Sunday, 6 August 2006

Needs must

When you have dug yourself so deep into a knitting rut that you find you have spent hours and hours and hours knitting your way through cyberspace and the only thing your fingers have done is surf the mousepad and type the occasional comment, when you have tried buying yarn and buying patterns and nothing, nothing is going right, when you have knit this and knit that and none of it even vaguely resembles the idea in your head, there is only one thing for it.

Attack the UFOs.


I've unpicked the cast-off and last row of triangles and started knitting onwards on Mum's Lady Eleanor. I'd forgotten how much I liked knitting this. It is simple enough to knit while reading, watching TV or talking on the phone, but interesting enough not to make your teeth hurt, and there is a small sense of achievement with each and every little rectangle (not the triangles. Although I like the way they look, they are a bit fiddly, especially the first one, where you have to turn the work after one stitch, and then two stitches, and so on. I know I should be knitting backwards. If anyone can tell me how to knit backward continentally, I would be very grateful. I've worked out how to do it by throwing, but that means I have to swap to holding the yarn in the other hand, and that is even slower than all the fiddly turning).

I have finally got round to frogging the Snooker Sweater. It is taking an age to dry because having spliced all ends as I met them I didn't want to cut them again, and anyway I couldn't find some of the joins, so that is about six balls worth of yarn hanging out in the sunshine.


(It is also a tangled heap. I have turned it and turned it trying to hurry along the drying process. When I come to wind it, I think I will regret this). When this miraculous event finally occurs, the resultant ball of yarn is going to be bigger than my head. I had better start looking out for a large enough bowl, and a more portable project.

Unless you are about to put some plain sock yarn in the post with my name on the package, please don't mention footwear. I mean it. Not even shoes. Or if you absolutely must, please please don't mention the layer of knitted fabric that may or may not lie between a bare foot and the shoe. One of the lucky stars I am counting today is that it's hot enough to go around barefoot, so I can avoid thinking about those pesky boomerang-shaped knitted objects that seem so perfectly suited to variegated yarn, and are so obstinately not.

10 comments:

Ginny said...

Hi - I can't tell you how to knit backwards continentally, but I have done it, just by watching carefully what the needles/yarn did when going forward. And this was on a v narrow version of Lady Eleanor that I gave up after 4 repeats, so clearly you are a better knitter than I and will sale through the calculations!

Alice said...

*feeling the pain of having to ball up tangled yarn already*

I wish i could knit continental to work out the backwards knitting.

are there no clues in this:
http://www.knitty.com/issuesummer06/FEATreverse.html

Laura said...

oooh, feeling the pain of flashing and pooling, are you? i am exceptionally busy this week, but if you send me your snail mail address, you might get a treat from the postal carrier. :)

darling vicarage said...

i am so pleased to see the interknitter back online - much love, darling x

Ashley said...

Good for you, tackling the chores. I too am suggestionless on the backwards continental, sadly, BUT I am about to order myself up some of the new solid silk/merino sock yarn from KnitPicks and would be more than happy to throw in a couple of skeins for you as well! When WILL those people start shipping overseas?

(And no, I didn't think you were grubbing for yarn, but I do think yarn is quite exciting to get in the mail!)

Marie said...

I feel your pain with variegated/handpainted yarns. I have so many skeins but so few patterns for which they seem even remotely suited...
I'm glad you are enjoying the UFO work. It's amazing what a little hiatus will do for a pattern. I'm almost flying along on the 2nd Pomatomus that had been languishing for months. :)

Kate said...

At least it's only the yarn that's giving you gyp on the s**k - with me it's the actual pattern! I can knit backwards but always feel I should be holding the yarn in my left hand (not normal for me) when I do so, which is probably why I don't knit backwards so much, which could be why I don't do too much entrelac (although that Lady Eleanor is very lovely).
Glad to see you back.

Daphne said...

Hm, color me another annoying "dunno but wish I did!" on the backwards continental. Maybe I'll try again and see if I can come up with something. Sounds good since I'm in a bit of a knitting funk. (don't tell!)

Elizabeth said...

good for you for tackling your UFOs... they can be hard to face sometimes. I've no idea about knitting backwards - I'm impressed by those who can do it!

anna said...

i'm glad you didnt maintain your radio silence for too long. the lady eleanor looks so gorgeous, can't wait to see it finished. i read your entry about visiting Stash with interest - i visited again on Saturday, and this time there really were people sitting in the chairs knitting! i was still too shy to stay and knit a while though.