Thursday, April 30, 2009

The Intrepid Knitter


I enjoyed all of the examples of peculiar doctor names yesterday. Never in a million years would I see an oral surgeon named Dr. Blood-let alone his partner Dr. Payne. That's strange and ever so slightly twisted. It's almost as strange as this sign I read at the drive through ATM: This ATM is equipped with voice activated services for the visually impaired. I couldn't help but wonder why a drive through money machine would post a sign like that.


Speaking of visually impaired and twisted, I've done a bit of cable knitting in my day, but nothing quite as demanding as this square for the Aran afghan. Every other row has cables. It's enough to make a progressive lens wearing girl weep. The return row seems like it should be easy enough because one only has to knit the knits and purl the purls. What makes that close to impossible to complete without error (even with my Ott light and glasses) is that the twisted cable stitches from the right side row can appear to be something they're not on the wrong side row. I see purls where the stitch is a knit.

The charts are driving me crazy (a short trip to be sure) because I'm not all that familiar with cable symbols or verbiage and find myself looking at the chart, the printed instructions and then the key to see what the hell the abbreviations mean. I've knit 4 rows of the pattern at the rate of one hour per 2 rows. At my present speed, these squares should be finished some time in 2020. Oh. And I don't have that pesky little bugger called gauge. Lucky for Mareseatoats, this first square is a practice piece for me done in a different color. I'm thinking it'll be a pillow-mistakes and all. Then again, I should go down one size in needles with the right yarn and finish this thing before I lose my eyesight mind.

14 comments:

Amy said...

LOL!!

My vet's name is Dr. Toogood. He's such a sweetie--once when I was waiting in the lobby, he was talking to a little old lady with a cat, who just could not get over his name, and then mentioned she had a (people) doctor named Dr. Goodenuf (sp?). She thought they should get married.

He was so polite to her.

SkippyMom said...

Speaking of names...I just saw this at my pal Marni's blog it's-a-pugs-life.blogspot.com -

A guy was on the news and they had his name up under his pic.

His name? Mike Litoris.

I fell off my chair.

Jane said...

Wow! that's certainly a challenging cabling project! Good luck!

Rudee said...

Amy- Dr. Toogood and Dr. Goodenuf sound like they'd be a match made in heaven.

Skippy- I'd change my name. Sure it wasn't an April Fools Day joke?

Jane-I know, I know. I'm on row ten-having started it at 9 this morning. It's now 1 PM.

Sandy said...

Haha, I use to do medical transcription and would run across this stuff all the time...there is actually an orthopedist called Bonecutter..no kidding..haha. I wish I could remember some of the other ones. How come these Siamese type cats are cross eyed. My Beanie looks just like that, haha.

Miss 376 said...

Hope it gets easier with the next repeat, don't want you to end up like the cat

Rositta said...

How about an Orthopod called Dr. Saw, lol...love the knitting and the cat, well absolutely adorable...ciao

Betty Flocken said...

Love the Cat!

Brenda said...

I have confidence in you to get it right. It does look like a challenge.

Renie Burghardt said...

I don't knit, and know nothing about knitting, but hope you can finish that piece without going nuts! And that cat is adorable!

Joanna said...

I had an obstetrician named, I kid you not, Dr. Newbigging.

Winifred said...

I used to love to do aran sweaters but my pattern instructions tended to be written not diagramatic so I found them OK to follow.

I haven't heard of Brian McFadden since he left Westlife, wondered what had happened to him. Not a good move for him, not sure why he did it as they are still such a gig group.

Kathleen said...

Dr. Paine...I kid you not.

Jadekitty said...

I had a chiropractor named Dr.Good, which I adored :)