It's time to get back to the chat-chat thing on knitting. I've been planning out my near-term knitting projects. Ski season means planes. Waiting for planes. Inns with fireplaces and easy chairs. All this points to a need for brain-dead knitting. (Oops. Maybe others refer to it as mindless WIPs. The boundaries between job and not-job sometimes blurs.)
I started a project about which ambivalence reigns. I'm knitting an af****. Just as Cassie can't say the "s" word, I'm having trouble with this one. It's an afgh**. Oh never mind. Here's a picture.
This is a stark lesson as to why I tend to not stash copious quantities of yarn. This looked like a really good idea about 18 months ago. I fall out of love. I've actually found an alpaca yarn that I don't like. The pattern is mildly interesting (strike ONE!). The yarn is hell to tink (strike TWO!). Despite the absence of thought that is necessary to knit this, one must still count. The knitter has to do the right pattern in each repeat. So when I put the cables in the ribs, and the ribs in the cables, tinking becomes an exercise in pulling the yarn out of an as-yet-unnamed dimension. Think kidsilk haze, but thicker. It's not clear to me if that fuzz is part of the yarn, or some unthinkable residue from the unnamed dimension. What else is wrong with this? It is supposed to be my airplane knitting. Didn't I just say I was planning my knitting projects? It's on metal needles. 32". The TSA guidelines clearly state "plastic or wood" and "31 inches or less, circular".
Looks like I'll be working on socks on aeroplanes (stee-rike THREE!). Please tell me why I'm still working on this.
I guess the short answer to that question is because Mr. Etherknitter thinks it will be a nice addition to our family room coziness. Yesterday, he was watching me knit, and asked "what is brushed alpaca?" My fuzzy explanation wasn't satisfying him. He kept peppering me with questions, until I turned to him and gave the 2005 answer: "Just google it, for gawd's sake." He did. We ran into a blog that had us in hysterical tears. It was completely TMI.
Etherknitter: What DID you type into the google search field??
Mr. Etherknitter: "What the hell is brushed alpaca?"
Etherknitter: You aren't kidding, are you? (I checked his Google page and he wasn't kidding.)
We also found this site. You, too, can attend Alpaca University.
I have finished spinning four ounces of Polwarth (blues) and four ounces of Coopworth/alpaca mix (brown). The Coopworth/alpaca is from Dorchester Farms (no web link).
These will be plyed together so that a hat can be transmogrified from my handspun. I bailed on the grey baby alpaca because I could not spin it. That will have to wait for lower stakes, and simple practice. It wasn't working for a project-oriented mindset.
The wheel has Indigo Moon merino/alpaca/silk on the active bobbin. I'll wait til I'm done before I flash that.