Thursday, March 19, 2015

Food For The Soul

There have been all sorts of articles circulating on Facebook and other places, outlining the benefits of knitting!  If you're a knitter, you already know it's good for you!
It's good for your dexterity, as well as your mental health!

It's definitely food for my soul!  

Last week, in commemoration of Pi Day, I decided to cast on a 
Pi Shawl by Elizabeth Zimmerman!

If you follow me on Instagram, you are aware of my issues with the circular cast on for this baby!  I don't know what the deal was.  
It's laceweight yarn, on size 6 needles.  I started out on DPNs,
and that was the problem.  Floppy yarn, only 9 stitches, things got twisted,
to say the least.

After about 17 times (no exaggeration), I FINALLY had this thing on the needles!
I was making what I thought was great progress.
I had enough stitches on the needles to transfer it from the DPNs to a circular.

So excited for this stage!

And then I saw this....



  What a hot mess this was!
Oh my gosh do you see the mess?
Up there...where the greem marker is.  My circles are off!
Of course this stems from the fact that my CENTER was off!
That blasted circular cast on and the floppy yarn/needle combo did me in AGAIN!
My center isn't round.  I clearly didn't knit an entire round 
before launching into the next set of Yarn Overs!

GRRRRRRRRR.
I'm not going to lie.
I knit another round or two...thinking 
"Oh just leave it, Kim.  This can be a lesson and when you look back you can just chalk it up to it being your first Pi Shawl."

But then sanity caught up to me.
This is supposed to be a zen knit!
An enjoyable mindless knit with a beautiful finished object in the end!

If I keep going,
it will not be zen...I will know it's screwed up.
I will constantly look at the screw up.
I know this about me.
I won't be happy with the process knowing it's flawed in the end.

So you guessed it...


 I ripped that sucker off the needles.
And started again.
And you know what?
After now 18 tries....
I think I've got it!

 My friend, Lori, and I always say we are nothing if not STUBBORN!
And it paid off!

I continued to carefully knit and keep track of what the heck I was doing,
and last night, 
I again did the magical transfer from DPNs to a circular and
walaah!



 NOW it will be that zen knit I was going for!
The yarn I'm using is a 50/50 wool silk 2 ply laceweight that I purchased from the Skaska booth at last year's DFW Fiberfest.  
It's wonderful!
I need more!
This morning I knit a bit more on it and transferred it to a 40 inch circular
and it's ready for travel!

Travel, you say?
Yes!

This is DFW Fiberfest 2015 Ten Year Anniversary weekend!!
Wooohooo!

It's also a Friendiversary as well!  
It was at last year's Fiberfest that I met Lori & Becca for the first time!
We've booked a  hotel,
cleared our schedules,
packed the projects and the handknits.....




and we're heading out today for three great days of laughter, yarn, knitting, yarn, laughter, knitting,
you get the idea!

We'll be seeing The Yarn Harlot! 
AND Franklin Habit as well!

So excited!
Knitting and friends are BOTH food for the soul!
Don't you agree?

Have a great weekend and if you follow me on Instagram (kwiltykimknits2),
I'm sure some of our escapades will be documented in photographs!

See you next week!

*Peace!

6 comments:

Julierose said...

Oooh I have tried about 20 times to do that Emily Oocker's start for a Pi shawl and I have the same problem with stitches dropping off my needles or getting all twisted around--I think you need an x-tra pair of hands!! But i am determined to start one--I love circular shawls. Even after watching youtube videos I am stymied--glad you got yours going... love that color--very lovely...hugs, Julierose

Julierose said...

Oooh I have tried about 20 times to do that Emily Oocker's start for a Pi shawl and I have the same problem with stitches dropping off my needles or getting all twisted around--I think you need an x-tra pair of hands!! But i am determined to start one--I love circular shawls. Even after watching youtube videos I am stymied--glad you got yours going... love that color--very lovely...hugs, Julierose

Beth Aalberts said...

Your Pi is lovely! I'm the same way, no one else would have seen the mistake but it would have bugged the heck out of me. I am going to make mine in fingering weight yarn so hopefully it will not give me grief. Have fun at Fiberfest, I'm jealous!

Vera said...

Hey Kim, your Pi looks wonderful...the 18 starts were worth it - lol. My cowlucopia is being ripped out tonight...waaahhh. I messed up on the open work area and kept going, but like you I will only see the mistake. Also decided that in the silk I don't really like the open work, so I think I will do it with periodic ridges. Time will tell...Enjoy the fiberfest and be sure to show off your new stash when you are back.

Margaret said...

You are so good! My gosh, I wouldn't have the patience to restart 18 times! But it was so worth it. It is looking gorgeous! I've decided I'm allergic to lace. lol! At least for now.

Have a great time at the fiber festival! I want to hear all about it! Next blog post? And lots of IG pics!

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

You are tenacious! The knitting is beautiful and sounds like you have a great weekend planned filled with food, friends, fun, wool and knitting