half-assed knit blog
half-assed knit blog
half-assed knit blog
October, 2008

Squirrels, Duct Tape, and Obscure Patterns

There’s a thread on Ravelry called Favourite Obscure Pattern, and it is made of delicious crunchy awesome. It’s exactly what it sounds like – awesome patterns that nobody has ever heard of.

(I say this as if I’m actually knitting things – which I am, just very slowly and sporadically, hence the lack of blogging. Lace scarves are purty, but damn do they take forever to knit.)

So I’ve been following that thread since forever, and some months ago had an idea. An idea which I kept putting off, because, mumblemumble insert elaborate and totally logical explanation here, preferably having to do with squirrels and duct tape, and certainly not because I have a tendency to procrastinate. Not me. Never.

But finally, here is the idea: Obscuriosity

It’s a KAL/CAL for obscure patterns. You know those patterns that you stumble across and think, this is awesome, how come everybody doesn’t know about this pattern? I think those patterns really ought to be plucked out of obscurity, and maybe a KAL like this can help. I remember stumbling on Fifi, thinking it was cute, and nominating it for the Sexy Knitters Club KAL. People jumped on it, it got picked, and now there are 165 of ’em on Ravelry. When I first found the pattern, there were, like, two.

Incidentally, I still have not finished the Fifi I started over a year ago. I fail at knitting, for serious.

So, you know, if you’re into obscure patterns or KALs, go join up. Knit something that isn’t yet another Clapotis! I’m not knocking Clapotis. I like Clapotis. Even if it sounds like an unholy combination of climbing vine and STD. Even if I got so bored knitting one that I gave up, frogged it, and titled the experience “Crapotis” on my Ravelry project page. Which sounds like an unholy combination of climbing vine and… uh. Never mind.

To apologize for the lack of knitting content in this entry, here is a soul-eating sweater.


Yeah, I needed some sort of sample picture to use in an example nomination post for the KAL. I suppose a sane person would have just google image searched “sweater”.