Knitting Withdrawal

I’ve spent the last month working on a deadline project and then suddenly, as of lunchtime yesterday, it’s gone. My portion is finished. Even the remaining yarn is gone, save for the scrap of yarn I found this morning beside my bed. (That I totally didn’t have any difficulty throwing away. Nope. Not me.)

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This photo from my instagram is making me nostalgic already. Um. Yeah.

Several hundred thousands tiny stitches (I did the math because…because of course I did) and some – possibly permanently – stained fingers later, it’s all over.

So I’m drinking my coffee and looking around me going…what…what now? I’m going to be taking on some more serious design projects shortly, but I didn’t plan on starting until I’d had a bit of a knitting break. I have a considerable amount of brain fog right now, which doesn’t pair nicely with red wine OR pattern design. I ought to take a break.

But my hands are not having it. Despite the fact that my right wrist might be very slightly strained from knitting eight hours a day for the last few weeks (Don’t look at me like that, I knit slower than I thought…) all I can think about is knitting something. Anything. Now.

Friends, it’s been 24 hours and instead of taking a well earned break, I am in full blown knitting withdrawal. I can’t watch a TV show. I can’t have a rest. I can’t talk on the phone, not with idle hands. If you need me, I’ll be perusing my stash for a suitable rebound project. Suggestions welcome. Wish me luck.


P.S. The Weekly Round Up – for those of you that have missed them – will be back this week!

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When the line between engineering and knitting is blurred…

On Thursday night I was trying to study for my design midterm the next morning but it deteriorated into writing up the chart for Jess’s mittens (a more creative name is hopefully forthcoming…) Seeing as I was already unfocused and procrastinating I set my facebook status to: “Studying Engineering Strategies and Practices quickly turned into designing a mitten pattern. Which could be thought of as studying for the design midterm, right?” 8:40 PM

I was expecting to amuse some of my also design-midterm-procrastinating engineering friends (which would be, like, all of us.) What I was not expecting was Nicole C’s response:

“Ensure that your design space is kept as wide as possible, you may wish to draw some black box/transparent box diagrams to analyze the functional inputs and outputs of the mitten pattern, you may also wish to benchmark/dissect/reverse engineer other mitten designs to inspire yourself, but do not concentrate too heavily on the specifics of those  designs, lest you steal other people’s ideas!! Don’t forget to generate a list of objectives and constraints, and don’t confuse objectives with functions, or objectives with constraints. Make sure you take into consideration all the stakeholders of the design, and its particular service environment. Look carefully for secondary, and potentially unintended functions of the mitten design. Use a graphical design matrix to narrow down your patterns, ensuring that the viable patterns meet all of your objectives. Lastly, you may wish to iterate at this point..dropping the name “mitten pattern” because it is too solution-driven..and opt for something like “aesthetic design for the insulating covering for the dexterous component of the upper body appendages”

~Nicole C.

That was basically the core of the whole course applied to knitting patterns. How insanely cool is that? What’s best of all is that she doesn’t even knit! Yet. I’m working on it.

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Welcome to my little knitting blog.

I’ve been contemplating blogging for some time and finally I decided I had more then enough reason to give it a try. So without further ado we have some Reasons Why Nicole Should Write a Knitting Blog.

1. I knit. A lot. This is likely a good start.

2. My family is very sick of hearing about my knitting. They are not impressed with my sock heel-turning capabilities and have suggested I share my exuberance with someone else. Now that someone is you instead of them.

3. I need to write something other than short stories, when my attention span is too short for short stories. Basically I am about as attentive as a five-year-old who just consumed an espresso when it comes to writing. Hopefully blogging will be a more workable medium then the novels.

4. Cassie will like it. You may not know who Cassie is, but I assure you she is a fabulous knitting friend of mine whom I’m sure will find this amusing.

5. Hopefully by writing out my knitting plans before executing them might give me a little time to assess them and realize BEFORE I cast on that I’m going to encounter some knitterly disaster. And when said disasters inevitably come anyways at least I will be able to provide some knitting comic relief and a chorus of “I told you so’s”

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