11
Jan
2013
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northern non-summer

i’m back. sort of.

inspired by fellow bloggers, and encouraged by my employer-turned-mentor, i’ve decided that when it comes to presenting finished knits, even super duper late is better than not at all. you may direct any objections to that brick wall over there.

so in the following days, or weeks, realistically speaking–which we always are–you will see some very very random posts about stuff i’ve made. mostly from last year, because since moving to canada i seem to have caught a really sturdy case of i’m-just-gonna-wind-this-yarn-and-knit-a-few-rows-then-move-one-to-something-else-hence-the-pile-of-eleven-simultaneous-WIPs, and haven’t been able to finish much stuff.

to start things off, this here is a shawl i made.. last… spring.

wollmeise pure in olio vergine (170g / 3.5mm)

i know it was spring because i was watching the ice hockey world champs on TV (we lost) while working on the lace edging. you know, the type of edging where you’re effectively binding off exactly one edge stitch for every two rows of lace? sheesh, omg, lol. i thought it would never end.

i also remember going completely berserk when someone interrupted me on one of the last chart repeats, causing me to lose track and having to frog back at least 15 rows. with all due respect to my family, friends and the entire humankind: which part of this concentrated, constipated look on my face when i’m knitting lace does not scream “DO NOT FUCKING SPEAK TO ME RIGHT NOW PLEASE THANK YOU” to you?

i just don’t like to be interrupted, is all.

i also also remember that i ran out of yarn with just two chart repeats left. i’m not gonna go over the details of that gruesome episode because it hurts too much. but i somehow managed to find a lovely generous person willing to part with her leftover yarn from the same wollmeise update (!), so i was able to finish the edging a couple of days later.

the pattern had some pretty significant errors here and there, but i trudged through anyway and i think the finished shawl looks fine. there’s enough weight there to make it drape nicely and prevent the edges from curling, which is the sole reason most of my scarves and shawls are plain garter stitch. so in this case the yarn works–so much so, in fact, that this was one of only three hand-knit scarves that got to accompany me to canada.

(notice the decidedly un-springy scenery in the photos above. they were taken in mid-november, because for the actual northern summer i was locked up in the cave of fluorescent lights and windows facing a concrete wall that was my previous workplace. many thanks to miss R for helping out anyway.)

but the more i’ve worked with wollmeise the less i’m liking the base yarn–OMG SHE DIDN’T JUST SAY THAT–because the plying really really puts me off. an 8-ply fingering-weight yarn? are you fucking serious? yeah and we’ll make the plies really loose too, so that we’re effectively taking out all the luxurious squishyness of merino and replacing it with these lifeless little straws of fibre that split and fray like a mofo and completely disintegrate when drawing from a center-pull ball. why, in short we’ve taken a luxurious merino and turned it into something that resembles cheap cotton.

i really really want to like the yarn, because the colors are so amazingly vibrant. but i think my wollmeise hoarding days are over. surely it can only mean that my taste in yarns is becoming more and more refined? and surely that’s only a good thing?

4 Responses

  1. and you&#39;re in the perfect place to be refining those tastes, no?<br />i love that shawl! it looks so beautiful! of course i&#39;m also LOVING the colour too!<br />SO happy to see you back in blogland! also i believe i need to make it a goal to actually meet you face to face…. for real. 🙂 xoxo

  2. I LOVE that colour too, but don&#39;t think I could pull it off. So for now my skein is just sitting there in the closet doing nothing. But like you, I&#39;m not so sure if I&#39;m loving the yarn itself. But we&#39;ve already had this discussion before!!<br /><br />I know EXACTLY what you mean about doing an edging that involves casting off one stitch every 2 rows. I think you were there when

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