When my Mom first tried teaching me to knit, I couldn't get it at all. I'd cry, fume, stomp off. Then I had a dream of two hands knitting, making the same stitches over and over again; by the time I woke up I had the right idea and was ready to learn.
The only other knitting dream I had was considerably weirder: a prophet commanded me to knit an ultra-fine, lacy, complicated, ENORMOUS blanket for Jesus Christ. If this dream meant something, I can't imagine what... I can't make a decent sweater, filmy lace is out of the question.
KNITTING THE KEYHOLE SCARF THE SHORT WAY: The keyhole is just a slit you can poke the other end fo the scarf through. Cast on just like you would for any scarf and knit like normal till it's about 9 inches long, Next row, knit halfway across, and put the other half of the stitches on a stitch holder. work the half still on the needle for about 3 inches. You've created a flap half the width of your scarf. break off the yarn leaving a bit of a tail, put these stitches on a holder. Now put the stitches from the first holder on the needle, and knit them till they're the same length as the first set,(thereby making the second little flap) ending at the outside edge of the row. As you knit your way back when you get to the stitches on the holder just knit them too, thereby closing the gap and connecting those two little flaps. You now have a slit, and all there is left to do is keep on knittin' till your scarf is as long as you like. Weave the ends in. To wear it just tuck the long end through the slit, and it'll keep everything tucked. Very good in windy weather.
KNITTING THE KEYHOLE SCARF THE LONG WAY: If you like to knit scarves the long way, (casting a zillion stitches onto a circular needle and knitting till it's 8 inches wide or so), then cast on your zillion stitches and knit in the usual way till it's half as wide as you want. Next row, knit about nine inches, bind off the next twenty stitches, knit to the end. Next row, knit across to where the bound off bit is, cast on twenty stitches, knit to the end. Now just knit away merrily row after row until the scarf is wide enougn, and then bind off. Weave in your ends, and you're done.
(These explanations brought to you by the snailmeister's mommy.)
After carefully poring over the 40-odd pages of this post, I ordered a DivaCup. My first attempt at using it was... horrible, an entirely new kind of discomfort--- but I tried again the next day, modifying my technique slightly, and had no problems! After work, I'm going to find fabric for cloth pads.
This post is nothing that hasn't been said before, and doesn't really contribute anything---- but I'm ridiculously proud of myself for conquering the DivaCup. SO proud! Amen to all the posters who said they felt womanly for taking charge of their periods and not buying into the culture that treats menstruation as something disgusting to be quietly managed with bleached, plastic-y over-priced disposable products.
I really think someone ought to make me a medal, or maybe a trophy. Or maybe I'll make a foxy little pouch for the Diva--- the one that comes with is pretty cheap.
Thank you, all previous posters, especially thixle and sedrasmom!
Which reminds me... I have a couple of friends who thought I was "gross" for using non-applicator tampons---ha! Wait til they hear about THIS!!