Thursday, March 07, 2013

Confections are overrated – and fattening!

Okay, so knitted confections have no calories, but let's just say I decided to go on a diet and cut out those extras. The "lovely confection" of a WIP I showed in last night's blog post? It turned into a "hairy nightmare"!

I had checked the always helpful Ravelry forum for this pattern (there's one for each of Romi's designs) to make sure I was doing things correctly, and noted a stitch count for where I was. Decided to check it and yeah, I'm off. Also noted that my marker count was off on one side. Thought I knew what caused the second problem, at least, and started to tink. Well, mohair is from  goats and goats are STUBBORN. I didn't get very far and went to bed frustrated (not good). This morning in the clear light of day (at least there's that!), I evaluated further and came to the conclusion that there is no easy way to fix this. Since I use knitting mostly as a relaxing hobby to indulge in during rare free moments, and I haven't been enjoying this yarn on my available needles, I did something drastic (for me). I threw it in the frog pond – for good. (Actually, I threw it in the freezer, which is supposed to help it unravel a little easier.)

So. I'm planning to knit another pair of ribbed fingerless mitts, and a colorful hat in bulky yarn, and a classic little vest that just came out in the spring edition of Knitty, and, and . . . and maybe finish my slooooow socks. I'm feeling much better now. :-)

Oh. Guess what I saw in the pasture when I was riding Lance this afternoon?

Spring has officially sprung at . . .

7 comments:

Karen said...

I can identify with you but I would so love to see a dandelion... anywhere right now!

Laura said...

8* here this morning, dandelions are a long way off!

shelly hancock said...

Oh, I vote for starting the vest. It will look great on you!

farmlady said...

I'm so happy for you and the charming little dandelion. Spring is coming and the cold will become a distant memory.
As for the knitted confection... keep trying. I can't do fingerless gloves and want to learn. I admire your abilities.
Happy Spring.

Michelle said...

Karen and Laura, I welcome dandelions; they are so cheerful – and the sheep and chickens love them!

Thanks, Shelly; that is a powerful vote since you are a IRL friend! I spent some time this morning inventorying my yarn options, and have several. I'm tempted to make one out of commercial yarn to make sure it is a keeper (and could gift that version), then make another out of the special millspun a friend gave me from her Boulderneigh wethers. I'm going to do the mitts and hat, too; I feel so energized by ditching the Fuzzy Coyote that casting on three new projects sounds like FUN!

Farmlady, that project out of that yarn is a goner, even though I haven't unraveled it yet. The convincing thing is how joyful I feel since making that decision! You have to know when to cut bait....

erica said...

I am jealous of your GRASS! Its still snowing here:(

erica said...

I am jealous of your GRASS! Its still snowing here:(