Loose Strands

Sweater insides


I almost wore my Schnee sweater inside-out the other day, and that made me think about how good the finishing on the inside must look!  I did notice and turned it right-side-out in time, but at a glance, I couldn't tell the inside from the outside. I did give myself a pretty big pat on the back for my finishing on that sweater.


Ravelry challenge tab

As of today, in your notebook you’ll see a new tab called challenge. You can enter a goal for the year or opt out, which will remove the tab from your view. After you have set your goal the tab is a home for your challenge –  the projects you have completed this year and the ones in your queue with a deadline in the current year stay up to date to track your progress. You can change your goal at any time, there is no deadline to sign up, and if you opt out and you can decide later to opt back in.

Unwitting underarm felting


I wore my Icelandic Star sweater on a cross-country ski trip, and managed to felt the underarms just from friction!  It's wool and it was amazingly and reliably warm, but I'm a bit sad about the felted underarms. Maybe it's just a sign of a broken-in, loved piece of clothing?


Every ceiling tells a story

This is such a sad story for a beautiful sweater.  Me, I’d be unravelling the half-done sweater and disappearing the yarn from my house, because it would only remind me of things I don’t want to be reminded of.  Isn’t it funny how the things we make become reflections and reminders of our emotions?

A not-totally-unrelated example:  we once hired a contractor friend to refinish our ceilings with a knock-down texture.  He was going through a pretty painful divorce at the time and we thought we’d help out his business.  However, our timing could probably have been better, as our ceilings somehow manage to show how angry and sad and distracted he was at the time.  I never would have thought contracting work could reflect someone's emotions, but they do.  We call them our divorce ceilings now, so at least we can joke about it!  Also our contractor friend is doing better now.


I’m not going to pretend I understand anything about neural networks or artificial intelligence, but I know about knitting and I know about experimentation, and this whole project is pretty interesting. I know it’s about what computers can do, but all it really makes me think about is how the human mind is capable of incredibly complex tasks, all without us really realizing how many little steps and processes contribute to something relatively simple (in designing a pattern for a knitted dishcloth, say).