May 14, 2005
The reality is this: the Adrienne Vittadini sweater is killing me. I can work maybe 4-10 rows before my left arm says, “stop, in the name of love!” I have worked one sleeve to the elbow in the past week, so at this speed it will take me a good 5-6 weeks to finish the sleeves. Also, I’m afraid I’ll be a bit short on yarn. The entire body, front and back, took less than 6 skeins; each sleeve will probably take close to 3. I bought 11 skeins total. The Maths tell me I’m likely to be 1 skein short. Shit.
The reality is this: I decided to give the intended recipient of the textured scarf something else for her birthday, so I’m no longer in a rush to complete it. I still want to finish it up (someday), and this scarf is the perfect “going-out, carry-along” project. But I’m not in a rush anymore.
The reality is this: I would love to get started on the Fibo, but I think it will be too overwhelming to work two sweaters at once because I’m completely re-working the pattern for each one.
The reality is this: it’s time to start a new project.
If you’re a knit blogger, your pajamas will eventually make their appearance in your blog. That’s just the way the world works. This is what I was dealing with this morning:
What is up with that? Can you tell from the picture that the individual strands of wool are slightly felted together? So, when I tried to wind the yarn into a ball, the strands stuck to each other and formed a
hellishly-annoying cute-looking mesh. Huh, never knew this could happen to wool just sitting in a drawer.
This is lace weight yarn from handpaintedyarn.com, also known as Malabrigo, which I purchased at Circles, one of my LYSs. The original intent was to use this yarn for this shawl-like thing that I’m sure you’ve never heard of; I’ll just call it Crapotee. But, alas, I’ve decided to wind this yarn and use it for something else.
Lately I’ve been terribly disenchanted with using center-pull skeins, so eventually the slightly-felted mess became this:
And now it is looking like this:
The pattern is Crest of the Wave by Jackie Erickson-Schweitzer, and I think especially in its current unblocked state you can see how its based on the Feather and Fan motif.
This isn’t my first venture into lace knitting, but to date I’ve given up after a few inches every time. The really interesting part is that I’m really good at lace knitting. Huh? Okay, let me explain. I’m really good at reading charts, or making charts if they aren’t provided (like this pattern), and I’m really good at not losing nor gaining stitches, and I have a good sense of where I should put stitch markers and when I should thread a lifeline, and I’m good at reading my stitches and spotting mistakes early on, and you know I can do the knitting and the purling and the yarn overs… but lace knitting kills my body.
Let’s try this exercise. Imagine: some stitches, YO three times, some other stitches. Next row: some stitches, p first YO, p second YO, p third YO through the back loop, some other stitches. Well, shit, are you surprised that my body is in pain after this? The only surprise here is that (1) I haven’t yet figured out how to get my big toe involved in helping with these crazy stitch manipulations and (2) that I haven’t yet purchased and trained a helper monkey to give me a third arm when trying to purl the third yarn over through the back loop.
P.S. I’m looking for some non-wood straight needles with ultra super duper pointy tips. I’ve tried the Boye, Susan Bates, and Bryspun, and they aren’t pointy enough. Suggestions?