Monday, April 30, 2007

Sneaking up on the Left Brain

Call off the hounds! The answer has been found and I've solved my neckline dilemma. Sunday morning I woke up and thought, "Oh, I know exactly how to do this." and wrote it down. It's a relatively common technique for problem solving. Write down the problem, do something else or sleep on it, and your brain will quietly work on the problem for you. I'm not sure why this is. Is it that both halves can only work together when no one is looking?

I'm sorry to do that to my blog readers, but I've noticed that I'm not alone. Many times I'll read a blog post that describes some knitterly problem, leave my suggestion (or sometimes just a "gee, that's a tough one"), only to find in the next post that the problem has been solved. And usually with something truly clever.

Me, I'm not clever. It was an obvious solution that worked with the fact that using a neck steek means I'm knitting in the round. I put one extra stitch on the holders on each side, then I'm decreasing a stitch on each side every round for 4 rounds, then every other round for 3. It's pretty close to the original slope, and it might look nicer since it eliminates the stair stepping of the cast off. Of course I'll post a picture when I'm done.

And speaking of done:

It took me one weekend and I like it! Maia, I felt almost guilty cutting up your handspun for a fringe. But I love the marled fluffiness of it and it makes the scarf look a little longer. I have lace scarves, and funky scarves, but no soft, warm scarves. This one just hits the spot. Thanks Maia!

Have a good Monday everyone.


  1. It turned out great!

  2. Oh my! That is lovely! It is such a nice feeling to see my yarn as a pretty scarf and imagine it keeping you warm. Fabulous!

  3. You have been linked to in my latest post.....

  4. Good job! And good luck with the sweater ... or rather neckline solution. Looking forward to seeing the finish.

  5. GREAT JOB!!

    and we actually learned why the brain does that in our pysch class.. why you an think of a question and a few hours or day later your brain pops out the answer... Our teacher (proffesor) said it is becuase our brain is like a computer... when you get on the computer and want to search for a file, you enter your search criteria and then the computer processes and searches through all the files... meanwhile you can go off and read blogs and write a spreadsheet or play agame..... the computer is continually searching it's files why you are doing something else... she said the brain is like that-- it contiues to search through the memory banks until it finds it or figures it out

  6. Love the various textures on this. (I found you via Carrie's blog.)