Monday, September 19, 2016

Counting to Six.

I finally found a rhythm with the cabled baby blanket. Turns out, it's just about counting to six (which I can manage to do most of the time :-)

The blanket features columns of paired cables twisted in opposite directions. The pairs are separated by six stitches of reverse stockinette. Each cable is six stitches and they're twisted every six rows for a six-row repeat. Last week, I started tracking the repeats in my planner... I'm sure you can imagine how much I enjoy all those tick marks! I finished 13 repeats last week (and if I continue at that pace, I could finish the blanket next week - woohoo!)

It wasn't until somewhere around the sixth repeat, though, that I started hearing the 1-2-3-4-5-6 in my head as I worked across the rows. There are 34 groups of six stitches per row; I'm surprised it took me that long. But it wasn't until early last week that I knitted an entire repeat in one sitting and I think that's when the rhythm started. Now that I have the count going in my head, I don't have to look at the rows and that's definitely faster!

It also makes it better for TV, audiobooks, getting together with friends, drinking wine and waiting - pretty much all the times I like to knit. So far, the blanket has listened to Barbara Pym, watched Star Wars and The Martian and been to bible study and knitting class. This week I hope to take it out for coffee and for lunch and I'm sure it will hear another book and see more TV. I started watching Inspector Morse and I think I'll finish the blanket before I finish all those episodes.

I hope I don't get any more practice fixing mis-crossed cables.


(but if they do happen, I hope I notice them quickly.)

What good experience(s) do you hope to share with your knitting this week?

13 comments:

  1. It's amazing to me . . . what a challenge simple counting can be! (And what a lovely blanket.)

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  2. What a lovely blanket! Making the Shetland Triangle taught me to count and truly read my knitting. Once you so it, you never go back.

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  3. I love that you've made things less complicated by simply counting to six! And that moment when the pattern just clicks in your head is wonderful. This blanket has to be one of the most well-traveled, educated, and entertained blankets ever knit, and I know it will do a great job keeping grandson #2 warm and loved!

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  4. That is a beautiful blanket! Sometimes I've worked out patterns just as I'm falling asleep, what seemed to be a pattern full of complicated steps becomes a whole with a few simple steps and I can visualize it. I always wonder why I don't see it earlier in the process!

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  5. I love when math makes things easier - and please note, this was not a phrase I used when in school. However, I have come to see the glory that math brings to my life. Especially in knitting - my good thing in knitting this week are a sleeve that continues to grow and having enough yarn to make the sleeves LONG! Haha! The blanket is beautiful and yay for the confidence to re-cross miscrossed cables!

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  6. Very satisfying indeed for your math brain! And I AM surprised that it didn't click with you sooner, but I can see how that could happen if you hadn't knit an entire repeat in one sitting. My good experience to share about my knitting is merely that I HAVE knitting!! :-)

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  7. I think the key was sitting down and doing an entire repeat at once. I know for me, at least, that's what it often takes to get a pattern to click in my head. The blanket is looking great and I hope it enjoys all the fun outings you have planned.

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  8. Oh, that blanket is going to be wonderful!! I hope to spend some quiet time with my knitting. ;)

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  9. Not that I've done any very complicated knitting, but it is always nice to find a rhythm to the pattern. Such a lovely blanket and of course the beautiful baby boy blue color!

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  10. The blanket is going to bring so much joy to you all!

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  11. I want to hang around with your blanket! Which is quite lovely by the way! Hmmm...I'd like to share a couple of good porch sits listening to a book, my chair and regular week night television and a good photo shoot for an FO!

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  12. On my goodness, that looks complicated ... I found it hard enough to do a simple rib! It's shaping up beautifully though, and what a nice bunch of activities you have to knit though :).

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  13. This is such a beautiful blanket. There is something about cables that I absolutely love.

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