Running circles in my head

March 14, 2010 § 8 Comments

I slept five hours tonight due to bad planning, and on top of that I slept badly. Now that I’m back from my grandma’s, I wanted to catch up on sleep, but of course my brain is too wired from the caffeine intake needed to not crash the car, so, yeah. My thoughts have been skipping from dogs to cars to forests to gossip to knitting to interior design to dogs, and back to knitting, and I just had a really good idea.

Saskia and I are going to see Max Raabe again this summer, and I need a new shawl. I’d say I could totally wear the green monster if it wasn’t so freakishly big, but truth is, I’d want to knit a new one either way. Cause I still have 200g of yellow laceweight merino, and what else am I gonna do with it?

What I’m trying to say is that I’ve been researching shawl patterns, and I just don’t know what I want. I like wide borders, and I really like Estonian lace patterns, and there’s just so many patterns on Ravelry, but somehow I can’t find the perfect one.

The only one that comes to mind, that has a wide, entertaining border combined with a relatively simple center motif, is the Swallowtail Shawl. It’s not a secret that’s my favoritest shawl pattern ever, I’ve made two of them in different weights, it’s lovely, it’s entertaining, it’s just amazing, and more than 6000 other people seem to think so, too.

But I’ve made two of those, and the problem is also that with laceweight, you need more center repeats to make it a decent size, and that kind of negates the wide border aspect, ratio-wise. And truth to be told, I didn’t really want a triangular shawl for the occasion, anyway.

So I’m thinking… a Swallowtail Stole. A rectangular version of the Swallowtail Shawl. Cast on the center repeat provisionally across 30 cm or so (ish, I’d have to measure the border width of the laceweight version to make sure I don’t end up with another stole of impractically monstrous dimensions) plus two or three garter stitches on each side, knit that for a bit (like, 150 or 180 cm), then pick up stitches all around and go for the border. The border corner of the triangular shawl is a 90° angle so I wouldn’t have to worry about that, it’d be all charted out already in the original pattern. The edging would be knit in the round, so the plain rows (well, and the ones featuring the p5togs for the nupps) would be knit instead of purl, which would make the whole show go much faster. Apart from the fact that I’d have a ridiculous amount of stitches, but, oh well.

Alternatively I could do the thing with the center provisional grafted-together cast-on they have in Modern Lace Knitting (like so), which would save me the pain of having to pick up a gazillion stitches AND there would be no purling involved whatsoever. Plus I think it would be the more elegant solution, but I’ll have to see how stretchy that center-cast-on-thing is. I could mirror the lily-of-the-valley in the middle of the sides, so they would point to the corners as in the shawl.

It would be amazing. Largely because it would pretty much be all border.

Or I could do something completely different and do a half a Daffodil, which would go nicely with the color of the yarn, and I could name the project ‘I wandered lonely as a cloud’.

I still have a little time to think. Maybe inspiration will strike while I’m winding the mile or so of yarn. But if I may say so, that right there was pretty inspired.

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§ 8 Responses to Running circles in my head

  • Toile-dAraignee says:

    Sounds lovely :). Especially in the yellow. But I agree, doing Daffodil, just to be able to name it after the Wordsworth poem… :P

    Is the title of this post from a song? What’s the song called, because I swear I know it…

    And happy Pi(e) day! :P

  • wollphilie says:

    it might be a line from somewhere – there is a song called ‘Circles’ (by someone named Corbin Bleu) that I got googling the line, but that’s not the general vibe of a song that ghosted around in my head when I wrote the title down. so basically – it might be, it might not be, I was really tired and couldn’t think of a better title XD

    you know, with the daffodil yellow, I could name the Swallowtail Stole after Wordsworth too. or I could keep to the established pattern and call it something Monty Python-related.

  • Toile-dAraignee says:

    Ahh, okay. Corbin Bleu was the guy from High School Musical, or did that not hit Germany as hard as it hit North America?

    “The Airspeed Velocity of an Unladen Swallow” :P That would be excellent!

  • wollphilie says:

    No, no, it did, I’m just impervious to crazy teenybopper phenomenons by virtue of not having a TV. And being in general uninterested in crazy teenybopper phenomenons. I did see the first one, and I do have to admit I liked the songs, but that was a long time ago :D

    Well, my first two Swallowtails are Python: African and Python: European on Ravelry, so I was thinking along the lines of, I dunno, Beautiful Plumage or something from the Dead Parrot skit.

  • Toile-dAraignee says:

    Ahh, lucky you :P. I don’t have cable, but I’m constantly plagued by the teenybopper phenomenons, as you called it.

    This is an EX-PARROT! :D

  • wollphilie says:

    heh :D well, I’ve been out of high school for two years now, I avoid teenagers at all costs, and I don’t really ‘do’ mainstream pop culture things. Hell, the radio station I listen to doesn’t play anything significantly after 1990! :D

  • Toile-dAraignee says:

    Does the radio station broadcast around the world? Cuz that would be excellent. I’m getting really tired of Miley Cyrus.

  • wollphilie says:

    nope, but it streams on the website – http://www.rsa-sachsen.de/ click on the big ol’ play button :)

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