First of all, both Alice and I seem to be much better. She's been having episodes of unwellness for the last year or so. She's 12 1/2 and so I suspect its just her body winding down. I'm still working my way back to full strength after having that awful virus.
My fun for the day came via England. Emma sent me some solid Opal (no photo, its one of those colors that defies cameras) after my whining about lack of solid sock yarn, and she also sent me a gorgeous skein of 100% mohair lace/fingering weight yarn. The mohair yarn is begging to be wound into a ball and knit into a lace scarf; at almost 500 yds it should be enough for just about anything.
I'm stuck, and I'm not sure what else to write about. I'm about halfway done with the second alpaca shawlette/scarf (see yesterday's post) and its exactly the same as the first one. Same pattern, same yarn, same color. I didn't even add yarn-overs to the central pattern, which I had considered while making the first one.
I'm in a general slump. Knitting wise, and in other ways as well.
I'm not willing to admit that the weather is the cause. It could be my
health, it could be life in general - there are a lot of things I don't
blog about. I've been a little depressed, and I might be
projecting that onto my knitting. I'm frustrated with most of my
projects in progress and also unwilling to start new ones just for the
thrill of touching virginal yarn.
Having bitched about mindless knitting, I'm embarassed to admit that I'm enjoying my fling with garter stitch immensely. I will say though, it rarely seems to look very polished in a finished piece unless its knit at a fine gauge. I've been impressed by some Hanne Falkenberg pieces I've seen (in 2 ply Shetland), but worsted weight garter stitch for a whole garment seems to fall flat. Having just said that, I may have to take it back and knit an Elizabeth Zimmerman garter stitch pattern and prove myself wrong.
I have to admit, I'm in a space right now where mindlessness is preferable to mindfulness. It's not a pretty sight. I bash stockinette stitch, and resort to garter stitch. I praise thinking knitters, and then knit the same mindless project twice in a row. I thought for sure I could come up with something deep and interesting to talk about and skip the whole knitting thing all together, but I couldn't.
Next thing you know, I'm going to be praising stockinette stitch. But please don't send self-striping yarn.