Monday, August 16, 2010

Got an alpaca on my back - almost

I have learned a lesson. [The question remains, can I remember it?] The lesson is "choose a project wisely". Before I jump into a project just because the yarn is In The House, I should stop and consider - for even a moment maybe - if the project fits me.

If there is one thing I know about myself it is that I like pattern, repeating pattern. Love charts.

Is there a chart in Citron? Nope. And the only repeating pattern is plain stockinette alternated with gathered stockinette. I'm not sure that even qualifies as pattern. It is more design, I think.

The good news is that I think I will have enough yarn and the way my little hand-wound ball is holding up amuses me. I'm working back on my last purl row. Then I only need knit the 540-st row and then bind off. So far I haven't even started crying with the thought of it.

Oh, and that picture? It's the wrong side. I don't know but what I don't like it as well as the right side. Now that I'm nearing the end, I need to start thinking about NEXT. I'm going to try to not rush into anything.

Don't let my negativity set you against this pattern. There are some lovely ones over at Flickr: here and here for instance.

And since it is Monday, historically Wash Day, I thought you might like to look at some lovely pictures from the other side of the world that just happen to all have laundry in them.


YesterUkes said...

There's a song that says, "Monday's wash day...", isn't there?

Good to read about knitting while I'm not knitting. My lesson learned is that grandmamas should knit way, way early--thinking "there's still time" is not a good plan.

Sheri said...

I think your Citron is looking mighty fine! I've come to the conclusion that at this point in my life, stockinette stitch over and over is the way to go. I'm doing Lady Kina now and it's all st. st. No thinking involved. :o)

Paula said...

I had a good chuckle over your post. Citron is in my queue but I am less and less excited about it, for some of the same reasons you have cited.

Mary said...

That's my sort of project--mindless! Especially on these hot days. Can't wait to see how it blocks.