Sunday November 03rd 2013, 11:41 pm
Filed under: Knitting a Gift

I knew I should have bought the 3-ply. But I didn’t, I have the thinner 2-ply.

So here’s the thing. I have this daughter who just moved to Alaska. I have some well-hoarded 50/50 qiviut/merino laceweight, and if ever someone had top claim on having that super-warm undercoat of the Alaskan musk ox knitted up for them, she’s it. I’ve started knitting it on 3.5 mm needles, US 4s, as big as you really want to go with this stuff.

My hands are not happy. Even though the yarn keeps a good grip on the needles. They’re still grousing about last Tuesday, when I didn’t have access to my ice packs at the endless city council meeting.

I could knit this doubled. That would limit the length of what I’m making because there’s only so much of the yarn, but, I could do that, and if I’m going to do that instead of this I’d better decide fast because musk ox attaches to itself like a herd firmly shoulder to shoulder facing outward at the wolf; ripping it out is nigh-on impossible. I’m five rows into 143 stitches.

Doubled is warmer. And she’s definitely going to need warmer.

Doubled misses a whole lot of the point of the ethereal lightness of qiviut.

Doubled means that I’ll still be able to knit other Decembery things coming up in my queue.

I’m still resisting. Open to suggestions. What do you think?

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Hmmmm….I don’t have any but ask the yarn. You always buy the smart stuff that tells you what it wants to be! LOL!

Comment by Jody 11.04.13 @ 5:42 am

Double it.
If you stick the knitted yarn in a freezer (in a plastic bag) it helps to un knit it the next day.

Comment by Diana Troldahl 11.04.13 @ 8:55 am

Can you double it with something else so you still get the lofty warmth, but can use your 6’s? Cashmere? no-so-finely-spun silk? Or do double knitting with something else on the outside 🙂

Comment by Anne 11.04.13 @ 8:55 am

Smiley was supposed to be at the end!

And, I was tempted to add: Please don’t hit me … unless it’s with a nice ball of yarn.

Comment by Anne 11.04.13 @ 8:58 am

No. Don’t double it–let it be its filmy, cloudy own self.

Comment by Sherry in Idaho 11.04.13 @ 9:07 am

Don’t do it!!! 😀

Comment by Jayleen Hatmaker 11.04.13 @ 9:24 am

I agree with Anne — if you’re going to double for warmth, how about with something like silk

Comment by Bev 11.04.13 @ 10:45 am

I’m with the “don’t”s.
Your exquisite qiviut lace weight will be lighter knit singly and knitting needs to be a joy, not the project that caused you the most pain. I don’t know if it’s in your nature to keep a project as very long term but this sounds like a few rows now and again would make you proud of the result and happy to create it. It’s cold in Alaska for a long time. Happy Groundhog Day pressie?)
(I just knit some Malabrigo Worsted Merino mitts on 4.5mm light bamboos. When they say it’s like butter, it is! Try it. And speedy!)

Comment by LynnM 11.04.13 @ 11:51 am

Oh, I feel badly for your hands, but I’m with the don’ts…BUT, it’s going to be lovely (and loved) either way, because every stitch will be full of love. 🙂

Comment by Pam 11.04.13 @ 1:35 pm

I hate to become part of a majority, but I think I am, in this case. And it’s time to drop out of monogamous knitting. You need to have two projects going so you can do a row/round on this and then move to something else. It will still be cold there, probably almost forever. Sigh. I am not a winter, darkness and chill, person. (Sitting here with my suri alpaca shawl over me. And all the lights on.)

Comment by Susan (sjanova) 11.04.13 @ 7:12 pm

I’m glad plenty of others have weighed in. Light and warm is sometimes the most wonderful thing. You can do thick, fast and warm with something else wonderful…

Comment by Channon 11.04.13 @ 8:03 pm

Don’t. I’m with them. The lightest weight hat I have is also my warmest – it is angora/merino. Quiviut will be even warmer.

But do take care with those hands, please!

Comment by twinsetellen 11.04.13 @ 8:43 pm

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