I’m trying to pick a lovely summery colour for the words in this post to match these lovely spring flowers…
Hmmm indeed! That would be a perfectly normal beginning of a post for someone dwelling in the Northern Hemisphere, but down here in the South these spring flowers seem out of place! Strangely, they’re even growing in people’s gardens, so the seasons and rhythms of the Earth truly are changing! Nevertheless, the flowers are beautiful, very cheerful and smell delicious, so I’m not complaining!
So how are you all this weekend?
It has just started to rain and get a bit windy, it’s all dark outside, so it’s nice and cozy in here, KB will be arriving home just as the gluten free vegetarian lasagne finishes cooking, I’ve timed it all to perfection, and then the weekend begins! A big handmade festival is on this weekend in town, and I’m really hoping KB will come with me for a look tomorrow but I’m not holding my breath, the poor woman puts up with a LOT so I never blame her when she puts her foot down… and best not to pressure her because then she might stop taking countless photos of my feet in socks for my blog. A good relationship rule= pick your battles!
So today I wanted to talk about the wonders of lace knitting… but it turns out that I’m going to be talking about “rabbiting” instead! KB calls frogging rabbiting… I wondered why and when she explained that you go “rabbit, rabbit, rabbit” when you rip your knitting out I kind of understood, after all, frogging comes from ribbiting which sounds like rippiting, and theoretically, rabbit is closer to rippit than frog, so rabbiting it is in our household.
I was having an awesome time knitting the Milanese loop cowl, it was coming along amazingly!
And EASY!!! I’ve been a bit nervous about knitting lace again after I knitted the “easy” lace scarf back in March… If you remember, I did not find it so easy! And towards the end, after repeating the same k2tog, yo, k3 blah blah pattern about 500 times, I was still managing to make mistakes! But somewhere between March and now, my knitting skills have improved and something I once found extremely challenging is now a lot more do-able! Another way of knowing it’s not so hard is that I’m not going “shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh” with a mad look when Raymond utters a meow… my poor little family, I truly am a dictator when knitting is involved… It’s amazing how you change when you practice isn’t it? All these hours of knitting socks has paid off in more ways than warm feet!
So back to the cowl which I’m speaking of in past tense, obviously something went wrong…
I got to the halfway mark and remembered that I don’t like using variegated colourways to do textured or patterned knitting or crochet. For some reason, I thought this would be a lot more subtle, but when it was halfway through, I looked at it and didn’t know whether to look at the dancing happy colours or the beautiful lace! So instead of carrying on and wasting lots of time on something I wouldn’t be 100% thrilled with, I rabbited it and it felt good!
So I then began it in charcoal merino, it’s lovely and has been sitting in my stash for an age now, waiting for its moment on the needles! However, it’s 8ply and the pattern calls for worsted, and I underestimated the amount of stitches needed to make this the same size by about 100, so that was rabbited too!
So I then gave up on the Milanese Loop cowl, I need some worsted to knit it, but I’m definitely coming back to it! I’ll have to go on a worsted hunt, a terrible shame that is… meanwhile, I have another cowl on the circulars as I type, and am wondering if anyone wants to have a knit-along? I just discovered I’m not the only New Zealand blogger knitting it right now (!), so would you like to join in with us?
The pattern is HERE a wonderful free pattern by the lovely Julie at Knitted Bliss. I found her blog months ago when clicking on a link from another blog, loved the cowl but forgot how to get back to her blog and everything about the blog except for the wonderful cowl! Luckily I found it and have been eyeing it up for a couple of months now, I bought the stash to make it with, and now it’s time! I’d love you to join in, I may need some help down the line!
Anyway, the lasagne is smelling suspiciously cooked, so I’m off to “cheese” it. Wishing you a beautiful day! I hope you spread some love and find some joy,
Lots of love from Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX