Friday, 22 June 2018

Discomfitted but

The word discomfitted used to mean to defeat your enemy in battle, but it has slid into meaning  'to put into a state of perplexity and embarrassment'.  As ever, I am my own worst enemy and have done both.

I knit the sleeve to the point where I had to put in the bottom tuck stitches but the sleeve seemed too wide. I took a count and laid the two sleeves out together.

I had to pull back a fair ways.  I needed 6 fewer stitches than what was on my needles before starting the tucks.  Sigh.  

And then if you recall the very very cute Das Monster baby pants?  Same same. It might even be worse.  

Yes this is not what you saw before.

Instead of being able to work with the utterly divine Mini Duett,  I have switched it out for some much more plebeian sock yarn, mostly Phildar Phil Folk 50.  The Mini Duett did not pass the first part of it's washability test, the washing machine. I didn't even want to know what would happen to it, if I put it in the dryer.  It couldn't be machine washed AT ALL.  So, not suitable for baby things, not for this mom anyway.  The Phil Folk 50 will be a much better wash and wear alternative.  I have used some for my socks and it is a fine commercial blend, sturdy as you like.

All stash yarns too, which is always a good thing.

But that left me with the question of what would I knit with these small quantities of yarns?  2 and 3 balls doesn't go very far. 

And then as I was waking from my semi regular nap, as it sometimes does, a flash of brilliance.   Sock Arms! Sock Arms and her designer, Stephanie Lotven.

Copyright Fruity Knitting Podcast

Which reminds me, if you haven't watched the Fruity Knitting Podcast, you should.  They have some great interviews and lots of fun knitting things!

I do have lots of black and lots of the red.  Either of those colours would be great for the main body of the sweater and my small quantity colours, possibly interspersed with just the smallest bit of red and black, à la my version of the Lakeur Sweater,?

Oh YES.  

The colours certainly suit my mood for colour combinations these days. I did look through my sock yarns a few times and just wasn't inspired by any of the stuff I had for sweater sleeves in combination with possible yarns for the body section. But the Mini Duett quantities will be perfect for the main body and for the arms. It can't get better than that.   

I first came across this sweater via the Knitmore girls podcast and ever since, the question of what yarns will I use, floats around in my head poking out at odd moments.  One of those odd moments was as I was waking from my nap.  Yay nap time!

So what may have been a kind of dismal day, full of perplexity and defeat turned into success.  And that leads me to my morning work and setting down to watch some podcasts, Fruity Knitting is the podcast of the day, naturally, and my favourite new thing.

Exactly how I feel today.

Thursday, 21 June 2018


I was so certain that I was going to get tons done yesterday.  How is it that I did not?  I do not know.  I can only surmise that the heat plays a part in it.  I do not do really well at 30 C.

I did get some pretty cool stuff organized and I did get to the last decrease but one on the sweater, but that was about it for knitting.

Most of my day was spent on the computer doing research for my trip.  One of the things I really want to do is stop at some of the woollen mills we have.  Big ones, little ones, and one for sure that might not quite be ready by the time I get there, but I think I will stop and just let them know I am looking forward to their products and that I wish them well.   Some of the big ones are favourites like Briggs and Little and long familiar like Spinrite but many are new to me, like Macauslands, which I have known about for a long time, but I am not familiar with their yarns or goods at all, or Lemieux Spinning, where I have known about Quebecoise  from many hours spent on the Schoolhouse Press website, and knew it was Canadian, but never knew from where.I want to see what we make, not just what we dye from commercial bases spun overseas.

I am so excited to go and see.  But for now, I have to go and see a man about some tires for my car.  No tires, no trip as my sons say.  

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

What else?

I mentioned at the end of yesterdays post, that I had picked up some fabric to line Amy's sweater.  While she would love the warmth of wool, she is a hot body and wool usually makes her sweat and sweat makes her feel the prickle factor of fibres.  So, her sweater in Cascade Peruvian Tones will be lined to take away the 'wool is prickly' factor so she can enjoy the sweater while she is camping and out doors, and on chilly winter evenings hunkering down watching movies with her boys (Amy has all boys and she has one of my all boys.  I feel for her and want to support her in any way I can.)

I found some really soft lightweight knit fabric in a very soft neutral gray for it. They did have a blue that hinted at purple, but I didn't think it was close enough a match not to compete with the yarn.    While I was getting the fabric cut, I did spy something I just had to have.


I love this.  I could see pants or a skirt or a nice flowing dress.  It is fairly light weight, so I bought a bit more of the gray than I needed for the sweater and will use that to line this, should I need this.  

And because I am ever attracted to good deals, I checked out the remnants bin.  You never know what you can find there.  I came away with three pieces of fabric, all cotton blends,

that will make great tops.  These are hitting the wash as we speak.  There might not be enough for an entire top on each of these pieces, but there is all kinds of stuff I can use for coordinating fabric for the backs of tops.

I have an entire shelf of dark fabrics, green, several navys, black in a variety of fibres and weaves to choose from.

Though it may not be apparent to anyone but me, these things are all part of preparing for my trip.  I have two sets of clothes, the kind I wear out of the house and painter clothes.  After putting my finger through the fabric of one of my best shirts the other day, I thought it might be time to reassess clothing.  There really wasn't much in the out of the house category.  I've known that this day was coming, but I just didn't think it was so urgent.  I was wrong.  It seems it will be a very good idea to do a spot of sewing before I head out on my travels plus there are a few things that need hemming before they are ready for wear.

It might be really nice, liberating to have a few airy summer dresses and tops in fabrics that don't crush and that dry quickly.  Or in fabrics that are even better when they are crushed and wrinkly like linen.

So this week is sewing week, I guess. It is just kind of happening.  I have got just a little to go on the Pole sweater and then blocking will commence.  And once blocking is underway, I can lay out the fabric for lining it.  I am not a hundred percent sure just how the lining will be made, but I have a couple of ideas.  

Time to go shut all the windows now to keep out this beastly heat.  And time to knit.  And coffee.  Always time for coffee.