Today is a perfect day to curl up in my favorite knitting chair and spend the day doing my favorite activity, knitting and a bit of blogging.
Not sure how much snow we will get, but the temperature has dropped from 17 degrees two hours ago to 11. Hot cocoa, anyone?
I think today I will be working on two WIPs,
The first is ‘Drijfhout’ by Isabell Kraemer. My BKB (best knitting budding) made this and I was very envious, just had to have my own. The yarn is Berroco Cosma, alpaca/wool/silk blend. It is so soft and yummy to knit with and will be perfect to wear on a day like today. Knitted top down sleeves are knitted using a contiguous set-in-sleeve method developed by Susie Myers. So far it is fitting perfectly.
The second WIP is a sleeveless pullover top knitted sideways and is appropriately called ‘Side to Side Pullover for Women’ by Knitting Pure & Simple. Pattern was purchased from Patternfish. Yarn is Good Earth Adorn, a cotton/linen blend from Fibra Natura. Hopefully, I will have this finished in a couple of weeks as the Greyt Spouse and I will be visiting in Phoenix. Pattern notes for both can be found on Ravelry and I am Frazzldknitter.
I left you in a bit of suspense last time and promised to not make you wait too long to find out what happens with the ‘Ujo’ top.
I listened to what my friends were saying about the fuchsia color and continued knitting. Most of the time my knitting friends are helpful. I knew in my gut that to continue knitting was probably a mistake, but when do I ever listen to my gut instinct!
I finished the top and tried it on. I am a person who does not shy away from bright or bold colors. However, one look in the mirror I told myself, ‘shoulda listened to your gut!’
I did not take a pic of me wearing the top. I was just too frustrated. I had spent about two weeks of hardly knitting anything else and now I have something that I doubted I would wear much.
Thinking about my options:
- Keep it and maybe wear it once a year.
Give it away.
Frog the WHOLE thing.
Or take on a challenge! I am gaining a new confidence about my knitting.
I am not one to back down from a challenge, or should I say certain challenges. So, . . I picked up my left-handed scissors and checked to see how sharp they are. ‘Gingher’s and still sharp after being used for 40 plus years.
As I am contemplating what I am about to do, I take a very close look at my scissors and realize that although they were made for a left-handed person, they were obviously made by a right-handed person!
I cannot read the engraved brand name unless I hold the scissors in my right hand!
LOL, I can’t believe I never notice this before. Silly right-handed people just do not understand the world of a lefty.
Okay, back to the Ujo. I make my first cut. My heart is racing, I start to perspire, and no it is not a hot flash this time! There is no going back now, so I continue to cut. A very surreal experience. I don’t believe that I am really doing this, it must be a dream. (I did not take pics of the destruction, just too emotional.)
I rip out the top section with the offending color. I want to reuse the beautiful sprinkled gray Western Sky Yarn. I make sure I have about one-half inch extra on the bottom half.
I pick up the stitches on the bottom half where I want to rejoin. I found it easier to do this on the wrong side where the purl bumps were. This I set aside after carefully removing the extra rows.
That done, I now start reknitting the top.
I am liking this much better and feel as though I may wear it this time. I think all my colors will blend perfectly now.
I am happily knitting along and start thinking about how to join the top to the bottom. I could do a three-needle join and would prefer this technique, although it will be a bit bulky. But talking to my fellow knitting friends, they suggest the Kitchener join would be more appropriate. My stomach twists into knots. I have only attempted this technique once before. To the untrained knitting eye it looked okay, but to my higher standards, not happy at all. And I did listen to these friends once before, right?
Oh well, I still have plenty of time to think!
TO BE CONTINUED! . . . . . . . . .
‘What! What is she doing? She is not going to tell us the end again!’
’How can she just walk away!’
’She just made my day! I’ll be in a grizzly all day now. Let me at her!’
’You! Look at me! I am so angry my eyes are turning red. You know how hard it is to get red-eye out!’