Knitting News

This week I have a lot to share since I have to catch up a little bit from the past 3 weeks. First off I have a hat to share.  This is the second hat for John that I made.  The first one was too big.  I should have known better when I had DB try it on and it was too big for him.  This hat fits much better.  It’s so warm in California that I don’t know if he’ll even have a chance to wear it!  It went off in the post yesterday.

The pattern is Tile Hat and the yarn is aran weight wool and recycled poly.

Next I have an update on the Follow Your Arrow KAL that I’m doing.  This is an interesting concept.  There are 5 clues (sets of instructions), each clue released on a Monday so you have a week to knit it before the next one is released.  In each clue are TWO sets of instructions, and you have to choose ONE to knit.  So, in total, there are 32 different possible lace shawls that can be made from the 10 sets of instructions. (You do the math)

Here is my BAAA so far.  Only 1 more clue to go!  I hope it is a long one, or has the opportunity to knit it longer than the instructions give.  I still have over 50g of yarn left!  This is yarn that I dyed myself, fingering weight.

I’m also knitting, again, the vest that I’m designing.  I’ve already knit a size Small twice and this is a size Large.  I made it once and finished it completely too and had N. try it on.  It was WAY too long and slightly too wide.  I ripped it all out and started again.  I have to say, I think my method of un-kinking the yarn was pretty handy.  I wound it into skeins with my swift and then hung it between two hanger hooks.  The bottom hanger was to hold it taught.  I then took my steam iron and steamed it really good.  The kinks just relaxed out.  I let them hang for 24 hours.  The yarn came out really nice and ready to knit again!

Here is the vest now in process again.  The yarn is Madelinetosh Vintage in color Terrarium.  I’m really happy too because I’m knitting this in continental style, which is a big change for me from my 35 years of knitting in the English or throwing style.  Look how even my tension is!  Yay!  This image is also closest to the true color.

Last night I cast on for my Ravellenics Games project.  I’m making Frambuesa in Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in color Citrus.  It requires you to COUNT.  Well, we were watching Deadwood and I was drinking whiskey.  This morning I started on row 4 and discovered that I totally fucked it up and so I just ripped it all out.  I’ll  start again today.  Without the whiskey.

Now I have a story about yarn shopping and lessons learned.  As part of the Madelinetosh yarn club of 2011 we received 3 skeins of worsted weight 80/10/10 (merino, cashmere, nylon) in color Treetops.  I feel madly in love with this color.  For the past 3+ years I’ve been asking on Ravelry for anyone to sell me their stash of this yarn.  Finally, much to my surprise, just when I was giving up and was searching for a project to use just 3 skeins of yarn, a knitter contacted me and said she had SIX of them she would sell me.  Happy days!  This would give me more than enough to make a sweater and have some left for mittens.  Yes, please! Send them to me and here’s my payment.

She sent the yarn to me about 3 weeks ago and today I went to the post office (which we don’t actually have anymore – it’s a point in a shop) to pick it up.  And on top of the cost of shipping from the U.S. which I’d already paid ($24), I had to pay another 32 EUROS (about $45) in customs, tax and handling fees.  I couldn’t believe it.  I figured that since this was sent from an individual and not from a company, I wouldn’t get charged.  She filled out the shipping form with the value of $100.  That’s what got their attention I guess.  Lesson learned.  I will never NEVER again have yarn sent to me from outside the EU unless I’m so desperate I’m willing to pay this outrageous money to the government.  And given how much yarn I have in stash, that’s not likely to happen for a very long time.

So here’s a photo of my now very expensive yarn.  I’d better make VERY good use of it.

Looking back over this blog post I realize that nearly everything is green!  I’m going through a green phase I guess.  What does that mean?

2 thoughts on “Knitting News

  1. Karen (Ghislaine on Ravelry) February 8, 2014 / 18:27

    A savvy American international shipper knows to write gift, value $0, so next time speak up. It is customs, not insurance. (“The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.” – Groucho Marx)

    Having said that, your blue green yarn is very beautiful and sometimes you just have to swallow hard and pay. I just bought some green Wollemeise lace for fifty pounds and fifty pence from a nice raveller in UK. What can I say, I wanted it, and how else could it happen? Hope I like it as much as you like yours. ^..^

    • underdutchskies February 9, 2014 / 14:23

      Yes, a savvy shipper would know to do that, but sometimes it’s all I can do to get someone to ship outside the country! Groucho had it right!
      It’s amazing what we knitters will do to get our hands on yarn we love. No else would ever understand….

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