A Starbuck’s Evening

Last night as the sun was going down, I stuffed the Fertility Candle Flame Shawl into my my map bag along with my iPod and jumped on my bike. I rolled down to the local Starbuck’s and bought a large Earl Grey with room for milk, then sat down to do a few rows and listen to Bill Bryson’s book, A Short History of Nearly Everything. It’s a fascinating book. If you’re at all interested in history or science, I highly recommend it. The only quibble I’ve got with it so far is a passage where he’s talking about the 19th century fascination with the link between electricity and vitality, a subject which he says received treatment in Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein.
It’s been eleven years since I read it, but I seem to recall that electricity is not actually mentioned in Frankenstein. I may be wrong; I’ll have to go back and read Frankenstein again.

Starbuck’s was an interesting place. There were two apparently unrelated couples of older women sitting there talking animatedly in Spanish when I arrived. They both cleared out as I sat there knitting, to be replaced by a horde of tall, skinny, attractive teenagers. I guess school’s out just now. I felt very much separated from their generation, sitting there with a shawl in my lap, listening to the circumstances surrounding the discovery and naming of Iguanadon whilst multiply-peirced kids walked by.

When I got home, I was tired but the tea was keeping me up. I got into bed with a pen, graph paper, and the Vogue Knitting book and drew out a couple of stitches for the cable grapher. I worked out the functions for an inc 1 and a k2tog. Which, incidentally, are:

Inc 1:
x = CELL_SIZE / 3
y = CELL_SIZE / 10
y2 = y * 9
line( (x,y), (x, y2) )

y = CELL_SIZE / 2
x2 = (CELL_SIZE / 10) * 9
y2 = CELL_SIZE / 10
line( (x,y), (x2,y2) )

x = CELL_SIZE / 10
y = x * 9
x2 = y
y2 = x
line( (x,y), (x2,y2) )
x = CELL_SIZE / 2
y = x
x2 = (CELL_SIZE / 10) * 9
y2 = x2
line( (x,y), (x2,y2) )

I haven’t actually run those through the image program yet, so I don’t know if that’s correct, but it looks right. Those two were fairly easy, because the glyphs for them involve simple straight lines. Coming up with the graph for the make 1 stitch is going to be harder, because its glyph is a curvy shape. I haven’t had to graph anything so far with a curve in it except for the circle in the yarn over glyph, and circles are easy. I’ll need to figure out how to gracefully connect three arcs to graph the make 1.

I’ll probably try to input those glyphs sometime today to see if they work.

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  1. ABQ Woman Says:

    Actually electricity is not mentioned in Frankenstein, but was part of the well-documented parlor game evening which led Shelley to write the book. :-)

    The knit grapher looks *way* cool. Can’t wait to talk to you about it in TX!

  2. Aarlene Says:

    The additions to the graph are so cool!
    Thanks for the behind the curtain look at how you do this. Looks neat.

  3. Emma Says:

    Sounds like a pleasant way to pass some time.I drink Twinning’s Earl Grey with just a splash of skimmed milk.
    Grey’s monument in Newcastle-upon-Tyne is off the Earl Grey.