Weeping Machine is what I call, in my mind, a conceptual scarf I was thinking about in the bath this morning. I’ve been working on some odd scarves, based on concepts of time, repetition, process, mixed media. Scarves that are maps. (One is coming up in knit.1 in December!).
In an interview in knit.1 you will find (if you look) that I talk about knitting something vast and colorful. The Weeping Machine could be it. When working this scarf, you change colors every time you want to give up. The changes would create a map of your energy and moods.
To get one thing straight, I would never finish it. To get another thing straight, to knit this comfortably, you would need a really long needle of a very tiny bore. Like the kind of needle that makes hardened yarn shop salespeople swoon.
You would need five colorways of Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Lightweight, or as many as you could stand without going all Crime and Punishment. Using one of these colorways, on size 2 or so needles, you would, conceptually, cast on 770 stitches. You would think of this as Color A. You would work in garter stitch until your eyes fell out, and, yet, you were able to weep. Every two rows you would alternate with another sock yarn colorway known as B. Whenever you wanted to cry or give up, you would change one of your colors, continuing to alternate with the other one. You would work in this overlapping manner until you got through about five colorways. You’d bind off loosely.
You could do something to mark this occasion, say rip a doll's head off, toss back some gin?
I’m wondering if anyone would even try such a project. If so, I really want to see it, so if you do there will be recognition. For the first person who successfully casts on for this scarf, I will commission my sister (who prays, and I don’t unless I've lost my wallet or shomething) to pray to give you fortitude and a love of color and texture so deep that you are like a freight train and no man can stop you.
For the first person who finishes such a scarf, there will be something very special. I’ll show it to you just as soon as I get my USB cord all hooked up-y.