And I Ain’t Talking About The River In Egypt

That’s right, folks, I’m talking about denial.

Denial: /diˈnīəl/ noun failure to acknowledge an unacceptable truth or emotion or to admit it into consciousness, used as a defense mechanism.

We all have our moments, some small, some large, where we deny things to ourselves and others.

As I mentioned last time, I had taken a little break from my shawl.  I was getting back into it recently, in fact I even knit a good 20+ rounds in just a couple of days.  But there was a problem lurking in the shadows.  I knew something wasn’t quite right.  I could tell just by looking at the section that it didn’t look like it should.  I told myself, it’s because it’s in the round, and it’s bunched on the needles, it will look right once it’s off the needles.  I looked at pictures of the pattern, looked at my work, it still didn’t look right even as I continued to knit along, endlessly working those 576 stitch rounds, until last night.  I looked again after 49 rows.

shawl mistake

That is not feather and fan.  And I, my dears, was in serious denial.  So last night, I ripped back the 49 rows of 576 stitches and began again.  C’est la vie.

Slow Going

There really isn’t much to report.  I haven’t been knitting as much as I should, plus I’m at the point where it takes a seriously long time to complete one round.  You know how that goes, you knit, and knit, and knit, and you think, “I must be near the end of this round.”  Then you look and you still have half of the freaking round left!  And while I love this shawl, and I’m very excited about the fact that I put this design together myself, I’m starting to not like it very much.  But I shall persevere.

Have you ever had one of those projects?

Easter

I hope everyone had a nice Easter weekend.  Ours was nice and relaxing.  It was just Mum and myself, so ours was also a quiet one.  In fact, I spent a good chunk of my weekend working on my shawl.   We also had some very lovely weather over the weekend and we were able to spend some of our Easter this year like this:

Easter 2014

Enjoying mimosas on the back patio while knitting/reading.  It was really quite lovely.

 

And I was able to finally get back to where I was when I decided to frog it the first time and move up from size 4 needles to size 7s.  A pretty productive weekend, overall.

Much Better

While work is progressing somewhat slowly, I do believe that the upgrade from the US4 needles to the US7 needles has definitely been an improvement.

shawl beg

This was the first time I have ever worked with metal DPNs and I have to say it was an experience.  They slid around a bit more than my bamboo and they are definitely on the heavier side.  Not sure if I like them yet, though.

shawl

Part of the reason things have been moving a bit slowly is because, even though the pattern is relatively simple, I guess I haven’t been paying as much attention as I should and I’ve had to tink back a row here and there.  Very annoying, but that is what I get for not paying attention.  As you can see, the shawl is nowhere near as dense as it was with the 4s and the pattern is much more open.  I definitely like it much better this time around.  As for the continental knitting, I’ve found that I do tend to knit more tightly with that style right now.  It may just be because I’m not sure yet how to regulate the tension properly.  We’ll see how that progresses.

And So It Goes

I have decided to frog my shawl.  Horrible, I know, but what’s a girl to do?  At first, as I was working, I though maybe I had moved my patterns in a ring, but that isn’t the case.  The patterns started exactly where they were supposed to.  The gauge was just too small.  So tonight, I am going to rewind the ball as I frog the shawl and start all over again with a larger set of needles.  It’s really not so bad.  I could have easily added another ring if I wanted it to be bigger if I didn’t like it, but I just felt like it was too dense.  Any time you are designing your own pattern, things like this are bound to occur.  I shall keep you abreast of the situation :)

Doin’ The Continental

And no, I’m not talking about the Ginger Rogers/Fred Asgtaire song and dance from The Gay Divorcee.  I’ve decided to try knitting continental.  It’s a bit awkward, but I can see how it might be a faster way of knitting once you get the hang of it.

I did finally find some yarn for my shawl.

yarn

It is a beautiful hand dyed Peruvian yarn that I picked up from Yarn and Stitches yesterday at lunch.  It is Araucania Huasco Extra fine Merino Wool yarn.

Today, I had the day off as I had other plans that fell though, so I ended up spending the day like this:

Scarf 1

A LOTR and knitting marathon.  A perfect way to spend a Friday.  That is the beginning of my “swatch”.  I can hear you all now: “Um…that is a bit round for a swatch.”  Yes, it is.  It is my test shawl so that I can see how my pattern works in the round.  A pattern that works flat and in a square or rectangle, may not work in the round.  This pattern is going to be entered into the State Fair, so I want to make sure that the pattern itself is a good one before I go to the trouble and expense of getting the specially dyed yarn that I would like for the final product.  Therefore, this is my test knit.  I really hope it turns out well so that I can wear this one as well as submit the final knit to the Fair.  I have realized with this knit that I placed things a little early in the pattern, but with the denseness, it may work out for the best.  Fingers crossed, yeah?

To Yarn or Not To Yarn…

Well, that really isn’t the question is it?  The answer will always be “yarn”.  The actual question is, do I go to the Ewe today on my way home, or do I wait until tomorrow, and go during my lunch break.  In either case, I will be a bit pressed for time as I only have an hour for lunch and in the evenings I must get home to let the dog out.  Poor George is stuck in the house all day and is usually waiting at the back door ready to go out when I get home in the evenings.  If I go today, I will have yarn today.  If I go tomorrow, I will most assuredly lose my parking spot and I won’t be able to play work with the yarn until I get home, but George will be able to go out on time both days.  Or, I could head back into Plano tonight after dinner since the Ewe is open until 8p and just do a little extra driving tonight if we don’t eat too late.  Hmmmm, decisions, decisions.