I note that there is a fair bit of blog ennui going on in the knitblog universe. No surprise, I think, considering that we are nearing the end of August.
The end of August seems to me to be a difficult time for knitters. Summer is winding down and we anxiously look forward to fall and winter knitting, yet often the weather is still too damned hot to do anything about it.
Although in DC, we are having a stretch of delightfully cooler weather.
My solution is, of course, to knit lace.
I’ve got more than half of the edging completed on my Woodland shawl, and have reached the point where I am thinking: “Is it live or is it Memorex?” No, what I’m really thinking is “Is it lace or is it crap?”
Only blocking will answer that question. And I predict that I’ll block this baby tomorrow night.
Speaking of blocking, Caroline asked the other day:
I was wondering the other day if you wash your shawls – I have several that I drag back and forth to work and a couple are starting to look a little dingy, but the idea of a complete reblock is sort of discouraging. Do you do that?
I haven’t done so yet, but I suppose I will at some point, and I’m not looking forward to it. My shawls either stay at the office or stay at home, so fortunately there is no need to wash any of them. Yet.
And Bronwyn asked:
It seems that you go through the second type project obsession… I am of the first type, where I do a lace project, then a pair of socks, then a sweater, maybe a small item or two, then lace again. Whereas you get really into one thing for a reasonably long period, then move on to something else. Just curious if this is correct.
I do seem to immerse myself completely in one thing and then do nothing but that until I move on to something else. I know I’m not done with lace yet, but it is entirely possible that I feel a fair isle phase coming on . . .
There’s been some discussion in my comments about electric ballwinders. A commenter mentioned that Schact is no longer selling the electric winder and is referring people to the manufacturer’s website, here.
Do you use some sort of “center” on your ballwinder so that your center-pull laceweight balls don’t collapse? Or do you let them “cure” a bit on the winder before removing them, so they’re stable?
I just pull them off the winder and the “core” sort of fills in. And I use the yarn from the outside of the ball, not the inside. I realize that I might be in the minority in this, but I almost always knit from the outside of balls wound on a ballwinder. I prefer that the yarn remain in a nice firm ball while I use it.
In Case You Wondered
On my being busy, Andrea asked:
Is part of the stuff you’re doing book-related? We’re getting close, aren’t we? Can’t wait to see it!
Why, yes, as it happens, it is. I’m spending some evenings doing the last minor edits, before the book goes off to be put into production. Eeeeeeee!
As for getting close, the publication date is next May. So it depends on your definition of “close,” I’d say.
In Case You Wondered, Part Deux
In Swedish you say Imse Vimse spindel instead of Inky Dinky spider.
What does Lucy Think?
Lucy would like Rebekah to know that while the idea of a little cap made from feathers is quite alluring, she doesn’t think she could handle the excitement!