Shawl Underway

The other night, I sat down with the candleflame shawl and tried to figure out where I’d left off. I tried for about half an hour and then decided to just rip it out and start over. There were a couple of problems that made it hard for me to figure out what row I was on.

First, there are no straight columns in the piece, so it was extremely difficult to count rows. Every column eventually runs into an increase or a decrease, and those confuse me when I’m counting rows.

Second, I’m still working off text directions. I haven’t created a graph yet because I don’t know how to graph a pattern that is not rectangular. This pattern continually increases, forming a big triangle. Can anyone help me out with non-rectangular graphing? Once I learn to do that, I’ll fix up the cable grapher so that it knows how to do increases.

I think I’m going to go for a long bike ride at lunch today. Tonight I’ve got violin lessons and I’ve got to work on some software afterwards, so it’s going to be tough to find time to work out this evening.

This new violin is really hard. It’s not nearly as forgiving of finger mis-placement as my old one. Like I said before, lots and lots of scales need to be practiced. It’s just so discouraging to keep picking it up and finding that I sound like crap on it. My head knows that it’s going to pass, but my heart is feeling discouraged. And whiny.

Shut up, heart.

Oh, and I shaved my head last night.

No Responses to “Shawl Underway”

  1. Kaetchen Says:

    Sugar, no matter what, never tell your heart to shut up.

    Don’t let your skull get sunburnt!

  2. David Says:

    “Terrible Knitter of Kent” – that’s awesome! Sounds like something from a Monty Python sketch. I’m going to go check it out right now.

    I’ll keep you informed if I run across/write up a pamphlet-sized set of instructions for a top-down Aran.

  3. Susanna in Seattle Says:

    If you go to The Terrible Knitter of Kent’s blog
    http://www.nwkniterati.com/MovableType/TerribleKnitter/ and check the April 11, 2004 entry and comments, there’s a discussion of the concept of a “life line” in lace knitting. I had never heard of it but was very glad to have Karen explain it so clearly. Sounds like a great tool for lace knitting.

    Thank you for referring me to the top-down aran pattern on-line. I’ll check it out.