Thursday, May 24, 2012
On Lilac and Lopi
Besides the great weather we've been enjoying, last Monday was a holiday, so all the better! It gave me the opportunity to sit under our new steel-blue umbrella and enjoy its lovely cast while knitting a long-forgotten UFO.
batch of Lopi from Iceland. It was supposed to be a quick knit - maybe a day or two worth of work - but through a bit of carelessness, I ended up making the wrong size sleeves.
So the project languished until Monday morning. Armed with a free day, sunny skies, and nothing on the agenda, I sat outside and pulled the yoke back. For some obscure reason, I had even proactively grafted the underarms already, and once I unpicked my grafted stitches, I could pull the arms back.
But spurred on by a gentle breeze, I had one sleeve knit back up again, in the correct size this time, of that I made doubly sure. I was on a roll, and I know myself well enough that I needed to take full advantage of my mood, lest this project fall off the radar for another few months. The next sleeve didn't exactly fly off the needles either, more of a push/knit/push slog-fest, but soon it was done, too. I joined sleeves to body, and started in on the yoke, and from there on, the finish line was clearly within reach.
At 10:30 PM, with ends woven in, I called it a night. I just had the underarms to graft, but even that was accomplished during my lunch-time at work the next day.
So, with one less thing in the UFO basket, my knitting resolution for 2012 won't exactly hold, but finishing one more UFO makes me feel infinitely better about the Sweet Georgia CashLuxe Fine yarn I just bought on-line to make a Colour Affection Shawl, known in knitting circles as the Colour Infection Shawl, because it's gone viral as some knitting patterns do.
Sometimes I amaze even myself. And what I didn't realize, despite the dire remarks all over the website, is that Sweet Georgia is dyed-to-order. Naturally, I am just chomping at the bit to get my eager little hands on that wool. But what it's done is buy me some time (4 to 6 weeks?) to finish my Rams and Yowes blanket before my order comes in. It's back on my radar with a progress report forthcoming.
Resistance is futile. I will be assimilated. Of this I am sure.