More mojo-flowing encounters . . .
As you all know, I was a pathetic contest runner, in that I had no prizes at the time of the contest. So I arranged to meet Beth at The Point; she could pick her prize, and I’d get the same for the other contest winners. And we’d get to knit together, so it was the best of all worlds. I decided sock yarn was appropriate, what with me being such a sock knitter.
Funnily, she chose the very yarn that I was using on the sock that killed my mojo! (I don’t blame the yarn, of course.)
Claudia Handpainted! She and Elinor each get 2 skeins of “Blue Sky,” a gentle combo of blues and creams, and Liz, the 2000th-comment winner, will get 2 skeins in “Donna’s Favorite,” which is olive greens, creams, and browns.
Aside from shopping for yarn, I also sat at the large table to knit with the rest of the Spiders. I was sitting next to a woman, Nancy (not a blogger), who was working on socks–I didn’t pay much attention. At a lull in the conversation, when I was readying to say, “So, what are you knitting?,” I looked at the project on her needles. And my brain did a doubletake. I recognized the pattern. I think I reached into her lap (how forward of me!) and grabbed one of the socks and cried, “These . . . these are my socks!” She stared at me with confusion–and perhaps horror–and then she realized what I’d meant, and I explained further. Oh, wow, it was such a thrill to see her Anastasias.
(That’s Brooklyn Handspun in the background and Katy of TeamKaty between her and Nancy.) This was my first in-person sighting of someone working on socks I’d designed, so needless to say I was rather giddy. The project I’d brought along to work on was a garter stitch scarf. Now, I’m not a scarf knitter. I don’t much care for knitted scarves, especially if they have a right side and a wrong side. But Annie has this garter stitch scarf whose width hit the color repeat in just the perfect way, and whenever I see it I find myself inexplicably drawn to it. I wanted a scarf just like it. The best yarn I had on hand to make it out of was the Hill Country Yarns in those autumnal colors–the ones I started the leafy socks out of. I never finished them, because I didn’t have quite enough yarn to finish either sock the way I’d designed them (damn top-down socks!), and anyway the variegation’s pooling on the socks wasn’t making me happy. But it’s working pretty well in the narrow scarf. Not as perfectly as in Annie’s, but it’s nice.
It’s boring knitting, but you can see steady progress, and that’s quite satisfying. I’ll knit on it from time to time; I don’t see it being finished for a while.
But that’s OK, because I just ordered yarn. I’m going to make THIS! That’s the “Shocking!” Skirt from the Winter 2004 Interweave Knits. Blogsearching reveals that this came out too soon to have ever been blogged–really, as far as I can tell, it was never knit at all. (Because if it hasn’t been blogged, does it exist? I’m not convinced.) I ordered Wool of the Andes despite it not being superwash wool, because I preferred the color choices (ok, and because I’m cheap), though I went with the same gray and black; my accent color is “iron ore,” a sort of salmon red. I’m really excited about knitting this skirt–I know people are always saying they would never be caught dead in a knitted skirt, but I’ve seen successful examples, and I’m sure it will be great. I cannot wait to cast on for it! I foresee myself embarking on more large projects–I need a break from socks.