The Dark Side has Yarn

My friends, brace yourselves. I have been dabbling with the dark art…of CROCHET! I don’t know what came over me. I was at the store to buy a respectable knitting needle. I had wandered over to the book section to see if there was anything about spinning, when this MONSTER leaped out at me and threatened to kill me if I didn’t take it home.

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I like living, so I agreed. Once home I figured the book was at least worth looking at. This was a mistake. I was sucked into the vortex, and before I knew what I was doing I was winding yarn.

I have been saving this gorgeous Araucania Nuble yarn for a shawl, so I retained my senses just enough to start one. It will be a basic half granny shawl. I hope.

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Is there a way out of the vortex? Maybe I should follow the yarn…

 

Languishing

This has been a happening week! Several things are almost done. Do you ever do that thing where you only need to put in an hour or 2 of work to get a beautiful finished object, and yet for some reason it languishes unfinished? I have a sweater that only needs a neck modification to be perfect, and yet it has sat in my drawer for months. It is madness, I tell you!

Exhibit A: Pink Floyd Socks

We see the first sock finished except for a heel, which I have since begun (but not finished)

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Exhibit B: Rumplestiltskin yarn

This is actually a partial success. I had just a few lengths of fiber left to spin, and it is now all spun up! I now need to string eighty jillion beads, because I am going the whole way with this yarn. It is going to be amazing.

I hope for it to look like this. Except, you know, yellow.

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This is ArtYarns Beaded Silk Light. Yum!

Progress on the yellow yarn was imperiled by a crack in the pulley on my spinning wheel. I emailed Majacraft (the maker) and they said I could glue it, so glue it I did. It’s terrifying to think your precious wheel might be falling apart!

Do you let your projects languish?

In progress

After a false start my Pink Floyd socks are flying off the needles! Look at these gorgeously brilliant stripes!

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Yarn is Rainbow in the Dark in The Fiber Seed Sprout Sock. Vanilla socks with an afterthought heel.

I’m also super excited to be designing a cowl. The patterning is starting to show up, and it is gorgeous!

I’m knitting this with mawata silk hankies dyed by Beesybee.

I went to the yarn store for needles…and came out with yarn. But that’s not surprising to anyone.

Carnelian

This is Blue Heron Yarns Rayon Metallic in the colourway Carnelian. I have wanted it ever since I first saw it months and months ago, and finally it is mine!

What are you working on?

Thirty

Today is my husband’s birthday. He is turning 30.

He was 27 when I met him. We started dating and quickly fell in like and then in love. His first birthday after we met I made him the most awful cake – I didn’t know it wouldn’t turn out, and I wasn’t much of a cook. But he smiled and we ate cake.

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A year later I made him a beautiful cake: Chocolate cake with milk chocolate frosting. I was so proud of that cake even though the kitchen was trashed. It took us a week to finish it.

2016

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This year is his first birthday after we were married. He told me not to make a cake – we don’t need the sugar. Instead we are going out for dinner with friends.

Cakes aren’t important. What is important, though, is the love they represent. And I love my husband dearly.

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Happy birthday, husband.

Insomnia

Do you ever wake up in the middle of the night, and then you can’t go back to sleep again? That was me last night – er – this morning. Finally I gave up on sleep and let my mind wander. I was wondering about a few things I got out of the stash last night.

I bought a stack of mawata silk hankies a year or so ago, started knitting something, and realized that I didn’t have enough to finish. Very sad panda. I can’t replicate the colours or the texture with another yarn, so I was stumped. I realized this morning that I can pair it with another yarn that is very dissimilar to highlight their differences. More on this later. I’m hoping to make it into a pattern.

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There’s only so much I can do on a design without swatching…so I started thinking about other colour combinations. A coworker is having a baby in a few months and I’ve decided to make a scrappy Baby Surprise Jacket.

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All together I have about 2 full skeins of fingering weight yarn from stash. Hopefully this will be enough to make a stripey sweater.

What do you do when you can’t sleep?

Weekend Adventures

Over the weekend my husband and I went to Charleston, SC.

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We walked along the battery and in the surrounding areas.

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The homes are beautiful and there are flowers and gardens everywhere!

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flowers

The dirt underfoot is made up of seashells!

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And the beach is beautiful.

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If you ever visit Charleston I highly recommend brunch at The Obstinate Daughter. I had Eggs Benedict with smashed potatoes and tea grown locally in Charleston.

Home again, home again, jiggidy jog.

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Swatching

Most of us have a thing about swatching. It takes time, and I want to cast on NOW!

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But here’s the thing: I’m a product knitter and I like things to fit. Which means that I swatch for almost everything (the exceptions being scarves and shawls and other things that wrap instead of fit). Which eventually means that I have lots of swatches laying around.

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Sometimes I throw them away (after the project is finished. I don’t dare tempt the knitting goddess that way!). Sometimes I repurpose them into a coaster or a mug cozy.

mug cozy

If you really love Tetris, I suppose you could start a swatch afghan (Swatch-ghan?).

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My personal downfall is laundering the swatch after I finish it. Instant gratification is so close, but I know that unwashed swatches lie way more than washed ones do, so I wash it and wait for it to dry, and finally FINALLY I can start my project.

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But only if I got gauge.