Something terrible happened this weekend. I reached a point on my shawl where I thought it would be a good idea to have the second skein of yarn wound up and ready to go. My new ball winder needs an adjustment, so I took it with me to my local shop to see if I could use their set up until mine is back in good working order. Not very far into the winding the yarn broke. Or we thought it broke. On closer inspection, it looked like the yarn was cut. After severl more cuts we started looking at the skein more closely and found more cut ends. In short, this skein was shredded. It took 3 intrepid knitters 5 hours to get it all untangled and wound up. It was a nightmare because I didn't know precisely how much of that mangled mess I was going to need to finish my shawl, and this yarn is discontinued, so there is no more to be had (I checked). I suspect someone along this skein's journey from manufacturer to me used a box cutter in an irresponsible fashion. This is what it looks like now.
On a much better note, my step-daughter has become a knitter! And not just a knitter, but a knitter of lace. Behold her first finished shawl.
Maia Shoulderette and the yarn is Wollmeise.
Thursday, March 06, 2014
I was sick over the weekend. It wasn't a terrible sick, but the kind where I had no motivation to do anything but sit and knit on something that required almost no thought. By Sunday night I was well on my way to having a sock. Last night we went to see Stephanie Pearl-McPhee on her current book tour and this happened.
That is me and my sock taking a picture of Stephanie and her sock. Not a great picture, but it amuses me. Her talk was funny and touching and it was lovely to see here again, if only from the back of the room. Since my copy of her book is on my kindle, and it was pretty late, and it was a school night, we didn't stay to talk to her or have her sign anything. I did, however, finish the knitting of that sock while she spoke.
This morning I wove in the ends and started the second sock.
The yarn is Alegria by Manos del Uruguay in the Locura fluo colorway, and it is lovely to work with. Aside from the sick, this is a great start to March!