Yup, I’m in the throes of Post Project Depression.
Do you ever get that feeling? You’ve been knocking yourself out to finish a big knit and then once you are done, depression hits you? You sort of wander around, at a loss, not sure what to knit next.
This usually doesn’t happen to me, as I’m usually thinking about my next big project while I am knitting my current one. But this time I had nothing planned. So when Inishmore came off the needles, P.P.D. set in.
Please note that this happens to me all the time in Real Life at work. I finish killing myself on a huge, seemingly-insurmountable project and when the project is completed, I am at a loss. Wondering what to do with all the time that has been freed up. Of course, that feeling only lasts for about half an hour until the next emergency-du-jour surfaces.
Please also note that when the current work situation that has me fearing for my health and sanity comes to an end, I have no plans for depression. I plan to take a victory lap around the building. Considering the size of the federal building where I work, this is no small feat. I’d best take snacks with me.
But I digress.
I picked up my wool/mohair blend that I bought at MDS&W and cast on for a lace project. But after one repeat, I realized that it just wasn’t happening for me, so this morning I cast it aside and grabbed the fisherman’s rib scarf that I had just barely cast on the day before the Inishmore Challenge. I knit that on the train this morning and marveled at how long it takes to make any progress on fisherman’s rib.
But the colors are sure pretty! This is handspun handpainted Cormo, also bought at MDS&W. It’s incredibly soft. It’s about aran weight and I’m knitting it on U.S. size 10 (6mm) needles. I don’t usually knit on straights, but those are Lantern Moon ebonies and I love ‘em!
But . . . I feel like knitting lace. This morning I dug out the pattern for Alice Korach’s Shetland Lace Shawl. This shawl pattern was featured in Threads magazine in 1987, and was made available as a single-pattern pamphlet. I believe it is now out of print, but you can still purchase the pattern from Schoolhouse Press. I’ve had the pamphlet for ages, but never made the shawl. It’s a square shawl that blocks to a 54 – 66″ square. Possibly that’s why I’ve never made it — it’s a bit smaller than I like.
It calls for approximately 1800 yards of laceweight wool knitted on size 0 or 1 needles. I think I’ll try it in fingering weight instead, on size 3 needles. That will give me a very large shawl, I’m thinking. (Side note: does anyone have a large open area of carpeted floor space where I can block it??!!)
I know I have enough cream-colored fingering weight wool for this. I also have a pile of cream-colored fingering weight alpaca. I’ll need to check and see if it’s enough for this shawl.
Some Notes on Inishmore
First off, thank you so much for all your nice comments!
Here are some notes on Inishmore, culled from questions in the comments.
I had four (50 gram?) skeins of yarn (plus a partial skein — mebbe half) left over when I finished Inishmore. But I probably ordered enough for a larger size to make sure I would have enough yarn. As I mentioned previously somewhere in the blog, the yarn was ordered from Virtual Yarns as a yarn pack to knit the sweater. I ordered my yarn probably 18 months ago, so I don’t remember what size I ordered. But it seems very likely that I ordered for a larger size, figuring that I wasn’t going to knit it for a while, and I wanted to make darn sure I would have enough in the dye lot when I got around to knitting it. I believe L-B ordered the appropriate size, so she can tell us when she finishes how much yarn she has left.
I’ve got enough left over to make a nice big scarf.
Only once have I ever come close to running short on yarn on an Alice Starmore sweater — I believe it was on the Oregon sweater? I was cutting it close on one of the lesser-used colors, and a kind knitter (Veronique in Switzerland, if I am remembering correctly) helped me out by sending me her leftovers in that color. On the whole, I’d say the yardage estimates for Starmore sweaters are very accurate. Of course, everyone’s mileage varies.
Another question was what’s my record for the quickest Aran knit? I knitted an Aran from the Bernat Book of Irish Knits (published circa 1967, you can still find copies on eBay now and then) in 4 or 5 days. This sweater, to be exact.
This was when I was in my early 20s and thought nothing of staying up all night to complete a sweater. I remember that I did knit the back in one all-nighter because the pattern was so entrancing. And this was knitting from written-out instructions, not charts. Yikes!
My previous record for Inishmore was three weeks — that was without trying to knit it quickly. This time I set myself a goal of two weeks.
Oh, and let me say here: I believe L-B could have beaten me had she not been having problems with hand pain. She is, indeed, a wicked fast knitter!
What if newer knitters are so inspired by all of this gorgeousness and are unable to find the patterns or books that are rare as hen’s teeth?
Actually, you are in luck with the book that Inishmore is in. Fishermen’s Sweaters is still widely available. Here is the link to it on Amazon. It’s a beautiful book with many lovely designs. But Inishmore has always been my favorite from the book!
Kindly note that Holly is doing the Rachael.
She met Cindy.
(Poor Cindy has a sinus infection — send get-well wishes to her.)
She met Shelley.
In fact, she had such a gosh-darn good time that she asked if she could stay at the shop for the rest of the week. She’s hanging up in front of the wall o’ Rowan, so if you’re in the area, stop by and tell her “hey.”
I too had a good time at Late Night. I met Jon, who even though I’m quite sure he didn’t believe me when I told him he had to wear the goofy little hat while using the ballwinder, he wore it to oblige me AND even let me take a photo. Whatta guy!
And Phyl-Phyl was knitting with orange yarn.
What a shocker that was. Alert the media.
We Interrupt This Blog for an Important Announcement
I finally found out today where the phrase “fan mail from a flounder” comes from.
Yes, I was a deprived child. My tv watching was strictly regulated by the parental units. Do you hear that, Mom? I looked like a big doofus today in front of one of my staff when I couldn’t identify the source of “fan mail from a flounder.”
He did kindly point out that Rocky and Bullwinkle episodes are most likely now available on DVD.