the moth has flown the coop, er, nest—um where do moths live?
and like, wow. you guys—you weren’t kidding about wanting the pattern! i am thrilled to say i’ve been answering emails pretty constantly since 6 pm friday. i can’t think of enough ways to say THANK YOU! seriously, i had no idea so many people even KNEW about my blog (alright, so i live in a bubble . . . at least i’m writing patterns in here!).
and the moth porn! it’s starting to crop up here and there.
of course, i’ve had a huge knot in my stomach all weekend that there is really a big problem with the pattern which i didn’t catch, and/or that everyone will hate the damn thing and never buy another pattern. every time email goes off i think, “oops, here we go . . .yikes!”
uh, can you tell i’m new at internet sales?? i really need to get a grip.
the huge knot led to blogging avoidance for the past two days (i know—i am SUCH a mess).
i know. working away at something that ultimately leads to stomach cramps doesn’t make any sense. but i really love this part (i told you—a mess). i’m calling this skirt Sangria. monica is going to test knit it—and well, i wasn’t exactly there, mind you, but it felt like she was bouncing all over her chair when we emailed about it (gotta love the enthusiasm). she even has the yarn
“in stock”. hee-hee—i love knitters.
i advanced a small stretch on these sox, and the yarn is pooling big time. you can’t see the full extent of it here, but there is no end in sight!
that is about a 5-inch length of pooling. fortunately, this is the camouflage colorway (lorna’s laces), so big blotches of color will be ok.
oh duh! maybe that is intentional?? does anybody know?
okay, i think i held off long enough on the new lace porn, don’t you? i know we all need our fix, and you can finally, actually SEE something happening on this new shawl—see the spades?
mine are more pointy and spade-ish than the ones in the picture in BW2. my openwork is bigger, probably because i’m using a needle that is slightly too big. with shawls, i like to err on the looser side, to get the airy-est fabric possible.
ok, and it tends to drive me slightly less crazy to knit with the biggest needle i can get away with (i know. who would think i had any interest in being less crazy, given the evidence??).
hey, i would hang my head in shame for my laziness, but there is something to the airiness theory. i really HATE heavy shawls.
so anyway, i digress. i know someone out there will want to see a closeup of the stitch pattern, and i have some edging to show for myself, too.
i’m still struggling with whether this piece will be pretty along the decrease lines. ok, it’s sort of an obsession of mine—some of you may recognize this particular vein of fretting. we shall see how these edges evolve, but so far i am ok with them and i haven’t done any fudging to make that happen (too much fudging = patternwriting hell).
now all that stitch talk is very nice, but you know, the way i like this project best is to get all the knit fabric into my arms at once and just hug it. mmmm—pure cashmere gratification.
it’s light, luscious, and unutterably gorgeous. sigh. the kind of yarn you want never to end.
ha! but i have paypal funds from selling patterns! which means i can
waste some on reinvest in some replacement cashmere.
yes, i know we need about 1000 feet of iron porch railings (grrr). but spare me this one extravagance.