It's been a few bad months since Stitches West. I dropped all my projects to knit six baby hats for a co-worker to take to Africa with her. She was participating in a Mothers without Borders session in which she did various good things for African children who have been orphaned by AIDS. I knit the hats for premies. (See right.) Don't know where I read the tip to block hats on balloons, but it was a perfect way to block.
So I had to take a break after that, and now I just can't get motivated to continue with my mom's scarf. First there is the problem of the yarn itself. You would think that alpaca/silk would be fabulous. It feels great and has a lovely drape in this lace stitch I'm doing. However, I bought an oatmeal-like color (what was I thinking?) that makes the scarf look like it's being made from kitchen twine. (Big ARRGH here.) I have a great pattern, Fiber Trends' Estonian Garden Wrap and Scarf, but there are all these increases and decreases and yarn overs and knit togethers, blah, blah, so it's very easy to mess up the pattern (especially when you have a tendency to blank out, like I do). Plus, right before I put the needles down, I had to frog a bit of the scarf and of course, when I recently picked it back up for a nanosecond, I realized I was completely lost in the pattern. No matter how I restart this thing, it's going to be a mess.
Finally, I was quickly running out of yarn/twine, even though I know I got the yarn requirements right using different yarn. (Second ARRGH). I bought the yarn from the great web store, Elann. So guess what my next problem was -- out of stock. Down to my last two balls of yarn, I realize that I may have to change direction and make this a doily (can't believe this word isn't in spell check). It's not even long enough for an antimacassar. (I love this word for the little cloths placed over the arms and backs of furniture. Ever living room object had an antimacassar at my grandmother's house.) Then, I got an email from Elann -- she's such a dear. I love this service. I had filled out a request on the website asking to be notified when a yarn I wanted was restocked. I mean, hello I'm busy knitting, not reading blogs or viewing websites. Not only did she write, she sent me to the order page. Very slick. Some vendors are very, very clever and, I don't mind buying from clever people.
I thought the 10 new balls would inspire me to begin again, but I've been able to resist its infectious pull. In fact the shipping box hasn't moved from where I dropped it when I brought it in the house.