What I Did on my Summer Vacation
July 27, 2004
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,