Thursday, August 9, 2012

Knitting: What schedule?

Ever since we moved, I have been letting my blog schedule slide... a lot.  It's partly legitimate, and partly procrastination (the roots for which I'm still trying to figure out, I mean, it's not like I don't enjoy posting... I do.)  I think it's misguided perfectionism... don't want to post when the pictures/subject/situation isn't perfect.

So even though this isn't the day I normally post about knitting, we're going to give it a go and try to get out of this non-productive rut I'm in.

Before the move, I had five knitting projects in progress.  Since the move, I have only been working on two of them, and have now started a completely new project (although it was *seriously* not my idea, but when your kid actually ASKS you to knit something for them, you kinda have to do it).

The two prior projects are the Bohemian sweater from a booklet written by Berrocco (in their super-expensive yarn, naturally) and a pair of plain ribbed socks I was making up as I went along.  I was nearly done with my socks (since they were toe-up socks, and I'd already turned the heel, I was just knitting the cuffs until the yarn ran out) when the spudlet asked for her own pair of socks in the somewhat bizarre combination of blue and orange, specifically a sky-blue kettle-dyed Stroll yarn, and Knit Picks Gloss yarn in Marsala.  She wanted a pedicure toe, which is to say no toe at all, but ribbing where the toes should be.  The child pattern I'm following claims that a 7" circumference foot should be 64 stitches.  Since most adult patterns are the exact same number of stitches, and are large on me, these claims fill me with skepticism.  I have four inches done and am building up the stitches for the gusset.  She's tried them on while on the needles, and they seem to fit, although loosely, so I'm forging ahead.  If she wants to wear big floppy socks, that's her business... especially ones that can be seen from space.

The Bohemian I am taking a break from, as the Berrocco yarn is so splitty it makes me crazy.  I am also angry with myself that I splurged and bought the yarn exactly as specified in the pattern, because while half of it (Borealis) is soft, silky and lovely, the other half (Campus) is nasty and scratchy.  When I got sample skeins of both yarns, I should have gone with my gut and gotten alternate skeins of the Borealis to replace the Campus yarns.  Since this is a very large, oversized cardigan, I'm hoping I won't be able to notice the fluctuations in texture while I'm wearing it.  We'll see, especially since each piece starts with the scratchy yarn, and means that the cuffs will be horrifyingly coarse right at the wrist.  Maybe I'll pick up and knit some facings in Borealis that I can turn inside.

It's like the designer just picked the yarns off a list, and never actually felt them, the difference is so striking.  Or this might be my Asperger's sensitivity to texture again.  If there were  a career that called for sensing texture changes in fabric or yarn, like a wine taster or coffee roaster judges changes in their products, I'd be a natural.

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