Saturday, July 08, 2006

Knitting First, Icky Afterward

On Knitting
Smokey asked:
On a recent Chicago trip I bought some malabrigo for a turtleneck I'm planning. I would love some feedback from somebody (such as yourself!) who has knit a sweater with it. Are you alternating skeins of the yarn every couple of rows? The skeins I bought are sufficiently different that I think I'll get a stripe-y look if I don't. I would love to hear how you're handling this pressing issue of knitting!

I am not alternating balls of yarn in my Malabrigo sweater. When I bought the yarn, I tried to pick hanks that were closest in color, but some color variations still exist. The dominant red color is the same throughout, but ratio of pinkish-red and orangy-red varies from hank to hank. However, the color variations that I saw in the hanks (where the colors are all grouped together) are much less obvious when knit up (and the colors are dispersed).

I did consider alternating balls every two rows to even out the color variations, but when it came time to knit, I decided to live with the color variations. As a result, some parts are pinker and some parts are oranger. However, I don't think it will be terribly obvious to the casual observer because no distinct line exists when a new ball is added. The color variations help camouflage the line.

Also, the hanks of yarn are HUGE--215 yards, I think. That means that you can get a lot of fabric from one hank. I had to add a new ball only once when knitting the largest piece of the sweater (the back). So you wouldn't have to worry about several different shades appearing in any single part of a sweater--it wouldn't appear "striped" at all.

So my advice to you Smokey, is to knit up a swatch half and half with yarn from the two hanks that you think are most different in color. Hand the swatch to a neutral party and ask them what they think. If they can see a color change with no prompting, then perhaps alternating balls will be necessary. If they can't see a color change, knit away with one ball. If you're still nervous about doing this, pair up the hanks by color and use "matching" hanks when knitting any particular piece.

On Icky
Monkee, that odd knitter that I know, is celebrating her 2nd blogaversary with an odd contest. A two part-er, no less. One part is not icky but the other part is. But I'm doing the icky part because I don't think Monkee expected me to do it!

Take a picture of some food that you believe is disgusting, barf-o-licious, or flat out nasty but will willingly eat anyway. If it is particularly disgusting, no need to actually show you eating it. I’ll take your word for it that it’s edible.

Don't tell me that it's not safe to eat!Corned Beef Hash--raw. Corned beef hash may not be icky to everyone, but it's very icky to me because I hate beef. I won't eat the finest cut of steak. I think steak is icky. But I will, on rare occasions, eat raw corned beef hash because it's something that my father eats and eating it reminds me of him and of home. But it's gross. And raw. (When I bought this can for the photo I decided to read the label to see if it was okay to eat raw. The label didn't say anything about serving it raw. The ingredients say "beef and cooked corned beef." Does that mean that the beef is not cooked? I don't want to know. Do not leave a comment telling me that the beef is raw. Thank you.)

Scout seems to think that the corned beef hash is her food.

Feed Me!

17 comments:

Stephanie said...

Okay I have to admit I love corned beef hash - and hate myself afterwards! ;) But only cooked - no way would I eat that raw!

Jennifer said...

You do NOT eat that stuff raw.

I'm speechless!

Meredith said...

Eww. Scout must have heard the can opener, huh? My cats come running whenever they hear a can open, just in case it's tuna.

monkeemaven said...

It definitely looks like cat food.

Karen said...

Ew. That's all. Ew.

tb said...

I lurk around here, but I thought I would speak up on this one....although it is icky, it's not raw beef it's cooked. I'm all about a good rib-eye, but cold corned beef hash will NOT happen. Love your work!

Rachel said...

I think eating the corned beef hash right out of the jar is the equivalent of eating uncooked hot dogs. Not as it was meant to be consumed, but no more harmful since it's been totally preprocessed. No, I will not answer questions about whether I've ever eaten uncooked hot dogs (except to say that my saying I won't answer questions should not lead anyone to believe that I have done it since I was 8 or 9 years old).

By the way, remember when I told you that when I got back from my trip I was only going to read my favorite blogs and then zero all the rest out on Bloglines and start fresh? Just reminding you of that.

gray la gran said...

you win the ick award !

shetha said...

OK I just donated a can of that to a food bank, because I bought two and only used one for a recipe, for a casserole, that's still sitting in my freezer 3, not 4, no make that 5 months later. I cannot bring myself to eat the casserole after seeing the stuff.

Rebekah said...

Oh that stuff is horrid. Okay I don't like it, but then I didn't like corned beef until I met my husband and he introduced me to real corn beef at an irish pub.

I bet Scout would love it.

Valerie said...

I'm not commenting on the hash. Yuck. (Well, I guess that's a comment, huh?)

As for the question about Malabrigo, I did alternate skeins for a sweater body. I used the Paris Night colorway, though, which has a lot more variation than the red. It pooled unattractively if I did not alternate.

Anonymous said...

I like raw corned beef hash too! I prefer to cook it now. It also reminds me of Dad. Of course, we have the same dad.

GretchenX said...

Of COURSE it's Scout's food - everything in the house belongs to her! She's the little princess!!

(Brutus, using his Momma's account

Ali said...

OK, so I'm odd man out. I love corned beef hash and on a dare I would eat a little bit "raw", cuz it is cooked.

hellahelen said...

Yay! I'm not the only one who secretly enjoys the dog-food-looking corned beef hash in a can! But I like to fry it up in a pan so it gets crisp at the edges and serve it with fried eggs.

roxy ^-o-^ said...

That piccie could be ANgel whenever I get the can opener out. LOL!

Anonymous said...

Anything in a can has to be cooked before it can be sealed. It may not look like it but it is. Even the cat food you kitty gets.....

Mom used to get the canned hash when we were kids, and we would eat it on toast..I guess that was back in the late 1970's and early 1980's. I actually have very fond memorys of the canned hash.

Have a great day

C. Pate