I’ve been keeping something from you.
I’ve been knitting on Rose for a while now, see? I’ve got the body done, and I’m purty near done with the first sleeve.
But there’s something I haven’t mentioned: I hate this yarn. Hate it, hate it, hate it.
(Did I mention I hate it?)
The yarn is Louet Sales Gems Pearl merino fingering. It knits up beautifully into an extremely pleasing fabric. So why do I hate it?
Because of this:
What you see pictured there is this @*$#&% yarn twisting on itself. It does this constantly. Con-stant-ly. And always right up near the needle, making it extraordinarily difficult to wrap yarn around needle.
I started out knitting directly from the cone (I bought the yarn on 1/2 pound cones) and it was immediately twist-o-rama. So I wound some of the yarn off the cone into a ball on my ball-winder. Twist-o-rama. So I skeined some of the yarn on my swift. When I held up the skein, no twisting. Cool, I thought. It just wants to be skeined before winding it into a ball. I wound it into a ball. Twist-o-rama.
I’m starting to get peeved, here.
I skeined some of the frigging yarn, washed it, and hung it to dry. Wound it into a ball. Twist-o-rama-lama-ding-dong.
Can you see why it’s taking me so long to knit Rose with this stupid yarn? I have many many times resisted the temptation to throw it against the wall, on the floor, or on the tracks in the path of a train. I have thought evil thoughts about it. I have wept in despair. I have hatred and loathing in my heart. I have one stinking sleeve and one stinking neckband left to knit, then this whole horrible experience will be over.
Okay. I feel better now.