Ironically, the new slipcover for our sofa is green. It’s on order, and should be here any day. How fitting, because Sissy is learning to hop, and I swear I heard Mugsy say “Ribbit” yesterday.
No photos. I didn’t get home until around dusk last night, and it is raining this morning. The baby blankie is done, and I can’t wait to show it to you. The scarf is done too, but I don’t think you need another photo of that.
Devon asked me this morning what was on my needles. Nothing. Sincerely. I have the start of a snuggle for Sissy on the hook, and I have yarns out for three different projects, but all I can do is cast on, knit one or two repeats, and frog.
Seriously. My Fred Yarn needs a special wrap pattern. It has to be big, comfy, and not at all delicate. I thought I’d found that in Cozy, until after well into the second repeat of the lace, I realized it just wasn’t looking anything at all like the photos. Duh? DK and Bulky yarns are rather far apart. I have lots of yarn, but not the THOUSANDS of yards it would take to make the pattern work with Fred’s Yarn. So, I spent several hours organizing my loose patterns and searching Ravelry, and I’m pretty sure I ordered Wrapped in Comfort yesterday. It contains a pattern I believe will be perfect – the Bigfoot Shawl. It’s perfect because it will wrap around me and comfort me, which is what I want, even though Fred was more of a sit on your feet kinda’ guy. It’s perfect because the Knight was known to call his dear boy a big footed sucker (or something like that) as Fred rolled across a bare, human foot.
So, not caring to start a sock at ten o’clock at night, I pulled out my three lush cakes of Ellen Cooper yarn, and cast on for the Omega Wrap, after much measuring and debating over what size I might need. I decided to do a medium, and picked up my #8 bamboo circs (which I’d just purchased to use with the Fred yarn, of course). I have Harmony tips in #10.5, and the pattern calls for #10. Knowing I tend to knit loosely once I cast on, I thought the #8s would be about right.
I’m loving the colors, and the mohair blend isn’t unpleasant to knit with either. In no time, I was into my third repeat, when suddenly, I was overcome with the urge to measure my gauge. (What? It’s never happened to you?)
Pattern calls for 3 stitches per inch. I had a very generous 4. I shoved the whole mess on the table and went to bed. When I got up early this morning, literally with no lights on, I frogged. I knew it had to be done, and I knew it would be easier if I didn’t dwell on it. I’ve come to accept frogging as a part of the process, thanks to lace. It no longer pains me to discard even hours of work. Granted, with lace, that’s more likely and more of a necessity. I’m pretty good at fixing mistakes, even a few rows back, but sometimes with lace, it’s just best to rip.
One of these days, I’m going to rip the start of the wrap for a someone special. I get bored easily, and I’ve since learned that what pattern writers call a four-row repeat is really two patterned rows with rows of pure knitting or purling in between. Plus, I don’t intend for that to be a dainty wrap. Light, but not fragile, and I’m afraid all of that open stuff won’t be practical enough for the intended recipient.
Anyhoo, back to the Omega. (And my little mind hears “The Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.” Indeed begin again.) PLEASE help me. What do I try? Yes, yes, me gonna’ swatch, and not in the 140 actual cast-on stitches as I did last night. Do I use my (sigh, used to love them) metal Knitpicks and try a #10? Being a whole stitch per inch off, dare I try the #10.5 Harmony tips? A whole inch off. It boggles the mind, because I generally do knit rather loosely.