Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Moebius Mistakes

Besides color and texture, one of the things I love most about knitting is trying to learn new techniques. I came across this Cat Bordhi video demo of moebius knitting, something I always thought I should learn. I watched the video, yarn and needles at the ready, and about the sixth time I started to get it. Or so I thought.

I got the casting on part, and thought I had started knitting it with the appropriate twist, and it looked like I did, but somehow I didn't get the knitting part correct, and ripped it out. Then I tried it again. And again. The picture above shows that I have a section of purl and a section of stockinette, and I don't know how that happened, since I meant it to be all stockinette.

I am not giving up. Yet.

Then I found someone else instructions, in Spanish, and translated them with a click, but mostly I got the idea from her photos. But as you can see I have one too many twists in this moebius, making it almost impossible to wear. And my start and stop stitches are visible, which is not what you want in a moebius ring. Grrr.
I am not giving up.

This is what a moebius ring should look like. This is knit by Ms. Bordhi herself. I am thinking that this would make a great draft dodger for my chilly neck. And imagine all the yarn possibilities.
I think my problem is the length of the needles. 42" needles are recommended and mine are a mere 32". I have to go into town on Thursday, so I will be putting out the bucks for the longer needles.
There was a time when I couldn't get Kitchener stitch (grafting) either. I was suffering from jet lag in New Zealand and was awake at 3 am. Perfect time to persevere. In my lonely hotel bed it finally clicked and I leapt about in triumph.
I look forward to enjoying this feeling again soon.

And today Amazon sent me this temptation.

Ahhhhh, all those miters! And then the very next question...Where in the world would I wear this? That's what stops me. It's jeans and sweatshirts in these parts, by my own choosing. But I love the puzzle of this coat and the color possibilities. O my.
I caught the first episode of The Good Wife last night and already am hooked. Julianna Margolis and Chris Noth, and my fave actor from the long ago cancelled Sports Night, Josh Charles, I am hooked.

And tonight is Glee, which is so much fun. It's great to have good tv to watch again.


  1. Teresa9:06 AM

    I think growing your hair long would be much easier!! Just kidding! I love how you keep trying. I would have given up and thrown it out in the rain!

  2. the first couple of rows of the mobius are a bear, but once you figure it out its "obvious" :-) Hang in there, there is an aha moment and then all goes smoothly

  3. Anonymous11:47 AM

    32 and 42 inch needles? how do you manage those? I'm not a knitter, so I'm guessing " means something other than inches?

  4. I loved The Good Wife too, which probably means it will get cancelled. But, while it's on, I'll be watching. Just about the only other primetime weekly drama I watch is Amazing Grace, but shhhhhh....don't let anyone know. LOL

  5. How the heck do you do what you do???? I am struggling to keep up with my up and down with my needles. I though the Good Wife was excellent as I quilted my ongoing chain stitch around my aboriginal snake. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

  6. For my part one and all have to go through this.


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