Qiviut the old collage try
Saturday June 11th 2011, 11:35 pm
Filed under: Knit

The weatherman predicted a goodly warmth for today. We got up to 67. I got to feel, as I did the first day I worked with this, how a yarn so fine I could barely tell it was against my right hand nevertheless warmed my hand noticeably, in a way no other fiber has ever done while I knit.

I learned something this evening: qiviut can indeed be frogged. Even when you carefully wound the longtail end around each purl bump of the first row. I debated letting the curvy lengths pile up fetchingly on each other for a photoshoot as I undid, but common sense kicked in–let’s not push my luck.

Sometimes when there’s a nagging feeling as you go along, the only good thing to do is to hold it up in the mirror as if trying it on. There’s something about putting it in the context of the human body that clarifies things.

The mixture of laces wasn’t perfect. Too wide to too tight. I finally saw it. Normally I might rinse the project on the needles to set overnight to get a good idea of its post-blocking state, because that usually makes everything look better, but, again, I wasn’t about to risk any degree of felting it together.

It wasn’t by any means a waste of stitches, but rather a good bit of learning achieved in a short amount of time that I can’t wait to put to good use now. I even have an idea of how many individual stitches I can get out of my yardage–so, yes, today the ‘I’m counting’ thing was on steroids.

It all counts for good towards the end result. It’s going to be so gorgeous.

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Thank you for the first *snort* of the day, at your title. Can’t wait to see your finished object. I am soldiering away on dishcloth cotton, which is eminently froggable but thus far behaving itself.

Comment by Lynn 06.12.11 @ 4:04 am

I had that nagging feeling last night when for the umpteenth time I tried on my top-down sweater in progress and realized that every time it seemed a little bigger and bigger. There’s no use in continuing a project you know you’ll never use. It got frogged and exiled until I’m done fuming over that yarn I liked so much when I bought it! DARN!

Comment by Jody 06.12.11 @ 6:15 am

Hurry, hurry, so we can see. No, don’t hurry, take plenty of time to enjoy it.

Comment by Sherry in Idaho 06.12.11 @ 6:31 am

Qiviut the old collage try? Some days I try; some days I’m trying. I think you’ve told me, but what is frogging?

Comment by Don Meyer 06.12.11 @ 9:15 am

Love the glimpse inside the mind of a designer. Glad to hear qiviut trumps frogs.

Comment by Channon 06.12.11 @ 10:46 am

I’m loving your Qiviut Adventure!A couple of months ago I went with a couple of friends on a yarn crawl. At one store they were doing a demo of a variation of the ong-tail cast-on — the advantage to this method being you never run out of yarn (and can make it a decorative edge as well). Here’s the pointer I meant to send you a couple of days ago: http://yarnsinthefarms.com/intheloop/?p=1369 (Huh! It didn’t turn blue — I guess you’ll have to cut and paste it!)
I confess, it’s almost enough to make me try it — Chained-On is my favorite method.
Carol in MA

Comment by Carol Telsey 06.12.11 @ 1:08 pm

A mature knitter is one who is willing to frog to get it right. My daughter, then about 19, taught me that. She matured earlier than some!

Comment by twinsetellen 06.12.11 @ 8:14 pm

I am looking forward to my first experience of Qivuit whenever it may be. Today I am knitting with good old Andean wool :-} (we are having a chilly spell)

Comment by Diana Troldahl 06.13.11 @ 6:50 am

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