The Road To Recovery
October 3, 2008
I’m so glad we got that out of our system. I’m told that after a couple of weeks, one’s eyebrows return to a tint that bears some reference to the natural world. Looking forward to that.
Meanwhile, I’m getting something else out of my system: my very own Kiki Mariko rug.
This is not portable knitting, and as you know I have a broad concept of portability in the fiber arts. (Yesterday I was winding a tangled hank of Euroflax on the C train. Nothing to see here, people. Yes, I’m cutting it! Like you wouldn’t cut this mess? Please.) After a couple of hours, your Kiki Mariko is the size of a standard poodle. A couple more hours, you’ve got a St. Bernard on your lap. It’s a beast, and I’m only about a quarter of the way in. It’s very warm; would make good dogsled knitting.
I made some mods. I cast on more stitches so that I’ll end up with a more squarish shape to fit the spot on the floor that I have in mind. And while I started out following an 8-color sequence as in the pattern, I got bored when it started to repeat. (I’m very shallow.) I felt a lack of contrastiness. So I went back to the store and got a few more colors to throw into the mix. I’m not going for “balance” here. I’m going for eye candy, a bit of that off-balance Gee’s Bend look. My yarns are a mix of Lamb’s Pride Bulky from stash and store, and Manos bits and bobs from here and there. I know Manos is kind of hifalutin’ for rug yarn, but I had some, and none of one color, and it seemed like the right thing to do at the time.
I’m bringing this WIP with me to Chicago, even though it’s too big to knit on the plane without calling attention to myself, so that people can (a) see just how big a tube you have to knit if you want to end up with a large luscious chewy felted rug and (b) try it on as a skirt. With any luck it will be a strapless ballgown by Sunday.
TONIGHT, we will be at YarnCon! Bring us your tiny hats! Bring us your eyelash-glue removal tips!