Gelebte Stricksucht

Desperately seeking distraction
Thursday, July 30th, 2009, 10:44
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“I’m not knitting.”
Isn’t that such a terrible thing to state? And yet… Well… It’s true: I’m not knitting. I ran out of Mohair Fine on Monday, because I only packed one ball of it. I never ever – not even in my wildest dreams! – thought that I’d use it all up while I’m at my parents’, mostly because I thought the pattern for the Gossamer Garden Stole quite challenging to follow and I couldn’t imagine myself sticking to that project and, well, actually falling in love with it.
So, what am I to do? I could knit Mom’s cardigan, for sure, but I fear we’ll soon run into a sizing problem. I had finished that cardigan about two years ago and after two or three months, Mom asked me if I could re-knit it, since its fit was too loose. I didn’t object, frogged the whole thing and started over, this time according to the measurements of one of her favourite sweaters. This was about half a year ago. She has been losing weight constantly since then and I seriously doubt that the cardigan will fit her this time. And I don’t want to finish something first, then have to frog it again.
Plus: I really, REALLY should be studying. I have my book and my notes lying right here on my desk, next to my keyboard, but I can’t bring myself to study for more than an hour – even though there isn’t much that I could do instead.
I’d rather think about how I’m going to spend today’s afternoon. Anna and I talked about a trip to the city last evening, apparently there’s a sale at a yarn store (which made my eyes go all wide and watery), plus she told me about another yarn store where you can get KSH for 7€ a ball (which made me almost cry for joy). So we decided to take the trip, get a cup of coffee somewhere and drop by these yarn stores. And then there’s another thing that comes to mind: Wolle RΓΆdel, the LYS chain where I bought the Mohair Fine, has a store in the city, too… Maybe I should pay them a visit and look for a ball of Mohair Fine. I’ll need another one anyway…


“I accept shawls as a payment…”
Saturday, July 25th, 2009, 20:08
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Even though I’m still heavily in love with the Gossamer Garden Stole, and even though my Owls sweater is far from being finished (and I’m really, really planning on finishing both before starting anything else), oh, and then there are the Hedwig the Owl Socks, I’m already thinking about what I can do next.
Once Conny has returned from the US, I’ll be able to add three lovely yarns to my stash (Trendsetter Cashwool, Conjoined Creations Pastimes, Too and Cascade Yarns Alpaca Lace) that will be worked into different shawls and wraps and stoles.
And then along came Mam. She was so kind as to gift me two gorgeous pairs of shoes (black pumps, to be precise), and when I asked her how I could possibly return the favour she said: “Well, if you feel the urge to knit something for somebody else some day, you could do a shawl for me…” Well, we sat down right that afternoon and decided on a pattern (the North Roe Shawl) as well as yarn (KnitPicks Shimmer in Spice), so now I just have to finish my projects, order the yarn and I’m ready to go. Damn, I love lace knitting! πŸ˜€

A little bit of history repeating…
Thursday, July 23rd, 2009, 11:39
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I had to rip it apart… again 😦 The Gossamer Garden Stole. At some point I always happen to miraculously loose a stitch. It just vanishes and I’m left with discovering “Oh, the pattern says ‘Knit 6 stitches’ but if I do, the YO is in the wrong place”. I’ve cursed a lot the last few days πŸ˜‰ And then, yesterday, when I finally realized that I won’t be able to fix it by cheating, and went to unraveling the stole, I gave the yarn such a firm tug that I accidentally ripped it :/
Maybe I should turn to work on my Mum’s cardigan while I’m at my parents’, because I always leave it here when I’m returning to Study City πŸ˜‰

Never think, never learn
Monday, July 20th, 2009, 10:54
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Over the last two days, I’ve been thinking “Oh, I shouldn’t have done that” constantly. This thought is not referring to my stash raid, by the way (I postponed that), but to the fact that I gave the Owls Sweater a try. I have this gorgeous merino yarn, and I meant to start a pullover or cardigan or any other other garment that might keep me warm once winter has come with it anyway. (And it’s really not that hard to knit winter garments right now, considering the temperature we have to endure here in Germany for the past few days.) I really don’t know how long I can keep to it, and if it’ll come out allright, because I had to recalculate almost everything due to gauge. We’ll see about that *sigh*

Stash raid!!!!
Saturday, July 18th, 2009, 16:31
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Yes, I have just started the Gossamer Garden Stole. I love it, by the way. I made a mistake somewhere between rows 13 and 16, so I thought it best to rip the whole thing apart again and start fresh. Which I did. Now I’ve made a mistake somewhere between rows 24 and 27 and I’m in no mood to rip it apart again so I’m thinking about fixing it by cheating.
Yes, I tend to start too many projects and finish way too few. I think this is mostly because I bore easily so that I can’t bring myself to finish something that is neither coming along very quickly nor complicated as hell. Which is the case with pullovers, cardigans or even vests.
Yes, I have so many other useful things to do, like studying, or finishing some of my WIPs. I could read more (or why do I have the subscription for this news magazine? why do I have so many books?), or clean the flat (at least my room!) every day or two, maybe even finish all these “Oh, that’s easy, I could sew it myself!”-projects (a skirt, a broken zipper on a coat, and an ex-pullover soon to be a cardigan).
Yes, I have many, many WIPs that I could finish (see point #2), shrugs, socks, even a pullover, legwarmers, …
But yet…
Right now, I feel the urgent need to raid my stash for anything yarny (I seriously doubt that’s even a word!!), something worsted, or even something bulky, and start cardigans, cardigans, pullovers, cardigans and: cardigans. Maybe one or two shrugs. The need actually is so urgent I can hardly keep to my desk chair. It’s not that my stash is insanely huge, it fits quite well into two large boxes, so I guess there’s not enough yarn for all these cardigans. But: I want to knit something for the fall and winter seasons. I want to knit cardigans with an intensity that equals little children crying “I. Want. Candy!!!!!” in a supermarket.
Why – oh! why? – did this H&M catalogue had to arrive today? Flipping through the pages and seeing all these gorgeous things in all these gorgeous colours (H&M is obviously going for purple and teal this fall, as well as gray and brown) made me wish that my stash could miraculously transform itself into tons of knitted garments.
So if you would be so kind as to excuse me – I have a stash to raid πŸ˜‰

Birdy, Birdy, Birdy come on!
Saturday, July 18th, 2009, 16:29
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It’s done. I finished a WIP. I have to repeat it, slowly, so that I can understand the full extent of its meaning: I finished a WIP. If you knew me, you would give me standing ovations, I’m telling you πŸ˜‰
I spent Thursday evening knitting the 1×1 ribbing around the body of the Bird’s Eye Bolero, which took some time. And after that I spent half the night binding off what felt like hundreds of stitches using the tubular bind-off for the first time. And I’m really surprised how stretchy it is, exactly what I needed for the ribbings. Friday morning was for completing the ribbings on the sleeves and now I’ll just have to knit the mittens to go with the shrug.

Difficult decisions
Thursday, July 16th, 2009, 8:49
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Well, well… After all this fuss with the edging for the Print O’ The Wave Stole, merrily knitting along, running out of yarn, the sudden need for instant gratification that made me start the Endpaper Mitts, ripping apart the transition rows and reknitting the edging, I’m anxious about the moment I’ll have to part from it. This day is drawing closer and closer, and I’m already mourning the loss. Even though the stole gave me a pretty hard time (I have to say it once again: ripping the close-to-finished edging apart REALLY wasn’t fun – even with my general appetite for destruction!!), I think the yarn and especially the colour suit the pattern very well.

I had to start something new just after I put the finishing touches to the stole, of course, so I went for something that we here in Germany call bolero. Even though I’m not quite sure if I’m knitting a bolero or a shrug, it’s got something of both πŸ˜‰ I had to rip my Honeycomb apart because I needed the yarn, which might sound bewildering at first. The thing is this: Some weeks ago I purchased a really gorgeous summer dress – I would go as far as calling it THE dress – which is white with a bottle-green flower pattern. But summer nights are cold so I’m going to need something to keep me warm. I thought about possibilities (possibilities I would knit myself, of course!), but in my mind all these possibilities had the same hue of green as the pattern on the dress. It was then that I thought about my Honeycomb, about how it had this exact hue I’d need to fit the colour of the dress, about being anxious that the pattern would fit me in the end, and about having so much yarn to choose from if I could only bring myself to rip it apart and start fresh. So Honeycomb became history and I started my bolero.

Yesterday evening, I finished the second sleeve and instantly washed and blocked both sleeves as well as the back piece. Once the pieces are dry I’ll sew them together so I can determine the size and shape of the front pieces. Once these are finished I’m going to add borders to sleeves and body in 1×1 rib. And then I’ll set off and knit a pair of mittens to fit the bolero (just in case it gets reeeaaaaally cold while I’m outside ;)).

Well, since I have to wait for the bolero pieces to dry (and since the Bird’s Eye pattern I’m using for the bolero isn’t exactly what I’d call excruciatingly difficult) I set my mind on another lace project. I had started a Laminaria after finishing the Print O’ The Wave Stole, but tossed it aside after 40 stitches or so and started the bolero, so this won’t be an option for some time. Looking for inspirations I browsed through all the bookmarked lace stoles and shawls on my computer and… found the Gossamer Garden Stole. I checked my yarn stash – and there it was, 4 balls of Mohair Fine (76% kid mohair, 24% polyamide) in a dark blue hue I had bought and set aside for “some lace project”. As it turns out, the yarn has a beautiful purple shimmer to it, even though I’m not happy with the quality. It’s my own fault, really, for I am constantly comparing it to Rowan’s KSH – which is ridiculous, since Mohair Fine costs about one fifth of what I’d have to spend for KSH! I’m just trying to concentrate on the purple shimmer and the really gorgeous pattern instead of the yarn quality. And – oh, boy! – this pattern’s got teeth. It’s not that it is so difficult, but it’s all counting and concentrating on what I’m doing (basically: doing what I love most about lace!). I had some difficulties with the chart, but I think I figured it out allright the first time. I haven’t knit lace with YOs in right and wrong side rows before, but at least I’m a chart knitter and so far it seems that I’ve done everything right. Oh, I can’t wait until I’ve finished the first pattern repeat of the Spider Web Pattern πŸ˜€