Sunday, November 19, 2006

Laughing in the face of adversity

For the last two weeks I have been working on a “project”. It was a design I could picture perfectly in my head: Top down, slightly boatneck, lace detail at the top, closely fitted body, widening to an A line, with lace detail repeated. Three-quarter sleeves, ending with the lace.

In a nutshell, I couldn’t make it work – at least not as well as I wanted it too. To be fair, the body worked well – probably the most flattering item I have knit if judged on the shaping alone. But it just wasn’t quite right. The problems were with the sleeves. With the double knit yarn I was using, for some reason the weight of the sleeves seemed to drag on the neckline, pulling the garment off my shoulders. I couldn’t stand wearing something I constantly needed to hitch up to cover my bra straps. So, the whole thing has been frogged, and the yarn will become something else. Someone else’s design, while I try to learn more. I have absolutely no desire to be a knitwear designer, but I love the thought of knitting something specifically for my body.

Oh well, it was a start, and a good learning process.

Yesterday, Eddie asked me out of the blue if I would knit him a scarf. So I let him choose any yarn he liked from my stash. *Sigh* he chose the Jaeger Natural Fleece in a black & white fleck I had earmarked for a sweater. Well, I love my man, so the Jaeger Natural Fleece it is. Lucky it’s a chunky knit, and even I can’t make a balls up of a 2 x 2 rib.

Since my last posting autumn has definitely arrived. The trees have turned, and on a beautifully sunny day like today the colours zing. The creeper that grows along the back wall of the house is laden with berries.

I wonder if this means we are in for a hard winter?

Only 38 days to Christmas, and so far this year I have no plans for any Christmas knitting. Last year I knitted scarves for my two younger nephews and my brother, and a beautiful silk Clapotis for my sister in law, but this year I haven’t been inspired to knit for my relatives. Maybe it’s because Christmas this year will, for us, be superseded by our next trip to France – booked for 7th January – which we are looking forward to so much more, as it will be our first proper house-hunting trip. We’ll be busy between now and then scouring the web for properties that might be suitable, and trying to get viewings arranged. Exciting times.


Blogger cpurl17 said...

Sorry to hear about your sweater design woes--I bet it would have been very pretty!

I'm not knitting for Christmas either--except one pair of socks for my Dad. Maybe a pair for my mother if I have time...

1:13 am  
Anonymous Caroline M said...

It's harder than it looks, this pattern designinglark. I made a simple sweatshirt for my husband and it had the same droopy shoulders problem as your sweater. The sleeves are (wait for it) 8" too long. I will sort it, someday.

3:07 pm  
Anonymous cathy said...

I sympathize with your sweater woes. The scarf sounds like just the relaxing knit you need.

I'm only doing two Christmas knits--both hats. One is for my brother (who's the only family member who appreciates my knitting) and one is for whichever cousin I get in the swap.

3:08 pm  
Blogger cccavicch said...

I'm still finishing up last year's Christmas gifts! No new Christmas knitting for me.

Sorry the sweater didn't work out; good luck with the next try.


6:42 pm  
Blogger PURLPOWER said...

I've said 'no' to christmas knitting this year for the first time since I started knitting 3 years ago and it feels great! I may never subject myself to the midnight christmas eve knitting ritual ever again. Stick with me kid and say no to christmas knitting!

3:23 pm  
Blogger Kira said...

I think that its great that you tried to design & knit something for yourself, even if it didn't work... I have the wish to do it, but just never quite get round to it.

Every time I go out and drive near us, I wish that I had remembered my camera. We have silver birch woods all around, and the colours are truely amazing.

I wasn't going to do Christmas knitting, but then my Mum asked for a scarf, and my Dad really needs another pair of my socks, so I can't say no really...

8:12 pm  

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