A Good Day

One of the reasons I have been feeling so discombobulated, besides September showing up (see below), is that my refuge, my Cabin, has been overtaken by wandering skeins, balls of yarn, and cuts of fabric. I have a fair storage system with two wire racks that hold plastic drawers for filing yarn by type – wool, cotton, etc., on one and the other holding fabric and beads. But, I swear someone goes in there and pulls a skein from here and a piece of fabric from there, then selects a few magazines (looking for patterns, I’m sure) and then walks away leaving it all scattered hither and yon. 

I captured my notebook,

Plans – Dreams – Notes to Myself

Notes were made, random thoughts penned, and a feeling, if only slight, of control is returning. 

I also dug out from the back of the closet a stack of folded file boxes, restored them to holding bins and lined them up ready for the Clean Up of every stray skein of yarn, every piece of fabric. All the contents of my go bags were emptied, too, because stray yarns seem to jump in them. That is the first step; the next will be to photograph and list the label information to be put in the database already started several months ago and surely an orderly stash will be restored.

Update: The Peace Fleece yarn that I selected for the “What Would Miss Marple Do?” shawl is a bit too heavy. The practice of reading everything in the pattern before starting your project has saved me and surprised me. The pattern, titled “Stripes of Openwork and Stocking-Stitch”,  is from Weldon’s Practical Needlework Shawls in Knitting and Crochet, the reproduction provided in the latest Piecework magazine by Iva Rose. The layout of the vintage patterns are quite different from our modern ones. The notation at the very bottom right corner of the shawl pattern was the reminder to “check my gauge”. 

Iva Rose Reproductions Pattern Notation

The surprise from reading the pattern all the way through was a reminder in the pattern to “Always work in the back of each cast-on stitch”. What a wonderful knitting tidbit. I was truly excited about casting on the first stitches of the Peace Fleece that was already wound into a center pull ball on Monday. The result was a cast on row standing parallel to the subsequent stitches instead of leaning in toward the right side rows. My first reaction was ‘Why did I not know this?!’ Now that you do, try it – I think you’ll like it!. 

Peace Fleece

It didn’t take too many rows to discover that the 100% wool, DK weight yarn, which gave me 4.5 stitches to the inch rather than the 6 recommended, was not going to give the effect of the suggested yarn in the pattern of wool and silk. So this project is temporarily on hold until either the Stray Yarn ‘n Fabric Project is finished or until September is done with me! Having a direction, a plan, and a small piece of my world corraled, I’m feeling a little less overwhelmed. 

Pleasant timing because it clears the mind and opens the heart to enjoy today, the anniversay celebration of getting married to my sweetheart 43 years ago.

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2 Responses to A Good Day

  1. So just work in the back for the stitches you knit using the cast on stitches – the first row only. Just to be sure I’m following you.

  2. lacolline says:

    Thank you for asking, in my excitement of learning a neat tidbit, I left out a few details. For this gauge swatch I used a long-tail cast-on and upon turning for the first row, knit in the back of each cast-on stitch. I don’t believe a knitted cast-on would give the same results. I’ll be doing some testing and get back to you.

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