OK, so I mentioned a couple of posts ago that I finished T’s custom fly-fishing gloves, and although these were technically a pretty simple knit, it took me MONTHS to finish them! It’s at times like this that I realize knitting is more mental than physical. And once I get frustrated by, or disenchanted with, a project, I pretty much set it down and just want to forget about it. (The real issue I had with these was a “design challenge” from my “customer”… he wanted open holes on the finger pads of the middle fingers, but after some serious thought I realized this just wasn’t going to work and knit 1/2 fingers instead. Then it was just a lot of measuring to knit all the other fingers to length. Not hard, just time consuming.) But this past weekend I decided I was just going to FINISH THEM, and once I started it only took about an hour (or so) to weave in all the ends (thank god I took that finishing class last month!). They’re a perfect fit and T just loves them.
One of the main reasons I was so determined to finish these was because I had promised myself I’d try and be a Monogamous Knitter a while back, and even though I had knit that Amy Doll (she had a deadline I couldn’t miss!) and started a pair of Monkeys (socks aren’t cheating, right?), I really wanted to finish these before I started another BIG project.
Like a Rusted Root.
See, last week I ordered more yarn (Merino Style from KnitPicks) to knit a second Rusted Root, because I didn’t know that I’d be able to fix Busted Root….
(I was able to rinse out the excess dye after 3 washes in the washer and a loooong soak in the sink.) Truth be told, though, I’m not a HUGE fan of cotton sweaters, and although I like this orangey rust color, it’s not my fave. So I ordered some KnitPicks Merino Style as long as I was getting some books during their 40% off sale. I was suuuuuper excited about it because the color looked great on the web site:
Isn’t it pretttty? I kept emailing it to my friends and showing it off and they’d suggest another color like Moss or Asparagus, and I’d write back and say, “No! Those are too green! I hate green!”
So IMAGINE MY SURPRISE when the yarn came today and it was KELLY GREEN!!!!
I’m just a little bit ticked off about this, but I should know by now that you don’t buy yarn sight-unseen when you want a kick a*s sweater (and you probably don’t use KnitPicks yarn, right?). Luckily I ordered other yarns to make a Mini Clapotis, some gloves, and a February Baby Sweater, and that yarn all looks great. I think I’m going to cast on for a February Baby Sweater tonight for a friend’s baby who’s due in a few weeks.
(Here’s a pic of the yarn I’ll be using, modeled by my lovely assistant (who never wants her picture taken unless I’m taking a photo of something else entirely).)