Tuesday, August 25, 2009
A few days ago, I started experimenting with a technique called double knitting, which produces a double-thick fabric, stockinette stitch on both sides, with the pattern on each side the reverse image of the other.
Here's the other side of the project above. See how the colors are reversed?
So it's a fun little technique, and I'm really enjoying it, although I'm not very good at it yet. I cast on this project with junk acrylic yarn, just to practice, and kept telling myself I'd only work a few rows. But now I'm a few inches into what's starting to look like a scarf, and I don't want to rip it. I want to keep going.
The problem is that the thing's a mess: the gauge is too loose and there are a lot of mistakes. And I won't wear it. I have too many scarves as it is. So here are my options:
1. Be tough, frog the project, and start a real one with better yarn and a tighter gauge.
2. Finish it as practice, and then find a home for it even though it's misshapen and unlovely.
The first choice would be better for my soul, but the second is the one I like. I was thinking of donating the scarf to one of those "warm things for the homeless" drives, but that brings up the ethical issue: is it okay to donate a misshapen, unlovely object to charity just because the recipient can't afford anything better? That's better than the yarn going to waste, I suppose, but would the recipient feel insulted, even though this thing's going to be warmer than heck?
What would Jesus do?
Yeah, I know: Jesus would knit a real one with better yarn and a tighter gauge and give that to the homeless.
What would you do? What should I do? (Does anybody out there want an unlovely, misshapen acrylic scarf in odd shades of blue and purple? Send me your address! It's yours for the asking!)
While you're pondering this dilemma, other bits of news: First, the first day of classes went fine. And my sister and I had a Skype conversation today; we showed each other earrings, craft projects and cats -- the cats were none too fond of the process, however -- and at some point we're going to coax Mom to sit in front of the camera. Yay, Skype! I can't believe this program is free.
Oh, and I'm mid-heel on Gary's second sock, and happily planning more socks. They're becoming less ugly and misshapen all the time, although I'm still learning.