Back in the slow lane
Saturday September 15th 2007, 10:30 pm
Filed under: Knit

When there’s a huge push to get a project done fast, and you do it and you succeed, somehow for a little while after that, other projects feel almost like a letdown for a day or two.  I picked up Johnna’s shawl–c’mon, let’s get going again–and saw I had 1000 stitches to have to rip out, that there was a botch back there and just too big a botch to fudge it gracefully.  You know, I honestly don’t usually have this sort of problem!  Eh.  But that’s the good side of knitting: you can always re-create it to the way that you demand that it live up to.

Meantime, the Fleece Artist Sea Wool  is singing a sheepy mermaid song to entice me to jump in.   I find the kelp content is good for the merino as well as their Sea silk: I wish you could see it in person, ooh, doesn’t this feel wonderful.  My apologies to the sock knitters out there, and I do love handknitted socks, but there’s no way I’m turning this into footwear when it could be beautifully draped across a friend’s back.

Okay, that did it, I think I’ve got my knitting momentum back.Sea Wool

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That yarn looks gorgeous. I agree with you, I have a hard time knitting socks because of that very thing. Yarn is such a work of art to me, and to hide that work of art in a shoe just doesn’t seem right. That is probably why I still don’t own a pair of hand-knit socks that I made myself.

BTW, I am sitting here wearing a beautiful scarf that was a recent gift. It’s long enough that I can wrap it a few times around my neck, and soft enough that my sensitive skin doesn’t rash. PERFECT. And even moreso considering my house is 65 degrees this morning. Welcome to fall in New England!

Comment by Amanda 09.16.07 @ 5:37 am

I have that colorway in Sea Silk!! It’s been mocking me to making some amazing WiC (um, that’s Wrapped in Comfort) shawl. But I have this sweater to get through and then there’s then need to figure out WHICH amazing pattern and my attempts to actually focus enough to FOLLOW directions. URGH, that’s asking a lot of a girl on her birthday.

Comment by Patricia 09.16.07 @ 8:51 am

I can’t wait to see what becomes of that beautiful yarn!

I don’t know if I could face a ripping of that magnitude.

Comment by Sonya 09.16.07 @ 10:52 am

Oooooooooh. That is just gorgeous!

Comment by Romi 09.16.07 @ 11:02 am

Alison, I will be knitting the Woodland shawl found here
with my seawool. At least that is the plan at the moment. I am sooooo curious to see what you do with yours.

Comment by kellie 09.16.07 @ 4:14 pm

That one has 460 yards/100 g, and she used size 6 needles and cast on 89 stitches. My one skein of Sea Wool is 350 m (add roughly 10% to calculate yards, so, roughly 385 yards) and 112 g, and I’m using size 10s. She only got 40″ with her longer skein. Her pattern is 12+5 stitches, so she did 7 repeats; I would definitely subtract multiples of 12 and do fewer repeats so yours doesn’t end at about 35″–but then, I’m assuming you’ve just got one skein, too.

Comment by AlisonH 09.16.07 @ 4:57 pm

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