Now for the fun bit

Made it through the ribbing…all 6 flipping inches of it.

I console myself with the idea that my ears will be warm and cozy.

And that the fun part is pretty enough to make up for the quiet start!

 

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Proof of Concept…

So I mean yes, it does seem to be technically possible for me to knit with circular needles…

But I’m still finding it deeply, deeply awkward.  But I still fail to have suitable long DPNs in this size, and I still do not want to knit a hat on short DPNs (I’ve done it, it’s pain).  So I’m still pretending this will work.

Tell me it eventually feels less like wrestling with an angry squid?

And in case it doesn’t, lots of lovely folks recommended the needles from Indian Lake Artisans when I posted about this on instagram.  They apparently make awesome needles and can do them in custom lengths.  I’ve placed an order and you can expect a full report when they arrive!

Edited to add:  Don’t worry folks, I totally am magic looping it when I’m actually knitting! I just have the stitches all slid together for pictures/trying on (trying hats on being one of the few places where I’ll grant that circs have the advantage).  I’m not trying to knit with one hat spread out over the whole cable, I promise!

Well fine, be that way

Alright…so apparently I should have just tried out the original yarn before deciding it was too thin.

And it is thin…I’m going to have to cast on at least 6 and if I have any common sense at all (probably not) actually 12 more stitches than I want to.  But really, that’s not that much of a hardship when the yarn is this pretty!

They get to decide

When I was in college I took a history of religions class.  On the very first day, the professor declared (repeatedly and emphatically) that we would absolutely positively not under any circumstances be offering our own opinions on whether one group or another were ‘really’ any particular religion.  The official class position was “if they said they were, then as far as the class is concerned, they were.  They get to decide.”

It seemed reasonable to me then.  It has proven to be a pretty good way to handle a whole host of other identity issues in the intervening years.  And it’s coming in handy now as I put together yarns for Curls 3 (who said those history classes wouldn’t be useful…).

As I’ve been showing off the Curls 3 yarns, I’ve had quite a few people get in touch to say some variant of oh, that yarn is lovely, but it isn’t really speckles/a gradient/what you should be using for this book.  And I’m afraid I must hereby officially declare that my position is “if the dyer says it’s speckles or a gradient, it is.”  And, as a corollary, “if I say it’s what I plan to use for this book, it is.”

Now, I completely and totally understand if one yarn or another isn’t right for you.  That’s one of the other nifty things about this approach.  If you say a yarn isn’t right for you, it isn’t.  And that’s absolutely ok.  We all get to decide for ourselves.  It’s one of the most marvelous things about knitting…there’s room for us all to create whatever makes our weird little hearts sing.  But if you start trying to decide for me, I’m going to very gently point you back to this post.

And for the record, those bits of lovely in the picture are are Blue Moon’s Sugar Plum Fairy Dust colorway (from their BeSpeckled line of colors) and Hedgehog Fibres Construct colorway (and they do lots of speckle-y delights).  They’re both lovely yarns that I’m enjoying very much!  I hope you like them too.  And if not, I hope you find something you like every bit as much as I like them.

Good Mail

One of the many lovely things about this job is all the good mail it generates.  There are few things more fun to find in the mailbox than some yummy yarn.  And when it’s book yarn selecting time, you get a lot of good yarn in the mail!

That’s Merino DK by Hedgehog Fibres in the color Construct.

And that’s Meridian by Seven Sisters Arts in the color Silk Road (the bundle) and Citron (the big skein).

They’re both for Curls 3, which will be mostly speckles and gradients.  I’m having so much fun tracking down fabulous yarns, and have a bunch of them sorted out, but if you’ve got any favorite speckles or gradients, I’d love to know about them.  It helps if they’re a big enough company to be carried in yarn stores and if they do repeatable colorways, but there’s a bit of flexibility for just the right yarn!