That’s been me the last few days.
I finished a couple of projects so decided to get a couple of things out of long-term moved-on-to-something-shinier status. The first one I grabbed was the Mosaic Jacket. You may (or may not) remember I had this up quite a way once before when I decided to rip it and start over. Friday night I added a few squares, then took the book it’s out of with me when I went to bed.
What? You don’t have a stack of knitting books on your nightstand?
Anyway, I was looking through the techniques section and noticed a blurb about how to pick up the stitches. When I saw it, something that has been bothering me about the WIP jumped to the front of my brain.
See that little bit of a chain laying on the top of the fabric? It may not look like much to you, but it fusses me. Because I’m anal that way.
So I ripped the damn thing (again) and started knitting on it (again). And then I realized that while I really like knitting modular projects, this wasn’t something I would wear. So I frogged the whole damn thing and put the needles and yarn back into the stash where they belonged.
Then I grabbed that shawl I mentioned last week. It’s a nice little Evelyn Clark design called the Flower Basket Shawl. I found my pattern and as I was reading over it to familiarize myself I realized it really wanted to be knit with doubled fingering weight yarn. And I was working away with a single strand of pretty fine lace weight. I’m a good enough knitter to know I can just keep right on going until it’s the size I want with no problem. Except I also realized I wasn’t in love with it any more.
So I frogged it too. That yarn and needle are now back in stash as well.
What did go right this week? I finished the Wool Peddler’s Shawl and it’s nice and big and squishy and spread out on my bedroom floor to dry away from the cats.
I really enjoyed knitting it, and hope to enjoy wearing it too.
I didn’t bother with severe blocking because it’s made of superwash yarn so probably wouldn’t hold the block very well anyway.
What else was brutal? Last weekend I pulled 2 big trash bags of stuff out of my closet and took it to Habitat. Well, I didn’t but I asked Jim to do so and he did. I also examined my closet and asked Jim to come up with a storage solution to help me get my knits in order. He came through with shelves like I have in the front room for my fiber storage that fit up in my closet. Today I pulled every bit of my knitwear out, put the shelf in, and started working my way through the pile.
Brutal is an understatement. One big bag of purses and wallets. Two big bags of knitwear. Store bought or hand knit, I didn’t differentiate. If I didn’t like it, it didn’t fit right, or it just wasn’t what I wanted any more, it was gone. Even with getting rid of a huge amount of stuff, I still have a whole lot left. It’s now stored nicely in my closet and I don’t plan on letting it get so out of hand again.
The whole process did lead me to a bit of a realization. I love to knit. I have a nice yarn stash full of mostly nice yarn. I don’t like to knit with most “easy care” type yarns. And I have more sweaters and scarves and shawls and socks than any woman needs. Some of the yarn will work well for charity knitting, but most of it needs somewhat special care. I realize it’s a first world problem, but it’s sitting in the back of my head right now niggling at me. Maybe I’ll list some of it as destash. I really don’t know at this point.
I did finish the placemats this week, and I’ve got to say I’m pretty underwhelmed. I didn’t pack the weft in as tight as I did in my sample, and they’re pretty flimsy. I’m not happy with them. They’re on the table, but I’m thinking about what I’m going to do next that will make me happier. I’ve still got quite a bit of the yarn I used for the weft, plus a shit ton of it with brown accents instead of blue, so I may just do them over. I’m not sure how well the slubby yarn will work for warp, and I’m not in a hurry to find out.
I did get the lovely Oak Barn Merino back out of stash and cast on the Ostrich Plumes scarf again, just two repeats narrower than I did the first time. I love the way this yarn works up in this pattern.