I had a lovely birthday dinner with Diana, during which I ate too much really scrumptuous food and she presented me with this:
A habu kit! It’s “Kushu Kushu” a stainless steel and silk scarf kit.
I am fascinated with Habu. I love the Japanese esthetic of the designs and I am totally mesmerized by the idea of knitting things like steel and paper.
The instructions say: “The yarn is a living creature…Please do not be too concerned or worried getting the gauge perfectly.” How cool is that. Yarn Lives!
I can’t wait to start it.
Which is good because I am bored, bored, bored with my current projects.
I fixed my sweater fronts and managed to cast on this sleeve kniterling but the momentum is gone and well, it’s stockinette.
My scarf is stuck at 40 inches. I keep knitting it, it’s still only 40 inches.
Have not wound the “Purple Pleasures” into a ball. I’m putting it off because I really need to make a chart for where the Frangia will intersect it.
So, I thought maybe I could break thru the block by casting on for what I thought was going to be a simple but interesting Christmas gift. Made from this:
It uses a detail from a Lion’s Brand sweater pattern modified into a… can’t say what because the intended recipient might be reading this. I printed out the free pattern from Lion’s Brand. It indicates that it’s for experienced level knitters. That’s OK because I’m not knitting the whole sweater, I’m just going to rechart a motif. I can do that, right?
Hah, I am going to have to get someone to interpret the instructions- there are places in the chart where it indicates “no stitch”. Not “slip the stitch” or something similar, but “no stitch”. I don’t get it. If there’s no stitch there’s no knitting, right? There are no holes in the picture of the finished project.
I keep saying “no stitch, no stitch” over in my head but it’s begining to make me feel like I have an imaginary bad dog named Stitch.
The knitters who read this are now all laughing at me. Because “no stitch” is the knitter’s equivalent of a fraternity hazing/ initiation rite. Everyone has to experience it and everyone has the same reaction. It just means the that chart, which is usually a flat rectangle with even sides can’t really detail where the 3 dimensional knitting has fewer stitches on the needles because of decreases or whatever without leaving a space for where those stitches used to be. That place in the chart ought to say: “Ignore this space, nothing to see, move along.”
OK, I’m moving along now. Have a laugh. I’m sure I’ll stop blushing soon.