A Fun Present
You may have observed how much fun young children have with the box a present came in. For me, a piece of string will do, along with a book explaining a new way to twist it. My sister sent this lovely package—kid mohair, a luxury yarn I would never buy for myself, bamboo needles and a book about Moebius knitting. She told me how versatile the articles can be that are knitted this way, scarf, hat, shrug, shawl, all in one, even to carry things. I had a vision of using it to bring back tomatoes from the greenhouse because I often stretch out my sweater or T-shirt to do this, but no, not in kid mohair. What would be the equivalent of jeans here? Maybe rug yarn?
My husband voiced the thought I had quickly squelched in my mind—bamboo needles, airplane? I reminded him what had happened to a woman who had bought wooden needles on purpose and was not allowed to have them. She was so frustrated she snapped them and then they took her aside for counselling as “maybe” she wasn’t in a good state to get on the plane. What a change in events we have in the world today where a woman can easily be a pilot if she so desires, but is not allowed to knit on a plane. If I were the pilot though, I wouldn’t have time to knit…
I look through the book and begin to discover something so different to me that I decide to start with the basic beginner’s project. Usually I would read everything and then jump to intermediate or advanced, but I can’t see how this is going to work out. I wonder if it is what happens when one starts a circular project and it accidentally gets twisted since many inventions happen by accident, but the book says no, that’s not it. I learn that this latest “craze” began in 1989. My sister said it is supposedly “all over the internet” but this is the first I have heard of it. 20 years, do I live in the back woods or what! Then again, it has been over 30 years since The Revelation of Arès was received and not very many know about that or have read it, something of much greater importance to the world than knitting a mathematical form.
Following the instructions carefully, I cast on in this particular way 192 stitches. Then I seem to have a bit of cable sticking up whereas the book said the 36” length is the smallest one that will work so it doesn’t seem like there should be any extra needle! I give it a poke-thrust, something shifts and then mine resembles the one in the book. I wonder if the swatch and measuring will be of any use because it looks like I am working around the needle plus the cable
Just like the book says, when I have done one half round it seems to be a full round. I spy something down on the lower left that could be hairpin lace. I keep on going around. That’s what the instructions say, cast on, go around and around to the desired size and then bind off. I don’t know how I will know when I get to the size or if I make a mistake, if I drop a stitch or create an extra one, this is so mysterious.
After the first full round, I seem to be working on the needles rather the needles plus the cable.
After the second full round, I see something is building, I have more space in the coiled needle and it looks like half of it is purled and half knitted, although I have only knitted.
Meanwhile on the other side of the kitchen half wall, I played with some strings of bread dough.
(I am having problems with the form of this post.)