Friday, May 18, 2007


Ever get the feeling that the whole damn knitting world is conspiring against you? In perfect timing with having more money to spend, I find I want to make everything in Fitted Knits. And then, the summer Interweave Knits comes today, and what do I see? Everything is effing beautiful.

The inside-out charm of the 1824 Blouson, the Sleeveless Tuxedo Shirt that I could wear over button downs, the cosy Notre Dame de Grace Pullover, the bra-strap allowance of the Lutea Lace-Shoulder Shell, the mad-scientist squares in Luvtroja Mans, the gorgeous Fair Isle of the Syncopated Caps, an excuse to finally buy Handmaiden Sea Silk in the Montego Bay Scarf, the Spiral Boot Socks that will never fit my calves, and although I'm not a practicing Jew anymore, I instantly pictured my wedding under the Lace Chuppah.(Maybe if I start knitting it now, I can have it finished in time to convince Alex that marriage isn't a sham for fools!)

Phew. This is a bad year for a yarn purge.

But I think I've figured it out. My yarn input has to equal my project output. I'm doing good so far. I got that Cotton Fleece in the swap, and started on the Cherry Bomb tank right away. Almost finished, by the way, just the neck and armhole borders. I got my Mission Falls 1824 Cotton for Mesilla and I swatched right away, cast on later that night. That was...Monday.


That's really only two days of knitting. I woke up on Wednesday with searing neck pain that went all down into my right arm. But I digress. I couldn't figure out how the hell this supposed yoke became an actual shirt until late last night when I started casting on for the neckline. Then I got it.

Here's the contrast colours.

I got two colours instead of three, and I'm not quite sure what I'm going to do about it yet. I'll figure it out though.

A note about the yarn though? It's wearing my hands out. I've always seen Mission Falls as some kind of magic fabled yarn that would just fly under my fingers and make the world look like a better place as I knit with it, but. It's not. If I didn't love the final product so much, I would probably have tucked this yarn away and never used it again. And of course, my favourite pattern from the new Interweave Knits uses it. Oy. Of course.

Like I said, conspiracy.