#27 fringed scarf (page 59)
i am not one to underestimate.
i have no intention of running out of yarn. ever.
i buy the extra skein. if i don’t need it, it will become a hat later on.
no frantic calculations at the end. no wondering if there will be enough.
but, when you’re knitting for a contract
often the company sends the yarn
that they’ve estimated you might need.
usually they’re right.
i’m always amazed that they are,
forty-six narrow inches from not having enough.
less than a yard
and i admit to sweating
it out more than a little bit right near the end.
but all’s well the ends well, and this one did.
in our ears,
we sallied forth
the remains of
an ice storm
the land without precipitation.
‘where did you put the snow, mama?’
that they think me capable
every last bit
of the winter whiteness
that we left
at home sweet home.
that we all felt
exactly like this
to be out of the van
hugging our cousins,
settling in for our visit
and peeling off layers for the warmth.
soundtrack of the day: bill harley’s ‘there’s a pea on my plate’:
there’s a pea on my plate that my mother put there
she knows i don’t like peas but she doesn’t care
she says come on try it now it’s not the worst
if you want some ice cream, you must eat that pea first
and i really did put the pea on my spoon
but i made a mistake and my mouth closed too soon
it slipped off the spoon and fell on to the floor
my mom said don’t worry, she’s got plenty more…
sts on the road: 3/4 sleeves of a cardi done & 2 skeins of noro kogarashi balled.
(quirkily: def: done in a quirky way, odd, unusual)
if not, i’m cold
so i designed this vest
with a front piece that wraps
around to snuggle the bare skin
between the tips of my hair and the top of my t-shirt.
think of it like a scarf
with a racerback
rather than a cardi
sleeves to speak of.
it’s the striping
that really kicks
it into overdrive.
will knit up just fine.
so pick your palette
based on your mood,
or your favorite jeans
and have at it.
so i’m sure
you’ll be glad you did.
it seems like once the pattern idea is born,
picking a yarn to knit it in shouldn’t be that hard, right?
i mean i knit a lot,
at least a few minutes of every day if the truth be told,
and after all this time i should know what will work.
when the squall of my latest brainstorm had passed,
i assembled the usual suspects and the swatching began.
trabajos del peru
this is a semi-solid thick and thin yarn
(semi-solid colors and thick & thinness are two of my favorite things in a yarn)
but the stitches i wanted to use were blurred by the yarn’s strong personality.
(which is actually aran weight, go figure)
was up next.
i bought this solely because the color tugged at me.
the tones in the velvet grape are very rich and deep and …
the stitches were now lost
in the variation of color in this skein.
i actually spent time trying to rework the pattern
for just this yarn,
but it wasn’t.
this little ball
of brightly colored cotton would surely work
it isn’t thick and thin.
it’s all one shade (blue sky alpaca’s dyed cotton in ‘cumin’ to be exact).
but alas, the cotton had no elasticity to it leaving the cables flat and the ribbing dull.
hopeful and a bit unsure,
much to my surprise it knit along absolutely the way i wanted.
the cables popped,
the ribbing held it’s own,
the smile spread across my face.
there is some color variation in this yarn, but it’s not really different shades.
more like the worn to perfection fade
that your favorite things acquire once they’ve been yours for long enough.
i’m headed back now to the retro and the needles and
the pattern that this combo is working up to be.
knit happy! and be safe this weekend.
‘the fourth’ taken from 1:19 in genesis.