I lycra bit of silk
Monday November 04th 2013, 9:04 pm
Filed under: Knitting a Gift,Politics

I’m knitting it in a straight line rather than a circle so as to be flexible re the length.

I am a firm believer in not running out of yarn. Part of my childhood included watching my mother spending months knitting my dad an elaborate Aran and coming up short right at the end. She had no idea then how many times she would be saving me in the future from the same fate.

Which is why I have nearly a thousand yards of that qiviut-merino blend in a muted raspberry; the price definitely helped, too. The brown of the musk ox dominates far more than their photos or mine show.

It had not occurred to me till I read the comments on yesterday’s post that I had another cone of that cherry silk/lycra that I’d made that shawl out of  that would match that qiviut well, too. I just had never thought of them together, even after pairing it with the unlikely baby alpaca and having it come out so pretty. OH! Of course! I exclaimed quite out loud. Anne had nailed it!

Thank you everybody for your input, it really helped.

So I did not rip out what I started yesterday, as many of you were hoping I wouldn’t and because I didn’t want to either, and that chorus of no, please don’ts persuaded me on what I already knew; I simply started over on other needles. I would have enough for two. Cowls, at least, the classic qiviut project anyway.

The 5% lycra grabs the other fibers and keeps the silk from slithering out while the silk justifies diluting that qiviut as much as anything ever could.

I will do the airy one later in its own time when my hands are up to it, and now I have one I know will get done in time. It’s on a comfortable pair of rosewood size 7s, coming along nicely.

A lined matching hat would be great for Alaska, too, but we’ll see how far I get.


Edited to add: please vote Tuesday. In our town, a developer wants a mega project justified by affordable senior housing off to the side (and right on the designated bike route for four schools clustered there). But it comes with a parking space for every other apartment. As if seniors never drive. Never volunteer. As if nobody ever visits them. As if it made any sense.

And a 90-year-old’s birth certificate (it has to be certified, which you have to pay for, and how is that not a poll tax), his ID as a professor, and his expired (because, hey, he’s 90 and is being responsible like that) driver’s license are not enough: he was denied a voter ID card by the great state of Texas.  Lives in Ted Cruz’s town. His attendant drove him to go check it out and sure enough, they turned him down, no, you can’t vote with those.

The fact that he used to be the Speaker of the US House himself did Jim Wright no good. What about all the people with less name recognition or nobody to drive them?

Vote.  Did you know that our bitterly bickering House actually quietly passed a bill to kill the desperately-needed derivatives reform of Wall Street that Dodd-Frank had enacted? Our democracy depends on you and me making our voices heard, in every election, on every issue. Please don’t miss it.

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On my way to vote, and maybe even pick up some sweater yarn. LOL.

Comment by Sherry in Idaho 11.05.13 @ 8:21 am

the election in our area was via mail in ballots — I’m not a bit fan of those, but I can say that my unbroken string of voting in every election since 1972 marches on!

now if I could just figure out why it is that folks will continue to vote against their own best interests, it would be good

Comment by Bev 11.05.13 @ 9:21 am

Oh my word, that link to Jim Wright being challenged on his voting-eligibility was shocking!

Comment by LynnM 11.05.13 @ 10:40 am

I exercised franchise.

Comment by Anne 11.05.13 @ 3:51 pm

Wonderful post, Alison!

Comment by Channon 11.05.13 @ 4:38 pm

A case of when more is more! Especially when it comes to voting. Wilson and I got ours in before work.

Comment by twinsetellen 11.05.13 @ 7:24 pm

Pretty cowl. Glad you didn’t have to start over.

Comment by RobinM 11.06.13 @ 12:24 pm

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