Egrets and no regrets
Tuesday October 14th 2008, 11:58 pm
Filed under: Knit,Wildlife

well, crumThe designers’ version of the swatch, swatch, gauge, gauge mantra is, don’t swatch a new lace pattern mid-shawl; if you want to run off with a new idea on a tangent from what you’ve figured out and written out beforehand, do it across a few stitches somewhere else first.  (insert whiny voice)  P l e a s e ?  Four hundred stitches across just doesn’t quite qualify as a swatch.  Ah well, live and learn.  (The former is more likely.)  There’s nothing terribly wrong with it as it was, I just didn’t happen to like it, and I’m the one I most have to make happy with it or it would never get finished.  Now that it’s back on the needles, it’s ready to hum along happily and is feeling all the better for having been held to a standard of perfection.  Not to mention, better four rows ripped than forty.

The good part is, taking those needles out, I went and found a UFO and checked the size of their circs, just to see; I thought I’d been doing that project on 10s.  Nines! Holz and Steins!  Not my sentimental pair, but hey!  I switched them out, as long as the slick ones were unencumbered for the moment.  Yay!

I got an errand run in the afternoon, noting how few miles I’ve put on my car in the last month; it felt good to get out.  I pulled off to the side of the road and tried to capture the snowy egrets in that center shrubbery, knowing my camera could only do so much, but hey. I share what I can.  I’ll get a better camera someday soon, since this one is held together by scotch tape; something to look forward to.

egrets at Emily Renzel Wetlands preserve

A bicyclist came down the bike path between me and the brownery there, saw me perching against my car door with my Pentax in my hands, and shot me a big grin on his way past, clearly glad to see someone else appreciating the day out there.

I can’t wait to see how this shawl is going to turn out!

(It wasn’t till I posted this that I realized how much the clump of stitches looks like an inverted version of the egrets’ perch.  Cool!)

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And I thought of the line from “Lulu’s Back in Town”: Miss Otis [R]egrets. Ah, the virtues of having lived a long and whimsical life; freedom to make bad puns one minute before scooting out the door for the train…

Comment by Lynn 10.15.08 @ 4:22 am

Love the color. I’m glad you found the other #9s for now. The others will turn up…

Comment by Channon 10.15.08 @ 5:45 am

I’m with you regarding being happy with a project. Sounds like you are well on your way to having it the way you want.

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen an egret! Your journey sounds very relaxing and to capture the moment makes it that much better.

Comment by Joansie 10.15.08 @ 6:22 am

I am so far behind in blogreading I declared blogruptcy and am starting over. This seems to be a great post to start with. knitting philosophy and pictures of egrets! I too have knti a huge “swatch” (see leaf tank fiasco) and ripped it back. Ah well. At least it can be done with knitting. Not like firing pottery or something irrecovacable.

Comment by Carol 10.15.08 @ 7:55 am

Ah yes, the Egrets. We get quite a few of those up here. They’ve declared our Causeway a Waterfowl sactuary and do tours and the whole thing these days.

Comment by Ruth 10.15.08 @ 8:14 am

We’re well into Geese Flying South season. I remember when Canada Geese were endangered, now they are everywhere :-}

Comment by Diana Troldahl 10.15.08 @ 8:40 am

You’re right — synchronicity in your photos! It’s been gorgeous here, too, and I’ve been getting out as often as possible. Last night a heron flew overhead as I was walking the dog during soccer practice, and it was so nice to just stop a moment and watch…

Comment by Jocelyn 10.15.08 @ 10:37 am

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