20 November 2005

The Battle of the Lace

For some reason, when Verde and I got home from Knit Happens and had dinner, we had the bright idea of saying that, you know, we are knitters. We know how to knit. We know how to purl. As Verde would say, if other people can knit lace, so can we.

Well.

WE LOST BAD!

You see, the lace? Bit our asses. We? Sucked.

It might have helped if I could have read the book at all to follow the pictures, but I'm not so sure. Verde, the resident book picture follower, couldn't do it either. We got as far as the knit. The purl. The weird backward squiggle thing. The other thing where you do a knit but don't do a knit. Okay. We got that. Sort of. Kinda.

But not even Mr Pointy was strong enough to stand up to the challenge of slip one, knit two together, pass slipped stitch over. Whatever that was. It was terrifying.

There might have been a reason why the lace chapter was at the back of the book, I suppose. But that would have been logical to think that. Maybe we can find a hapless victim more experienced knitter that could teach us in the way of the lace. Of course, were it up to Verde, she we would ply said victim with a lot of the whiskey we still have hanging around here and make him/her/it demonstrate lace knitting for hours. That would be a lot of drunken lace knitting, I suppose, but just think, it can't possibly be worse than the "lace" we came up with tonight.

1 Comments:

Blogger mak506 said...

not even Mr Pointy was strong enough to stand up to the challenge of slip one, knit two together, pass slipped stitch over

Damn. Why aren't you closer, Frar?

Here's an attempt at explaining that, sans whiskey. It's easy and kind of fun once you get it.

S: slip the needle through the next stitch to be knit as usual, like you were about to knit it. Instead of knitting it, move it all the way onto the opposite needle.

K2tog: put the point of the needle through the next two stitches together and pretend they're just one stitch to be knit.

PSSO: take the needle with the stitches to be knit (not specifying L or R since you're doing it left-handed) and use it to pick the stitch you knit up and pull it over the stitch resulting from the K2tog--sort of like you're casting off.

Hope that helps!

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