All Hail the Mighty Conqueror!


The lacy cobweb scarf is done!  It was chugging along nicely but then disaster hit.  Despite being 99% sure that I bought three balls of the Kid Silk Haze, I obviously hadn’t as I ran out with one short side of trim to go.

Admittedly I bought this yarn about four years ago. Admittedly I had frogged it from a less than successful snood (and if anyone has ever frogged mohair then they can understand why I chucked most of the cast on edge in the bin rather than face hours of horror). Admittedly I should have weighed it before starting.


For anyone that is interested, it takes almost exactly 90 minutes to unthread a row from the bottom up (no exaggeration folks and it did involve quite a lot of swearing).  Strike one was when I started (a bit sensibly) by nipping out the bottom 4 inches – snipping a strand and unthreading it before frogging the start.  I then had to repeat this fiddly unthreading two more times to try to re-cover more yarn.  Each time I got heartbreakingly close to the end…but no joy.

After three goes round this I declared that the party was definitely OVER and elected to sub in yarn to cover the last two triangles.  It was either that or snip it into a thousand pieces, jump up and down on the bits and then torch them in a brazing hearth (I can do that, my workshop classroom is well equipped).

So I washed it, blocked it and it grew an impressive 20cm through careful and targeting stretching.  Job done.


Do note the dodgy colour change in the last corner.  So it is not perfect, but it is finished and it does look glam.  For the moment it is in the naughty corner because I cannot face looking at it (let alone staring at the dodgy corner).



Slow & Sure Wins The Race #LaceKnitting


Talking to KnitWit I was surprised when she commented that she wasn’t very quick at finishing things.  To be honest, neither am I!  But I hide that fact from myself and the world by having a large number of projects on the go at once.  This way I can do a little here and there (guided solely by what I fancy making at the time) and fit the type of knitting to my mood.

To a non-knitter this may seem very haphazard and inefficient, as projects do take a while to finish. If I get a real bug to do that type of making (for example Granny’s Garden), I’ll focus on just that and burn my way through it. But I maintain that my hobby is knitting and not collecting knitted objects.  So as long as I am knitting then I am happy to leave it to a passing whim to choose what I knit.


This whim-led project selection may have its casualties (I have a half-finished shrug at the bottom of the box that has now sat there for two summers), but I am nothing if not persistent.

You might remember my little lament at the end of summer that, despite working hard at it, my cobweb scarf had only finished 70 rows. This sounded impressive until I realised that it was less than a foot long.  Well, after a brief stay in the naughty corner, it has fallen back in favour.


Some of this is helped by the fact that it is an easy lace (stitch markers I love you!). This was an epic 3 times re-start pattern until I broke up the repeats with little hoop rings, which does make it less brain-frizz knitting.  My other stand-by knitting (the red static socks) has also helped things, as they are currently less than enthusing me and my brain has had a real need for the simple.


I would love to declare the scarf finished, but that would be a lie.  Instead I would like to proudly point out that I have now doubled it and I am now on row 130 (of 260).  Yep, I am halfway through this sucker and the idea of it being finished is less of a cruel joke.  Some of this is helped by the fact that I have accepted that this is going to be a long slog and so I have stopped stretching and measuring it.

You will be amazed at how much quicker a project grows when you are actually knitting it….


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