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What I Did on my Summer Vacation

Dear Kay,
I didn’t figure that coming home would be more fun than the trip that preceded it. I’m wandering around the house thinking things like, “Cereal. Look at our options for cereal. Isn’t that great?” Or: “This sure is a great window to look out.” Or: “Weeds can grow fast when they feel like it.” Or: [hugging computer] “My compuuuuuuuuter! I miiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiissed you!”
And, especially: “Wow. Who bought all this yarn?”
Three weeks can result in a lot of knitting, but that doesn’t always mean it’s GOOD knitting. I see my time away as an odyssey into bigness. I’m not proud of this, but here’s what happened in Grundy County:
1. Big-ass Sharf.
Colinette Point 5, Toscana colorway. Bigger than a scarf, smaller than a shawl, we’re calling this a sharf. Two and a half skeins into this I said ENUF! I have included the skein here to prove my theory once and for all that some yarns are best left unknitted. Or, as my brother used to tell my mother when served Polynesian Meat Boats for dinner: “Mom. This is just too pretty to eat.”
2. Scribble Lace Knitting, Part Deux.
Great Adirondack Ribbon yarn with superthin crochet thread. Debbie New’s technique: one row big yarn, three rows thin. One word for this: fiddly. I do like the thinner crochet thread I used for this, but it’s just kind of slippy. All you scribble lace knitters out there, I’d recommend using at least one fuzzy yarn in your scribble lace knitting.
3. Kureyon Barfy Scarfy.
Colorway: Blegh. What you see here is something you won’t see much around my house: flesh/magenta/lime/gray/taxicab yellow/beige. I made this because there was a rare opportunity to buy yarn in Monteagle, and this was the pick of the litter when it came to natural fibers. I can see that a little Booga action would make this yarn a lovelier sight. I can see why the impulse to felt Kureyon is overwhelming. Maybe if I felted this enough, it would turn into one color. Or just wash away down the drain.
4. Lumpy Tammy.
Araucania Nature Cotton in chartreuse and brown. (Beautiful colors!) On US10.5s. In Rowan 32, Dollface is wearing this with a miniskirt and a pout. She’s pouting because she’s too cute to exist; I’ll be pouting about my lumpy ribbing. Take a peek at this “character-filled” knitting.
Need one last skein to sew it up, and then it’s off to the taxidermist for this beast. My consolation prize: I discovered I can knit a sweater in less than a week.
5. The Partial Asta (no, it is not a gymnastic move).
Here’s a first: I’ve lost this rest of this project. Really. I was well into the sleeves when they flat disappeared. Gone–who knows where? Sad, because I actually liked this sweater, bless its heart.
Leaving all this behind, I’m full of beans, and I have figured out a new project to take to the beach next week. Good news: it involves seating.
Lots of love,




  1. I must convince, I did the booga. I came away convinced that I never wanted to touch Kureyon again. Felted, the colors were less obnoxious. But the yarn also felt like brillo on my hands. For the price, it was not a pleasant knit. Those colors you got there are even worse than mine. You have my sympathies.

  2. What a cracking set of projects! For the record I rather like the Kureyon scarf. If it hasn’t been washed down the drain consider trading with me. I could send you some nice soft khaki/brown/beige yarn perhaps!

  3. Poor Asta! I hope you rediscover its lost parts. And, like Sarah, I don’t think the scarf is bad. The colours are bright (at least on the screen) and to me not at all Blegh. At least to me. And felting will not turn it into one colour, more like a more subtle shading from one to another. Why not finish it and give it away as a Christmas Gift to a frenemy (Sex in the City reference)..

  4. whre did you find the point 5 scarf pattern? i love it. otherwise, I agree on the kureyon – do not understand the attraction at all….

  5. Welcome back Ann! I love your Surf Spot. It looks prettier than the “Internet Cafe” I found on vacation last week, which turned out to be a bar with an old PC you could use (standing in the previous night’s beer & cig fumes), with a lady working who apparently only spoke Greek watching Oprah on the TV REALLY LOUD. And you are soooo right about the Scribble Lace. I tried it with crochet thread and Pronto, a thick, smooth cotton/acrylic. It looks kind of cool, but not as pretty as yours, and now I have no idea what to do with it. I guess it’s a scarf.

  6. I really love the sharf actually. I have a pattern for an afghan using Colinette Point 5, but I’d have to mortgage the house for the price point on that yarn for an afghan. How can I explain that to the hubby? Wish I could find a really good substitute–but I really want the Colinette.

  7. There’s always something new to learn in the Comments. Today’s prize is ‘frenemy’, a most useful term! A gaping hole in the ol’ vocab! Thank goodness Thomas watches Sex & the City!
    As for the knitting, well, I can understand that much of this was totally pushing your envelope. So I congratulate you for Courage. I do sort of like the Point 5 sharf. I think it showcases the yarn nicely and who doesn’t like a classic drop-stitch motif? You MUST find those sleeves. That happened to me, in Kansas, with the sleeves to your Olive (whoopsie–I hadn’t meant to remind you of Olive), and eventually I found them, in New York. Welcome back to the DNC and dizzying cereal options. By the way, do you have a position on Shrek Cereal? Love, Kay

  8. Good grief Ann – how long were you away for ?? That’s about a year’s worth of knitting in my book. A sweater in a WEEK !? I am not worthy ! Have to say I also don’t hate your Kureyon scarf – though I agree it would make a better felted bag but that’s on account of scratchiness. And go find those sleeves. I’ve never lost sleeves but I did lose the rest of the yarn for Elfin after I had started the back. Bought more …. and then found the original (sod’s law I believe that’s called ?)

  9. The scribble lace looks cool and I think the lumpiness of that sweater may block out. Asta, however, is the prize piece – you must find those sleeves!

  10. Wow Ann, I’m so impressed at your fortitude. It sounds like a complicated week, knitting wise. I think my favorite of the lot, much to my surprise, is actually the scribble lace! (Knock me over with a feather. Or a short length of crochet thread.)
    Count me in as someone who doesn’t get the Kureyon madness. So it’s self-striping, so what? Why is that such a big deal? That stuff is nasty scratchy. I can’t imagine wearing it, or knitting it for that matter.
    Don’t give up on Asta. Her sleeves have to be somewhere. By now, they’re probably working their way from one of the kids’ suitcases toward the laundry basket.

  11. Sarah, Thomas–I’m glad you’re taking pity on the Kureyon scarf. It’s one of God’s children just like you and me . . .
    Carolyn–The Point 5 pattern is a plain old garter stitch/drop stitch pattern, with every fourth row wrapping an extra stitch after each knit, then dropping that extra stitch on the next row.
    Heather–I should make it clear that the Partial Asta was only the part that remains after I LOST THE SLEEVES. The sleeve were what I was working on during my time in the wilderness. And as for the sweater in a week–we’re talking 10 1/2 needles and the EZiest pattern ever. Your pooch could do one, too. I haven’t sewn it up, of course, which could take a year or two.
    Off to put up my LOST SLEEVE posters around the neighborhood.

  12. Ann – I really like the scribble lace. I think it looks delightful! Do you have plans for it? I’m curious to see where it ends up! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Ahem.
    Inspired by the electrifying oratory of Barak Obama, I rise to the defense of the noble yarn Kureyon. The UNITED STATES of Kureyon. A humble immigrant to these shores who has made good, big-time.
    First, it’s fun to pronounce (koo-RAY-on).
    Second, it’s the sine qua non of the Booga Bag. And the Booga Bag, it is generally agreed, is the sine qua non of Western Civilization. Can you imagine the bleakness, the endless nothingness, of a world without Booga Bags?
    Third, if not for Kureyon, all felted knitting everywhere would be made of Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride. Not that there’s anything wrong with it. But here’s the thing: how do you get Brown Sheep to stripe? The old-fashioned, manual-transmission way: you must CHANGE colors. Right in the middle of your knitting. Hate that. Like my stripes on automatic pilot.
    O.K., so it’s not SOFT. Get over it, whining babies!!!
    Love from a Democrat who owns piles of Kureyon

  14. Thank you for standing up for Kureyon, Obama fan. I have my FexEx box of squares in hand, and I was actually hesitating because one of them IS Kureyon. One of the ones that is actually square, and 8 inches square to boot. Plus, I just bought some on sale to make the ubiquitous Booga. It looks like fun to me. Now I’m off to the FedEx box. (BTW, Obama was wonderful. I actually put my knitting down, briefly.)

  15. When a handsome Democrat stands up and starts talking, it doesn’t get much better, does it?
    And I’m not just talking about Barak. I’m talking about Bill. I’m even talking, I think, about Jimmy.
    But, now that I think of it, I did not put down my knitting.

  16. All knitting is beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚ Well, maybe not. But that scarf is. Slap some gigantic mohair fringe on there and you will make someone very happy.

  17. This is like a buffet of fun knitting projects to behold! I’m particularly enamored with that ribbon lace knitting. Hubba, hubba.
    P.S. What are you taking to the beach? Please, do share!

  18. Re political hottieness, I’m holding out for Dick Cheney next month at the Republican convention. Rowrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Men with no lips . . . .

  19. Amazing projects, Ann. I like the Point 5 sharf as well. I’ve heard others swear they’d never work with Point 5 again after similar projects, but it sure is beautiful. The barfy scarfy is a hilarious name. But the scribble knitting is still the coolest of all. Way neat. I’ve got to check out that book! Thanks for working so hard on your vacation so we blog readers could have such a treat on your return! ;0)

  20. Jimmy, definitely! No ageism here. And you know, George W. has no lips either; its been bothering me for 4 years.
    A yarn plug: I just made the cutest little baby hat in Cascade Fixation. Cottony and soft and sproingy and stretchy, and fun to knit with!


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