I can’t stand it any more. I don’t care what the normal rules say. I’ve got to show you Cleopatra.
Seems like the least I can do, given the delays in sending her out.
She wasn’t all that hard to knit - just a couple of tricky spots and a few unconventional tweaks - but she’s been the very devil and all to write up.
Anyway - there she is.
And here are some of the working notes I’ve been trying to re-decipher.
You can tell it’s trouble when the French curve comes into play…
(see all the cute little color-coded alternate snake layouts for different sizes?)
…and when the cat decides that it is something to play with.
You can tell it’s trouble when it takes both graph paper and a spreadsheet to calculate the relationship between the shaping decreases and the pattern increases in something as small and simple as a toe.
You can tell it’s trouble when you have to frog and re-knit in-line i-cord on the bias because (is it just me?) no matter how hard you try to control yourself you are just WAY TOO NEUROTIC about OVER-adjusting the tension on EVERY ROW.
(Learn from the error of my ways, if you can: chances are your natural tension is JUST FINE.)
All that aside, though, it’s not actually a very difficult knit.
It’s just documenting and codifying it that’s hairy. That, and re-knitting a bunch of extra toes and snakes in different sizes to make sure the stitch counts and the travel angles are right.
Oh yeah, and unventing a newish kind of heel.
That sort of thing.
The worst is over now, though. Still got some proofing and organizing to do, but I think we’re out of the reeds and starting to drift down the Nile.
(I notice, also, that one of the stalwart Pickelhaube-wearing Prussians in this entry looks strangely familiar… nah, must be my eyes deceiving me.)
P.S. Dang, I see my color balance is still all over the map. I need more arms, more legs, more eyes, and more time. Sorry….