-related, then?

It's been so long since I've studies phonology that I've got to read all about OT this summer. Good lord! I've also got to tackle minimalism!

OT was where I decided that phonological theory was really a moving target and that I just wasn't going to be able to keep up. (Phonetics is much more interesting, in any case.) Oh, yeah, and, as always, lovely knitting.

Whoah, that took me back to a certain "Syntax and Semantic Theory" class... I'd forgotton that that was in my head.

I love the occasional mindless project to relax ya' and let your mind wonder to the next one...

OMG, I don't know if I can even count that high!

The numbers are astounding - my right-side brain is having a hard time grasping it!

hahahahaha! i actually DO know what optimality theory is! hahahaha! but only because i used to be involved in a related field. i dunno why i'm laughing so hard—i am also a fan of the high stitch numbers and lotsa lace. good luck with those ruffles

Rraarrr! I'm calling you soon!

Spotted you again! On the Yarn Harlot website itself.

Great photos.

So, I've been reading your blog for a long time but have been very shy about commenting, but I just can't help myself when you go and mention OT! I never thought I'd see that on a knitting blog (except my own, perhaps...the Masters project I'm currently finishing is an OT-based pronoun resolution toolkit).

The only language constraint I would have after casting on that many stitches is not screaming "Fu*^$(&^ this!"

Ah, yes - who's counting? I guess relaxing knitting is all relative.

I did my BA in linguistics at RU. :P Prince subbed one of our classes one day and we were all "...OMG ROCKSTAR!!!"

Decided to take a break from Ash huh?

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