Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Busy Little Swatcher

I've been a busy little swatcher. I acquired some lovely Henry's Attic Kona Fingering from ShadowDancer's destash. Not so much a cake, more a gateau - that floorboard is six inches wide. About 1,000 yards.

First, I tried Caricia. I bought this pattern as soon as it appeared on Knitspot's website and have been looking for the right yarn ever since.

Then I tried this. I've already forgotten what it was.

Then I tried a Shetland Triangle.

Actually, those two pix might be the same thing, but anyway, you get the idea. I definitely did three. By this time I had realized that it's not going to suit lace, because it's too dark and the pattern gets lost.

So I thought, maybe a Featherweight Cardigan.

Not enough yarn. Maybe a Whisper Cardigan.

Not a good style for someone of my shape - that 'skimpy' style reminds me unfailingly of Bill Bryson's remarks about fat American tourists looking like elephants in children's clothes. (Bill Bryson's American, so he's allowed to say that. )

Maybe a Liesl.

Mmmm, maybe.

Or maybe a Pi Shawl, something I've had at the back of my mind for a while. Which is a shawl, which is what I'd decided not to do, I know.

I also made these, which are swatches for a Baby Surprise Jacket.

The left one was made on 3mms and the right one on 3.5mms which was what I finally settled on.
Here it is. Moving the markers every Right Side Row is a bore, but not nearly as bad as all that blessed counting.
The yarn is some Piece of Vermont Fingering in Oh Frabjous Day which I have been savouring for a very long time. Jessie doesn't dye her beautiful yarns any more, but she still has her lovely blog What Housework? with gratuitous farm pictures, and added Milo.

The blue Malabrigo Silky Merino arrived. It is the perfect Matisse blue.

I think I might finish this today. I've done a lot more since this photograph was taken but I can't get a decent pic this morning. Both colours are much more vivid in reality.

I want to finish with a picot bind off. There is much weighing going on.

Not Knitting
A poll has just been done on lying and it includes the top ten lies told by men and the top ten told by women.

Top Ten Lies told by Women

1. Nothing's wrong, I'm fine.
2. I don't know where it is, I haven't touched it.
3. It wasn't that expensive.
4. I didn't have that much to drink.
5. I've got a headache.
6. It was in the sale.
7. I'm on my way.
8. Oh, I've had this for ages.
9. No, I didn't throw it away.
10. It's just what I've always wanted.

It's interesting to see how many of these could be used to explain sudden acquisitions of yarn. If you want to see the top ten told by men you'll have to check them here. Although you might know them already.


Judith said...

What a beautiful blue colour.

MttR said...

Sometimes no pattern is good enough for a gem;)

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Knitting Linguist said...

Hm. I think I may recognize some of those top ten lies. Oops.

I am loving all of the blues in this post! So many beautiful colors. I, too, looked at that whisper cardi for quite a while, and then concluded that it might not be the best fit, as it were...

jeanfromcornwall said...

Having checked the top ten men's lies, I feel there is one missing from near the top of the list:

"No, it's not there, I've looked"

rosesmama said...

Um, I think 3,6,8,and 10, all work for yarn ;)