Saturday, September 29, 2007

Death by ribbing.








And on and on it goes. I really, really want this unending mass of 1x1 ribbing to be this. But thus far, it continues to be this. I'm about eleventy million rows of ribbing into the wide collar part of the Wide Collar Cardigan, and I have learned a very important lesson. Shall I share my wisdom with you?-- Wide collars that wrap around the entire vertical length of a sweater? Gorgeous and intriguing in theory, but beware: they will test your very sanity. And commitment. Today I will attempt the impossible. Today I will finish the wide collar.

On and on and on.
And do have a listen to my favoritest song ever right now. It's a fitting favorite, friends. Enjoy.

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38 Comments:

Blogger Kate G. said...

I can so sympathise. I'm currently fighting my way through 14 inches of moss stitch (over 120 stitches) in, of course, black yarn. The pattern tells me this will be a cardigan when I'm done. I'm not convinced it's not just some cosmic Chinese water torture.

2:03 PM  
Blogger Emma said...

Wow, that looks painful. I'm sure the results will be well worth it, but, wow. Hang in there!

2:18 PM  
Blogger The_Add_Knitter said...

Hells bells, that looks painful. Luckily Jeff Tweedy can soothe your pain...

2:58 PM  
Anonymous jess said...

yowza. that is a lot of 1x1... but soon! you will finish and it will be the cutest damn cardigan ever. :)

I love that wilco song and it is so apt! :)

3:29 PM  
Anonymous KarenJoSeattle said...

The unending, dead simple sweaters always turn out the ones I wear the most. Plus, they're the ones I actually finish as I knit them while I read blogs, watch movies, ride the bus.

I bet you'll love it when it's done.

3:42 PM  
Blogger mari said...

Oh, wow, that really is quite a lot of ribbing... but both the yarn and the color look lovely!

4:27 PM  
Blogger Specs said...

Wow. I'm kitting a mostly stockinette sweater right now and I can't imagine knitting that collar.

*waves pennant* Go, KP, go!

4:48 PM  
Blogger Ashley said...

You're a trooper. But the Porcelain is its own reward. Right? Right?

5:52 PM  
Blogger Poshyarns said...

Oh dear, ribbing looks so good but is just so painful to work on, it will be very much worth it though, that pattern is gorgeous and the colour you are using is very pretty.

6:23 PM  
Blogger Lola and Ava said...

My god that will be lovely when it is finished, but it's the finishing part that would do me in. Have at it and good luck. I'd suggest a Yuengling, but it might make for a 1X2 rib instead.

7:44 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

I have always found that the best sweaters to wear are the most mind-numbing to knit. I think yours is going to be divine, when finished.

Hang in there!

8:10 PM  
Blogger Micki said...

I'm so impressed with your knitting fortitude!

8:22 PM  
Blogger Cirilia said...

But it's going to be so KICK-ASS!

I have a mini version of this torture on my Gallery Jacket pattern...I hope people stick it out like you.

8:30 PM  
Anonymous Mintyfresh said...

you can do it! you can do it! and then you're going to say "i can't believe I knit the whole thing!"

9:49 PM  
Blogger nicole said...

aw, one of my favourite patterns AND song...

Keep on keeping on, it will all be worth it.

9:53 PM  
Blogger vera said...

OMG- 1x1?! Is there anything i despise more? My legwarmers were 1x1 and were sooo painful. M, you have all of my sympathy. Good luck. Ha! You are going to need it!

10:48 PM  
Blogger elizabeth marley said...

Whoa. Ouch. When you finish this, I will buy you a large chocolate bar because you will be my knitting hero.

12:57 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Oh good gracious. You've already gotten farther than I probably would have. It's going to be gorgeous! What a reward for the miles of ribbing...

9:21 AM  
Blogger schrodinger said...

ow! I hope it's over now...

10:59 AM  
Blogger JulieFrick said...

truly heoic. i hearby dub you Atlas. or Sisyphus.

sorry about the unusual lack of caps. typing with one hand these days.

4:16 PM  
Anonymous kris said...

it does match your blog beautifully, though!

5:24 PM  
Anonymous diana said...

Time for a pumpkin ale I say.

8:53 PM  
Blogger Oiyi said...

Great color.

3:25 AM  
Blogger Stacey said...

true test of dedication to your craft! all that ribbing!!!!

8:44 AM  
Anonymous kim said...

Ouch. But it will all be worth it in the end! /Pollyanna

12:32 PM  
Blogger Kara said...

Holy cannoli. That ribbing could make any knitter a total nutter. But the sweater sure is beautiful. I think it might be worth your sanity.

12:34 PM  
Anonymous nova said...

At least it's pretty to look at. I think I am too lazy to for an undertaking such as this sweater, I will have to live vicariously through you, I think.

1:22 PM  
Blogger kathryn said...

I know exactly how you feel. I am nearly at the end of Florence from Rowan Classic Art. It's all K1P1 rib except for the collar and sleeve ends where it's K2P2 rib.....painful to say the least.

The pattern looks very interesting and I love the colour you're using. I'm sure it'll be a useful wardrobe addition.

1:51 PM  
Blogger Michele said...

yeah, a pain. but when you get the sweater done i bet the collar is going to be your favorite part of it. collar love coming your way.

2:44 PM  
Blogger E to the M said...

Eep. Good luck!

11:42 AM  
Blogger pamela wynne said...

you can do it!! go! go! go!!

& I love that song too -- thanks for reminding me that there are sometimes videos for these things. :)

12:27 PM  
Anonymous Jen said...

Argh! Ribbing! Have you tried this Norwegian purl? In theory should make ribbing less tortuous.

8:50 AM  
Blogger Christy said...

It will be worth it in the end. Well, at least that's the mantra I keep repeating to myself about the Tangled Yoke.

9:39 PM  
Blogger Daphne said...

so.pretty. I can't wait to see the FO. Does that help? I'll come bug you regularly if so.

10:13 PM  
Blogger Elemmaciltur said...

Soldier on, ye brave one!

3:04 PM  
Blogger Miss Scarlett said...

The yarn is so beautiful though. It just shines - the sweater is going to be incredible.

I have somehow never listened to Wilco - so thanks. That's a great song.

2:53 AM  
Blogger a friend to knit with said...

o.k.,,,,,,,
i have e-mailed you twice, and both were kicked back..........
i would LOVE to do a swap....
please e-mail me!
lesliecla@comcast.net

12:26 AM  
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