Jaali

Words just aren’t enough, so, I will just show you.
Jaali in Malabrigo Lace Sealing Wax

Three things about this knit:

1. Kitman Figeroa is a genius. I plan to knit all her shawls. This one is challenging, mentally fatiguing, it kept me awake at night and turned out exquisitely beautiful.

2. I knit this holding two strands of Malabrigo Lace together, making it as luciously soft and warm as it is beautiful.

3. Knitting a shawl from the bottom up is highly satisfying. All shawls should be made this way. The last row was 3 stitches long!

The Bookworm really wants this one. And, you know, I enjoyed knitting it so much I might be willing to knit it again. But first, I gotta get to those soakers! Only four more weeks to go before my knitting time becomes nursing time!

It’s a Mystery

A mystery knit-a-long, that is. However the real mystery is if I will be able to wrap my post-pregnancy-milk-making-half-starved-totally-fatigued brain around the complicated lace that is being doled out! (Did I say half starved? Make that perpetually eating yet never satisfied…. Pass the chips, please.)

As for the actual knitting I am averaging about two rows a night on this bottom up shawl (the rows started out in the hundreds but get progressively shorter as you go). I am using this yarn from my stash and some beads that I got in a recent swap.

Misti Alpaca Hand Paint Lace 

This is my first beaded knitting project, so I am super thrilled. Also, it is a Kitman Figueroa design (remember the Jaali shawl?) which pleases me as well. Her lace is exquisite, challenging, and, well, totally awesome.

I will keep you posted on my progress. Oh, and I have one more finished project to show you tomorrow and then you will be caught up on the camera-free knitting that happened this summer… I think.

Now, back to “solving” that mystery.

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Knesting

Nesting, according to Wikipedia:

“In human females, the nesting instinct often occurs around the fifth month of pregnancy, but can occur as late as the eighth, or not at all. It may be strongest just before the onset of labor.

It is commonly characterized by a strong urge to clean and organize one’s home, and is one reason why couples who are expecting a baby often reorganize, arrange, and clean the house and surroundings. This behavior is colloquially known as “straightening out”, “clearing the road”, or “clearing the coast”, or “building a door”.”

So, what does it look like when a pregnant knitter starts nesting?

She gets a little frantic over the fact that she has eight projects on the needles… and not one of them is baby related.

She starts inventorying her worsted wools, looking for soaker worthy yarns.

She spends most of her day knitting like a crazy person, trying to finish something so that she can cast on soakers in good conscience. Turning a blind eye to the fact that the crib is not set up, the changing table is still being used as a book shelf, and the newborn diapers are still in storage, she instead works a complicated lace shawl project that has absolutely no practical use, baby or otherwise – just to clear out the WIP basket. (That would be Jaali. See yesterdays post…)

She is thankful for sleepless nights  – it’s just more knitting time, right?

She has nightmares that the baby comes before the knitting is done.

Yes, folks. I am 35 weeks pregnant, and I am knesting.

The Stash Project Update

I have been really good. Everything that I have knit so far this year has been with yarn from the stash.

But, I have had to make some interesting substitutions, and abandon some knitting plans for new projects.

Jaali is a good example of this. Last year, I bought this yarn:

Malabrigo Lace Sealing Wax

…to make another Wispy. Or maybe a Featherweight Cardigan. Or maybe a Whisper Cardigan.

In any case, it was supposed to be a cardigan, preferably one designed by Hannah Fetig, because I love her patterns so much. I even bought the patterns in anticipation.

Then, I got the pattern for Jaali… and had no yarn to cast it on. And it had to be cast on. Right. Now.

So, I sucked it up, grabbed the yarn from my stash, and, holding it double to make it fingering weight (in case you missed it, there is the interesting substitution I spoke of earlier) and cast on post haste.

I don’t regret it. I mean, just look at it!

I fall in love with it more and more as each (ever decreasing, hallelujah) row is completed.

But, it is taxing to keep up with this whole New Years Resolution thing.

So, my brain is trying to trick me into buying new yarn, without buying new yarn.

Taking part in Ravelry swaps was one strategy – and it worked well. I got some new yarn (plus other goodies like tea and notebooks) and that was fun.

Then, my brain tried to figure out the fastest way to knit all the yarn that I have so that I will have to buy more. (Uh, not gonna happen.)

Then, my brain got really generous with Christmas knitting, since buying yarn for gifts would be a “legal” purchase (thankfully, my common sense won out on that one – I have enough knitting to do without adding a bunch of gifts with a deadline!).

But this newest ploy is just genius. I am thinking that maybe I need a new hobby. What if I got into hand-dying? Is it really a yarn purchase if I buy naked yarn for dying? I don’t think so.  I think I might be onto something here.

Just don’t tell The Man…

Okay, This is Just Getting Silly

Anyone want to guess how many of my current six projects are lace? I will give you a hint… I love lace.

Five. Five lace projects and one crochet (gag… but it must be done…).

I have got the lace border for the baby blanket going.

This is an easy lace, but I am starting to hate the yarn. Knitting lace with cotton/linen is hard on the hands. (I know, I know, it will soften in the wash and be just scrumptious to wrap a baby in… but for now, I suffer.)

The February Fitted Sweater is still in progress.

And, while this is technically lace, it is pretty mindless. This one is a pleasure to knit as I am still swooning over this yarn. It is just lovely.

The Rona Shawl is collecting dust.

It is going to be fabulous if I can ever get up the gumption to do what it takes to get it going again. You see, I arrogantly left my lifeline 40 rows back…. and so I have to frog it back 40 rows because of not one, but two nasty mistakes. Hence the dust.

I also have the Celandine still on the needles.

It is an endless project. I do intend to finish it, though, because I cannot wait to wear it!

Lastly, the project that keeps me up at night, the one that I am passionate about, the one that haunts me in my dreams. Jaali.

Sigh. This is the reason for lace knitting.

But, all this lace means that I have no movie-watching knitting. I have no visiting with friends knitting. I have no watching the kids play knitting.

Time to cast on a diaper cover… or two.