I was pondering that the other day - why do patterns always call for knitting the back first? Now that I'm working on something with a complicated all-over stitch pattern, I'm thinking it's so you can make your mistakes on the back and not have to look at them. Makes sense, right?
That's a very good reason for it. A couple of others I can think of are:
- The back is the most boring piece (well, the sleeves are, really), so you get the interest of working out the pattern on it. The front has some neck shaping to save you from utter boredom. The sleeves, well, the sleeves are always tough, but for most of it there is some shaping going on...
- Sometimes the front is measured off the back: "when your piece measures 8" less than back..." so maybe the back is easier to measure off of? I dunno, maybe I'm reaching here. Heck, maybe I'm making it up.
- That's how it's been done so that's how it's done! Quit questioning and obey! Follow the pattern!
Any other reasons?
Here's the back of Creamsicle T:
Looks remarkably like the front, just a higher neck and different splotches.
And a wee bit of spinning done! This is the merino I dyed with food coloring (right-most in last photo). Prepped width-wise:
I tried for a slightly thicker weight than usual and did a pretty good job of remembering. I like the color variations and look forward to seeing it plied.
Knitting of the Gods
The Yarn Harlot is hosting The 2006 Knitting Olympics, and I've joined the madness. There are rules, there are medals, there will be blood, sweat and tears. Well, maybe sweaty palms and a few tears... frustration or elation, who knows. Yeah, you know me, it'll be both.
I haven't decided what I'll make yet. It has to be challenging, but do-able. I was thinking a second, more challenging lace shawl. Is that do-able? In 3 weeks? Scott suggested a sweater for him. I was stunned, and then laughed one of those "ha ha, I don't know how to react" laughs. A man-sized sweater, not in wool, likely DK weight at best, and probably good amounts of frogging involved. Hmm... We are looking for Olympian knitting, not Herculean... It would be challenging, in many many many ways. Would it be do-able?