Thursday, August 13, 2009

Knit a poem

Originally uploaded by LindyB28
The Poetry Society is celebrating its centenary with a knitted poem and I was one of many knitters who responded to a call for participants. My letter is a W and is well underway. We've got an active group over on Ravelry and the whole thing is proving to be very enjoyable...

... apart, that is, from my letter. I don't do intarsia. I don't like having all the dangling bits of yarn behind the work; I seem to spend more time detangling the yarn than actually knitting. Plus I managed to decide I'd misread the chart, frog several rows and redo it backwards, realise I was right the first time and have to do it all over again. Then just in case enough things hadn't already happened to this project, my new Knitpicks needle snapped. The lovely customer service person at Getknitted is going to send me a new needle when they have 3.5mm tips back in stock. Meanwhile, I've been carrying on with the letter using the remaining half of the Knitpicks needle with one 3.25mm straight needle and one 4 mm circular. Hopefully this means that the gauge will work out.

But goodness me, this W has been a saga! considering the number of years I've been knitting, I'd have imagined that I could have managed a 12 inch square without this much drama.

For more information about the project, including photos of completed letters from knitters with less numpty-ish tendencies than me, visit the poetry society website.


Rosie said...

My "A"'s been just about as bad (my needles didn't snap, but I did and totally abadoned my first effort...).. It'll all be worth it in the end.

LindyB said...

I had to buy 100% wool too, having none in my stash. So there was a wait before I could even begin. I'm on row 61 ... the end is in sight!

Denise said...

What a cool idea, knitting a poem! I look forward to seeing how it all turns out :)

I'm knitting intarsia for the first time in years at the moment, too - a lightning bolt on a cape for my nephew. I did the chart backwards at first, too, very annoying!