Tidying up Stash Zone Number Three, I came across a tote bag. (OK there are many tote bags in there.) (Including a tote bag containing tote bags.) (As well as a knitted tote bag containing more knitting.)
Anyway, the tote bag contained a big blob of knitting. Like, a sweater’s worth except it wasn’t a sweater.
After a fair amount of examination, I decided it was a sweater in progress, dark and cabley and damn near done.
Unfortunately, the blob was exactly one-and-a-half sleeves from glory.
After finishing my most recent project, all I wanted was a project that had no sleeves.
But once I read the caffeinated blog entry where I embarked on this Laurel, I knew I had to dive back in.
Berocco Ultra Alpaca, which is 50/50 alpaca and wool. Deep, darkest teal, with the improbable addition of a deep raspberry in the mix. This yarn is so fantastic. Lurching cables, size 8 needles, ONE COLOR OF YARN. Sleeves knit flat, so I’m just thinking of them as swatches. This is the perfect antidote to that recent project.
My tip for the day: if you think cables are a mess, and a cable needle looks like a dental instrument, spend a minute with the incomparable Wendy Johnson here. She explains how to work a cable without a cable needle. This is a life-changing technique. Cables go so fast when you do them this way. It is so clever, and it works with all but the widest of cables. Please, please O lordy try this out. It makes you feel like a genius, and who doesn’t need a bit of that?
While cabling away, I watched some cable. The most recent episode of Girls, to be exact. If you haven’t seen this series yet, I do not recommend starting with this episode, titled “On All Fours.” In fact, I am pretty convinced now that this show is almost entirely unwatchable by me. Am I too old for this stuff?
I moved on to an audiobook, to Lorrie Moore’s A Gate at the Stairs on audiobook, and it’s just grim/funny enough to suit my mood.