Monday, August 07, 2006

Confession Time

I am so excited about the new Rowan book and the slightly cooler weather has me feeling all autumnal which means my thoughts are turning to autumnal knitting, my very favourite sort of knitting. My first "must knit" from the new Rowan is Nakita, it's in my favourite Kidsilk Haze. I have also been meaning to knit Whitney, from RYC, for simply ages, this would be such a useful addition to my wardrobe. I started Electra from 38 last year and have yet to finish but do really, really want to wear it. I love the look of the new tapestry yarn and that felted bag. I really, really want to go yarn shopping. So, what's the hold up? Conscience. It would seem that denim and I are an ill-fated pairing. I started knitting a Debbie Bliss baby blanket in Denim when pregnant with Tilly in 2002. The blanket was moss stitch, my favourite stitch to look at but my least favourite stitch to knit. I dragged it around to ante natal appointments and toddler groups and slowly, very slowly, it grew. Of course once Tilly was born it was completely abandoned, I had a girl, hurrah, finally I could knit in all shades pink. The dark denim was put in the bottom of my stash box and forgotten about. This year my husband began to drop stronger hints about his lack of hand-knitted garments. I was knitting for everyone else it seemed but nothing for him. I pointed out that at 6ft 2" and of a rugby type build it would be rather expensive to knit for him but still he kept muttering. I remembered the blanket. I was never going to finish it and once ripped there would be nearly enough, I purchased a few more balls at a bargain price on Ebay and decided to keep my fingers crossed as regards dye lots. I let him leaf through the Rowan Denim People Book and this is what he chose.

I started in February. I hate this pattern. All these pockets are so fiddly and even with the use of stitch markers it is unbelievable how many times I miss that K2 in the middle of every purl row. I have abandoned the project in favour of other things at every possible opportunity and HIS mutternings have grown. So, when the new Rowan arrived I decided enough was enough, guilt at this project is beginning to keep me awake at night, I will knuckle down and get on with it and in fact this new burst of activity has me past the halfway mark now and I am beginning to feel a little better about it.

But I did just have to quickly cast on for this the other day.....


Anonymous Marjorie said...

That is such a cute carrot. I'll bet it tasted delicious; shape doesn't matter. I long to have my own vegetable garden but my current house has a very small, shady back yard, and house and yard belong to the church where my husband is pastor, so... no garden. There is nothing like the taste of your own fresh veggies, and I think children eat them more readily too, when they have "helped" them to grow.

Monday, August 07, 2006 1:14:00 pm  
Blogger Johanne said...

Is your Colorado like my Mary? I feel your vibes of hate all the way to London!! At least it's on the top of the pile unlike Mary. Hope it goes well.

Monday, August 07, 2006 8:17:00 pm  
Anonymous P said...

ooh lovely yarn :)
Just looking at all those pockets on that sweater made me sign loudly. I think you deserve some kind of medal for even considering it...

Monday, August 07, 2006 8:30:00 pm  
Blogger Alice said...

I can't even knit something to fit myself, let alone anyone else. My OH is the same height as yours and I've said exactly the same thing to him. Wow, wouldn't it be expensive!

Love Electra and Whitney. Been looking for that kind of cardi pattern. You know, the dense fabric (at least it looks it).

Let me ask you, is there a pattern for a big purple dress in the new Rowan book? Or am I hallucinating? I couldn't make out the details of the picture on the Laughing Hens website. But it calls for a huge number of balls of yarn, whatever it is!

Monday, August 07, 2006 10:07:00 pm  
Blogger Cherry Rolfe said...

If you hate it stop! Life is short and sweet. If you want to finish - finish. All it takes is to decide!

Tuesday, August 08, 2006 12:40:00 am  
Anonymous theotherhalf said...

We all like closure. I am impressed you have taken the harder road. Keep up the good work.

BTW.Rock cakes? Not has some for a while.



Tuesday, August 08, 2006 1:38:00 am  
Blogger Charity said...

What is it with giant husbands choosing giant projects? My dh is also quite large (tall and thin, just right). He has complained bitterly for years that his mother has never knit him a sweater. I offered to knit him a scarf, a nice seaman's scarf, but no, he picks an Heirloom Cabled Sweater. That's a lot of wool, so it has to wait, at least, until snow arrives.

Hope your giant denim project moves along quickly.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006 4:45:00 pm  
Blogger Heather said...

I really like the denim yarn but even a me-sized project seems huge because you have to knit it so long to allow the shrinkage :0(I can't imagine a 6'2 one !

Tuesday, August 08, 2006 11:26:00 pm  
Anonymous victoria said...

oooh! that yarn is so pretty! what is it? what's it going to be? good luck to you with that rowan men's thing--you're a braver soul than I!!!!

Wednesday, August 09, 2006 3:04:00 pm  
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