Dreaming

I have this yarn, 1000 yards of it, all squishy and bouncy and wonderful.

I cast on for a lace shawl, but it turned out I couldn’t count. Several times in a row, in fact.

Then I started on Citron and made some good progress, but it turned out I was so bored I wanted to stab myself with my needles just to liven things up a bit.

So, I put the yarn back in the no-plans drawers and waited. While I waited I entertained vague thoughts of knitting a sweater, but no real plans materialized.

The last few days it’s been very sunny outside and a bit chilly in my cubicle, so I’ve been wearing this old pink scarf a lot. I don’t know what it’s made out of, but it’s a very light woven fabric. I can wear it around my head and neck when I’m outside to make a little shade and it’s just enough to keep the chill off my shoulders when I’m at my desk. It’s not as big as I would like, though, and it is pink, which isn’t totally my color. (Plus there’s fringe, which: meh.)

Which got me thinking. What if I knit myself something very light and very big and very not pink? Something I could wear around my head and neck to ward off the sun, but that wouldn’t be too hot, but that would also keep me a bit toasty at work? Something bouncy and flowy that would be good for Spring and Fall? And I remembered my thousand yards of squishy blue laceweight.

Now is the time for decisions. It can’t be all stockinette or I’ll die from the purling. It can’t be all garter or it will never get any longer. It needs to be a rectangle, but there’s no reason I couldn’t knit it on the bias. It needs to have some texture, but not a lot, and not the same texture all over, and not lace. Maybe it needs a border, maybe it doesn’t. So far, several pages of Ravelry’s pattern search have failed to give me just the exact thing I’m looking for. Next stop: stitch dictionaries and, if all else fails, a sketchpad.

In but-really-I’m-totally-going-to-knit-these-other-things-first news, I’m onto the sleeves for the baby sweater. I’m going to knit them both at once all magic loop-style. Must start sorting through the button boxes. The CTH sock (yes, still singular) continues slowly. I’ve knit enough of the scarf for the Grownup Bonnet to see that I do need to rip it out and start over. Not a ton of progress this week, but it’s been an official Bad Week for my left elbow, so I’ve been going easy on the knitting and heavy on the ice packs.

The spinning is another story, though. I’ve been spinning every day. I’m halfway through the second quarter of this fiber (so, that’s 3/8 done, yes?). I’m finding that my spinning technique is tending towards a mix of worsted and woolen – the fiber keeps changing direction in my hands. I’m also having a really hard time right now keeping the amount of twist consistent. I’m going with the Dory approach (just keep spinning, spinning, spinning) and figuring it’ll all get better at some point. In any case, I’m this much closer to handspun socks:

Also: steak for dinner tonight. Have I told you about my meat share? If I haven’t, remind me that I must soon. ‘Cause damn.

8 thoughts on “Dreaming

  1. I really enjoyed reading this post, it all sounds exactly like what my spinning and knitting life is like right now. I still cannot get consistent in my spinning, it’s always got bits of thick and thin in it. And my knitting is in the same boat, as you saw on my blog. Good luck deciding what to make. I wish I could offer up some cute scarf patterns, but ever since i stopped using big box yarn I also pretty much stopped with scarves.

    1. It is comforting to know other people go through the same inconsistencies. I figure, at the end of the day, I’m still making yarn, so I try to stop worrying and just have fun with it.

      As for the scarf, I don’t know what I’ll do yet. I fear I’m heading for a massive self-design attempt.

  2. I love that spinning – and the colour is just gorgeous. I’m another inconsistent spinner (sigh) but I tell myself that it’s handspun and I should just get over it…

    (Phew – somebody else who nearly stabbed themselves while knitting citron!)

    1. With all the Citrons that you see around the place, I was really expecting a more satisfying knitting experience. It’s so beautiful. There was just no way I was every going to knit the whole thing.

  3. Your spinning looks great! My spindle and I are not friends and that’s a shame ‘cuase it’s mighty difficult to take a spinning wheel on transit 🙂

    1. Thanks! I have not even attempted spinning except while sitting still at home. I’d love to get to the point where I could spin on a bus or something, but for now I think I’ll stick to sock for travel. Feels like a long way off, though.

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