Remember those nights when you were stuck in your dorm room writing a paper about 15th-century art while just outside your window—right there in front of your dorm—there’s this group of girls shrieking and singing and yelling stuff like “HEY Y’ALL LET’S GO SKINNY DIPPING”?
Yeah. That’s me right now, soldiering away on my dank blue sweater while you’re all over there “WOO HOO NORO YARN FREAKOUT GIVE IT AWAY GIVE IT AWAY GIVE IT AWAY NOW.”
I get it. I do. There’s no use trying to compete with all the sharing and caring going on in the entries to this contest. I have rarely encountered a comments thread so loaded with devotion for an inanimate object.
Feel free to go enter now, and you’ll see what I’m talking about. Go ahead. Don’t worry about me. You have until noon Eastern time, Wednesday, November 4.
Meanwhile, That Sweater
I’m fine, I guess, though the early stages of a top-down sweater are always tedious to me. The setting up, the placing of markers, the trust you have to have that this cylinder is going to turn into something I can wear. I am learning new things already.
(Sure would be fun to knit this in Noro.)
Truth: You can totally screw up on Row 3. This Moroccan Nights Pullover uses a short row technique new to me: the German Short Row. Rililie’s three-page PDF is epic in detail, yet I had to really dig into YouTube to find an action shot of this very unintuitive maneuver. It’s like a poem in English class you don’t get until the teacher says, “The peach is a metaphor.”
(Here’s some more Noro.)
Truth: You have to count. You really do. I neglected to count at one of the moments when Rililie gave me the stitch count. I regretted this deeply, because I came up short later and couldn’t diagnose where my increases went bad.
The good news: If you photograph this yarn at high noon, in the blazing sun, it turns sort of blue!
The other good news: This yarn is so sturdy and stout that it will stand up by itself, like a little fortress or teepee or yurt.
Have a great time at your Noro party while I sit here watching YouTubes on German short rows.
(One more Noro for the road.)
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