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I completed the first of my masochistic knitting projects.¬† Setzer by Brooklyn Tweed in the flannel colorway. It’s a cowl and worked in the round with short rows.

setzer cowl brooklyn tweed shelter yarn

I liked the lines of this cowl and was intrigued with doing short rows in the round. Basically anything with short rows interests me but doing it in the round would surly add to the masochistic nature of the project. And it did: wonderfully.

I ripped back a total of three times. Continually getting turned around on the second set of short rows. As I always tell myself in these circumstances: “Read the instructions carefully.” Don’t just read them and plug in your assumptions of what they are not specifically saying. Read and follow what is written and that which is not written will become clear¬†at some point before madness strikes. It usually works out fine.

I would definitely make another one of these only I’d alter it to sit closer to the neck and allowed to be pulled over the nose and mouth if needed.

Up on the needles now are the “infernal” socks. These have been being knitted for years and are truly masochistic knitting. They don’t have short rows but the pattern of lace roses is quite the challenge. I’ve already changed the ssk to skp, and altered the way I knit the purl stitch that immediately follows the yarn over in two rows. Which means on the following rows I need to remember I did a different kind of purl stitch and need to reseat the yos all the while counting decreases and remembering what row I am on. In short, they are not mindless knitting. I have never used a life line for a sock but for this one it is a must. I couldn’t bear having to rip them back and begin again. That would be padded cell time for me.

As if all this is not enough knitting pressure I have spun and set the twist on the yarn for the knitted dress that is as small as a match stick. I am ordering the size US 000000 needles today. They are not much thicker than a sewing needle. It should be interesting.

On the spinning front I have some corriedale I want to spin into sock yarn (LOL). The difference between merino fiber and corriedale is the same as soft fluff and iron. I will be trying to figure out how to handle the corriedale and then give it a go on my spindle. In the meantime I have developed a slight hankering for a spinning wheel. Who knew a spinning wheel could cost the same as a down payment on a house? Further there is a long list of maintenance that needs to be done on a wheel where as my spindle I just pick up and twirl. I must stop eyeing spinning wheels on the computer, though one by Schacht has caught my eye. I am now going to wrestle with the corriedale.

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And so it snowed. We received 7 inches (18 cm) last night into this morning. I am a snow lover so I don’t mind at all that our first snow fall was this early. Today it is melting.

Since the weather is this chilly, I thought it might be a good time to explain the references I’ve made to my haircut. I razored the back and the sides, leaving just a small very short amount on top. I did this for a number of reasons, not the least of which are the hot flashes I get from my breast cancer medication. The hot flashes are the worse right where I shaved off most of my hair. It does help not having a lot of hair in that area of my head. I also did it because I am tired of good hair days and bad hair days and having to spend time drying and styling it. I wanted to be free of all that. Finally, at 62, I feel the freedom and the power that comes from wearing what I want and not being dictated to by fashion magazines.

Because I am the shy type (painfully so), the pictures of my hair cut are not my face. The two pictures represent what my hair looks like as I had my stylist put together a detail from each picture.

The back and sides of my head look like this picture.

hair cut 2

Yes, shaved very close like that.

The top of my head looks like this:

haircut 1

Basically the cut is wash and wear. It’s cut so that it falls right into place. But because a good portion of the head is shaved, I do need to wear hats in the colder weather. So I added to my hat collection.

The recent hat I just finished knitting is called Shear by Brooklyn Tweed knit in Arbor colorway Sashiko.

shear hat brooklyn tweed knit hat

It was a fun hat to knit and I am enjoying wearing it. Arbor is Targhee wool, not neck soft, but I really like it for this hat. The pattern and suggested wool go together perfectly.

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A new project is on my needles. Rock Island Shawl by Brooklyn Tweed.

rock island shawl brooklyn tweed

I’ve admired it for a long time. My knitting skills are getting a real workout and I am not even beyond the 12 stitch edging. I found Madelinetosh Prairie Yarn in the Medieval colorway and decided to go for it. The shawl is a long-term project. Very long-term.

I cast on about three days ago and I’ve managed to complete only 10 of the 71 repeats of the 8 row pattern. That means I have 488 more rows of edging to knit. One would think 12 stitches per row wouldn’t be difficult to whip off the needles. In fact, when I first looked at the edging chart I thought no problem. Lace making takes place on both sides just remember to reverse the decreases, yadda, yadda, yadda. I forgot the knitting gods don’t like hubris. They really, really, really don’t like it.

To make my arrogance complete, I decided I wouldn’t work with a life line. I mean a life line for 12 stitches? I completely blew past the reality that this was complicated lace making. Thus, dear fellow knitters and crafters, I paid and paid well. How badly did I mess this up? Let’s count the ways.

Forgotten yarn overs.

Forgotten decreases.

Knitting the first stitch of a RS row as if it were a WS row.

Knitting the first stitch of a WS row as if it were a RS row.

Knitting the wrong row.

Knitting the wrong row.

Knitting the wrong row.

Mixing up the decreases. Using k2tog when it called for ssk.

Mixing up the decreases. Using ssk when it called for k2tog.

Talking while knitting a row. The result wasn’t even close to the pattern.

Moving my attention from knitting to Yarn Rascal. A disaster all around.

Suddenly putting down the knitting in the middle of a row for any crises imaginable, picking it back up hours later and knitting the wrong row ending.

Thinking it was possible to tink back a row and get it right working in lace weight yarn.

I could go on, but why torture myself? Suffice it to say, I am now working with a life line. It hasn’t stopped the ripping back, but it has contained it from going all the way back to the start every time I make a mistake. I no longer speak while knitting. I no longer respond to crises. Nothing interrupts me until I get to the end of a row and check that sucker off my little counting sheet. This is why I knit ladies and gentlemen: it’s so darn relaxing.

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