Wednesday, February 08, 2006

The good, the bad, and the stringy

Well I am already having an obscenely bad day at work and it's only 9:00AM. So... when the going gets tough, the tough get.... blogging. Ugh. (and I love this job why???)

So here is the scoop on intarsia and "manageable lengths". First, let me say that working with manageable lengths beats working with bobbins hands down. I would never have believed the loose lengths of yarn would not get all tangled up but they don't. It's great. It's so much quicker and easier. However, I must say that along with the good, there is usually some bad. And the bad in this case is lots and lots more ends to deal with. You can wind an awful lot of yarn on a bobbin and just keep plugging along with it. When using manageable lengths, it goes without saying that you have to use shorter pieces, thus creating a lot more ends to have to weave in when finished. So while you may certainly be saving time while knitting, you're going to pay for it in the end. See for yourself:

New Corie sleeve knit using manageable lengths. Looks good from the right side.

New Corie sleeve from the wrong side.... whoa... lots of string!

This is the wrong side of the first sleeve knit using bobbins. See the difference? Not many loose ends.

So the moral of the story is... intarsia is a pain in the butt no matter how you slice it. End of story.

There were only 4 of us at knitters night last night. Where was everyone??? And no Shelly so no spinning. :-( There's always next month I guess. Or bribing Nora with sushi. I like sushi.


luvs2knit said...

Intarsia is a PITA but well worth it. I love the sweater, Holly. Don't stop knitting it!!

Yvonne said...

When spring hits (and before you achieve fully gramma status) perhaps you can drive to Cranberry -- there is an obscenely good sushi house there. :-)

Heather said...

That sweater is sooooo beautiful! You are doing such an awesome job on it! What a way to jump into intarsia!