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tashabear
tashabear
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I'm done casting on for this baby sweater. The things I do to impress my future in-laws...

A little backstory: I got this message on the answering machine from my mother-in-law (technically, she's not yet, but it's so much easier than saying future mother-in-law. But I digress...). She said not to worry about getting a gift for the baby shower, she'd got some stuff and would put my name and my sister-in-law's on the card. The catch is, I don't know what baby shower; I'd gotten no invitation. I don't even know who's pregnant. Wolfie has three girl cousins who are currently breeding like bunnies, so it could be any of them.

So I called her back, she explained that I was supposed to be getting an invitation (and as a sidenote, she's still telling people to address things for me "care of" my fiance, despite the fact that I've lived here for two years and will be hyphenating my name after marriage). So with my characteristic aplomb, I say, "Oh, I'll just make a baby sweater anyway." And away I went, to my pattern stash.

Do I decide to go the easy route and make a cute little Haiku? Do I go for a baby blanket -- flat and fast? Not me. I opt for a sportweight child's gansey: "Snakes and Ladders", from Knitting Ganseys. We'll just ignore the fact that I've never knit a gansey before.

So off I trot to the LYS, and pick up 4 skeins of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport, which is dreamy (plus it was the only superwash at the right gauge), and two new Addi Turbos, and blithely sit down to cast on. The pattern calls for a knotted cast on, which is test of endurance and patience. Basically, you use the knitted cast on to cast on two stitches, then you bind off one. Cast on two, bind off one, et cetera, et cetera, ad nauseam. This means that in order to obtain a net 154 stitches, I cast on 308. I started casting on this sweater at 9pm. I just finished. It's nearly 2am. Thank goodness the rest is all knit-purl pattern and some simple cables.

I still don't have my invitation, but that doesn't bother me. If I'm not invited, there are two other babies I know who would love this. There's a totally cute one with hearts on it that I still might make for my cousin's baby -- I'd make it for the shower, but she doesn't know the gender of the baby.

(I'm actually not doing this to impress anybody, really; I just thought it wasa nifty pattern. Who knew the cast on was such a bitch?)

i feel: sore sore

20 trips or shoot the rapids
Comments
emmacrew From: emmacrew Date: March 31st, 2004 07:40 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Ugh, I tried that cast on and only got a little ways in before I changed my mind. Then I tried the one that uses an extra piece of yarn (Channel Islands cast-on? I'm too lazy to go find the book) and it made me a bit less crazy, so I went with it instead. But I am so with you!
tashabear From: tashabear Date: March 31st, 2004 07:53 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I like that one, too (yeah, it's the Channel Islands one), but I wasn't sure what it would to to my yarn consumption.

But FIVE HOURS!??? I mean, I was watching TV and reading fan fic as I went, but still... FIVE HOURS????
emmacrew From: emmacrew Date: March 31st, 2004 08:15 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Woo hoo! I'm not alone in reading fan fic while knitting! It makes me feel less guilty about the reading material if I'm also getting something done ;-)

Five hours is an awfully long time to be casting on. Ugh.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: March 31st, 2004 08:22 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Which fandom? I read Stargate: SG1 and Harry Potter, myself.
emmacrew From: emmacrew Date: March 31st, 2004 08:36 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Harry Potter is my vice, on fandom is plenty for me to keep up with. I am continually surprised at how cardboard and one-dimensional Draco is in the books, because I'm so used to fanfic Draco in his many forms...
tashabear From: tashabear Date: March 31st, 2004 08:44 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Heh. Do you ever get surprised when things in the books don't unfold the way they do in fanfic?

I find that HP fic is usually longer, but better written, than SG1, but SG1 is good for a fix.
emmacrew From: emmacrew Date: March 31st, 2004 08:56 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I will admit to a "wait, Sirius can't have died, because he's going to marry Narcissa" moment while reading book 5.

I have read some appallingly bad HP stuff, but it is impressive how well written some of it is.

I admit to a weakness for Snape/Hermione stories. That pretty much screams "I was a nerdy girl with a crush on a totally inappropriate teacher" right there...
tashabear From: tashabear Date: March 31st, 2004 08:58 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Heh. I never saw the Ron/Hermione thing till it was shoved in my face by fan fic.
emmacrew From: emmacrew Date: April 1st, 2004 10:57 am (UTC) (base camp)
I see that Ron is crazy for Hermione in the books, but I'm not sure it's requited. I also thought Luna was making a play for Ron in book five, so I was sort of astonished at the people who were reading Luna/Harry into it.

Have you seen the "Dumbledore is Ron, sent back in time" theory?
tashabear From: tashabear Date: April 1st, 2004 05:13 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Have you seen the "Dumbledore is Ron, sent back in time" theory?

Okay, that's just dumb.
emmacrew From: emmacrew Date: April 1st, 2004 06:39 pm (UTC) (base camp)
That was my first reaction, too. When you read all the reasoning they give (and boy, do they have a lot of reasoning behind it) it seems somewhat compelling (but ultimately unsatisfactory, IMO).
tashabear From: tashabear Date: April 1st, 2004 06:50 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I don't know... the more you have to justify it, the less solid ground you have to stand on, IMO.
crayolaab From: crayolaab Date: April 1st, 2004 07:09 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Sorry to butt in -- I'm amazed to have found that two of my favorite knitters from the knitting livejournal are also HP fanfic readers. Interesting. Have either of you read After The End (at sugarquill)? Do you have suggestions for other, similar-quality stuff? I get frustrated reading fics that obviously haven't been edited..
tashabear From: tashabear Date: April 1st, 2004 07:18 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Do you know about www.fictionalley.org? There's a TON of stuff there, but it can be a bit hit or miss. My problem is remembering who I liked, when they're writing a serial, so I can go back and look for new chapters.
crayolaab From: crayolaab Date: April 1st, 2004 07:59 pm (UTC) (base camp)
No, I'll have to try it! Thanks :)
ixchelmala From: ixchelmala Date: April 27th, 2004 12:44 pm (UTC) (base camp)

Hi there!

I found your post as a referrer to the Knight2King theory.

I wondered what your thoughts on our essays was. Did you find anything in particular that didn't make sense or that you had a different take on? I'd love to know what you thought, good and bad, or something we might have missed. Thanks!
tashabear From: tashabear Date: April 29th, 2004 07:23 am (UTC) (base camp)

Re: Hi there!

The would be the Ron --> Dumbledore time travel theory? I haven't even read the essays, sorry. It just sounds like you're trying too hard, on the face of it. And sadly, I don't have the time or inclination at the moment to go read them -- in fact, I should be in my sewing room right now.

Sorry I can't be any more help.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: March 31st, 2004 08:01 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Oh, and the author's advice to drop down two or three needle sizes (which I could not take, as I don't have any needles that small) was sound; the stitches ended up way too far apart when I started knitting the first round. I ended up knitting through the back loop on the first round to close the gap. Looks kinda cool, though, and I'm inordinately proud of myself for striking upon that solution (mostly because I would have screamed obscenities in several languages if I'd had to buy a new needle and do that cast on again).
emmacrew From: emmacrew Date: March 31st, 2004 08:16 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Oh, MY. Ten hours of casting on is too much for ANYTHING, no matter how wonderful.

I hope you'll share pix when it's done!
tashabear From: tashabear Date: March 31st, 2004 08:23 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Oh, definitely! This one gets an actual play by play in the journal!
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