Wednesday, October 10, 2007

KUI

I had every intention of finishing Icarus last night--or at least making a darned good run in that direction. I wound the new yarn (with only one break and a little silent cursing) and executed a masterful Russian join. But then dinner intervened, and with it, a glass of very good Zinfandel. Unfortunately, I have the alcohol tolerance of a flea. A small flea.

I had one glass and was feeling pretty good as I picked up Icarus. I finished row 16 of chart 4 and headed for row 17, and then things got a little fuzzy. I seem to recall giggling a bit as I read the directions out loud to my husband. I'm not sure why. They must have struck me as particularly amusing. I got a few stitches into row 17 before my husband appeared in front of me and, saying, "This is for your own good. Trust me," took my needles away!

Needless to say, no progress was made on Icarus last night.

I do have other knitting to show you, though. More than I should have, considering the Icarus deadline.

This is the Tilted Duster from the cover of the Fall Interweave Knits. I love this pattern. It's so unusual and structurally interesting. But to be honest, it's not a style I'm likely to wear. I don't quite get the whole winter-sweater-with-no-closures concept. So what does a clever knitter do when faced with a pattern she really wants to knit, but will never wear? She chooses a yarn from the stash that she really wants to knit, but knows she will also never wear. In this case, some Louisa Harding Kimono Angora in a color I can only describe as Tangerine Nightmare. I'm not sure what the designer was thinking with this yarn. Obviously, someone thought it was a pretty color combination--maybe a lot of people. I am not one of them. But I bought it online, based on a rather misleading picture, and on clearance, and couldn't return it. And despite the colors, it is a marvelous, supersoft angora, and I love the feel and drape.

The patten calls for a fairly chunky merino, so it will be interesting to see how it turns out in this light, airy angora. If I end up loving it, I might try overdyeing it. I can always use a dark, solid colored, drapey wrap.

This is the start of the Dickinson Pullover, also from the Fall Interweave Knits. (I really love that issue.) This one is stalled, through no fault of its own. I didn't have any yarn in the right gauge for this pattern (really!), so when I saw some Softwist Bulky in a beautiful dark red on Destash, I snapped it up. As soon as it arrived, I cast on for this. The yarn is lovely--rich and drapey with a gorgeous sheen from the rayon that is blended with the wool. But I'm just not sure I like it for this pattern. This is an oversized, weekend-type sweater, and I think it really calls for a softer, more casual yarn. I just happen to have ordered a rather large quantity of Noro Kochoran (wool and angora) in a soft grey/teal blend that I think would be ideal for this pattern. It hasn't arrived yet, but I'm thinking it might be better for this pattern than the dressier Softwist. I'm not that far into this pattern yet, so be honest: what do you think? I can always use the Softwist for a different project, after all.

14 comments:

Sarah said...

I hate to say anything negative about yarn, but yeah -- that angora would benefit from a dye makeover. It looks like it will drape and hang really nicely, though.

Kim said...

Yes, I'd try overdying the yarn too. It is a Tangerine nightmare. That's quite a bit of other knitting when you have that Icarus deadline. It's probably best that you stopped. Knitting & wine can be a deadly combo.

Tammy said...

I think the softwist bulky looks stunning in that cable pattern myself.

I'm glad your husband was aware of the need for a knitting intervention. :)

Melissa said...

that's a GOOD man!

Karen said...

I also think the softwist looks great in that pattern. I really like it.

I was so scared when I started reading your post about Icarus. Phew. Your husband is a smart man!

trek said...

I like the cables extending into the ribbing.

Kristin said...

I really liked the last Interweave issue too. I am a sucker for anything with a cable (though I contract out all my cable knitting to my mom)
When I was learning to knit someone told me you could knit while doing everything except while drinking or wathcing movies with subtitles. It is my #1 knitting rule.

janet said...

I shouldn't be surprised to see how much progress you've made on the "clearance" yarn but I am.
Can I help overdye? How about Black?

Sarah said...

What do you do with all your knits?
Yes it needs a change. How cool is it that you have the power to over-dye. You are like a wizard.

ANd I agree with you. There is no way a "cleanse" goes well with two kids, and four mornings out of the house per week. I think I might fake it.

Angelika said...

You have such an understanding husband that thinks for you in a moment of weakness. I'm glad he saved Icarus from an early demise.

Sharon said...

Once again, I have to give kudos to your husband for having the foresight to take Icarus away like that. The fact that he could see the potential for knitting mistakes puts him lightyears ahead of most knitters' spouses!

I do love that angora yarn--it does seem to be knitting up a bit too flashy for a whole cardigan though. As for the Softwist Bulky, I think it looks beautiful in the cable pattern! That would be a tough call.

uberstrickenfrau said...

I think you oughta stick with the dark red you started with, it seems born to cable and it looks very 'fallish'. And oh Icarus Icarus! What are we gonna do about that bad boy????

The_Add_Knitter said...

Sometimes drinking does take precedence, I must say...

5elementknitr said...

Or you could sell the Softwist Bulky to me so you can go buy the new stuff!

I've been looking for that stuff for the longest and I love that color!