Short rows! Or, k-r has opinions.

Jul. 26th, 2017 05:29 pm
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So I am currently working on the Wonder Woman wrap (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/wonder-woman-wrap) that's been making the rounds. It's a solidly written pattern. I do freely admit that I am only partially using the pattern; making substitutions and changes is my prerogative and also something that I do on most projects because I can't work with fingering and thus have to make changes to almost any pattern.*

It's also fairly easy, relying on garter, M1, and kfb for most of the shaping. The points of the Ws are made by double decrease. However, it does use short rows. This is, apparently, a reason many people I know do not want to make it.

This is like my at least fifth short row project in a year. I really love short rows. I was, thus, exceptionally confused a couple months ago when someone at the knitting table said, "I don't do short rows. They're difficult and fiddly and I don't like them."

So I poked at them to explain this. And this is when I discovered that this person was under the assumption that there's only one technique for short rows. Guys, here is where I admit: every person I know who likes short rows has their own personal favorite technique. But most people who have met short rows and run away screaming have never said, "I hate this technique, but maybe I won't hate another technique." Mostly because there are like five different ways to do it, but since they evolved in different places, not everyone's heard of them. So, this is me, giving resources in case you want to knit the above project (or a different one) and you just really cannot bring yourself to like short rows.

I loathe wrap and turn with every fiber of my being. It doesn't work for me. It just doesn't. My first couple projects used the yarnover technique. Unfortunately, this doesn't work for all projects. So the first project I made that used wrap and turn I dropped in a heap and said, "NOPE" at very loudly. And then I got a book from the library and studied all the different options to try and figure out what might work for my brain.

And when I found one that worked for me, I hung out at the knitting table, checked my phone a couple dozen times to make sure I was doing it right, and clung to it like it was the best thing ever. Now, I use that particular technique any time there's a short row project I'm doing. It saves my sanity. (It also means I've never had to use safety pins in my work; there was a project where I may have, in frustration, snarled out the words who the hell thought that the Japanese short row technique was the fastest technique on the planet and or their favorite. However, there are people who do so, and this is fine. [When I am not being introduced to new and fun ways to torture my brain mid-project setup. I am not at my best mid-project setup.])

For me, German short rows are my very favorite thing. This is a good tutorial for them: http://www.lamaisonrililie.com/knittingtherapy/german-short-rows

This is a good instruction for wrap and turn: http://knotions.com/techniques/how-to-knit-short-rows/

This is a free class by the author whose book saved my sanity: https://www.craftsy.com/knitting/classes/short-rows/35255

And this is the book in question: https://www.amazon.com/Short-Row-Knits-Workshop-Learn-as-You-Knit/dp/0804186340/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

As an important note, for patterns like the Wonder Woman wrap, where they use w&t, you knit the stitch you're supposed to wrap, flip around to the other side, and do the german short row technique on that side.

So, what's your opinion on short rows? Or Wonder Woman? Or both? :)


*This is, I note, not a "I don't like fingering" but "I have two projects in fingering right now, and even on size five or six needles (let's not talk about the idiocy of the size 4 project), it still makes my poor, abused hands [thank you chronic illnesses] make me nauseated and need more pain meds." But some yarn is really pretty, so I do about three projects a year in fingering and the rest in medium, chunky, or bulky yarns.
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You know life is returning to normal when I both have time to watch and to report on Anime;>.....
In this Universe witches go off to live on their own on their 15th b-day. Makoto, however, has "helicopter parents" and so has been moved to relatives in the country....delivering shocks to them and their neighbors(all the while supposedly keeping her "witchiness" undercover. Sort of a much sweeter 'Sabrina, the teen-aged Witch' using Japanese mythology. The most amusing bits in the earliest episodes are those with her youngest relation who DEFITELY is not blasé about the odd beings showing up at their front door;>...
A good series for me at present.
Cheers,
Pat
BTW: I must warn you that the themesong is pretty much an automatic "earworm";>

Mostly Normal.....

Jul. 23rd, 2017 01:55 pm
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soon. This weekend we spent basically trading our old furniture with that the folks had that was in better shape. What's now left in the house the Estate folks will go through and pull that which they can sell and the rest goes to Goodwill. Then all will be left is the Cleaning and Painting.
Hopefully, starting tomorrow we can begin to get things back into some sense of Order. Tuesday I go in for my labs and one of the 1st things I'll have to do is remind my MD of what happened because Stress is BAD for folks with both hiv/aids and Diabetes so any negative labs should be seen through those lenses;>.
Other than some of the furniture all we wanted were some things of sentimental value; some family dinnerwear and some stuff Mom and Grandma Jefferson picked up during MacArthur's Occupation of Japan. Stuff that, quite honestly would not be that interesting to locals.
Cheers,
Patrick

Oy!

Jul. 13th, 2017 09:37 am
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To add to the craziness my SIL's decided an Evil Spirit has moved into Dad's house(I've been in it for a week before Dawn and haven't Felt a thing)and is having some newage "shaman" do an Exorcism. She wanted us to be smudged but I told her we didn't "do" other people's tech. Even if there was something, our usual Protections could take care of it....if there was anything. She's blaming this spirit for my brother's Stress, not his OCD and Atheism(he basically feels the folks no longer exist ANYWHERE and of course two weeks of "Not Routine" activities for an OCD patient couldn't possibly acct for stressing him out).
As if I weren't already running on empty. Yesterday on the way home from Dad's I left the lights on and the car has a dead battery. Luckily, Chris'll be home tomorrow and can give me a jump then....
Cheers,
Pat

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