Moving Forward–Quicksilver, Lovely New Yarn and Test Knitting

I am still plugging away at my Quicksilver. I have two mesh sections and one garter stitch section to go, and then it will join my collection of UFFOs (see this post for an explanation). I am hoping it will not stay there long as I’m very excited to see how it will transform once blocked. I’ve been looking at this brilliant thread on Ravelry and so am very excited about the blocking process. This project should benefit particularly because, even though the mesh isn’t really what I’d think of as “lace”, it’s still got a lot of stretch to it. And, the striped sections are in garter stitch, so there’s a lot of room to grow there. I’m hoping it will expand in size quite a bit!

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I revisited another skill that I’ve used in the past but not for a long while: dropping a stitch on purpose to fix an error in a previous row. I made it maybe ten rows without realizing I somehow purled one random stitch in a striped section. So, when I got to that spot, I dropped the stitch above it off the needle, pulled it out until I got to the purl stitch, and reworked up the ladders. It got a little fiddly and took a long time, but I know that it would have otherwise bothered me forever. So, I consider it time well spent. Also, it’s good experience!

I discussed in Quicksilver and the Importance of Good Knitting Needles how I was going to transition my shawl onto a longer pair of circs. Well, that didn’t end up working out. It was great to see the work spread out instead of completely scrunched up, but my gauge with the other needles was much looser. Even though the needles were the same size! I guess there was something about the texture that cause me to knit looser. So, I crammed it all back on the shorter ones. If I have a chance to buy another circ before I finish the shawl, I will…but it’s looking like that might not happen.

Other knitting news: I will be doing my first test knit! I’m really excited about it. More on that later! Also, I actually started sewing the ends in on my Old Shale kids blanket yesterday. That will be slow work but is necessary and totally worth it.

Yarn news: I got my hands on my very first Madelinetosh yarn yesterday. It is very, very pretty and I love it. I also got a couple of skeins of Malabrigo (not my first on that one, but only my second) which is also downright beautiful. You can see them both in my stash if you like. They are both squooshy and delicious and I want to knit them right away and save them forever, at the same time. Hopefully for my storage space, the knitting will win.

I can’t help sharing a glimpse here:

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One aspect of depression (remember that? depression?) for me has always been procrastination. One great way I’ve found to procrastinate is to become thoroughly engrossed in something else. Well, sometimes knitting becomes that “something else”, as knitters everywhere will be shocked to learn. I have (had) several very important things to do for work and the deadline for many of them happens to be today. Over the past few weeks, I have done a good bit of knitting, but have not worked on these things at all. I am proud to report that I spent a good bit of this morning doing all those things due today. I took a break to knit a little and have some lunch…and maybe write this blog entry…and am determined to get back to work afterward and knock out the last outstanding thing that needs done. And then maybe do some more knitting!

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Quicksilver and the Importance of Good Knitting Needles

I’m making very good progress on my Quicksilver. I never thought I’d say this, but I can’t wait to block it. I have it crammed on a very short circular needle right now, so I can’t get a sense of what its completed size will be, and I want to see the mesh sections open up and bloom a bit.

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No major hitches, but there were a couple more instances when I dropped a stitch and had to do a little tinking and a little detective work to fix it. Then, I thought I’d dropped a stitch, so went through the process of fixing it…only to realize that I had done it right in the first place. So I went back and fixed my fix. That might have been annoying, but tinking back and really looking at the structure of knitting has been the best way over the years for me to begin to get a better sense of how the stitches work together to create a fabric, and what tension in one area does to the rest. Like any good engineer, I have to take something apart and put it back together in order to fully understand it.

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I have it crammed onto a shorter needle because my next longest needle in that size is some ancient plastic creation that I’m not thrilled about working with. The one I have it one now is an Addi lace circular. I like that much better than the ancient plastic one, but I’m finding it’s not the ideal needle I thought it would be. I bought it recently because I needed one in that size. I would probably have gotten the regular Addis but the person at the store told me about the lace tips. For those not in the know, Addi Turbos are notoriously sleek, slick and quick needles that knitters tend to either love or hate. I love them. I thought it would be awesome to have that same slick needle with a lace tip–i.e., longer/more tapered and pointier; designed for quickly and easily knitting through tiny lace stitches*. However, I didn’t realize at that time that the Addi lace needles do NOT have the same coating that the Turbos do. They are brass instead of nickel and are more grippy than I really want.

So, I’ve done some research on Addis lately, and determined that I want Addi Rockets or Sock Rockets. Same slick finish, same long pointy tip. I think ultimately I want to get an Addi click set (interchangeable needles and cables) with the long Lace tips. In this case, “long” refers to the overall needle length, not the length of the tip. I want the longer needles because I have large hands that tend to fall off the back ends of the shorter ones. It would be convenient to have the shorter ones for some projects (since they don’t contribute extra length to the cable) but I have a few fixed ones that would serve for that. So, on my unofficial wish list they go!

In the meantime, I think it’s time to move to the longer needles…

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I tried stretching them out to get a picture of them that way, but they snapped right back into the above position!

*I am not really a lace knitter to any great extent, but I like the longer and pointier tips because I do tend to knit a little tightly.

UFFOs (Unfinished Finished Objects)

I have four recent projects that are off the needles but awaiting finishing. There’s also a few very old ones waiting around in the background…I’m thinking a finishing blitz is in need.

But, pending that, I have something new on the needles. I’ve been off work all week so I’ve gotten a lot of knitting time in. I cast on for Quicksilver using Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Select in Bark, Apricot and Hot Pink. For the first several rows, I wasn’t quite sure of the color combo, but it’s growing on me. I initially thought there was two much contrast between the browns. I wish the bark was a little closer to milk chocolate (mmm) and the apricot a little closer to camel, but I think it’s going to turn out well.

Uhh, not sure why those pics are ginormous, but you get the point. Here’s the current state of the project:

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I’m attempting to follow the pattern pretty closely (with the exception of swatching…didn’t do that this time around, but that’s a whole nother post). The only thing I’ve done differently is to carry the yarn up the side for the striped sections. Someone asked about that in the Ravelry forums as the pattern doesn’t specify, and the designer answered that she and the test knitters had pretty much all broken the yarn between stripes. There is no way I will ever weave in that many ends. This would remain an UFFO forever instead.

This pattern isn’t particularly difficult from a technical standpoint, but you do have to pay very close attention to where you are and what your stitch count is. I had one or two things I had to tink back a little to fix (once because I didn’t read the directions closely enough) but nothing major. I had to refresh my memory on how to do a long tail cast on but that’s not a big deal. It includes some short rows but no special techniques are needed to do them, so it’s as easy as turning the work and knitting back across.

I like the yarn well enough, but it’s not going to be my new go-to or anything. Some of the reviews on Ravelry weren’t great. People commented on large numbers of knots per skein and excessive fuzzing/pilling after the yarn had been worked with a little bit. I didn’t encounter any knots at all, but have noticed a little bit of extra fuzz. It is fairly soft and squooshy, so I’ll definitely use up what I have.

With only one project on the needles, I don’t have a ton else to report. I’ve of course been sick on my week off, which just figures. I will leave you with a little dose of cuteness:

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That’s Sammy, one of our stripeys, loving on my daughter’s platypus.

I’m Not Much For “Days of the Week” Posts, But…

But I have a WIP, and it is Wednesday, so I might as well participate. I am just about bursting at the seams because I have 2 pattern repeats (8 rows total) then 4 rows garter stitch and I will be done the knitting for my Old Shale kids blanket! I think it’s going to be even longer than I originally thought, and that’s awesome. I kind of love it!

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I think that I will actually hand sew the ends in. Since this yarn is cotton tape, there’s no way to really secure the ends without knotting them, and I don’t want to mess with the texture that much. My daughter has started asking for it, so I’m excited that soon I will be able to let her wrap up in it. It’s large enough that she will be able to use it for a good while yet, and then I think it will make a nice lap blanket.

As I find older projects/WIPs, I’ve been adding them to my ravelry page so I can start to fill in some of the gaps. One thing I pulled out the other day was a Mason Jar cozy. I made it in 2005 or thereabouts. The base is doubled and was inspired by the Kureyon Kozy pattern from Knitty Winter ’04. The rest is improvised. I used random worsted weight wool from my stash. The stripes were made with the “jogless jog” technique but have since deteriorated a little from wear.

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I think I might make one or two more sometime soon. The only change I would make on a new one would be incorporating a smidge more negative ease. The one I have has stretched a little. I’m sort of afraid to wash it as I don’t know if the wool was superwash or not. I might just gently handwash it and see what happens.

I also made a couple of Kureyon Kozies. I think I still have one somewhere. I will have to dig it out and share it, too. It was a really fun pattern, and I remember that it really challenged me as a knitter. I got really good at using dpns from that pattern and I used the base for other projects as well. I made a few doubled circular potholders and learned how to do a three needle bind off in the process. The Kozy pattern also helped me learn how to do I cord.

Show and Tell

Thanks to the wifey, I have some new pics of my recent FOs and WIPs. So, on with the pretty!

Here’s an updated, accurately colored, look at my Old Shale kid’s blanket:

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I started working on this again a couple of days ago as I finally got the last of the yarn in that I needed. I’ve knitted up a total of about 7.5 skeins and I have around 2.5 left to go.

Here’s a comparison of the two Flower Washcloths I made with slightly different finishing techniques. The first photo is the one I whip stitched and the second is the one I Kitchener stitched:

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On the first photo, the seam is around 8-9 o’clock. On the second the seam is…not really sure where!

Here’s a look at my third go at the same pattern. This one will be a dishcloth:

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The color in the first photo is probably the most accurate. The other two are a lot pinker than the actual thing. I used the same Cherry Pie Dishcloth pattern with the following mods:

  • used a provisional cast on
  • omitted last half of the final row 10 so that the stitches would line up correctly for grafting
  • used Kitchener stitch to graft edges
  • made 8 “slices” instead of 7–the gauge of this one turned out so that the extra one was needed for it to lie flat

I really like this pattern and will probably make it many times–at least until my kitchen cotton stash runs out!

So, for now, the Old Shale blanket is the only thing I have on the needles. I still have some things that need finishing/ends woven in, but nothing else that I’m actively knitting. I really want to power through the blanket and get it finished. I’m starting to feel like it’s hanging over my head a bit and I don’t want to cast on another main project until it’s done. But, once it is done, I have plenty of stuff simmering on the back burner!

Photo credit: all photos in this post except the first Flower Washcloth photo and the first Cherry Pie Dishcloth photo were taken by the wifey.

Middle-ish Dog, Old Tricks or Dishcloth Days

It’s been a productive and exceptionally busy week. I’ve been working on small projects as I’m between big things right now, and as I haven’t had a ton of knitting time lately. The other day the wifey and kiddo found a ball of white and green cotton yarn at Goodwill and brought it home for me. I asked Z (the kiddo) if she’d like me to make her a flower washcloth with it. She said yes so I tracked down a pattern and knocked it out. There ended up being just enough yarn for two.

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I used this Cherry Pie Dishcloth pattern. It was a fun knit, and went quickly. I hadn’t done anything with short rows for a while, so I ripped out my first attempt (I had only done a couple of sections, so not the end of the world) and redid it once I figured out where the pattern was going. For the second one, I made some modifications. The pattern doesn’t include directions for seaming the cast on and cast off edges, so I wasn’t sure how that was going to play out until the end. On the first one, i whip stitched the two edges together. It looks okay, but it’s a little bulky. If you look closely on the picture, you can see it around 8-9 o’clock. So, for the second one, I dredged up some techniques that I haven’t done in a loooong time: provisional cast on and Kitchener stitch grafting.

So, neither of these things are really that difficult ultimately. It’s just a question of muddling through the initial confusion until they start to make sense. I chose a provisional chain cast on which meant I had to remember how to crochet. Did I mention it had been a while? I wish I had a video of my initial attempts as it was pretty funny. I couldn’t figure out how to get the yarn back to the back of the work and kept pulling it around instead of just moving it back and over. It resulted in a horrendously twisted row of cast on stitches. I just kept pulling it out and trying again until it clicked–and it eventually did.

After knitting the washcloth, I had to remember how to do Kitchener stitch. I found this very helpful tutorial on knitty. Again, I fumbled through my first couple of attempts to follow the instructions, but then it all came together. It worked out really well! The join is nearly invisible, nicely stretchy, and not at all bulky. I omitted the last row of knitting on the pattern in order to get the edges to line up right. I have now somehow misplaced it, so I can’t post a picture. I blame the cats.

In the grand scheme of things, these may not be huge accomplishments. But, I’m still happy that I chose to try something a little trickier in order to get a nicer result, and that I kept at it even though it wasn’t intuitive at all. I cast on yesterday for a dishcloth from the same pattern, and I was able to knock out the provisional cast on in just a few moments:

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My other FOs to share today are also dishcloths. I found six dishcloths in my long-unopened WIPs box (that box made it through several moves untouched) that just needed the ends woven in. I might have mentioned before that I hate finishing/weaving in ends. Well, these dishcloths date back to at LEAST 2007, and maybe earlier, so I decided it was time. Yesterday I sat down and finished them all:

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There’s one more that’s not pictured as it immediately got co-opted into use as soon as it was finished. These were all made out of your basic Lily Sugar’n Cream kitchen cotton. I made close to a million of them in nursing school. I knit through most of my lectures as it helped me concentrate better. It’s such a simple pattern that you can go completely on autopilot, so it was perfect for that context.

My list of planned projects keeps expanding. Here’s what I have in mind currently:

  • A bunch more dishcloths to use up some more stash
  • A twirly skirt for Z
  • Quicksilver for the wifey
  • Some sort of shawl or lap blanket for my MIL
  • An ice pack cozy (maybe?) for my FIL
  • A Rivulet scarf for me!!!
  • Preemie/kids hats to donate
  • A bunch of other stuff that hasn’t completely coalesced yet

Also, I got the rest of my Colinette Wigwam the other day, so I can start working on my Old Shale blanket again! And I may have picked up a few other new yarns here and there…man, I love yarn and I love bargains. When I find those two things combined, I have a really hard time resisting. I suppose I will justify it by doing some serious knitting!

Wait, What Did I Miss???

I haven’t always knitted voraciously like I have recently. I have periods of time when I don’t knit a ton, and periods when I do. For the past few years, I have knitted a little off and on but didn’t really keep up with trends or ravelry or anything. I knew that styles and patterns were evolving and changing, but didn’t really consider that maybe techniques were being developed as well. Imagine my surprise when, the other day, I discovered Tillybuddy’s very stretchy cast on for single or double rib. I was looking for directions for a good cast on for ribbing and just stumbled across it. I tried it, liked it, and proceeded to use it for several projects that all started in rib. Including my current WIP Not a Buff.

So, last night I knit the last of the pattern section and the final rows of ribbing. I thought about binding off in pattern, which is how I’ve typically treated rib in the past, and just balked. The cast on edge was so stretchy and soft, and it followed the wavy zig zag contour of the rib. It did not flare out, distort the shape of the ribs, pull or look too tight. It just stretched very satisfyingly and then returned to its soft accordion folds. I couldn’t bear the thought of the cast off edge not living up to the cast on edge’s standards! So back to the web I went.

Well, I found Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off, or JSSBO. I researched it along with a couple of other methods and decided it had the best chance of matching the cast on edge well. I stayed up way too late casting off all 140 stitches using it and I’m more than a little enamored. The two edges are very, very similar, to the point where it takes me a few moments to determine which is which.

These are the cast on edge:

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The color isn’t accurate as the lighting isn’t great, but you can see how nicely defined the ribs are. These images are from the cast off edge:

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The only really good way to tell them apart is by looking for the twist at the top of each rib on the JSSBO. They both scrunch up and stretch back in the same squishy, gratifying way. I might have spent several moments last night squeezing my knitting, and no, that’s not a euphemism for anything!

All that is left to do for this piece is weave in the ends and then I think I will block it. I know it doesn’t really require blocking, but since the yarn has a bit of a shine to it, it has very high stitch definition. That means that the line and shaping show off well, but it also means that any little errant twist is extra visible. So, I will block it just to smooth everything out and make it all look a little neater.

In other finishing news, the wifey found my copy of The Knitter’s Book of Finishing Techniques by Nancie M. Wiseman! I don’t plan to stop searching out new techniques, but I am glad to have it on hand as a resource.

So, now that one WIP is off the needles, I am thinking more and more about the next project. I still have my Old Shale kids blanket in progress but am waiting for three more skeins of yarn before I can work on it. I have a couple of other random things to wrap up, but nothing that requires actual knitting, just finishing. I have a “knitting date” with a new friend on Thursday so I want to have something up and running by then. Here are some of the options I’m tossing around:

  • A flower washcloth for my daughter using this pattern and a ball of white and green cotton she and the wifey found at Goodwill the other day
  • A twirly skirt for my daughter (sans kittens or hearts) using purple and blue yarn from my stash
  • A Quicksilver for the wifey using some very yummy Cherry Tree Hill Supersock
  • One of these reversible cabled scarf patterns: Gwynedd, Palindrome, Rivulet or this one from Cables Untangled by Melissa Leapman. I’ve made the last one before a couple of times and really love it. I’m a little obsessed with Rivulet, though. I think that one might win. I haven’t selected a yarn to use yet.
  • One of easily a few dozen other patterns I’ve been drooling over lately

Lots to decide! I would like to fast forward through my two twelve hour shifts tomorrow and Wednesday and just commence with the knitting!

The Bitter End

Knitters, how do you find motivation to complete WIPs that have gotten…monotonous? Do you complete them? Or do you have a stash of hibernating, nearly complete projects? I don’t usually have an issue knitting through to the end, but I definitely lag behind when it comes to weaving in ends and doing seaming and finishing bits (case in point: my Capucine, languishing without its tassels). Like many “efficient” knitters, I tend to gravitate toward projects that have minimal finishing needs, and prefer using grafting/Kitchener stitch and the like when possible.

I just measured my Not a Buff and it is, conservatively, 15.5″. That means I have only 3.5″ to go before switching to rib, and only another inch or so after that to be done. But man, does it feel like pulling teeth. I keep browsing patterns and projects on ravelry, pondering what’s going on the needles next, dreaming of the gems in my stash and how they will morph into projects. I just want it to be done already! Any tips for gritting through? Or recommendations for my Netflix queue?

A few days ago, I was looking through boxes of knitting and craft supplies that have remained packed since our move three years ago. One was marked WIPs, and I sort of dreaded opening it. I’m glad I did, as I found the ggh tajmahal I’m using now (in a previously unfinished and abandoned sweet pea), as well as an in-need-of-frogging monica in Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece. However, there were a few other things in there that brought a little sadness and anxiety and I’m trying to determine how to handle them.

First, an unfinished unbiased that I made out of wool that my mother brought back for me from Scotland. The wool is a beautiful heathery charcoal color but it is very very coarse. I have a high wool tolerance, but this is out of my league. So, I thought that making a bag out of it would be a good idea. I modified the pattern as I didn’t have quite enough yardage to finish. As a result, the V in the middle makes the bag too shallow to really function. I had this thought that I would line it with rectangular patterns that would cover the open V shape, but never got around to it (see above re: finishing; I’m even worse with doing linings/backings). In the meantime, my style has really changed and I can’t see myself ever carrying a handbag anymore, and so it sits. I suppose I should frog it, but it’s hard to sacrifice the work that went into it.

Second, I found my zigzag blanket that was intended for one of my twin nephlets as a baby (they are seven now, I think). I worked so. hard. on that blanket. I got through so much of the finishing: I seamed a million or so squares together, worked in a lot of the ends, picked up and knitted a border…but never put the backing on. And so it sits. I will try to finish it sometime as I really love it and want it to be put to use somehow.

Last, a scarf/stole that I knitted while a close friend’s mother was critically ill. It’s in Araucania Nature Cotton. I think I used a BW pattern called Rosebud? Something to do with roses. In any case, I had intended to give it to her when she recovered, but she passed away. I planned to give it to my friend instead and all this time (it’s been six or seven years) I thought that’s what I had done. So, when I found it in that box, a wave of sadness hit me. I had finished knitting it but never weaved in the ends or blocked it. I think I will finish it and give it to her, but I’m sad that I never did before.

The positive side of all this is that there is so much potential here, in all these nearly-done WIPs. There’s something extremely gratifying about completely finishing a project and then sending it out into the world to begin its new role. Handmade things go from projects that bring me joy to FOs that can potentially bring others joy (or me, when I make something for myself…it does happen sometimes). I love that I can make things that are both beautiful and useful, and also special because they were made for a purpose for someone.

On Finding Yarn and Finishing Techniques

The universe is not helping me on my stashbusting mission. First, the Goodwill windfall. Next, a fellow raveler decided to give away some of her own stash, and I was the lucky recipient of another windfall. Then, I discovered DBNY. Lastly, I was poking through a closet yesterday, opened a project bag I haven’t seen in a while, and found several skeins of different yarns (as well as four out of five of my US 3 dpns). Guys, this was pretty cool. Not only could I really use those dpns, but some of the yarn? Awesome! An untouched skein of Noro Silver Thaw! There was some other stuff in there, too–some kitchen cotton, some higher quality DK cotton, some sock yarn, a couple of other random things. But brand new Noro? Beautiful. I love Noro yarns, both for the long long long color repeats and for the interesting and often luxurious fiber blends. So now I just have to figure out what to do with it…

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What I actually thought I might find in that project bag was my copy of The Knitter’s Book of Finishing Techniques by Nancie M. Wiseman. I bought it many years ago and have used almost every page. I can’t find it currently and it’s driving me nuts. I’ve had to resort to the internet for questions about technique selection, finishing tips and the like, and it can be really hard to track down a good source. I like the book a lot because for each topic, several different options are discussed and the pros and cons are listed for each. The silver lining in this is that a week or two ago while looking for a decent comparison of cast ons for ribbing, i stumbled across this little gem: Tillybuddy’s very stretchy cast on for single or double rib. I used it for the project I was working on (Capucine), then for the next project (Bel et Bon mitts), then for the next and…you get the picture. If you haven’t used it before, I would highly recommend trying it. It’s good for anything with 1×1 or 2×2 rib, is very stretchy and is very fast and easy. And, it doesn’t require doing a long tail anything! I always misjudge the amount of yarn needed for those and end up either short or wasting some. So yeah, check it out.

I still hope I find my book soon. Maybe if I keep looking for it, I’ll find more stashes of Noro or other fiber bonanzas I’ve stored and forgotten about!

Not a Buff update: about half done, give or take. I may make it a little less than the prescribed 20″. But then again, I may not. I’m concocting a ggh tajmahal review post in my head for once it’s done.

The Strangest Thing…

So, in my first post, I mentioned that I struggle with depression, right? I promise this won’t be a post (or a blog) just about mental health–there will be knitting too. But, depression is something that I always tend to hide, and I want to start to speak out about it some. At least, I’d like to think and talk about how it affects my life.

So yes, the strangest thing happened to me today. This morning, when my wife’s alarm went off and my toddler started stirring (anyone with a toddler knows that “stirring” is a very loud process), my first several waking thoughts surprised me. They were not what they usually are. That is, they were not anything along the lines of “Dear God, why me?” or “It’s got to be several hours before I have to get up” or “Ten more minutes, for the love of Bob!” They weren’t even close to “blah blah blurrrrrrghhh”. Nope. Know what they were?

“Man, I can’t wait to get up and go work on my knitting project!”

I can’t remember being excited to get out of bed, pretty much ever. The only exception would be Christmas morning as a very young child. Other than that, I’ve always been a night owl, an insomniac, the veritable opposite of a morning person. This is significant for a lot of reasons–it means things are going very well, treatment is helping, and that there is hope for things to change. Very recently, it was a feat of strength and motivation to get out of bed at all. This is very different. I would like to bottle up this feeling and save it so that next time things are really bad, I can open it up and just take a whiff. Not as a cure, though. Just a reminder that things are not hopeless, that they can get better.

Okay, on to the knitting! The project that inspired these thoughts is my Not a Buff that I’m making for my mom. I’ve gotten just shy of 6″ done, which is about 30% complete. The yarn (ggh tajmahal) is so pretty and soft, the design simple but still interesting, the fabric stretchy and supple. The yarn is, I think, a 3 ply, but it knits up a little like a single the way the stitches slant on one side. It’s got a soft shine to it that is pretty but perfectly understated. In short, I really like it.
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There are a couple of things that I might change if I knit this pattern again. It calls for a slipped stitch on every repeat, but doesn’t specify to slip as to knit or as to purl. I’ve been slipping as if to purl the whole time and am wondering if it was a mistake. I’m thinking that might be why the first stitch of each traveling band is sort of twisted outward. I’m not going to rip it back and start over, but I would try it the other way next time. I don’t think it looks bad the way it is–it’s actually kind of pretty. The other thing I might do differently is experiment a little with the different ways to do M1. There’s one of those on every repeat, as well. I’m doing it front to back, but forgot to knit it through the back loops. Again, not something I’m going to rip it back for, but something I would try different ways next time before committing to one. Pretty minor stuff, in all. The color in the closeup photo is really washed out, but you can see the stitch detail pretty clearly.
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My other WIPs are in the same state as before. I’ve got good momentum going on the buff, so I want to see that through for now. Once I get to a clearing between projects, I’m contemplating switching my knitting style to continental. I’ve almost always been a thrower since learning around age 7. A friend in college was a continental knitter, and I had the chance to see how much faster it was. I successfully transitioned over, but then had a long spell when I wasn’t knitting. When I picked the needles back up a few months later, my muscles just remembered throwing. But, I was reading about it on the forums on Ravelry yesterday, and found that a lot of people have successfully transitioned. So I think there might be hope for me yet! I want to wait until I’m between projects, though, because I don’t want my gauge to get screwed up.

Enough musings for one morning…on to the knitting I woke up wanting to do!