A question in yesterday’s comments:
“What type of project is the most exciting and challenging for you?”
My answer to this is different today than it would have been a few years ago. I used to be the Queen of Arans. Nothing gave me a knitting thrill quite as much as a cable could. The start of a new aran would be desperately exciting — I couldn’t wait to get a couple of repeats under belt so that I could see the pattern pop out at me, in all its 3-D glory.
But alas, no longer. The last couple of arans I’ve made were deadly dull for me. I have a photographic memory and can memorize cable charts by the time I’ve completed the first pattern repeat. Yawn. It’s just the same thing over and over and over. Again, yawn.
(I don’t know why the repetitious nature of this never used to bother me. I’ve gotten crankier and harder to please, apparently.)
So what floats my boat now? Colorwork! Woo-hoo! And non-repeating all-over patterns are particularly alluring. Like the Virgin Sweater I made in January. That was great fun.
Dale of Norway ski sweaters fall into this category to a certain extent. Once I get past all that gawdawful stockinette stitch, it’s very exciting watching the yoke pattern grow. Lillehammer was a particularly fun design — vertical panels and each one had a different motif in it. Ooh!
Just for grins, I bound off the shoulders and picked up the neckband stitches.
Here is the whole body of the sweater, relaxing on the couch.
And I did a bit on the first sleeve too.
Note to Auntie Lolly
So you think the tornado warnings were something? This is what was going on in my neighborhood last night.
A manhunt is underway in northern Virginia Thursday night for a 17-year-old boy who escaped from the youth detention facility in Alexandria. Police say the inmate may be dangerous.
Emanuel Taboko was in the detention center on sexual assault and abduction charges. Police spokesman John Crawford says he apparently escaped just before 5 p.m. Thursday.
“He broke down several doors inside the facility and then jumped over a barbed wire fence.”
Crawford says Taboko is not taking his medication and is considered dangerous.
Know where that detention center is? Directly across the street from where you parked your rental car.
I heard helicopters all evening, but they did catch the guy later that night, so I can safely (I guess) leave for work this morning.
The May contest will be announced on Monday. Watch this space!