I am using all the self control I possess, (which isn’t all that much, I mean can we talk about the Loop Bullseye Batt update earlier this week?) to ignore any reference you made to the Superbowl. Instead, I will graciously move on to compliment you on your lovely projects. Seriously. That sweater of yours is going to be gorgeous, and I take back any doubting comments I made when you first mentioned casting on for it. Pulelehua is one of my favorite Romi shawls, and I am thinking I will wait to cast on for it until March 1. That way I can turn it in for the House Cup, and I do need to keep knitting away on my Rams and Yowes, my Owl Project for the Harry Potter House Cup, which needs to be half way done by the end of the month.
I have just finished the first repeat of the Rams heads. At first, I was diligently weaving in my floats every other stitch, but in the forums saw that the shetland will felt together on the opposite side since it is so ‘sticky’ of a yarn. That lead me to wrap every 8 stitches or so, and it’s going much quicker. I’m planning on the rumply look blocking out – it will won’t it? (The correct answer here is “Of course it will, you’re a brilliant knitter, I don’t know why you worry about such things.”) I’ve always envied those who can do colorwork and have it look neat and orderly before blocking, and perhaps I just need to do more of it.
I do love the blanket though – or pillow cover as you have called it, since it measures 36 inches square – and will try to make it larger by adding more of a border to it. Half of my problem in beginning this was that a 32 inch circular was too large to knit on comfortably, so I was having to Magic Loop, which I find to be an annoying time sucker. I changed to the 24 Addi Lace Turbo which has a needle which is about 4 inches long and too small for my clodhopper hands. Finally, I had a custom one made by Signature which gave me a 5 inch needle and a total of 29 inch length. It’s perfection.
I also cast on My Imaginary Knitting Boyfriend’s Hemlock Ring Blanket using some Cascade Eco Wool I had purchased for this back in 2009. There is something cleansing about knitting from stash, I’ll admit it, particularly when it’s a project you enjoy. I am planning on turning this in for the House Cup as well, so I need to get cranking on it. It’s bulky weight, so will go fast – I’m on to the Feather and Fan portion at this point.
Speaking of cleansing, as I mentioned earlier, I broke mine when someone came into the office with some gluten free cookies – which were full of processed sugar – right before the Loop Bullseye Batt update. I planned on getting one, maybe two bumps. I love Steph’s products, they are beautifully processed and a dream to spin.
High on sugar, somehow I bought seven. I blame it on the cookie.