23 May

Not that this is a democratic blog or anything…

Not that this is a democratic blog or anything, but you guys have unanimously voted for me to keep Noodling (mostly) daily. I suppose anyone who’s bored with the Noodles has already moved on (TS&WGH would probably call this source analysis or something). Anyways, thank you everyone for taking the time to comment and weigh in. In fact, I’m going to call this post my answer to all your comments: yes! I will keep up with the (mostly) daily Noodles, and you are all welcome to join me if and when you want. I’m honored to be an inspiration, and would love to see what you come up with (links in comments are cool with me so everyone else can check out our work too.)
This brings me to another question: how to answer comments? Most anyone who’s ever left a comment on my blog knows already that I answer them personally. Unless, of course, I’m too tired (too much time surfing, not enough time sleeping) and/or the comment required nothing more than a “gee thanks,” although I try to send a “gee thanks” as often as possible. Please know that I appreciate ALL comments. Anyways, many other bloggers reply in the comments section for everyone to see. This can make for very interesting, and often informative, “conversations.” My problem with that is I rarely go back and re-read a post to see what’s up in the comments section. Do you? Do you mind if a comment doesn’t get answered? (I like the contact, so I’m not going to stop answering comments as long as I have the time, but inquiring minds want to know.)

And finally, I have been mulling over the knitted log cabin blanket and I got to thinking that although the center is great for leftovers, by the time I get to the larger rectangles, I’m going to need serious yarn — and that defeats the purpose of a scrap blanket. First I thought “OK I’ll just make lots of smaller log cabins, adding them together as I go.” But then I realized that the log cabins start in the center and I’d have to make each one separately and sew them together. That’s too much extra work. I remembered Mrs. Mel waxing poetic about mitered squares and being able to add one to another. So, I went looking for more miter info and found this fantabulous design! But again, it required sewing squares together later. I was kinda thinking of something along the lines of this in terms of construction, but with more color, or something like the “Babette.
Hold the presses, I think I just answered my own question. I remember a reference on this mitered square thingie to Mason Dixon (Again. Are we detecting a trend?) and went to have a look see in their archives. Lo and behold — there it is! The very scrappy blanket I had in mind. Bold blocks of color (like the log cabin) and the add-on-ability of miters (could this be called “knit as you go?”) Oh, wait, she’s still had to sew (crochet) big blocks together. Oooh, but Anonyknits may have the solution… might be too tricky for my meager knitting skills though. Besides, I don’t HAVE to make mine an enclosed square pattern, do I (she says with lingering images of Babette)? Any ideas?

5 thoughts on “Not that this is a democratic blog or anything…

  1. I love those knitted square blankets and have wanted to make one, but I think I would go with the squares that get sewn together later. I had a wonderful book which I loaned to a daughter and have never seen again.

    Answering comments: I have been remiss of late in answering every comment. If someone asks a question of general interest, I try to answer it in the next blog. If some one pays me a great complliment, I try to respond and thank them.

    Where is your neeoodle of the day?

  2. Hmmn.. I like it, and it looks like they have solved the problem of how to get no sew miters together. Go for it. Looks like fun!

    As for answering comments — not sure how to handle that. I too rarely go back to a post I’ve previously read to see what happens in the comments after I post. I do check my e-mail and even expand on the discussions with the blog owner, but have never had someone e-mail me about a comment that was not to their own blog. I agree that some of the “conversations” can get interesting, but not sure how to keep them going in this format. I don’t think there is an easy answer. Drat it all.

  3. Hi, I really don’t expect a reply (although, I do enjoy getting one) when I comment. Mostly I just want to cheer you on and thank you for being so inspiring. I love the “Babette” and I think the other one from Mason Dixon is neat also. I tend to get bored with large knitting/crochet projects and these both have enough visual interest that I think I would complete them. Did you notice on your wheat doodle that the pattern on the fabric looks like a bird atop the wheat? Cheers.

  4. Glad to hear you’re going to continue noodling – I enjoy seeing them. As far as comments goes, I don’t need a reply unless I ask a question. In fact I often don’t leave comments on blogs just b/c I don’t want someone to waste their time coming up with something to say.

  5. I have gotten very lazy about answering comments unless someone asks a question I need to answer. It seems so many comments come from something like “no reply” and have no email address. I always wonder if they set that somewhere or don’t know I can’t reply and just think I am ignoring them.

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