Monthly Archives: August 2013

Scraggly bit of scraggle

My next project is something completely different (given that the yarn for my actual next project isn’t ready yet, although the third of five colours is now drying..). I really enjoy variety and it’s not hard to find that. So my next project is a lace shawl, Luciole by Anne Hanson (I know, I know…). I bought this pattern over a year ago and have been waiting mainly to have the brain power to attempt it. It’s more lacy than anything I’ve done before, with thinner yarn than I’ve used before. But I’ve embraced light weight yarns over the last year and now it doesn’t seem all that thin.

I’m using Manos del Uruguay lace (I was seriously nervous about more Manos after the growth of my last Manos project into a monster… Test swatch heavily blocked and pulled around. If it goes wrong this time I will be totally cross!) in a really beautiful colour combination. They call it Orla, it’s a mixture of charcoal/black/bronze. It’s quite subtle and it looks beautiful in a ball or skein.

At the moment though, my project looks like a funny bit of scraggle. Maybe the dark colour makes it look more scraggly and more like a muddled up cobweb. There are one or two errors but I’ve got the stitch count right and the errors were really tiny (except the one where I started knitting just half a shawl plus a bit, and had to rip out altogether!) so I think it will be beautiful. Just doesn’t really look that great right now!

This couldn’t be all that much more different from my last project. This one I’m pretty tied to the pattern. Last time there wasn’t a pattern. Now there’s long rows, lace on each side (mainly just the edging though) and quite a bit of brain required. I’m not totally sure I’ve got enough of that. I have found there’s a few ways to reduce the brain needed. Life lines and stitch markers really help, and I’ve found they also mean you can knit without worrying if you’ve got it right because it will be obvious really quickly if you haven’t because the stitches won’t add up. That’s a good thing.

It is making me question my project fidelity though. It is not particularly sociable knitting and it is quite tiring. Maybe another project that just goes round and round a bit more would make better portable knitting. Only thing is, I’m not sure I’ll finish this lace project if I do that. I’ve wanted to make it for ages. I love the yarn and I think it will be a really pretty project. I’m also learning quite a bit from making it. So I definitely want to finish it. So sorry, I’m just not going to chat all that much while I knit on this! At least, not on the edging bits…

The knitted washcloth

This will be brief..! A lot of blogs I read have recently been advocating the knitting of washcloths. Today I realised what they are going on about.

For washcloth, I was thinking dishcloth. How could a knitted dishcloth ever make a good present? How could it ever make a good object of any kind? Ideal for, um, getting bits of baked bean stuck in? Just catches those bits of chicken that were going down the drain?

No, they mean flannel. But to me, a knitted flannel just doesn’t sound that great either. Nope. I don’t get it.

Project fidelity?

Turns out a week camping is a good opportunity for progress on my jumper. And… It’s done! Safely blocked and dried and ready for some cold weather! I’m totally very excited and pleased about it all. But I don’t have any pictures yet. That will be for my next post!

So we went camping last week with lots of friends and we absolutely had the best tent! Check out the stove, solar powered fairy lights and bunting! I used to hate camping. Now I’m planning our next trip. Especially as it seems conducive to getting some knitting time.

Finishing a major project is always a funny thing. Bit like finishing a great book. I always get so excited about finishing that I zoom through the last bit, find out how it finishes and then feel like I’m missing a friend. Although that feeling is always tempered when you’re really pleased with the finished product and get to wear it too.

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For the last year or so I’ve been really strict with myself about casting on one project and not starting something else until it’s done. Mainly I think because I don’t get that much knitting time so things have in the past sat in bags for so long that I’ve forgotten where I’ve got to and fallen out of love with the project and then you have to face the ripping out bit, only to be left with yarn that just doesn’t seem so appealing any more. But there is definitely a down side. At the beginning of the week I had to get a blood test. There was an hour wait. I didn’t have any knitting! My jumper was at the stage where I just needed to sew in the last sleeve which seemed a lot to cart around with me given that it wouldn’t have taken long to do it anyway. I had stuff to read so it was fine waiting, but I kept thinking of this undisturbed knitting time that I wasn’t using.

Also, having finished a bit quicker than I expected I’m not ready with my next project. I have about ten projects lined up that I’m planning on but my next project is a neck warmer using maybe four different colours of hand spun yarn. I’ve got two colours ready but the stripes are going to be narrow so I really need the whole lot ready before I start. I’m also planning on making Luciole so I thought I’d start swatching. I have started swatching and quickly realised I need smaller needles so they are coming in the post maybe tomorrow. Which leaves my knitting bag kind of bare. I could cast on some socks or something but that seems silly because I know they will get laid aside as soon as I’m ready with my yarn or needles. In the meantime I need to get spinning. Once I’ve recovered from this sickness bug. I didn’t mention that, you don’t need any more details…