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Dear Ann,
I just can’t let well enough alone. In my last post, I set everything up perfectly. I hoped and expected that the voters would be kind, and that I would be knitting up Kiri in absorbent, summer-friendly Euroflax Linen. The people spoke, and they spoke overwhelmingly in favor of the Easy Way Out (although there was a strong and vocal minority pointing out that the Easy Way Out was not very character-building, that I am a wimp or at the very least flirting outrageously with Wimphood, that Kidsilk Haze is Not So Bad, that it can be frozen and ripped out, etc etc.). All systems were go.
But it didn’t work out that way. In the end, for reasons that I cannot disclose on the off-chance that my Edgy Recipient is reading, my heart told me I had to go with the Kidsilk Haze. In Trance, a lovely pale teal. (I do so admire the Color-Name Pickers at Rowan. They have the unerring ability, matched only by the folks at Garnet Hill, to pick color names that give you all the atmosphere in the world but not a single clue as to what COLOR we might be talking about. Apparently, if you find yourself in a trance, the color you will see is a pale, fuzzy teal. Who knew?)
But back to the Kidsilk Haze. Oy! Whatta yarn!
Scene: Saturday, July 9. Our protagonist, Kay, is in the hammock. It is a lovely, cool-for-July, not-humid-for-July afternoon. There is a pleasant breeze, intermittently wafting. Kay is dreamily entranced by one of the early repeats of Kiri. She is figuring out where the center of each little leaf is, depending on whether the leaf is in the ‘opening’ phase or the ‘closing’ phase, which, to her, is the ultimate in intellectual stimulation. She looks down at the small mass of shawl hanging from the needles, gasps, and laughs out loud: a tiny puff of a breeze has set the whole mass of mohair tendrils a-tremble, like a sea anemone. This is entertaining, but impossible to knit.
Lesson learned: Kidsilk Haze requires stillness. It is not a Rugged Outdoor Yarn.
Scene: Sunday morning. 9 a.m. After an hour of pleasant knitting in bed on the Fourth Repeat, the humidity rises one-half of one percent. The Kidsilk Haze solidifies in Kay’s hands. It is a felted mass of mohair. The needles will not budge.
Lesson learned: Kidsilk Haze requires low humidity. It is not a Rugged Indoor Yarn.
Since then, I have been knitting Kiri under precise climate control, my eye on the barometer at all times. Since even a molecule of invisible hangnail can put Kidsilk Haze into Passive Resistance Mode, my manicure has not been this good since my wedding day. With these slight modifications to my normal routine, all has gone well.
Well, except when it hasn’t. Even a simple lace pattern is good for one’s humility, I find. In lace as in life, it is when we are most sure that we are doing a fabulous job, that we are most likely to be completely screwing it up without realizing it.
The pictures show Kiri in the middle of the Seventh Repeat (of 12 ever-growing repeats) of Chart 2. The first ball of Kidsilk Haze is almost finished, so I figure I’m one-third of the way home. (Note: If my recipient were 8 years old like my model, I’d be done. I’m not sayin’, I’m just sayin’.)
See that column of double yarnovers down the center back? You don’t want to make a mistake there. If you make a mistake there, you can’t just knit 2 together on the next right-side row and pretend it didn’t happen, or pick up a non-existent yarnover on the wrong side. It can’t be fixed. You must assume a submissive posture and un-knit back to the mistake, with the Kidsilk Haze kicking and screaming and busting your chops the whole way.
More Exchange News
I have great Exchange Luck. Look at the great handmade goodies I got from my secret Back-Tack buddy:
The pouches are beautifully made and just my style of mod, fun prints. Inside one pouch was a yarn snipper and a handy, tiny calculator (which gets rid of my excuse for not figuring out my row gauge correctly). But what what really touched me was this:
A beautiful collection of crochet flowers, in my favorite cotton yarns including Rowan Denim. 14 of them! They are like candy. I can’t wait for the perfect embellishment project for them.
Meanwhile they make a stunning pin on my jean jacket.
Thank you anonymous, generous, talented Back-Tacker!
Love, Kay
*A recipe for Fluffernutter Sandwiches. A New England favorite since 1917!




  1. Gorgeous sidsilk. BTW, Have you seen this? http://secure.elann.com/productdisp.asp?NAME=Den%2DM%2DNit+Pure+Indigo+Cotton&Cat=NEW&ProductType=5&Count=1
    Thought it might be up your alley! Just call me enabler….

  2. I firmly believe that Kidsilk Haze requires sacrfices under the new moon to make it behave. Meanwhile, my husband refers to it as “that Jimi Hendrix yarn” because the first KSH I ever knitted with was purple and he’s a goofball.

  3. Holy CARP! Elann brought back DenMNit!!!

  4. Ok, Ok I have to admit… the knitting content is great in this post (because after all isn’t that why I read blogs) but that is not why I am commenting….
    FLUFFERNUTTERS…… OH I LOVE THOSE!!! That’s it – just sharing my love!

  5. I started Kiri late last night, using Interlacements Colorado. The KSH will be used for the second one.
    Have you tried gilling your Fluffernutters? Mmmmm, sooo good.

  6. You are a brave brave woman. Or you have the patience of a saint, because there’s no way in hell you could get me to knit with that. No matter how stunning, and it is stunning, the project is.

  7. That does it. No knitting with Kidsilk Haze until well after the Autumnal Equinox!
    But I have obscene amounts of it in several alluring colors languishing in my stash room . . . sigh . . .

  8. Ah, what a beautiful Kiri. Now you have me wanting to try it in Kidsilk Haze. It’s an addiction, I’m afraid.

  9. My Kidsilk Haze is in hiding until I figure out how to do a Birch rectangle without a seam down the middle. And, you know, until my manicure is perfect.
    I’m a fan of sauces, good bordeaux, rare meat, chevre, you know, all the French stuff that freaks my mother out…
    but give me a Fluffernutter and you automatically get hugged. It’s just how it is ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. I can’t believe how much progress you’ve made! I’ve been working on my Kiri since caveman times and I’m *maybe* halfway through.

  11. I fought with KSH bravely through Birch. I think knitting with Velcro would at times offer fewer challenges, but who would want a shawl out of that?

  12. *sigh* We can’t get fluff on the west coast. They have this stuff that the natives think is the same thing, but we who know fluff know it’s not even close.

  13. I certainly hope you know someone with a giant stash of anti-psychotic medications to help you out when that KidSilk Haze done push you over the edge, missy. That said, I must say it is looking lovely, and I do have a thing for that frizzly mohairy stuff myself.
    You certainly did score on the backtack project!

  14. I think it’s like knitting with spider webs. Started a scarf, loved the color so much, but the obscenity-spouting became too much for my spousal unit. The scarf turned into a short, circular neck covering a la 1965. And I love it!

  15. You didn’t listen to us? That’s what you get. Just teasing. You got some great stuff through backtack. I’ll have to post pictures of my goodies soon. I can’t believe they can even call that a recipe, I mean it’s one line. Never tried one, though I love peanut butter and fluff.

  16. It’s very beautiful. That’s the point,isn’t it ?

  17. Rugged yarn or not, that shawl is worth the trouble, its beautiful. Also, your post made me glad I withstood temptation to do anything light & fuzzy this summer. Vicarious knitting rocks, doesn’t it?

  18. i say give it to the kid. Here’s why: It looks great on her shoulders. It complements her coloring. It will be over before your know it.
    Summer is for easy knitting. Life is not an endurance test.
    love to all,

  19. …. there IS marshmallow fluff in pacific palisades, CA. the true confession here is that i eat one everyday…. it makes a great traveling-in-the-car food stuff. hope your model wasn’t eating one during the trying-on session…..LOVE your fluffy teal number!

  20. My God, your Kiri is gorgeous. Sits squarely in the “Project Type: A” column, I’d say.

  21. Oh, so it’s my crummy manicure that’s the source of my problems with KSH? Beautiful, beautiful color.

  22. Garnet Hill! Aren’t they the best?

  23. The crocheted flowers are fantastic – and I love the idea of using them as a pin on a jean jacket. And Kiri looks great – I think the KidSilk Haze makes it.

  24. What? You went with the Kidsilk Haze? Are you NUTS? Whoever told you to do THAT?

  25. And am I right, or is this the first pattern that both you and your loser co-blogger Ann have made? Remember to show lots of photos so that Ann feels even more crummy than she already does that the blog entry ratio is currently running 3/Kay to 1/Ann.

  26. mmmmmmmmmm, fluffernutters.

  27. Dear Conscience, I think if you take a larger sample the ratio is a bit higher. But who’s counting? I’m loving the spotlight. Tomorrow’s post: Kay Takes a Shower And Makes The Bed: Film At 11. xox Kay

  28. If you don’t have Fluff in your LGS (local grocery store) you can order the jumbo size from Bakers Cataloge….. just sayin’

  29. i just stumbled onto your blog from somewhere in knitting land and i LOVE it…best blog i’ve ever seen. i’m a newish knitter…hope you don’t mind if i bookmark and come back frequently!

  30. It’s so beautiful! But I feel so guilty now for making that “character building” jab! I should break out some KSH of my own in solidarity…ummm, I can give you the name of a great shrink if it pushes you over the edge?
    ps. Fluffernutters rock!

  31. Wow! Thanks for that. I’ll be extra careful if I ever use Kidsilk Haze.

  32. kay! that kid loooks so great in the kid silk haze! she has Dramatic Qualities. beautiful photo.


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