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aesop’s race

once upon a time

there was a knitter named talitha (bear with me here),

boasting how she could finish a certain lace weight project by thanksgiving.

then one day, reality roared back, “who do you think you are?

there’s no denying that you’re swift,

but even you can be beaten!”

talitha laughed in the face of reality (which is never a good idea)

and so the race began.

IMG_7662crop 3after two sick sons

and countless unexpectedly late nights

talitha yawned sleepily, as reality trudged steadily along.

she thought that after a very short little nap, or two,

she would knit quickly enough

to finish her manos lace hat and seam it and

block it before family arrived for the holiday feast.

talitha woke with a start from a fitful sleep and gaze round,

suddenly realizing that she had 4 knitting days left

and 4″ of lace weight knitting to go.

could she really knit as fast as she’d bragged?

will reality kick this knitter’s butt and beat her in the end?

we’ll know in 4, much too short, days…

‘certain’ taken from 28:11 in genesis.

story adapted from aesop’s ‘the tortoise and the hare’.

disclaimer: manos gave me this yarn to play with, but you know me.  i am way too stubborn to be influenced toward lies or embellishment by one free skein of yarn.  therefore, the opinions expressed here are honest and truthfully mine.

slow, but steady

bulky goes fast.

lace weight goes slow.

heavier yarn may hold a chunky kind of drama,

but there is much to be said for the delicate class of the lighter.IMG_7352framei have to keep checking

to make sure i am getting anywhere at all.

i am though.

this hat has doubled in length in the last week and a half.IMG_7349urbsurely, i’ll be wearing it by thanksgiving.

it will be perfect for my family’s ‘post turkey

 dinner walk’ to make room for pie.

yup, 11 inches to go.

‘walk’ taken from 5:10 of judges.


i want to knit this.

i have for a while now,

but it’s done in lace weight yarn and requires a provisional cast on.

these are not two of my favorite things.  i might even loathe them.

 then i found this.

provisionally casting on using a spare needle

or a spare cable from an interchangeable needle set.IMG_6788text


no awkwardly pulling out scrap yarn to free the live stitches,

no fumbling with a crochet hook.

basically no muss, no fuss.

that just left lace weight.

i/m such a fan of big needles and thick yarns.

i like the drama and the speed of that kind of gauge.

lace weight, despite my fears,

has its own allure.

there is a delicacy, a classy finesse it possesses.

manos ‘lace’ possesses those in spades.

i chose fujin because it’s the perfect faded denim color.

my ragged jeans sure could use the sophistication

of this streamlined little hat.

i cast on yesterday,

then found myself in a doctor’s waiting room

for so long that i completed 2″ on 120 teeny tiny stitches.

and i was right about the allure, too.

a sweet older woman crossed the room to sit beside me,

started a conversation about the depth of the color.

then, when she was close enough to see them clearly,

after gently feeling the knit with her fingertips,

she was caught by how

glamorous the wee stitches were in such a fine yarn.

‘glamorous’ is certainly a motivating thought.

so, if i don’t allow thoughts about how very delicate each stitch is

(because it quickly starts to freak me out),

i’m enjoying this project immensely

and am very much looking forward to wearing

the elegant hat

in the end.