Daily Archives: March 26, 2011

Pulling an All-Evening.er

Thursday night, I was a woman on a mission.

I decided I would not be going to bed until I finished A’s sweater.

Recap: A had asked me to make her this sweater…

…and I was pleased to accept the commission. Earlier this week, I emailed A and assured her the sweater would be ready for her on Sunday of this weekend (March 27th). I plotted out daily goals so that the sweater could be finit-o by the self-imposed deadline.

So I hunkered down with my sweater pieces, and got to work.

While I love knitting, I don’t so much enjoy the finishing. Sewing a sweater together is finicky, precise, and time-consuming. Beautiful knitting can be absolutely ruined by sloppy finishing.

I guess-timated I had a couple hours of work ahead of me. An evening’s worth? That would be fine. An all-nighter? That I was not ready to do.

It’d be one thing if I could count pulling an all-nighter as a New Experience. But nope, done that: back in high school, in Grade 11, I do believe, I attended a New Year’s Eve party that was put on by our church conference’s young people’s group. And I did stay awake all night! Thank goodness, I’m off the hook, and don’t have to attempt that feat, now!

Anyway, back to A’s sweater…it is completed!

ta da!

close up of the design on the centre front, plus the braided collar

I’m pleased with the finished product, and I hope A is, too. I’ll find out on Sunday!

Have you ever pulled an all-nighter?

Apart from that one New Year’s party, I have not. Even in University, I never stayed up studying or cramming to finish a paper.

I’m not a parent, so I’ve never had to stay up all night with a sick child.

Parties?? I’ve been out late, but never to an all-nighter!

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So now it’s on to the next knitting project. (Might as well stay with the knitting theme today).

I still have this one on the go…

the project that requires concentration: knitted lace in variegated yarn; it's a baby blanket

I started this blanket back in July! I guess I am mindless more often than I am mindful! (I like to have one project of each type on the go).

This New Project is going to be a New Experience, believe it or not, so I will refrain from divulging too many details at this time.

But here’s the yarn:

four skeins - they need to be wound into balls before i can begin knitting

There’s a slight variegation – not sure if you can tell from the photos…

hand-dyed, made in canada, 100% pure silk

I bought this yarn back in September at the Knitter’s Fair with mom, and it was a splurge, to say the least:

i cringe to make public the amount spent on a wee four skein purchase...

Hey – some women are weak for shoes, some for perfume or expensive wine…I indulge in fine yarn!

Friday morning, I got to work on the winding. I had a bad feeling as soon as I opened up the skein. Within 30 seconds, the yarn was already showing tangles:

this could be slow going...

I wound throughout the day, as time permitted, and things went from bad to worse.

I experimented with holding the yarn over my left wrist and winding with my right hand.
I resorted to drastic measures – draping the skein up like a spiderweb and playing a frustrating version of “cat’s cradle” as I plucked and wove, in and out.

I have never dealt with a skein of yarn this awful, ever. If I hadn’t been so busy trying to unravel the tangles, I’d have been pulling my hair out.

At 4 pm…I still had not completed my winding job.

By 8:30 pm, I still had not completed my winding job.

It now looks like this:

from demented spiderweb to the beginnings of a fabulous bird's nest

Let’s just conclude by saying that at $42 per skein, I expect to find a yarn that does not require 10+ hours winding per skein in order to make it knitt-able!

I sincerely hope this was the bad apple in the barrel and that skeins #2,3 and 4 go lickety-split.

If not, Dad, I’ve got a project for you…

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