Monday, July 06, 2015
Friday, June 26, 2015
Hello from the rainy and extremely wet, lush and green north. I am not sure just how much rain we have got during the month of June but it is beginning to feel like a lot. Bright and sunny days have been rare. I am not losing my optimism, I am sure hot and sunny weather is just around the corner and these long and somewhat dreary days will be a distant memory.
I have been knitting with circulars for a very long time now but while plowing through those long rows and always having to wiggle out the stitches over the point where the cable meets the needle started to take a toll on me and I changed to long old straight needles. Although getting used to the weight of the cardigan on the long straights took some time, being able to stretch those fairly tight stitches over the needles has been such a delight that I am thinking about returning to the old fashioned straights. I am not sure if my circulars are getting too old and if the small ones - 2,5mm - cannot take all that pulling and pushing and are beginning to show some wear, but after trying out two sets, I calmly set them aside and took out these old grey needles. It is funny to realize all the old maneuvers coming back to me, the ones that have not been in use while knitting with circs.
I have had lots of trouble with this cotton yarn. It splits easily, every time I am not looking I find that I have not caught the whole yarn but just a few plies. I have had the crochet hook nearby to fix at least some of the damaged stitches. It is a bit annoying. Last summer I knitted myself a little tunic with this yarn (ages ago I bought a lot...) and it has held out so well, this is why I am able to take this behavior from these mischievous red skeins again. The bad news is that I have another little batch, beautiful spring green, that I hope to knit at some point. Maybe after I am done with this red yarn.
Thank you for reading and
Wool with you,
(Oh how I would love to say ... "Wool with you even though it is not appropriate today since it is so hot" but I cannot! But soon, I am sure, soon it will be very, very warm, I just know it.)