Wednesday, May 30, 2007
The wretched little shawl reverted back to its wicked ways, and it had to be frogged. It was such a final death, that I even returned the unusued portion of yarn back to The Studio... This was not because I hate the pattern or lace knitting for that matter, it was the yarn that I did not care for.
Merriam-Webster lists one definition of progress to be forward or onward movement. In my own self-negotiating way, I suppose there may be a smidge of progress in regards to the shawl - but in a very abstract way...
From that I experience, I have learned a few things. I can knit lace, as well as read charts, and I will pick up the project again, but in another yarn. I have heard many knitters extole the virtues of alpaca yarn. I unfortunately am not one of them. I hate the hairy, albeit mild, quality that alpaca yarn has. In fact, I pretty much hate all hairy yarn, chief among them being mohair!
I think I am going to try the shawl again in a fingering weight yarn (once the socks are done), and maybe even in Trekking as I have a great big skein of purple that has been crying to come out of my stash drawer. Yes, just one drawer. I am not pitiful, that is just how I maintain my work flow and manage my yarn budget.
To comfort myself, I have started a sock (aren't you all surprised???) in Panda Cotton. I have read that some knitters just loathe that yarn as they feel like it is way too splitty. I have not really had much trouble with it, but you do have to pay attention.
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
I am just about to rip out this damned shawl for the fifth (YES, FIFTH) time, and I have come to a conclusion...
If we (the shawl and I) can't get our act together, it is going to be either it or me, and I like ME better.
With my naturally forgiving nature, I will give it one more chance before it has to go to shawl heaven...
Monday, May 21, 2007
I am going to take a deep breath and jump in. The shawl is from Interweave Knits latest edition, and it is the Clementine Shawlette. I am using the Blue Sky silk/alpaca listed in the pattern, and I am using Mocha/122.
Wish me luck, and please make sure my Addi needles go to a good home if I don't survive this project. Amen.
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Here are the tag rules (of which I have totally disregarded and/or made up my own):
- Each person tagged gives 7 random facts about themselves.
- Those tagged need to write on their blog the 7 facts as well as the rules of the game.
- You need to tag 7 others and list their names on your blog - or rewrite the rules as I did (heh!)
4. You have to leave those you are tagging a note in their comments so they know they have been tagged to read your blog.
Seven Random Facts:
1. Halloween is my favorite holiday.
2. I am comfortable being by myself.
3. Fall is my favorite time of year.
4. I have always loved magical things.
5. I recently purchased an MP3 player, and I love to download books and listen while I knit.
6. I have recently discovered that I am probably a very boring person, but I am comfortable
enough with myself not to care...
7. I hate rudeness. I try never to display it, and dislike it in others.
NOTE: If you feel that you have been tagged, then be tagged. If not, maybe next time.
Now that that little chore is complete, on to the knitting news. I am nearing the finish line for suprise surprise, another pair of socks. This is the first time I have tried lace knitting for socks. The pattern is from Wildhorse Farms (Savannah), and the pattern is pretty easy. I did use an eye of partridge heel with a little modifcation here and there instead of the pattern's heel, but I like the effect. The yarn is Jitterbug, made by Colinette, and the color Toscana. My stitch count is correct, but the yarn feels and looks the slightest bit FIRM. They stitch pattern is really pretty, but I think this pair will be reserved for cool fall or cold winter days.
I think the time has come for me to get some sock blockers for my photos. The little cardboard set I cut out just doesn't really do it for me...
I think Karen has some really nice wood sock blockers from The Loopy Ewe. Take a peek at hers back in the archives.
Thursday, May 03, 2007
As you can see above, I have the newest book in my clutches. I am off to read now.