Saturday, January 12, 2008


Been sick, got a raise, worked like an ox, enjoyed DH's b-day, got DS registered (second semester), got sick again. In other words, not too much knitting going on here. Now I am suffering from eye strain, relapse of bronchitis, messed up hormones, and a persistent GI problem. Sigh. Never a dull moment :)

I am making (very slow) progress on Celestine:

The Kauni rainbow yarn is really fun; I keep wanting to make the next star point to see what the next color variation looks like knit up!! And it's a good size project to haul back and forth to work.

As opposed to Hemlock Ring, which is in it's last 3 rows and rather bulky at this point. I messed up a YO row 5 rows back, and have been trying to rip back only a section to fix it instead of unraveling 300 something stitches x 5 rows, but now that I've spent 2-1/2 hours doing that, I realize that nothing but ripping out will suffice. I can't stand it, I'm so close to being finished! Oh well, I have been enjoying it during football games....Maybe it'll get me through the Super Bowl :)

I'm learning something from both projects, which is fun. I've heard people say you can't fix lace--oh, now I see why! :( You can tell I'm an "experiential" learner!!

And Celestine calls for "pick up and knit" to add on each star point, but when I do that I get a ridge at the join (red arrows in next photo.) I like it much better if I just pick up the stitches around, and THEN knit them on the first row. It looks so much cleaner :) See the black arrows in the next photo:

See how the black arrows are pointing out seams with nice smooth joins?! (Click to see it better!) This needs some blocking for sure, but I think you get the idea.

Won't be doing much internet this weekend if my eyes don't calm down. I'll probably just refill my antibiotics and sleep. Happy Saturday y'all!

Aim the inundated.


hakucho said...

That's awful about having to tink back your hemlock. Everyone swears by using a lifeline when working with lace, but I have to admit I've never used one. In this case it would have certainly helped you a little. Hope from now on and to the finish it goes better for you :)

happy knitting :)
P.S. I love your birdie shadow photo...very cool!!!

Carola said...

I have been wondering where you've been of late, Aim. I'm sorry that you're not feeling well and hope you'll get better really soon.

When you feel better I'd lovet to see a photo of the Hemlock. It's beautiful, but I am scared of trying to knit lace for the very reason you talk about right now. Sounds like a horror movie :)

Vyvyan said...

I WANT to make a Celestine too! I loved it when it first appeared on Norah's blog. Now I'm adding it to my (non-existant) list.

I had to go through several rounds of sickness that started right before New Years. I know where you're coming from as I think I'm just this week feeling like myself again.

Oh, and congrats on the raise!!!

Opal said...

So sorry to hear you've been sick! That's no fun. I hope you can at least knit.