A mnemonic

or, the Politics of Cabling.

There's no beating around the Bush (boo!) [local readers: glad APEC is over?] here...
Clessidras are fiddly.
Each row of cabling is slightly different from the last, and difficult to memorise. Early on in the proceedings my mind hit upon a mnemonic for the simple twisting cables either side of the main business of Hourglass and moss(seed) stitch vertical slabs.

It's straightforward if you're on the same side of the political fence as me, or as my colleague says "I'm assuming I'm amongst friends here".

Vis a vis how the position of the cable needle affects the slant of the twist:
The Right goes to the back,
and the Left comes to the front.

Well, it works for me.
Never let it be said knitting is not a political act. More on a different political (yarn-orientated )issue here.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

mnemonics are a dear, dear friend.

i am looking forward to seeing your finished clessidras-- they look beautiful so far!

10 September 2007 at 2:35 pm  
Blogger Pikku- Kettu said...

Awesome mnemonic! :)

10 September 2007 at 3:36 pm  
Blogger shula said...

I'll drink to that, Carson.

10 September 2007 at 10:28 pm  
Blogger Ashley said...

HA! Brilliant mnemonic. And I am so impressed at your stick-with-it-ness on those Clessidras.

10 September 2007 at 10:32 pm  
Blogger Ashley said...

PS I thought Bush was at OPEC, not APEC? And shouldn't your Prime Minister be off reviewing Austrian troops somewhere?

10 September 2007 at 11:31 pm  
Blogger AmberCake said...

Oh, my. That left me with a gaping, open mouth grin. Now that I'm finally closing my mouth, there's a twinkle in my eye. I don't think I'll have to bookmark this to remember the trick!

11 September 2007 at 6:57 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this gave me a smile :)

however you remember them i'm awed at your cables. anytime i've tried cables i end feeling rather unhappy.

11 September 2007 at 6:59 am  
Blogger Rose Red said...

I love your mnemonic - I shall use it for all my cables (and yes, I am sooo glad APEC is over...)

11 September 2007 at 8:33 am  
Blogger Madge said...

You're brilliant! Because me? Never remembering of the cable, uh, orientation. Until now. Thank ewe.

Re. yarn pr0n...I'm not too crazy about the moniker, but I love seeing it. (then again, I live in LA, so I'm totally shallow, y'know?) But don't EVEN get me started on the whole "enabling" others to buy yarn crap. That psychobabble sends me into a total f-ing tizzy about denigrating women's self-worth, blah blah blah.

11 September 2007 at 2:39 pm  
Blogger Madge said...

Oh yeah, and SWEET Clessidra you have there!

11 September 2007 at 2:40 pm  
Blogger pamela wynne said...

Oh, excellent mnemonic! Will keep in mind, since I'm off to cute the Clessidras toot sweet.
Found your blog through your comments on Ashley's porn post -- count me a new subscriber!

12 September 2007 at 12:51 am  

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