Tuesday, September 12, 2006

I have it on reliable sources (that would be Dad and Laura) that what I referred to in my non-scientific way as a "side fin" (or in knitting-orca-mittens circles what is known as a "thumb fin") is officially known as a "pectoral fin" or "pectoral flipper". Dad hazarded "pectoral fin" as a guess; Laura, as is her way, did some furious googling and came up with "pectoral flipper". I'm thinking that mammals have flippers, not fins. Not to disagree with my honored father.... But now that I'm actually thinking about it, I don't think that thing on the back is a "dorsal flipper" - it's a "dorsal fin"....same with the tail fin. It's surely not called a "tail flipper"! Maybe only the side fins are called flippers....OH FORGET IT!!!!

I am very frustrated by my picture-taking. I look at other blogs and their pictures are really nice - clear, well-composed, whatever. Mine look like they were taken with an Instamatic from 1973. (I know, I know - Instamatics took better pictures than these! I'm just saying....)

I finished, almost, one of the Orcatastic mittens. I just need to pick up stitches and make a cuff. Lookee here:

Argh - I'm embarrassed at how bad these pictures are!! In my defense, a small mitten shaped like an orca whale is difficult to photograph.

For all you knitters out there, here is a photo of the longest stretch of Kitchener stitch you could imagine:

38 stitches long - fortunately, I'm over my Kitchener-phobia, so it wasn't that bad. Unfortunately, I'm not over my intarsia/short-row-phobia in re the second mitten, but hey, it will be over soon.

(This picture, while also not so great, cracks me up. Look at Silly McNoseypants!)


Blogger CurlyGirl said...

I did see a website that referred to teh pectoral fin, but I'm going with the site below that calls them flippers. But the Dorsal Fin is called a Fin. And the "tail fin" is called a fluke. Yes, I'm becoming quite the orca expert!

This is from the orca site:
"The Pectoral Flipper is the flipper on the side of the orca's body. These are used for stearing the orca through the water. Flippers of a male are larger and rounder than the flippers of a female. When x-rayed, the flippers of an orca reveal bones that look like large hands." Hmm. Interesting...


3:57 PM  
Blogger diana said...

People, people!! We're all in this search for knowledge together!! You were BOTH right!

4:52 PM  
Blogger diana said...

WA HA HA - I just noticed that you wrote "flin, fipper"! HEE HEE HEE HEE

9:31 AM  
Blogger Liberty Fan said...

Oh, so Remora Strap is wrong?

5:20 PM  
Blogger diana said...

I'm sorry, cugina, but WHAT THE HECK IS A REMORA STRAP???

6:19 PM  
Blogger Francesca said...

I lurve these in a hot and stinky way. But as for the longest row of Kitchner? Dude, check out Teva Durhams leaf lace sweater where you kitcher the entire top half of the sweater to the entire damn bottom half because she didn't feel like rewriting her leaflace chart.

I have a great fear of intarsia.

And now that I am on the most insane school run ever, the TW is on my way home. I stopped in the other day to say hello but you were not there. So be there next time, kay? I was so ready to absorb your yarn brain about this man-sweater right then but was disappointed -- and now I discover Orca mittens and oreos and clearly they go together.

7:45 AM  

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