Tuesday, February 22, 2011
On my needles: The facing facts edition
On my needles this week are one project I have grown to love and one about which I have grown ambivalent. On the right is a Pointy Elf Hat, for me, in the Strawberry Smoothie colorway hand dyed by Woolbearers in Malabrigo Gruesa. I used this yarn to make everyone in the family such a hat at Christmastime except D and me, so now I am making ours. The thick-and-thin merino is soft and luxurious to work with and I can't wait to put it on my head. (Aside: K gave everyone an "Elf name" on Christmas Day: Grandma was the Cooking Elf, Grandpa the Sleeping Elf, D was the Computer Elf, Aunt S the Reading Elf, and Uncle A the Stinky Elf! I, of course, was the Knitting Elf.)
The Shalom Cardigan, on the other hand, is turning out to be a bit of a disappointment. Despite the many glowing comments I read about Cascade Ecological Wool on Ravelry, I am not entranced with the yarn. I can see that it will make a good, sturdy, comfortable sweater but I am not falling over myself to knit on it. I can see clearly that I will never make my end-of-February deadline with this sweater, and I'm having the occasional fleeting thought of frogging the thing and starting over with a chunky alpaca I have stashed away. For the moment, however, I will persevere.
If you have not already popped over there, I invite you to take a look at Soulemama's post for today, titled "an EZ set." She has some whimsical and wise words to say about -- and quotations from -- the inimitable Elizabeth Zimmermann, knitter extraordinaire.