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Llama llama ding-dong
Assorted recent dispatches from the yarn mines:

• I went to pack my current sock project into my knitting bag and the baggie containing same was nowhere to be found; after an exhaustive search of all yarn-bearing surfaces in this not-very-large apartment, I have been forced to the conclusion that the hapless ball of yarn plunged to its death from my nightstand into the wastebasket below, taking my nearly-new set of #4's with it, and was subsequently emptied into the main trash by Mum in one of her periodic fits of tidying. Moral of story, always inspect wastebaskets before taking them out, I suppose. Now without sock needles until I can get to a shop that carries bamboo #4 DPN's from Clover -- will check at Arcadia on Sunday, but I seem to recall them only having Crystal Palace bamboo DPN's, which warp too readily for my taste in that size (the deceased needles, in fact, were Clover replacements for a Crystal Palace set which I had managed to wreck in a matter of weeks). All in all it's a good thing I'm not having to explain any of this to an accountant.

• Finally arrived at the end of the Mysteriously Oversized Ball of Yarn, halfway through the 7th wedge of 5, as it turned out (the core of the ball wasn't wound quite as tightly as I'd been estimating), and decided to rip out the spurious section in favor of putting on an edging across the diameter instead. (And then took a break to scrub the bathtub, because two hours of frogging mohair with a safety-pin suddenly made that chore seem not quite so bad all of a sudden.) After much swatching in waste acrylic I managed to arrive at a crosswise version of the sawtooth pattern around the curved edge, and the result is quite handsome, although if I had it to do over again I'd have used a provisional cast-on for the initial radius-edge instead of picking-up afterwards -- still, I remind myself that I would never have known at that stage how much yarn would be left over, so I'm trying to tell my inner perfectionist "good enough job done, you'll know better on the next one". I had some twenty-odd yards still left over after finishing the edging, so I made a pair of twisted cords for a cape-style tie for the shawl. The whole thing is now sitting in a baggie on the knitting table (...and not over the wastebasket!), waiting for someone to eventually give in and do the dishes so I can rinse it out in the kitchen sink and block it.

• The mohair shawl is, to put it politely, a bit loud for everyday wear (I call it the "sherbet tulip"), so when the wicked people at KnitPicks sent a print catalog, I decided to order a more subdued color of their "alpaca cloud" yarn to make the "irish diamond" shawl I've been wanting to try for a good while now. 2200 yards and an appropriate needle (yes, 2200 yards of 100% alpaca yarn and I still had to get a needle to bump my order up to the $30/free-shipping offer!) arrived on Friday, the eighth day after I put in the order, in a plastic envelope that Psycho Mailman somehow managed to stuff into our box along with the rest of the day's mail (lest you think I'm complaining, this is actually a better arrangement than shipping in a box, which Psycho Mailman would inevitably end up sending us over to the PO to pick up). Moss is more of a greenish-gray than the grayish-green depicted in the photos, but this is the quibble of an artist's daughter, and it's still well within the exceedingly narrow range of drab colors that suit me (for those of you playing the local version of the game, it's much the same sort of color as that shabby green sweater I keep turning up to MeetUps in -- which may not exactly "suit" me either, but at least it doesn't make me look dead). So far, having made a start on the project that night while I was rushing to watch the rest of the DVDs that had to go back to the library on Saturday (Heavenly Creatures and parts 10-12 of I, Claudius), my initial impression is that as I'm getting used to the extreme fineness of the laceweight yarn I'm liking the results, although none of the reviews of "alpaca cloud" I've seen have mentioned the regrettable scent of llama that the yarn gives off, especially as the knitting hands get hot and sweaty. (I may, of course, be the only human on the planet who would notice a thing like the smell of a yarn.) One does hope that blocking will rinse more of that out; meanwhile I am having to be very careful of this yarn around Snip, who seems to think that there's still a llama attached to it somewhere and won't leave it alone.

• Medium-sized mammals aside, once the "alpaca cloud" project is done I'm thinking of trying KnitPicks' alpaca/silk blend "shimmer" to make an improved version of the mohair half-circle shawl, with the edging planned from the beginning. But that depends, of course, on whether the current barrage of photos of Saddam Hussein in his underpants doesn't drive me to spork out my eyes first...

Current DVDs: Gangs of New York, the Ladykillers, Minority Report, and the last part of I, Claudius. (Alas, the library doesn't have Lost in Translation yet.) Not sure whether to start in on "Brother Cadfael" or the eleventyjillion discs of Upstairs, Downstairs after I, Claudius, either one would keep me occupied till fall at a disc a week.

feeling: sleepy sleepy

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unhipster From: unhipster Date: May 22nd, 2005 10:32 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
llamas = cute
mollpeartree From: mollpeartree Date: May 23rd, 2005 01:28 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
1. You know, I was positive that I'd lost a full set of wooden dps and two big balls of wool and a half-completed mitten when some guests returned it to me on New Year's Eve (I'd left it at their house before) in the kitchen, where I thought it must have ended up going out with all the other assorted post-party trash in plastic grocery bags, but several months later it turned out I'd put it in a closet upstairs at some point, which I have absolutly no memory of doing. So does your mum sometimes put things away in odd places during her fits of tidying?

2. I have noticed sometimes that even regular wool smells kind of rank; usually Brown Sheep yarn for some reason.

3. I read some tip somewhere that it's easier to rip out mohair if you spray it with hairspray first. But I think I saw that tip on the internet, so it's just as likely that doing so would lock it into place forever. Test on a guage swatch before trying it for real, I guess?
robling_t From: robling_t Date: May 24th, 2005 02:16 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
So does your mum sometimes put things away in odd places during her fits of tidying?

Frequently, but this time she swears that she never saw it. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it might yet turn up in the car or something, but I'm going to buy another set of needles anyway...
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