Thanks for all the advice and support on the yarn issue with Ishbel – lots of ideas, and it made me feel better. I felt better until I sat down on Wednesday night to work on it, reached into my knitting basket and pulled it out. I felt better until I felt a tug, and realized that one of the needles had caught on something in the basket, and I had just yanked half of the shawl off the needle. When I looked at it, most of it was ok, but there was a section of about 10 stitches that not only had come off, but had run down as well. I tried to get it all back on the needles – I can save stockinette or a basic pattern usually – but saving lace is something else. And in the end, I was unhappy with how it looked. So I frogged it back to the stockinette. And then I frogged it back a little more..and changed it just a little.
While I was frogging, I thought about the lace pattern – I think it would have been better in a slightly smaller needle. I like a little more definition – so then I started thinking about the rest of the shawl, and realized that I think, for me, I’d like it better if I had used a smaller needle. I used a US 6 for it, and maybe a 5 would have been better. So I frogged the entire thing. I went to Ravelry to check what needles people had used for theirs, and got sidetracked when I saw what yarn they were using – quite a bit used fingering weight yarn. And not just any fingering weight, but Wollmeise. Which I have in the stash because Lorraine is a really nice person, and sold me some. Since I have such total focus and project dedication….of course, I immediately went upstairs, found the Wollmeise and cast on for Ishbel again.
Again, hard to get the exact color – both pictures are in natural light, but the actual yarn is a little darker. I just finished the stockinette part and am ready to start Chart A for the first time. I think this version will be a great little shawl to have in the cold weather, and I think the lace pattern will be more effective in this yarn than the alpaca lace. I really like the colors of the yarn, but I’m not sure I’m loving the base – its soft, but I’m just not sure I like it as much as I do the yarns that have a heavier twisted base. I can’t explain it – I just know I’m not thrilled with the feel of it as I’m knitting with it. I do love the colors of Wollmeise, and I’m waiting for the hype to die down so I can buy more (although it doesn’t really seem to die down, does it?). I’m not a wait online till all hours fighting to get something in my cart kind of yarn buyer. I don’t have the focus for it – I get distracted by other yarn too easily. But I think eventually a new yarn will come along that people will go nuts over, and then the Wollmeise will be easier.
I have to admit to being very crabby right now. I started by being crabby last night – a co-worker made a comment to me that was really mean right as I was leaving for the day, and kicked off my weekend the wrong way. I think I kept the crabbiness going all night with crabby dreams. I hate that! I don’t think it helps that its supposed to rain here today and tomorrow….we’ve had nothing but rain and clouds for the last week (we did have a bit of sun yesterday but I was at work and missed it). And it doesn’t help that our oldest dog is starting to do badly, and its time for us to make the decision I really don’t want to make. The problem with having aging pets is that they all start having problems at the same time, and its been constant for the last couple of months. We’ve known that this day was coming, but now that its here, it is really hard.
OK, I’m going to go before I bum you out completely. I have a busy weekend in front of me – its father’s day here in the US, so I have shopping to do, desserts to make, dinners to plan. Since its going to rain, no golf for Larry but I’m hoping that we can go have some fun anyway. I hope you have a wondeful weekend!