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Shawl for brains

Wednesday, 24 October, 2012

Early Friday morning, in a fit brought on by a combination of insomnia-induced exhaustion and Rhinebeck envy, I had to talk myself off the ledge. The ledge where, even though I knew it was a supremely bad idea, I couldn’t decide which shawl to cast on, so I seriously considered casting on six of them.

I decided to consult Twitter, where my half of my friends urged me to do it, and the other half said it was a horrible idea. I started making a mental list of why I shouldn’t do it, with the top reason being that this would involve me having to leave the house and buy more needles, and given that the reason I was home on a weekday was because I took a sick day and was legitimately feeling all sorts of not good, this wasn’t an appealing idea.

And then I made a list of all the reasons why this was a good idea. Which was a short list and went something like this:

1. Because I want to.

The Scientist took Charlie to school, and I was left alone in my house with my yarn and my needles. Earlier that morning I had gathered all the patterns up and I started to stare at them, hoping for clarity. Which came in the form of the realization that I did in fact have enough needles for all those shawls.

At that point I decided to go have a little lie down because I knew it was either that or start winding multiple balls of yarn. I woke up a couple hours later, resigned to the fact that I was only going to allow myself to cast on two shawls, but not really happy about it.

The first pattern I cast on was Shaelyn. I’m knitting it out of Quince and Co Lark in Sabine, which is a lovely heathered charcoal grey.

Shaelyn calls for sport weight yarn, but I decided to use worsted because I like to pretend that cool weather is just around the corner, when in fact it’s still in the high 80s every single day. I’m not really sure that the yarn and the pattern play nice together, so unfortunately this project might go sit in a corner and think about what it’s done for awhile. I may frog it and go up a needle size or two.

Reducing the size of my sock yarn stash is a goal of mine, so I picked out a skein of Pagewood Farms Denali (the color is River Rock) I’ve had for several years and cast on a Lacy Baktus. I’ve knit one before, back in 2009.

It’s the perfect autopilot knitting for my poor sleep deprived brain. I need simple right now, although if I’m honest even when I’m at my best I still prefer garter stitch projects to just about anything else. Garter stitch is like the pajama of knit stitches. I may wear other clothes, but in my head I’m always counting down to when it’s time to come home and put on my pjs.

Always wearing pajamas, never able to sleep. That’s me.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Wednesday, 24 October, 2012 11:04 am

    Get well soon!
    Anyway, you are doing an investigation – testing different yarns with different patterns – like big swatches – really big swatches :).

  2. Mom permalink
    Thursday, 25 October, 2012 7:09 am

    Decisions, decisions…I like the gray. Hope your sleep returns to normal soon honey!


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