Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Hello!


Firstly, so many thanks to all of you for your comments, and for checking in to see if we're okay. Sorry I've left it so long to provide conclusive proof that I'm still alive, but alive we are, and well. Yippee! Whilst in the midst of the Ailments, it was nice to know you were there.

But now, I am back. I have been knitting and finished the Dove Shawl. You may remember the ginger beard. This is the sparkly red version I started at the same time. The yarn is Kidsilk Night and I would never again use it for any kind of shawl, or other garment requiring any drape at all, as it feels somewhat stiff and slightly rough, especially when compared to the Kidsilk Haze, which feels just as soft as a little lamb, AND drapes nicely. The red shawl took me just over two weeks and I was quite seriously considering ripping it to pieces right until the end. Obviously I didn't, but I'm really not sure it was the right decision. Okay, I love the little pockets made by the pattern (it only needs light blocking - you don't want to make it look flat), and I really like the stitch itself, and the colour of the yarn, but knitting this has made me realise I don't like triangular shawls nearly as much as I like rectangular ones; the pointy bit at the back hangs down too far to look nice, and has no practical use to compensate for this. I don't like any of the pointy bits, actually; they get in the way, and the shape just isn't cosy enough. In other words, a triangle doesn't cover me up enough on a chilly sofa. It would if it was HUGE, but then the useless pointy bits would be even huger. No thanks. Also, due to the slight stiffness of the yarn, the shawl tends not to drape securely over my shoulders, so I find it pinging off when doing, say, the washing up or whatever. By the way, the shawl does look really crumpled and creased in the photo. This is because our cat, Spooky, has taken to cosying-up in the bottom of my wardrobe, and in particular, on my knitted shawls. Needless to say, he has been severely, um, glared at, AND shut out of the wardrobe. The culprit:


Because of this bad vibe, a couple of weeks ago I completely frogged the "ginger" one (a few evenings' work into thin air) and BOY it felt liberating. The hours spent knitting it were not wasted, as I enjoyed the knitting for its own sake, and also learnt something: don't flog a dead horse. I know that the shawl would have felt much nicer knitted in the non-sparkly stuff, but, like I said....no triangular shawls for me. Not practical. This is why I am now knitting another Edwardian Lace Stole with the "ginger" (I shall refer to the colour as "swish" from now on, as that's what it is called). Aaah, the ELS. Now, that is a stole you can really cosy-up in. Despite being all floaty and as light and seemingly insubstantial as a cobweb, this stole keeps me seriously warm, and it's nice and LARGE and a good shape (rectangular). Plus, the precise geometric shapes could have me inspecting the stitches for hours, in wonder. I will always love my ELS and would recommend the pattern to anyone.

I have also knitted various socks, but that's another post.

Cripes, no wonder I have to get in the right mood before posting on this blog. It's because it seems to take up so much time....but it's just hit me that it's only because I talk so much. Others seem to manage a concise few words sometimes, but I can't get the knack.

28 comments:

  1. I think the red shawl is fab. I know what you mean about wrapping up so much better in a stole, but there's something just ornamental about pointy lacy butterfly-wing shawls :-)

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  2. glad to see you are back and knitting away- very beautifully I might add. I love the red number. I am yet to lace with KSH. sounds lovely.

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  3. Crumpled is exactly right - I was just going to say how much I like the crumpled look, and hope you won't block it right away - and of course, you won't. Thanks for the warning re KSN - I'll stick with KSH, dream stuff I reckon.

    I'm with you on the pointy shawl thing - happy with rectangular - or rhomboid - or... NOT triangular! (Or circular??? Hmm, not sure. Will have to develop an opinion!)

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  4. Well, there's a lot you don't like about the shawl but it looks great anyway so that's alright :) I bet you'll find that one day it's just the thing ... just not for sitting on the sofa.

    Spooky looks hilarious in that pic, hehe.

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  5. Wowowowowo - you're back! I'd been thinking quite recently about writing to you to check you're ok, but it seemed a bit presumptious. Especially from someone who posts about once every two months.

    So, I'm really glad you're well, I really love the colour of that shawl and the stitch pattern - I agree entirely with the pointy bits thing. I don't understand why anyone would invent it, unless pointy shawls were originally squares shawls doubled over, and then made all thin and dainty in half. That's just my guess.

    Lucky you, having a cat. I agree with nanatoo - the pic of Spooky made me laugh.

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  6. Firstly so glad that you are all better and great to see you back posting :)
    I love the red shawl and the pattern but I am in total agreement re triangular shawls apart from my Ella's as they do sit right and I find them so easy to wear while doing other tasks.

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  7. I'm glad you don't just use a few words. I love your long posts - you have a really great writing style.

    I prefer rectangular stoles too.

    I'm so glad you are all well. The cat made me laugh too- he just looks so nonchalant and haughty.

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  8. I'm with you on the triangular v. rectangular thing. So many tri patterns are pretty to *knit* but not so good (for me!) to wear!

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  9. I agree on the triangle debate - the exception has to be Ella even if it's not really a triangle but it does have points (well you know what I mean!) Which leads me nicely to the fact that wittering is not uncommon - just look at me! Why else would I have a tag for 'Waffle'! I think of it as one half of a conversation and enjoy reading them so never fear! Good to see you back! FO's are lovely BTW!

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  10. Glad you're back in the land of the blogging and your shawl is very lovely. I would agree with you about the shape though. I've not knit either myself but have purchased both shapes and find rectangular much cosier.

    Spooky is a beauty, my cats mainly ignore my knitting for which I am very grateful!

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  11. Oh, such a great shawl. Great to hear that you're doing fine!

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  12. The red shawl looks beautiful, but I've never understood the pointy bit either *shakes head*

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  13. As much as I adore the colour of your yarn, I must admit that triangular shawls are not my thing, either (tried one and I'm not happy with how it drapes). "Ella" shape is the best! *^v^*

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  14. It is so lovely to see you back Alice and very interesting to read your comments on the KSN, guess I won't go there then. I had a bad experience with the one rectangular shawl I knitted (dog destroyed immediately after I unblocked it, very traumatic) but I do need one, I think I might try something like the ELS.

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  15. How beautiful that is. I'm sorry you don't like the shape though. I rather like the pointy bits on triangular scarves, but I agree they are not very practical.
    Our cats must be related. Not only does mine take up residence on everything woolly but looks just like yours.

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  16. I will reserve judgement on the triangle v oblong debate. My first shawl is the Cherry Leaf triangle number from VLT and awaits a border -I am sure the instructions will make sense soon but it my travel worn state last night....no, not really!!!!! Your red shawl is great anyway.

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  17. Somehow I missed this post, but want to say welcome back, and I hope you are all feeling much better!

    I agree that stoles are much better for keeping out the chill, though this red shawl is absolutely lovely. :)

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  18. Totally agree about triangular shawls - I'm so prejudiced against them that I have never even dreamed of knitting one :)

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  19. Cherry, sorry, I can't find your e-mail address, so I hope you see this.

    Thanks for asking after me (I really appreciate it) - we are all fine and happy. I just haven't really made time to knit OR blog. But I'm still here and will get back to it sooner or later.

    I hope you are well, too.
    xxxx

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  20. long time no posts. hope you are well!

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  21. Hi Alice , just popped in to see if all is well with you :)
    Do hope so and its just a case that your life is much more full and exciting than sitting down to bloggong like moi
    Thinking of you sweet Alice
    Love
    Anne xx

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  22. Another one just checking in on you. Like Anne I hope you are just busy doing more exciting things instead :)

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  23. Sis, I didn't realise you were maintaining your own blog and scaring (what difference one 'r' makes) the nation, too.

    Some of the pics you've published within these very pages are very scary indeed.

    Must delve deeper!

    xxx

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  24. Funny that Anne should check in here today too! Hope things at the Princess' castle are well!

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