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The Knitwit Papers, Chapter VII: Razor's Edge

Date Begun: 12/2006
Date Completed: 07/25/2007
Yarn: Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Bulky in Onyx
Needles: US17 Circular (plastic) and US15 Circular (aluminum)
Source: Stitch 'n Bitch Nation, "Razor's Edge"
The Story:
I've always had something of a soft spot for all clothing flowy and dramatic. Could have something to do with my undying conviction that I was born in the wrong century or it could just be that sometimes it's nice to hide behind voluminous layers of fabric. Either way, when I saw this lovely poncho, I knew I had to have it, and the girl in the book certainly looked like she was thrilled to bits with it. :-)

This project had many, many "Firsts" for me, which was exciting, but also frustrating. I've done hats, scarves, socks and dog sweaters before, each of which took me a grand total of maybe 15-20 hours to knit (with the possible exception of the socks, which took a little longer because I'd never done anything that complicated before). This was the first thing larger than a scarf I'd ever knitted. And because I liked the way it looked so much, I declared I was going to get the exact yarn recommended. This was also the first time I'd ever worked with anything that wasn't acrylic, rayon or polyester. Say what you will about synthetic yarns, but they wash and wear like a dream and won't break the bank. But this gem is made of Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride, which is positively gorgeous, but it's 85% wool (and sheds like a dog in summer. I've had my lifetime intake of wool at this point) and it's not what you'd call cheap.

Anyway, the pattern was postively rife with errors, and that made it a little frustrating to work on. I hightly recommend that if you try this pattern, print out a copy of the errata and keep it close at hand, though I found even the errata to have some errors. It could be my completely-self-taught knitting self that just read the directions differently, but I found the lace pattern particularly hard to sort out. Once I tried it out about a thousand times, it finally clicked and I was able to plow on through. I've seen a lot of other knitters in various blogs who slammed the Razor's Edge for being badly designed, for not having much personality, and for various other reasons, but I found quite the opposite. I'm inclined to believe it had a lot to do with the yarn I used, but now that it's done, it has a lot of "body" and personality and I'm really proud of it.

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