Some small amount of progress

Hi kids!
Today’s post is brought to you by the phrase “Son of a BITCH!!!“!
Not much more cable
Intarsia cables are hard, messy and slo-o-o-ow. But then, I knew that. I started and stopped this project about three times because I realized how hard it was going to be. This evening, while sipping some non-caffeinated water at Starbuck’s and snipping another short strand of yarn to work into the piece, I almost stopped again.
But it is going to be worth it once I’ve gotten through this and learned the mysteries of multicolored cabling. They are revealing themselves to me ever so slowly, like a delicate flower in early Spring. Or like that stuff at the back of your sock drawer when you’re folding the socks from the dryer and you look back and say, “What’s that shiny thing in the back of the sock drawer?”
Yeah. EXACTLY like that.
I’m probably going to break down this weekend and hit the bookshelves at the Yarn Barn to find some Alice Starmore patterns. I seem to recall she had some colored cabling going on in a couple of her books. I’m trying to find my own style here, but it never hurts to build on the knowledge of others.
Speaking of the knowledge of others – some friends from work and I went on a walk through downtown San Antonio yesterday on our first photo safari. We were hunting . . . corners. We’d been trying to think of a theme for the shoot, and we settled on corners. Hey, they’re easy to find and they come in many different varieties. I ended up learning a little bit and coming up with a lot of questions. It was a very good way to spend an evening. Even if it was about 102 degrees. (Seriously. Africa hot down here, as in much of the country.)

(You’ll want to follow the link to see it in proper perspective.)
halloween corner.jpg
I think this was my most sinister corner of the shoot. Mu-ha-ha-ha.

No Responses to “Some small amount of progress”

  1. stacey Says:

    You are braver than I to tackle intarsia cables. Looks like a wooly jellyfish. I have not really done intarsia anything. So despite having said that…why so many yarns? Could you make 13 bobbins (for each verticle color) and let that carry across the cabling?

  2. bonnie Says:

    I’ve only done the color cable thing once, and I was completely winging it. It was when I decided to make that square a few months ago for a baby blanket, and I decided what the blanket needed was a cabled bear, and I’d only been given small bits of several colors, forcing me into intarsia.
    I found that carrying colors across the back made a puckered nightmare, so it was all done intarsia-esque. It came out fine, and blocking was crucial.
    Can’t wait to see what you dig up on your reseach run, because I love the look of what you are making.

  3. michelle Says:

    Turn that puppy over and show us the backside. So many ends! There’s got to be a better way.

  4. lara Says:

    David it looks so nice!! Keep it going.. It will be spectacular.

  5. Pippy Says:

    That’s just craziness.
    It looks good, though.