bad news, good news

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Bad news: I did run out of yarn, and only about two rows later - so it’s not worth another photo.

Good news: Kangaroo had another ball in the same dye lot!

I am probably only going to need a few meters of the second ball so I decided to order two and make a second Shedir at some point in the future. I am really enjoying the process of knitting Shedir and there are a few people in my life that I think would be pleased to receive one as a gift. For now I am going to knit Jesse a scarf.

wanted 1 ball of Rowan Calmer, sh474 lot3B5

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Shedir, just after starting the decreases

If I had written this post this morning the title would have been “The suspense is killing me”. But that was when I thought I had a prayer of completing Shedir with just one ball of yarn. Now I am absolutely certain that it is not going to happen. You can see how much yarn I have (or don’t have as the case may be) and there are 25 rows left to knit, sure they get shorter and shorter, but still…

Shedir, yarn shortage

I have called Up Country Yarn, where I bought the first ball and they don’t have any, though they did say I have a good chance of finding a ball as it is apparently quite a recent dyelot number. Since then I have emailed pretty much every UK distributor of Rowan yarns listed on the Rowan website. Hopefully I will find another ball somewhere. If not I guess I will have to rip back and remove the fifth repeat of the pattern before the decreases start. For now I am just going to keep knitting until I run out of yarn.

I have to say I am finding this yarn/pattern combination very soothing. It is so deliciously soft to touch and I can’t rush the knitting, but neither is it dragging or tiresome. Perhaps it helps that I am new enough to cables to find the way it all weaves together quite magical, then again I suspect I may always find cables quite magical

Shedir, just after starting the decreases

how many times can you cast on one hat?

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Sophie has gone to my mother in law’s house for a holiday as she has her fire going twenty four seven at the moment, which offers the best chance of getting Sophie dry in time to gift her on Saturday. I forgot to take a photo before sending her off but she felted quite well. Doubling the yarn for the base didn’t turn out to be be the best of ideas but after two trips through the machine and some serious stretching of the body she is proportional enough not to require cutting the bottom off and reattaching it after trimming some excess.

With Sophie done it was time to cast on for Shedir. Or at least it was time to try. I sat down with The Knitter’s Handbook and a ball of calmer and I tried valiantly to make a Tubular cast on. Then I tried the Channel Islands cast on. Then I tried the Alternate Cable cast on. Then I gave up. I actually got close with the Alternate Cable cast on, but I couldn’t be sure I was putting the new stitches on to the needle in the right direction so I ripped that out too.

This morning I went to The Needle Nook to collect the Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran Tweed I had ordered in Posie for Rogue.

Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran Tweed in Posie

At first I thought they had a fairly small range, but it was just really tightly packed. Amongst other things they had the best range of Debbie Bliss yarn I have seen so far. I am itching to make a pair of socks and there is really no nice sock yarn available locally, this store had the only colour/fiber combination I have seen so far that I could live with, which was a nice chocolate, but I am pining for something a little more feminine. They also had a Debbie Bliss wool cotton in my favourite shade of pink and I nearly bought it on the spot but I just don’t know if it would be appropriate for socks - what do you think? I was immobilised by indecision and got nowhere with the sock yarn choice. But I did buy 4 balls of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran in a nice chocolate brown to make Jesse a scarf (he doesn’t own a single scarf and had to borrow mine when we were in the snow).

Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran in chocloate brown

While I was wondering around the store I overheard the sales assistant talking to an older customer who was sitting near the counter working on her knitting (this is the first time I have seen a customer actually knitting in an Australian yarn store by the way). Just to be clear the customer was the one doing the educating in this conversation. They were discussing cast ons for single rib and I was so excited I had to butt in and ask for a demonstration. I think she was as chuffed to be asked for help as I was to find someone to help me. So pulled out my ball of calmer and she showed both of us the method she had been describing, the Alternate Cable cast on no less. It turns out that I had been doing it pretty much the right way but seeing it in person really gave me confidence. I came home and tried to start Shedir one last time. Success at last!

Shedir cast on

The calmer is oh so lovely running through my fingers. Oddly enough I seem to knit much looser on smaller needles than I do on broomsticks - I never would have guessed. Then again maybe it is just the nature of the calmer.

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