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.