I would like to point out to you all that my experience with Abby proves that I’m All Grown Up.
In the past, if I started knitting something and didn’t like it, I would shove it in a plastic bag, hide it in a closet, and have a tantrum.
Yesterday, instead of doing that with Abby after I decided she was too big and unflattering, I ripped her out and (gasp) started knitting something else with the yarn.
I’m so proud of myself. I’m such an adult.
One of the worst knitting tantrums I ever threw was when I was in college, over a pair of Scandinavian 2-color mittens. I was making a pair as a gift for a friend, and had painstakingly modified the pattern chart and charted her name above the wrist.
And I knitted two right mittens.
I was so mad I ranted and raved and jumped up and down on the completed mittens (yes, I was childish). Then I went out and bought a gift for my friend.
But the good thing is that I’ve never made that mistake again!
So anyhow, here’s the Tina progress for the day:
I’m in Love!
This is a 10-drawer plastic storage tower I bought from Staples (the photo is from their website). It is my new knitting needle storage solution.
I have a lot of needles. I’ve had them stuffed in baskets, crammed in file folders, etc. Nothing worked very well, so I’ve been on the hunt for something better. This critter is the answer! It has ten drawers, so the top eight drawers hold all my needles — circs and dpns — from size 0 to 7. The second to last drawer holds sizes 8 and 9, the bottom drawer holds everything larger.
I do have a bunch of dpns smaller than size 0 — I’ll figure out something to do with those.
Here’s the fullest drawer — the size 3 drawer:
Yahoo! I’m in needle nirvana!
From my comments, it sounds like I’m not alone in thinking that Kolibri is a b*tch to knit. That makes me feel better. And now that I’m in plain stockinette it’s much easier to knit. Knitting a lace pattern with it was just plain nasty. Kolibri has a tendency to split as it’s made up of a bunch of plies, so you have to be careful not to miss a tiny ply while knitting.
But the resulting sweater is going to be nice, I think, so on I knit.
See? This is another sign of my mature attitude, no? I’m sticking with cotton yarn even though I don’t enjoy it, because I know the results will be worth the effort. Get me.
Fortunately the Lana Grossa Point that I’m using for Tina is a dream to knit. The teeny bit of elastic added to the cotton makes all the difference. I wish it came in a lighter weight — dk or sport!
And thanks to you all who left thoughtful comments about sizing and self-perception yesterday. I see I’m not the only one who has issues with this!
I have no issues with self perception. I am perfect. Full stop.
She also wants to know if she can borrow the car tonight.
(You can get a pet driver’s license from ChloeCards.)