so I’ll just begin and see where I go.
The one thing about having a blog is that it really points out how all the good intentions in the world don’t actually make the blog write itself. Yup, I really do mean to been more disciplined, and I convince myself of the benefits, and yet, I fall off the cliff into the big soft cloud of self denial more often than not. I could tell myself, no worries, just do what you can do, which would be reasonable and easy. I would much rather impose on myself a strict schedule of “get er done”, so I could feel all that constant self fulfillment that is the doing of something and not just the planning. I am a great planner, dreamer, and wannabeeeeeeeee!!!!
Ok. Down to the business at hand.
I made the citron shawl pattern that has been so popular on Ravelry while I was in Costa Rica for March Break. It was a good project to bring as first and foremost it was cotton, so no sweaty, irritating sticky wool to contend with and it was an easy knit. The habu cotton I made it in was a beautiful colour reminiscent of lavender fields, which is why I have dubbed my effort “lavender fields” - surprise! haha. I think in hind sight I would have been better off making it on a larger needle so the fabric would have had more drape, but even so, it is pretty. If time was no object, and I had lots of it, I would knit this again. I still might, given that it was something that almost knit itself, which is a good project to have around.
Oh and p.s. I ran out of yarn on the cast off row when I was about 12″ from the end!! Yikes!! Instead of continuing with a loop over loop cast off (which would have made more sense and been totally do-able) I panicked,ok, that’s an over statement, but I went into rip back mode and started the cast off again. I used two strands of lace weight cashmere in lavender and light blue held together. It adds a nice subtle border to the last row. Serendipity - she’s my friend.
So, after that puppy was put to bed, I cast on for the Damson shawl. Of course, I am supposed to be finishing all my works in progress cause they are weighing me down a ton. Chanda McPanda even came over to set me up a calendar with sticky notes and project deets with estimated completion dates. The calendar is all sticky noted up for the entire year! That just seems like cruel and unusual punishment and as much as I’d like to be the stick to it girl and come out win win win, I just know I am all about the thrill of the cast on. (Which is how come I did the citron instead of bringing a pro-jai already on the go away with me) Slipping it in worked like a charm so….
Again, I felt I could just slip a little damson in between those post it notes and have it done before the calendar even noticed. No such luck. I happily cast on with the artyarns beaded regal silk in a crazy clown colourway. (Kinda fugly really!) The yarn is lovely and soft and luxurious, and when combined with the new signature circular needles I felt like Queen Knitting Bee. The yarn/knitting Gods where not going to let me have it though, that high and mighty feeling of luxury. I could not get the damn damson to work out. I fiddled and I fudged and I fixed and I tore out a bit of my hair. It wasn’t until Miss Double Dee pointed out the obvious solution - use a different yarn, that I realized I had been foiled and she was right with a capital Right!
I re-cast on the Dammmmmmson with Kauni. A stiffer, finer gauge, colour changing wool that holds the stitches and placement of the yarn overs. The way the colours change it could very well be a batch of origami paper. I think I will call my damson origami. The thing is though, I have a huge aversion/inability to wear wool next to my skin, and this sucker is itchy as all get out. I am almost done. I hope my idea of washing it with Eucalan and then soaking it in hair conditioner will do the trick of taking away the itch and softening it. If not, then another one bites the dust.
Here is the picture of it in progress with the crazy clown artyarns.
I should point out that the damson pattern is an easy one. Once again, it was me being retaaaaded!
On the calendar of get those projects done is the back to school U-shaped vest from the book fitted knits. I had only needed to do the neck and arm opening bind offs. Typically though, I got bored with it and tossed it aside for many many months.
I found it yesterday. Without trying it on, I merrily finished it! Let me start by saying the yarn is cascade 220 in the most beautiful blue red and holds the stitches really really well, which is what makes this yarn such a great knit. Perfect for outer wear. The problem is once again - ME!
Ploughing ahead and finishing without trying on at some stage is a recipe for the yarn voodoo to invade. It did! The shoulders are just too wide. They would have been too wide without the edge. With the edge, the extra fabric bunches at my underarm and makes my chest look decidedly unattractive. And by unattractive I mean “is that another breast you are trying to disguise under your arm”. Yeah! Looks pretty hideous! I refuse to rip it out. I want it done done done. I am going to add a sewn dart to the underarm bust area to corral the copious quantities of unnecessary yardage. Perhaps I can gift it to my darling daughter who will smile and nod and tell me it’s great, even if it isn’t. If you are asking yourself the natural question “why didn’t she notice while knitting” all I can say in my defence is “I tend to knit with blinders on” and “no, it looked totally within the normal range of shoulder size” and how about “I did what the pattern told me to do”?
Perhaps when and if I ever get the thing really “finished” I will post a photo. Maybe even a before dart corralling and an after dart corralling.
I am going to leave off now cause this post is getting quite long. I do want you to know that I really enjoyed Costa Rica. We went to Papagayeo, on the pacific coast in the Guanacasta region. March is the hottest month - maybe a bit of April too! It was 40 degrees and sweltering! The water is drinkable, the food is delicious and safe, the people are lovely, the views stellar, the monkey’s are hilarious - what more could one ask for?
Here I am at a wonderful fish restaurant in Liberia, Costa Rica, knitting the citron shawl.
Here is from L to R: Reid, myself, Mackenzie and Ian standing in front of the building that is papered with newspaper articles. Weird and wonderful downtown Liberia.
And finally, the gorgeous, hilarious, shy, but also bold, monkey’s on the beach.
That sign the monkey is being fed from really does say “please don’t feed the monkey’s”, AND, Reid is my youngest son, and Kenzie is my only daughter. There are two more sons to come - Ashley the eldest, and Spencer the middlest. Ok. ciao for now. elayne