True Confessions

25 Sep

Yesterday, I trotted out the Mulberry Shawl for a bit of a play, and I ran across a familiar problem:

I am a control freak.

I like to think of myself as a go-with-the-flow, fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kinda gal, but the truth will out, and I just can’t help myself. I’m using the Simple Yet Effective Shawl pattern by Laura Chau, and Laura says in the pattern “let your random inner self out to play” – I can’t seem to do that. My brain keeps leaping ahead and planning how many rows of stocking stitch, or ridges of garter stitch I’m going to do in this section, and what would look nice, and how will that balance with the next section, and, and, and…

So I bit the bullet, and I delved deep into the murky recesses of my dark, dorky past… (deep breath) Okay, here comes my dirty little secret:

I was a role-playing nerd (not D&D – I was also a role-playing snob) not just in high school, either, but for quite a few years afterward. I still have the dice (and some of the gaming books and other assorted paraphernalia). These were the first two I excavated from the depths of my junk-drawer, and I am now using them to determine the number of rows/ridges in each section of the shawl. The rules are: at the start of a new section, I roll the dice, and I write down the number. A garter-stitch section must have an odd number of ridges (odd numbers are more aesthetically pleasing), and a stocking-stitch section must have an even number of rows (or my head will explode – see above re: control freak), so to get the appropriate number, I am allowed to round up.

That’s it. Beyond these rules, I am letting fate decide. It’s working out pretty well so far:

I can’t get accurate colour on this yarn. The shot above was taken yesterday afternoon, and it’s too blue. The detail shot below was taken this morning, and it’s too pinky-magenta. The actual colour is somewhere in between. But I’m loving the texture of the yarn and the simplicity of the pattern, and I’ll be very interested to see how the dice-dork method pans out.

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8 Responses to “True Confessions”

  1. tinkingbell September 25, 2008 at 11:08 am #

    Gorgeous and beautiful!! I can see I’m going to have to knit one – what are you using?

  2. joyknits September 25, 2008 at 10:55 pm #

    It’s looking really nice – I like the dice idea!

  3. Lynne September 26, 2008 at 7:30 am #

    Interesting idea!

  4. becky c. September 26, 2008 at 9:33 am #

    Good idea! That yarn is yummy.

  5. Sandy Scharlow September 26, 2008 at 12:17 pm #

    I love the shawl – did you mention what yarn that is???? – it is wonderful even if you cann’t get a good picture (atleast you have a digital camera – I haven’t done a lot with my Ravelry because I want pictures – oh well maybe for Christmas) Again great shawl.

  6. Kate September 27, 2008 at 9:14 am #

    Oh, that is coming out so well – want shawl! Want one NOW!! BUT HAVE NO TIME!! AAAAAAaaaaarrrgghhhh…..

  7. Rita W. January 5, 2010 at 7:07 pm #

    Okay, I love the die methodology! Very sound! And the shawl, plan to make one alternating worsted and sock weight in similar colorways. Would have started tonight; but alas didn’t want to hand wind 400+ yds.tonight!

  8. Tracey February 27, 2013 at 2:20 am #

    Your shawl is so pretty! I’ve just started this pattern, and I am finding the centre “YO’s” are not lining up. My centre marker has way more stitches on one side than the other. I am a beginner stitcher… any idea as to what I am doing wrong? TIA,

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