Qiviut piece a chance
Monday May 03rd 2010, 10:12 pm
Filed under: "Wrapped in Comfort",Amaryllis,Knit

A new amaryllis opened today, a double white, one of my dad’s bulbs from a year and a half ago. Gorgeous. Thank you, Dad!

I decided the best way to thank Rachel for the gift of her time and her wrists Saturday was to pay it forward: by knitting up and giving away the qiviut fiber she’d spun up and then had insisted on giving back to me. That had been on my good-intentions list for awhile.

Procrastination, however, had not cured me of being a little afraid of touching it. One must experiment, one must frog a little, when playing with a new yarn of a very definite length and no more.  One must see what kind of width vs length vs pattern I could get out of it.

Well, now I really owed her, so today I’m here to say that Rachel’s superfine handspinning of dryer-lint-fine qiviut is something that will stand up to being (oh so very gently) ripped out. It did fuzz a bit when I did. Just those first few rows–umm, wrong needle size. Didn’t like.  Try again. Um, wrong stitch count, won’t have enough.

I thought.

I expected to just whiz through that small ball in no time.  It has been thwarting my expectations in wonderful ways.  Out of 24 g, I really have 16 still left?  Really?  Unblocked, I’ve got 20.5″ already–I was expecting to get a cowl’s worth but instead it’s going to come out an actual scarf. (I didn’t knit it in the round out of sheer optimism.  Definitely paid off.)

Details: the lace pattern of the main body of the Michelle shawl from “Wrapped in Comfort,” plus an extra stitch each edge for a solid selvedge. I cast on 27 stitches on size 4.5mm.

I bought the fiber hand-dehaired from the owner of the animal.  This yarn is so exquisitely soft, the best qiviut can be, and oh, it is so warm. Can you just picture having your own Alaskan Musk Ox to comb the undercoat from?  Or even making socks out of this stuff to keep your feet really really warm on the ice? (But the idea of wearing holes in it! No thank you–I’ll knit my own holes in and call it lace.)

Because–Frankly, my dear, I don’t qiviut a darn.

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Oh yay! 🙂 Can’t wait to see it.

Comment by (formerly) no-blog-rachel 05.04.10 @ 5:45 am

Lovely! It’s so soft when I’ve petted it shows…

Comment by Channon 05.04.10 @ 7:25 am

wow! can’t wait to see the pictures of the finished object —

Comment by Bev 05.04.10 @ 8:35 am

Get a yak!

Comment by LauraN 05.04.10 @ 8:57 am

Oh, well. I’ll give you a bit of humor, anyway.

A woman who was 5 months pregnant, and absolutely ravenous, decided she wanted a second helping of dinner. As soon as she spooned more food onto her plate, her husband had something to say about it. “Remember, I’m eating for two,” she told her husband. “Yes, but how many are you exercising for?”

Comment by Don Meyer 05.04.10 @ 9:45 am

There is team work in knitting, people need to believe it.

Thank you for the laughter. 🙂

Comment by Suzanne in Montreal 05.04.10 @ 11:08 am

You have good intentions AND you’re clever!

Comment by Momo Fali 05.04.10 @ 7:12 pm

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