Simply Brilli[g]ant!

Last October I started out on a project. Over in the Three Waters Farm Ravelry Group, we held a designer based spinalong + knitalong dedicated to the work of Nim Teasedale. She’s a brilliant designer and just a very awesome human being in general so it was a real treat to participate. I picked her design, named Brillig, and two braids BFL + Silk Three Waters Farm fibers, African Sunset and Iron Blue, which I spun into two chain-plied fingering weight skeins.

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And I started knitting…

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And I kept knitting despite this nagging feeling…

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Something wasn’t quite right with the edge. Finally I couldn’t take it, so I went back and read the instructions more carefully and realized that when slipping a stitch on the saw-tooth edge I was holding my yarn in the wrong spot.  Note to self: when your gut tells you something isn’t quite right, something probably isn’t and you should dig deeper, preferably before you spend a month knitting on and questioning a project.

So about a month later, I found myself here…

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Starting over. Sure, I could have just kept going doing it the wrong way so it was all the same or I could have left what I had and worked it correctly going forward. There was a fair bit of soul-searching involved in this choice. At the end of the day, though, having spent that much time spinning the yarn and as much as I loved the color combination, I just had to rip it out and do it right.

So frog it I did.

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Ribbit! Or shall I say, “Rip-it!

Thankfully, once I make this kind of choice in my craft, there’s not a lot of post-decision hand-wringing. As the motto of Wisconsin dictates, I just move “Forward.”

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And forward I did go, with so much relief and happiness in the improved edge. Totally worth it, totally the right call.

I got it re-started and then the the SAL + KAL ended and I lost momentum. I worked on some holiday gifts, spun a lot of yarn, picked up my Find Your Fade and finished that, made a couple pair of mittens, and then I came back to my Brillig.

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It’s a pattern I really enjoyed, so it was easy to come back to. Somewhere in the knitting it became evident that I was going to run out the Iron Blue I needed…

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Because this saga was not dramatic enough yet, I suppose. In any case, I managed to pick up an extra 4oz of the fiber that I needed and I got right to it.

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I didn’t mind the extra spinning. I love this colorway.

Meanwhile I kept knitting toward the end…

 

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I finished up the spinning and came to the end of the first skein of Iron Blue…

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And in a few short days, I was done.

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I adore the color combination.

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And I think the whole shawl is just so elegant.

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Totally worth the extended hours put into it — the spinning, the knitting, the ripping, the knitting, the extra spinning, the knitting — just 100% worth it. It is simply Brilli[g]ant!

 

 

Prescription: Knitting (and a lot of other healthy things)

A week ago the mister & I both started to come down with a cold. He had a big week at work and did not have the luxury of letting it take him down, so I’m still not sure if I wound up more sick or he just held it together a lot better than I did, but I was not at all well. I even spent most of Tuesday in bed — something I quite literally cannot remember the last time I did. The rest of the week, I barely left the house save for a short daily walk. I’m happy to report that today I’m feeling much better save for a lingering cough that I am taking all measures to combat, but ugh… what a week!

The silver lining of being sick is that when I wasn’t accidentally asleep (which happened a fair bit), doing the things that needed to get done around here, or just too head-cold-y (UGH) to have my wits about me, I was able to get some knitting and a tiny bit of spinning done.  Today is the first real sunny day we’ve had since I finished a couple things, so the FOs I have are having their spa day. I do have a bundle of WIPs that I’ve started up though and I thought I’d share those with you.

I mentioned it in an installment of Today on your needles…, but I started a knitted toy cat. And this is how far I am as of this moment…

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You probably all remember I’m not super keen on knitting toys, but it’s pink, so you can probably guess which soon-to-be birthday girl I’m knitting this for. Inspired by Rachel at Dyeabolical’s Parlor Cat project and using her SW Worsted Merino dyed in the colorway named Freedom, Beauty, Truth, and Love, it’s been going all right. I ran into a little snafu with the pattern a couple nights ago and have been banging my head unsuccessfully against a wall since, but I woke up today determined to draw a little picture and get things sorted out properly. I did just that and am confident today I’ll start moving forward again. I’m 85% sure I’m just interpreting something wrong because I’m not using DPNs and the cold has left me a little impatient. That, or I’m being too fussy about how something is centered. Either way, I have a plan and hope to be moving past the sticky part soon which is good because the birthday is coming up and I think this will be super cute.

Next, I started my Brillig for the NimbleNim SAL+KAL in the Three Waters Farm Ravelry group. I started working on it…

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And then I kind of had some issues putting it down…

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It’s a really fun knit. And it’s the kind of knit that is pretty easy to learn and just potato chip knit through a movie. As you can imagine, in my current state, that is a pretty great fit!

One WIP this week met an untimely end…

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You’ll remember this image from last week. Yes, this incarnation of the Rainbow Warrior has officially been scrapped. I so wanted to love this combination, but I finally came to terms with the fact that I just was not feelin’ it. I have another combination in mind, but I just need a little time to let this one go and let the new idea simmer for a while.

I also accepted and received a new yarn for review last week.

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This Shepherd’s Lamb Rambouilllet is from the mountains of Northern New Mexico and I couldn’t resist the opportunity to get this new-to-me American wool on my needles. I wound it over the weekend…

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And I’m looking at knitting it up into an End of Summer hat for my daughter. It’ll hop on my needles as soon as the cat is finished. I can’t wait to tell you more about it.

And I think that’s it, my friends! I have to admit, I am a grouch when I’m sick and for that, well, let’s just all take a moment to feel bad for my family (sorry everyone, especially Mr Knitting Sarah!). At the same time though, I think it was good to be forced to slow down for a bit. It felt good to put my feet up and settle into a couple new knitting projects, even if my nose was running, my head was full, and my throat was raw from coughing. I’m going to slowly start picking up the pace again this week, but I’ve not forgotten the two months it took me last year to tackle a nasty cough, largely because I spent the first 6weeks ignoring that I was sick. This time around, I’m going with a prescription of more knitting with my feet up, lots of vitamin C & eating well, continued rest, and some fresh air & light exercise. That should fix me right up, even if it’s at a ‘slowly, but surely’ pace I’m hopeful that it’ll continue to heal me up and kick this illness to the curb a little faster than the last time. That’s my plan and I’m sticking to it!