Knitting like crazy
Tuesday July 14th 2009, 10:27 pm
Filed under: "Wrapped in Comfort",Knit

So many people to knit for in such a hurry. Go go go!

There’s the first Manos Silk scarf done, I did the second yesterday from the first of Kathy’s yarn (thank you Kathy!) and it’s now waiting to be blocked and the ends run in on both, and today, trying to choose which yarn to scarf down next… I instead tackled the longterm UFO that’s been off alone in a corner.  It simply declared it was its time now. I argued with it for about an hour and then caved.

I love Sea Silk. I love the Monterey pattern with its jellyfish and seaweed and the crash of the surf at the neckline, I really do.  And the idea of putting the two together, and in the Ocean colorway, was just so poetically perfect: actual seaweed turned into aquatic patterns in deep-sea blue, looking shimmery and gorgeous.  How can you get better than that?

So I went down a needle size to match the yarn and off I went.  But Sea Silk is very slippery and the Monterey is a complicated bear if you drop a stitch.  There’s a reason I rated it expert.  That wasn’t stopping me so much as wondering if the woman whom I don’t know that it’s going to will, you know, actually…like it…

I had rubber baby buggy bumpers on the needle tips every time I put it down when I started.  But that was a goodly while ago, months, and I don’t know quite where they are now.  I was afraid those stitches were threatening to be bungee jumpers every time I picked the project up.

So I avoided picking it up.

I found myself needing to finish up old tasks today.  It was time.  I got one and a half full pattern repeats done so far, and at that rate I’ll finish tomorrow afternoon, unless it declares it wants to be longer than I’m planning.

It’s already shown that it’s the one calling the shots.

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beautiful 🙂

Comment by Cathy (catsandyarn on ravelry) 07.14.09 @ 11:55 pm

Oh, how pretty – and what lovely serendipity!

A little tip for keeping slippery yarns on needle tips: grab one of those chunky elastic bands that you get on produce like broccoli, and cut a couple of pieces from it. Take a sharp knife and pierce each one in the centre – just a tiny hole. Then stretch the piece of elastic over the needle point, and hey presto! A freebie yarn-holder-onner.

Comment by Anniebee 07.15.09 @ 3:24 am

Gorgeous, just gorgeous!
Thanks to Anniebee for the freebie holder-onner tip. 🙂

Comment by Toni Smoky-Mountains 07.15.09 @ 3:41 am

“Scarf down” – I do love your turn of phrase.

Comment by Barbara-Kay 07.15.09 @ 5:16 am

I wish one project imposed itself on me like that one did for you. That way, I’ld actually get it done faster. lol

Some days, ok often!, I wish I could drop by and see how you work. Maybe get a few pointers even. Thank goodness for the wonders of the Internet, huh? 🙂

Enjoy the aquatic patterns and watch out for the hyperactive stitches! hihihi

Comment by Suzanne 07.15.09 @ 5:52 am

Heh. It’s nice to hear that even an accomplished knitter/designer runs into a stumper once in a while. I’m sure you’ll win; you have knowledge and patience on your side.

Comment by Channon 07.15.09 @ 6:12 am

How beautiful. I wish my lacework would go so fast, but the girls are usually running around with great commotion which means I have to go very slowly:)

Comment by TripletMom 07.15.09 @ 8:09 am

Some knitting just likes to be the boss. I adore that color, though! But you’re right, seasilk is *slippery* 🙂

Comment by Jocelyn 07.15.09 @ 8:16 am

I have no doubt that whatever you make for whomever, they will love it.

Fun time:

A mom was concerned about her kindergarten son, Timmy, walking to school. He didn’t want his mother to walk with him. She wanted to give him the feeling that he had some independence but yet know that he was safe. So she had an idea of how to handle it. She asked a neighbor, Mrs. Goodnest, if she would please follow him to school in the mornings, staying at a distance, so he probably wouldn’t notice her. The lady said that since she was up early with her toddler anyway, it would be a good way for them to get some exercise as well, so she agreed.

The next school day the lady and her little girl, Marcy, set out following behind Timmy as he walked to school with another neighbor boy he knew. She did this for the whole week. As the boys walked and chatted, kicking stones and twigs, Timmy’s little friend noticed the same lady was following them as she seemed to do every day all week. Finally he said to Timmy, “Have you noticed that lady following us to school all week? Do you know her?”

Timmy nonchalantly replied, “Yeah, I know who she is.”
The friend said, “Well, who is she?” “That’s just Shirley Goodnest,” Timmy replied, “and her daughter, Marcy.”

“Shirley Goodnest? Who the heck is she and why is she following us?” “Well,” Timmy explained, “every night my mom makes me say the 23rd Psalm with my prayers,’cuz she worries about me so much. And in the psalm, it says, ‘Shirley Goodnest and Marcy shall follow me all the days of my life,’ so I guess I’ll just have to get used to it!”

Comment by Don Meyer 07.15.09 @ 8:26 am

I knew that yarn would be knit much faster in your stash than in mine! The teal seasilk is gorgeous and you’re right, it’s the perfect match to the pattern.

Comment by Kathy in San Jose 07.15.09 @ 8:47 am

Yup, I have done that too. Ignored a wip cause I’m afraid it is in charge, not me. Eventually I muster up the guts and do it, but int he meantime, not so much

Comment by Carol 07.15.09 @ 9:54 am

How could someone not love a knitted gift from you??

Comment by Sonya 07.15.09 @ 10:05 am

I have a feeling the woman will declare it absolutely perfect :-}
I finished all the bits and samples and photos for a new pattern today, tomorrow I will do a little math and put it all together all shiny and fresh. After coffee.

Comment by Diana Troldahl 07.15.09 @ 10:03 pm

Of course, it is calling the shots. What did you expect?

Comment by sherry in idaho 07.16.09 @ 7:14 am

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