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.
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.
Is there a way out of the vortex? Maybe I should follow the yarn…
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)
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All together I have about 2 full skeins of fingering weight yarn from stash. Hopefully this will be enough to make a stripey sweater.
Most of us have a thing about swatching. It takes time, and I want to cast on NOW!
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.
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.
If you really love Tetris, I suppose you could start a swatch afghan (Swatch-ghan?).
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.