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I’m knitting Cookie A’s Cusp along with my friend Erin and boy, is this pattern kicking my butt (in kind of a good way). I think I’ve gotten past most of the tricky parts, but I’m so glad we’re doing this in KAL format so we can alert each other to confusing bits.

This particular style of pattern is definitely helping me grow as a knitter while also making me scratch my head a fair bit (literally more often than not; I am one fidgety knitter). If anyone reading this doesn’t read the Yarn Harlot blog (which would be baffling), well, you should, and this post is relevant. Cookie A. spells out a lot of things really clearly, has cool color-coded schematics, and generally writes an awesome pattern. On the other hand, a few parts of the pattern seemed like they could use a little warning text when you have to cross-reference between written directions and charts (like “it may look like you have an extra stitch when you finish the chart but you’re supposed to, don’t fear!”) and there was one sidebar explaining how to keep an increase section in twisted rib that seemed far more confusing to me than “keep increases in twisted rib” would be.

What I think I’m saying, really, is that it’s really unlikely that any pattern will be written to the style guide in my head. Sometimes that’s a good thing that teaches me flexibility and research skills and sometimes I spend 5 minutes stating at a sidebar trying to figure out what in the world it means. Even the second case can teach me something, like that sometimes stating the goal of a particular action can be more enlightening than spelling out an algorithm. If I ever start designing myself, I’ll know for sure how I want my patterns to look! (I think there will be a lot of instructions that read something like “It’s important to use a stretchy bind-off. Here’s how I do it, but any stretchy bind-off will do!”)

Some more pictures of the progress I made between starting the draft of this post and now:

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Oh, the humanity.

A few weeks back, I had some friends over who AMAZINGLY offered to help me organize my knitting stash, which had taken over a large closet in a rather unpleasant way.

Yeah, it was that bad.

Oh, the humanity.

In the process of trying to to get my images to a reasonable size, I’m using an image editor ( pixlr ) that’s amusing me.

I’d intended to get rid of these swatches, so I took a picture to preserve the idea of them, but I couldn’t bear to throw them away in the end. I’m thinking of trying to find some super cheap frames and making some “art” to decorate my yarn closet. As sad as it is to decorate my stash before I decorate the rest of the apartment…

All different shapes and sizes! Different stitch patterns taken from that perpetual calendar that every knitter seems to have.

So we emptied everything out:

We used David's office to stage everything.

My guardian angels, Jenn and Britt, got goofy and snarky:

You be goofy, I'll be snarky.

Yarn got sorted by color:

This yarn looked untouchable packed in a garbage bag. Out in the open, it's nothing short of delicious.

Other yarn finally left home and found a new place to live, where perhaps it could finally be loved:

I say goodbye, you say hello (to some yarn).

And my closet has a floor:

You can see it and vacuum it and everything! It's not actually dingy; dunno why this picture pretends it is.

I made some attempts at panoramic shots to show how amazingly better it became:

Panorama of closet.

I can just go into my stash now and pick whatever I need. The drawers are sorted by yarn weight. The Palette is sorted by general color family for now and I can easily sort things more thoroughly later. My yarn closet is a happy, serene place. I owe Brittany and Jenn a LOT, and I hope dinner and yarn went a small way towards expressing that gratitude. (I was in a flutter of panic at the thought of doing it on my own and throughout much of the cleaning itself. The snark and silliness helped a lot.)

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