Sunday, January 29, 2012

Brain Shifting Progress

Another milestone reached in the fair isle project: the second border pattern is done!
Brownie is shown because I know how much you love him.  He is not at all aware of, nor does he care, what is happening here.

By now the knitting is probably not requiring much prefrontal cortex.  I don't need to look at the pattern chart anymore, and I get through half a row thinking of other stuff before I realize where I am.  A few times this weekend I was surprised to find myself at the end of a row.  Interestingly, I can immediately tell if I've made a mistake.  Then I have to carefully consider the pattern and figure out where I am.  It happens about once every other row.  I believe that's a function of the striatum, which responds to the mistake by halting ongoing behavior.

What keeps me addicted to this project is watching the color progression.  I love each of these colors and it's fun to see how they look together.

The next step is to do another peerie, like the one that separates the first and second patterns, and then it will be time to begin the all-over pattern.

As I'm working on this project I think of all the stories I've read about the knitters who originally used this technique to make garments for their families or to sell.  They would do the work while they were doing "real" work, like farming or gathering wood.  Walking around getting things done while managing to make such intricate pieces.  I could work on my sweater and lecture at the same time!  Maybe not.


smw said...

Why not try to lecture and knit simultaneously to see what happens? I volunteer to video this experiment.

Oogyknitter said...

Excellent illustration of feline sleep activity, perhaps involving some brainstem areas?

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