This is mostly a knitting blog. Sometimes pictures of things I've made, sometimes not. I'm a guy who knits, I usually attend a men's stitch 'n' bitch on Monday nights, and I prefer natural fibres to artificial ones. I have a love-hate relationship with bamboo yarns: I love what they can do and how they look, I hate how they are made. I've been knitting since about 2003, though I really didn't get into it until 2005, while convelescing with a broken leg. I must have discovered something good, 'cause I'm still knitting years later.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

In Which Our Author Frogs Over 900 Stitches, Reknits Them, and *gasp!* Buys Yarn

I've been diligently working on the Death of the Moon shawl. I've got 52 rows and the bind off yet to do, so I'm feeling pretty good about it. I had a little hiccup when I discovered that I'd made some mistakes in knitting (I should never knit late at night when I'm tired, when there is insufficient light) and I ended up tinking over 900 stitches. Tinking. Nine Hundred. Stitches. That was a FML moment, to be sure, but once it was done, I got it re-knit in record time, and now I'm coasting to the finish. I did the last purl row last night (338 stitches, I feel like I deserve a prize), and now twenty rows of garter in only one colour. One thing I've been doing differently this time around is that I'm carrying my yarn, rather than cutting it at the end of each colour row. I will mean so many fewer ends to weave in (and I must admit, I still haven't woven in the ends from the first iteration of this shawl, the one in Fog and Emerald that I completed last year). I'm not sure how this will play out in blocking, but if it means I don't have dozens (literally, dozens!) of ends to weave in, I'll be happy. I shan't post a picture because it just looks like a big lump of grey and red yarn. But soon, very soon!

My friend Franklin posted on his FB page the note that Neighborhood Fiber were making Pride Flag yarns! I have bought some of Neighborhood's yarns when on visits to Pennsylvania at Forever Yarn, the only shop I've discovered that carries them, but I've never knit with them. I think next year that will be my goal, to knit up what is in my stash. All that aside, since June is Pride month, I got these wonderful yarns on order!
I have absolutely no idea what I will knit with this collection, but I'm sure it will be fabulous!