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I See You Rolling – I Be Hating

25 Feb

I’m knitting this cool colorwork cowl called Nevermore (a Ravelry link).

The yarns I’m using are simply gorgeous, if I do say so myself. They’re Heritage from Cascade Yarns and Trekking Hand Art Flamé from Zitron – both from the most Preciousssss layer of my stash. They just feel so nice together, and both are a joy to work with. *sigh*

But the cowl rolls like nobody’s business. It’s like the crocodile death-roll: highly undesirable. There were rows of garter stitch and then there were rows of ribbing and it still rolls. Wah. I’m knitting this thing, and it’s got about 200 stitches or some such, and I’m using 2,5 mm needles… After all that work, I want to hear nothing about rolling stockinette stitch. And rolling doesn’t block away – the rational part of my brain knows that.

But I’ll still probably keep going because I can’t face ripping back now. Not now when it’s just started to get interesting.

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Good Day

12 Jan

Wrapped in a blanket and some lovely woollen garments, I’m incredibly comfy in my mom’s home, while outside this (i.e. winter) is going on.

I’m enjoying the last two Christmas gifts I got yesterday. Mom gave  me Stephanie Pearl-McPhee’s newest, All Wound Up. The book is very different from what I expected, with less giggles and laugh-out-loud moments. I suppose the name should’ve been a hint. It’s more annoyed and sombre than the last book of her’s I read (Knitting Rules!)

Mom got me the hardcover version which was a nice surprise. It’s properly bound, too, and beautiful, and smells wonderful and feels good to the touch. This one’s an enjoyment for all the senses… although, ok, fine, I haven’t tasted it.

So I’m reading about knitting, and all the while I’m feeling kind of antsy because I want to knit at the same time! That’s actually pretty hard to do. Unless I had some kind of contraption for holding up the book…

I don’t have a lot to go at all, until: new sweater!

The second Christmas gift I got yesterday? Ever since I found out about the existence of ball winders, I have needed one. The SO decided to fulfill that need this Christmas, and yesterday, it was finally delivered. It’s the Royal ballwinder, made in Japan. At first it seemed kind of flimsy and plasticky, but all doubt was quickly erased.

I tried it immediately, by winding a hank of Trekking Hand Art Flamé from Zitron.

What can I say? It’s perfect. I squealed with joy all the way through – as in, through the whole 5 minutes it took to ball a 100 g hank of yarn. 5 minutes instead of the hour it takes me to do this by hand. And the resulting cake is perfect. Not too tight to put strain on the yarn – not too loose to not hold its shape. Good tools make all the difference 🙂

I’m very content today. I’ll make a cup of coffee now and get back to my book.

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