Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Tink! Tink! Tink!

I am eagerly anticipating the Opening Ceremony of the International Knitting Olympics, and am training strenuously for competing in Knitted & Felted Articles for Team Wales.

My project for the olympics is three pair of felted clogs, knit from Lambs Pride worsted which I am reclaiming from a king-sized blanket which I knit is stripes and then never put together.

I can't so much as cast on before the opening ceremonies for the Winter Olympics, but there is still much to do. In order to knit with the yarn, I have to un-knit -- or tink -- the blanket stripes. (I am well aware that froggins is used as an alternate term for tinking, but my understanding is that frogging carries with it a certain amount of enthusiasm in the ripping back, and I can't say I posess said enthusiasm in recognizable amounts.)

Norbert was a great help in the tinking process, holding the stripes while I turned the swift and wound the yarn into hanks. We managed to get through about half of the yarn in one evening. This morning, hoping to take advantage of unseasonably warm weather in Chicago, I soaked the hanks of yarn with a little woolite, rinsed it, and hung the hanks to dry on the clothes line.

Tonight I'll have to tackle the hazel and olive stripes. But there are fewer of them, so it won't be such a huge job.

I am 70% done with the second sock and am planning to knit my next pair out of Cascade Fixation in a blueberry color. They'll go well with jeans. I'm designing the pattern myself! I'll post a pic when I have something on the sticks.

Since I had the camera out, I couldn't help but take a picture Norbert's new dragon, which he posed such an interesting way:

The latest in fashion accessories for the dragon in touch with his feminine side!

AUTHOR'S NOTE: You are never too old to have a "Learning Moment". OK. I was wrong. You all were right. I was wrong. You all were right.

Tinking is, indeed, unknitting one stitch at a time. But in my defense, frogging is described on thusly: "The term frogging gives the impression of a rather exuberant ripping out of knitted stitches." Though it continues, "But undoing your knitting stitch by stitch - technically known as tink-ing [that's "knit" spelled backwards] - can also be a useful trick to master." I stand corrected and duly chastised!


Beth said...

I always thought that tinking was un-knitting stitch-by-stitch without taking the work off the needles and frogging was taking the needles out and ripping it out. But I could be wrong. I'll have to check my Knitlist FAQs where everything is defined.

Jen said...

That's what I always understood tinking to be, too. That's why it's called "tink", in fact - because instead of knitting, you're un-knitting stitch-by-stitch. Spell "knit" backwards - to emulate the fact that you're undoing what you knit - and you get "tink".

the fiddlin' fool said...

Hah! See, you've already planned out your next sock. It's a slippery slope, my friend.

Franklin said...

Your first photo looks like an installation at MoCA.

Don't knit the yarn, get a gallery and sell the whole set-up (hangers included) for a coupla thousand.

Aidan said...

This is your damn fault, Mr. Sock Knitter. What are you going to do when I'm selling my blood just to afforn two more balls of sock yarn, huh? Will you still be laughing then?

BTW -- after I finish the blue pair, I was thinking about knitting a pair of dress blacks in a luxury yarn ... something really really soft. Any suggestions?

Susan said...

I suggest koigu kpm. Or custom order some black Vesper Sock Yarn!

the fiddlin' fool said...

At that point, I think I'll actually be pointing and laughing.

catvon said...

Oh definitely Koigu for your next sock project. You can always sell your plasma, they offer more $ so I hear, and they put your own blood back in you can do it more often LOL. Sorry couldn't resist.

I'm enjoying your blog.

sahara said...

Wow! the photo of your yarn hanging up, is an art photo! How about a postcard? I'd be the first to get one!