Mar 9 2018

Exploration into Knitting

This winter I learned how to knit. I mean, I dabbled in making stitches a couple times over the past year, but this winter I finally made a real project. Each of my girls wanted short scarves. For the first two I just knit stitched over and over. For the third (pictured), I tried a stockinette style, which is alternating lines of stitch and purl (These are the only two stitches I currently know).


Anaya Scarf

During this process, I realized that rather always knitting from right to left and flipping the piece, I prefer to keep the ‘front’ of the piece always facing me and simply knit right-handed one line and left-handed the next.
After posting my little scarf on facebook, someone suggested I make a Catniss cowl (from Hunger Games) for Tiffany. That felt like too much of a leap for my abilities, but I wanted to make something for Tiffany and push myself another step. I decided on a birthday themed scarf. I needed two new skills for this. I still only needed to knit and purl as far as stitches go, but I needed to figure out how different combinations of those made different patterns. I also learned how to cable stitch, which is changing the order of the stitches on a line.

Tiffany Birthday Scarf
(click for larger)

Since Tiffany turns 35 today, I made a scarf with 35 stitches across. Also, beside some padding on each end, every row of the scarf represents two months of Tiffany’s life. So, six lines represents a year. The edges of the scarf mark out each year. The cables in the middle each represent a person in Tiffany’s family.
Aside: I should mention here that this is very simplified and stylized. Tiffany has a much bigger family and plenty of friends who are essentially family. You’ll have to cut me a little slack on that part.
The cables come in three widths (well, I guess four). One strand wide represent infants; two strands represents children (including adolescents); and three strands represent adults (four strands represent a pregnant woman).
The scarf starts at Tiffany’s birth with her mom, dad, and big sister. Six years later a new strand appears for her little brother. Several years down the line the older sister moves out. A few more years and Tiffany moves to college. Because Tiffany is the central agent in the scarf, this is seen as parents and brother moving out of the picture. I enter the picture and a few years later more strands enter the picture until the width of the scarf is well-stuffed with people.

Happy Birthday, Tiffany