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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

You're not the boss of me!

Does your yarn act like a spoiled teenage girl? Mine does! A few weeks ago I wanted to make a fern lace scarf from a pattern I improvised and which I've knitted at least 2 or 3 times before. 
Well! That pretty yarn behaved abominably and insisted on making me knit the wrong stitches where they shouldn't have been. After a few false starts and stops and lots of frogging I finally came to the realization that this yarn did not want to be a fern lace scarf! It wanted to be this pretty cowl below. Not a missed stitch in the whole project!
Fast forward to September 28. I was going to make a chevron scarf using a stockinette and reverse stockinette stitch that makes a very cute scarf. I've made it before too using this exact same yarn, Mini Mochi. The long lengths of color lend itself perfectly to this pattern, changing ridges with each color change. But the yarn had its own idea of what it wanted to be. I kept losing the center of the pattern, even with stitch markers. Then the colors were not matching up with the ridges. OK! OK! I know what you're trying to tell me yarn! You don't want to be this scarf! You want to be a Noro Striped Scarf. Fine! I have to admit I do like the way the colors play off each other. Next time I should listen more carefully.
Carole started a cabled cowl with a provisional cast on. That's where you put the cast on stitches on a temporary piece of yarn so when you're finished knitting you have live stitches that can be picked up and knitted outward in the other direction or in this case they can be knitted together or stitched together with the live stitches at the bind off end of the cowl. This leaves you with an endless circle of knitting and no discernible seam.
By evening's end Carole had the beginnings of the cables showing already.
She also finished a pair of Cafe au Lait Fingerless Mitts for donation. This yarn has great stitch definition to show off that pretty knitting pattern.
Dorah is using this pretty silk blend yarn to make a headband/earwarmer. She is using a pattern that calls for short rows. It will be a great addition to the inventory.
And lastly, Maureen's hat is showing off its pattern. That should be finished soon. Looking good!
Oh wait! One more knitted yumminess. I am knitting a headband/earwarmer for my son for one of his Christmas gifts. It's ok, he had to try it on so he has seen it already. I'm using Periwinkle Sheep BFL in Harvest Moon. I think it might be a test color because I haven't seen it around much.
I did my provisional cast on directly onto a knitting needle cable so I can Kitchener the ends together and make it seamless. I just have to try it on Drew one more time to make sure it fits. It's going to look great with his new orange winter hoodie!

1 comment:

AlisonH said...

Cables. All those nice warm cables. As I sit here in a very cold house, thinking about how well the cables trap pockets of air.