Knitstant Gratification

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I’m still knitting, but…

Posted by Andi on August 30, 2015

…I’m not finishing anything. With the exception of some time when I was too busy, I’ve really been in the mood to knit. The problem is that I wasn’t in the mood to knit any of my current WIPs.

I have a few projects I’ve been knitting on regularly. The project that has been on my needles the longest is Nuvem by Martina Behm. This is a pretty easy knit. It’s just stockinette stitch with some increasing. However, it keeps growing, and it now takes over 30 minutes to knit one round. I’m using two circular needles to knit it, and I feel like there are so many moving parts on the project (weird given how simple it is) to stop knitting in the middle of around, so I pretty much only start a row when I know I have at least a half hour to kill. My plan is to use all the yarn I have for it. I just attached the second of three skeins last night, so I’m one-third of the way through. I tried to use a Russian join, but that didn’t work too well. I think I did it right, I think the yarn wasn’t strong enough.

I had (yes had, past tense) been working on Bonny by Tin Can Knits. I was using a lovely silk lace weight yarn that I swear is cursed. This is the third project I’ve started with this yarn, and it’s the third project I gave up on. At first it was going well. I started it at the Blackhawks Convention since it was an easy project in the round. I added some ribbing because I feared the stockinette edge would roll up my body.

Blackhawks Convention knitting: Bonny by Tin Can Knits. Added k2p2 rib to the bottom to prevent rolling. #knitting #BHC2015

The yarn is gorgeous. It looks purple, and it is, but in the right light you can see it’s also gray.

So what was the problem? There were two. First, I didn’t get gauge, and was going to have to do a lot of math to figure out how to make it my size. That’s isn’t a big deal. If the second problem hadn’t occurred I would have done the math. Second, I snagged it. Because it is knit in a loose gauge, as I was pulling out the snag I couldn’t get those stitches to look even with the others around them, and I feared it wouldn’t block. Also, silk yarn is smooth and I thought wool yarn, even if it was snagged, would’t snag as much because it’s stickier. So I decided I would switch to some wool lacy weight yarn I have in my stash. I still haven’t frogged it, but that’s coming soon. I just didn’t want to look at it anymore.

Next is the Eowyn socks by Claire Ellen. I like these socks, but there are lots of charts and the pattern is huge. I didn’t want to print all that out, especially because I think the charts are small. I have only been working on this one at home, where I can sit next to my computer monitor and zoom in on the chart. I finished the first sock last week, and started the cable on the leg for sock two this week.

I could have kept it at that, but I didn’t feel any of those projects were good for airplane travel, either because of the large pattern or I didn’t have them on needles I wanted to risk taking through TSA. That meant it was time to cast on a new project. I chose Haruni with wooden needles and some yarn I got at a fiber festival a few years ago. It’s perfect for a travel project so I didn’t want to work on it at home – save it for the days I’m traveling. But that’s the only project I’m actually enthused about knitting, so I’ve been working on it more. Unfortunately the rows on this shawl are getting longer. Right now it takes about 10 minutes per row, but pretty soon I’m going to be done with the first chart and the second chart includes a lot of increases. Soon it’s going to take too long to finish a row to be good for traveling. I’m weird, if it isn’t basic stockinette I don’t like stopping in the middle of the row and put away my knitting. Perhaps I just need to get over that.

What I really need to do is pick one of these things and finish it so I can say I finished something.

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