(Okay, I just spent half an hour attempting to unscrew the top peg on my Lendrum wheel so I could fold it up. Finally got it. That sucker was screwed in tight.)
Snow (that trouble-maker) said:
Wait a minute! I thought Mermaid was to be knit on retreat next week. Aren’t you getting ahead of schedule? What if you run out of things to knit at the retreat? Quick! You’ve got to go out and buy more yarn!
Okay, missy. Do not make me smack you with an unfinished Celtic Dream. The retreat starts the day after tomorrow, so there will be Mermaid knitting going on during the retreat and long after the retreat.
Besides, L-B started hers too. So there. Nyah, nyah.
Concerning Mermaid, Julie asked a good question:
I have my trigger finger on ordering a Mermaid kit, but I really am nervous about the size – the large says about 42-43″ – I need a good 46-48″ finished size. As you are knitting on, do you think adjustments larger would be manageable? Or would I drive myself nuts? (which could happen anyways).
I’m also thinking a good blocking could add a couple of inches – it is good ole wool after all.
Absolutely, adjustments could be achieved pretty easily. It would just be a matter of adding a garter stitch ridge or two in each piece, I think. You could probably block it out a bit larger, too.
One warning — it’s a kit, so if you run out of yarn it might be hard to find more.
Wendy, how are you finding the instructions, are they clearly written? One of my biggest knitting peeves is a crappy set of instructions; it will completely kill the project for me, no matter the designer or design style. It’s rare that I’ll bother to decipher them, something in the back of my mind reminds me that if they don’t care enough about good quality instructions, the finished project cannot be too compelling, regardless of the photographs.
When you first look at them, the instructions seem a bit daunting. However, they are very clearly written and I’ve had no problems thus far. You do, however, have to make darn sure you read carefully, because there is a lot of shaping in this baby and the instructions need to be followed to the letter to get it right.
I’m so tempted by Mermaid! It is a gorgeous jacket and one I know would
be worn often. It looks slightly felted. Is it?
No, but you are instructed to wash it in lukewarm water and spin-dry it, then lay it out flat to block. I think the yarn will bloom a little from that so it will have the appearance of being ever-so-slightly fulled.
So. A couple of you have mentioned that you can’t quite figger how what I’ve got knitted so far is going to turn into Mermaid. Maybe it would help if I turned it and photographed it this way?
Feel better, L-B? Do you see the lack of progress? I did extremely little knitting last night, and not because I was spinning. I did no spinning whatsoever. The truth is . . . and this is almost unheard of for me . . . I felt too crappy to knit.
Not sure why, but my best guess is that it is simply job stress and extreme fatigue. It occurred to me this morning when I was leaving for work that I really need a vacation. I locked my front door and had trouble remembering how to find the garage so I could get in my car.
But coincidentally, my need for a vacation coincides exactly with, well, a vacation. I left work this afternoon feeling lighthearted because I will not return to the
orifice office until Tuesday. Yay.
(And in the joy that is being a Federal employee, after I come back from the retreat, I’ve got four weeks of vacation that I must use before January 7. Covering three peoples’ jobs and not having time to take a vacation pays off in the end. It’s use-or-lose leave, and that is sacred. I have to take it. Darn. Dang. Rats.)
And Now For Something Completely Different
Do you have any pointers for someone who wants to learn to spin and (quite possibly) eventually invest in a spinning wheel?
My best advice? Find someone who knows how to spin and ask that person to show you how it’s done. That’s what I did. Pretty much exactly a year ago . . .
And Now For Something Completely Completely Different
The tree outside my office window. It’s autumn! It’s autumn!
And for Sky (and Mitten) Queen, today’s sky:
I took this picture because to me the little cloud looked like it was hiding behind the building, peeking out furtively.
Did I mention that I need a vacation?
|You scored as Pissed at the World Cat. And here we have the next serial killer. Try having some cotton candy, it’ll make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, Psycho.|
Quiz link found on Rock Chick’s blog.
Lucy is concerned.
She feigns indifference, but I know the truth.