Thursday, November 4, 2010

Knitting!

Looking back, the last knitting I documented here were my state fair entries.  Speaking of which, today I got a check in the mail for $38 as premiums (which I guess means prize winnings) for all of those blue ribbons I won.  Boy, if I'd known you could earn that much money for knitting, I'd have started entering fairs a long time ago!  Although if you translate that into dollars (or cents) per hour, most people would be better off keeping the day job.

Moving right along, the next project I finished was Annis, a slender, lacy shawl.  I made this out of a skein of beautiful blue cashmere that I had purchased at Madrona Fiber Arts about three years ago.  It came out nicely, although I don't know how I'll use it - maybe as a scarf, it's so soft - since it's so light and narrow and kind of dressy that I won't have much call to use it as a shawl, probably.  I put beads on it instead of doing the nupps.


All was not smooth with the construction of this shawl, however.  Partway through, I realized that I didn't have the right number of stitches or repeats, or something (the details have thankfully melted into the haze of memory) and so I ripped the whole thing out and started over.  I've found that gauzy, lacy knitting isn't that easy to fix, even if you have a lifeline, which I didn't, so rip I did.  The second trip through the pattern went more smoothly and victory was mine.

I do mess up my knitting a lot and even though it teaches me something each time I fix it, I just wish that once in awhile I didn't have to.  Is that too much to ask?  

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