Yupperdoodles, there are currently no socks on the needles and it feels kinda weird!
It’s all silk, all the time!
Last night I took my lovely green silk and cast on for the Branching Out scarf that appeared in Knitty a while back.
I did 4 pattern repeats on the commute this morning and when I got to the office, ripped it out. I love the Branching Out pattern, but it was not right for this yarn. The yarn is too soft and drapey — the leaves looked wilted!
So I ripped the whole thing out and started over, doing a very simple lace pattern.
Cast on 26 stitches.
Pattern: (k2, yo, p2tog) repeat until the last 2 stitches, k2
Do that on every row and this is what you get:
I’m working this on a US 8 (5mm needle) and I’m very pleased with the results. It certainly ain’t rocket science lace, but I think it suits the yarn beautifully. And as it is commuter knitting, it doesn’t need to be rocket science!
Of course, my at-home project isn’t exactly rocket science either.
But it is fun, so I’m happy. I’ve still got a healthy chunk of knitting ahead of me, but I’m really hoping I’ll have this completed by early next week.
Do you have a fool-proof method for joining balls? I’ve knit with an alpaca/silk blend that I was able to splice but I’ve yet to knit with 100% silk.
What I am doing on the Handsome Triangle is holding the new yarn with the old and knitting with both strands for several stitches before dropping the old yarn. After blocking, I’ll trim the ends I’ve left hanging.
Because the yarn is fairly lightweight, this works well. This is how I usually join in new yarn for lace. I’m not a fan of splicing, particularly because I am such an aggressive blocker (grrrrrrr!) — I would trust the splice to hold through the blocking.
All this week I’ve noticed a peculiar aroma in the office. (Insert ominous music here.) When I went into work this morning, the stink was overwhelming. A coworker and I did some investigating and found it was coming from the a/c unit in my office. Charming, no? I called building maintenance and the head guy came up and agreed with me — in fact, he sorta recoiled when he approached the a/c unit. He agreed with our assessment that there was SOMETHING VERY DEAD IN THERE. He said building engineers would be coming up within the hour and taking the unit apart. Ew! Ew! Ew! Engineers had not shown up as of 12:30pm, so I left the office because I am not a fan of the huge stink and it was making me feel rather ill.
My next-door coworker phoned me a little while ago to tell me the engineers had finally arrived. Apparently there was not a decomposing body in the a/c, rather the insulation material inside the unit was completely rotted and disgusting and reeking. And we’ve been breathing in particles of that for several months. No wonder we’ve both had ongoing respiratory problems since we moved back into this office. I’m not sure that I wouldn’t prefer a dead rat — at least it’s organic. But anyway, say it with me:
This week it’s not a mystery, but a work of Chick Lit: Knitting Under the Influence by Claire LaZebnik.
L-B bought this copy, read it, and sent it on to me to read and give away when I was done. This was a thoroughly enjoyable read. It was great fun and lighthearted, but at the same time had some serious undertones. The characters were quite likeable and I felt pleased and satisfied with the somewhat predictable ending. War and Peace it ain’t, but it was a sweet story and heaps of fun. That adds up to perfect summer reading in my book.
Want it? Send an email to blogcontestATcomcastDOTnet before noon Eastern time on Sunday June 17, and I’ll use the random number generator to pick a recipient.
“I will not divulge the secrets of the sock yarn stash, no matter how tempting the bribe!”