i learned to knit when i was five. my beloved grandma c taught me, and i think i fell in love with knitting solely because of the variegated yarn that we used for my first project.
since that time, yea so many years ago, i have:
~knit on planes, trains and in automobiles
~knit through church services (!), while watching movies in theatres, during book club meetings, while talking on the phone
~knit for money, knit for charity projects, knit for family and friends, knit for myself
~knit patterns from books and from designs that i created in my head
~knit with mohair, cotton, acrylic, wool, and combinations thereof
[ i would love to know how many gazillion miles i have knit, over the past 36 years].
~i have never knit while running, walking, driving a car or operating heavy machinery
~i have never knit with silk.
i finished the baby blanket project!
i am really not sure how practical a 100% silk blanket is for a baby. but, boy, you should feel how incredibly soft and silky (natch) the blanket feels.
i saw this yarn at last year’s knitter’s fair and had to pick it up. four skeins cost me $160 plus tax. i was so eager for the tactile experience of creating something with this glorious yarn that i put the money aspect of the purchase aside and just went for it.
the yarn sat in the condo casa while i worked on other projects until march. then i had to wind the skeins into balls. remember this mess?!
…turned into this:
overall, i’m happy with how the project turned out. i am very glad i used an aran pattern (that’s the cables and twists) as the yarn helps that patterning of the diamonds and seed stitch to pop right out.
i’m a little disappointed at the sizing:
because i had the four skeins of yarn, i simply knit four strips, then sewed them together (at the price of that yarn, you don’t exactly want to waste any of it!). ideally, each section would a be little longer and a bit more narrow. however, i realize i’m being rather picky with this observation. the dimensions really are just fine for a baby blanket.
i’d definitely knit with silk again, the feeling of working with the yarn did not disappoint at all. but next time, i will have dad wind the yarn into the balls, and i will just knit!!
is there a september outing you are anticipating with glee? mom and i have only missed ONE knitter’s fair in over 15 years! five sleeps til we go!