Chronicles of Knitterly Misadventures

In the line up
April 19, 2009, 10:46 pm
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It’s past my bed time, so this will be short and sweet.

That is one Textured Shawl via darktricot’s recipe on Rav. The Blue Sky Alpaca Suri Merino is seriously the softest, most heavenly yarn I’ve ever worked with. It would be perfect if it weren’t so friggin’ hairy or loosely spun (although the latter I guess is what lends to its soft loftiness), but seriously guys, seriously- okay- I’m at a loss for words. I don’t like using ‘butter’ when finding similes for yarn, because butter isn’t soft the way yarn is, and I just can’t get around the image of a knitter trying to create a sweater from a stick of butter. Think about it: that would be one nasty mess to clean up, no? (I know you can create awesome stuff with butter- the image of the firefighter’s memorial made entirely out of the stuff after 9/11 comes to mind) Okay, I’ve got it. Soft like kitten paws.

Mm, kitten paws.


The first FO of 2009
February 18, 2009, 4:19 pm
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For Mom’s birthday gift this year. I also want to bake her some lemon poppy-seed cookies, but I have no idea how well they would fare in the mail, so I guess that can wait until she and Dad come to visit. I knit her a red Swallowtail shawl last year, but she left it behind somewhere. I’ve decided since that I don’t mind if I have to knit her a new scarf every birthday and every Christmas; mothers should be kept warm!

This was a quick knit; the Kidsilk Haze was a little fiddly at first simply because it’d been so very long since I knit with lace weight, but the pattern was ridiculously easy to memorize. I find some weird gratification in knitting repeats like this, when I can watch the scarf grow and know that I have a finite number to go. I could knit lace forever and ever and ever and ever. Knitting with the Kidsilk Haze was, like I always say, like stringing wisps of cloud through your fingers. I’ll wait and see how well the scarf wears, as the yarn seems awfully fragile.