I made two big mistakes. One is too much. The other not enough.
Apparently experience doesn’t create mental shift in my buying habits.
Experience: I don’t like wearing lace weight or really lacy shawls, especially ones with silk.
Buying habit: I continue to buy lace weight yarn WITH silk.
What was I thinking?!?
Oh yeah, obligatory purchasing to support a small LYS & indie dyer, i.e. guilt buying.
Apparently, the cognitive dissonance continue with my assumption that this yarn would work perfectly with the new pattern, Ketterdam, by Laura Linneman.
- Color: variegated OK
- Yardage: 800 OK
- Weight: fingering NOT OK!
I did attend Laura’s Yarn class last year. I know better that lace weight yarns (2 ply) don’t have enough structure for cables. The edging on the Ketterdam shawl has a cable detail.
Bonus information: The linen stitch completely disappears in lace weight yarn.
Even so, I swatched it to confirm. Yep, I’m an idiot.
Sorry, I ripped out the swatch in disgust. Wasn’t thinking about blogging about it.
No amount of searching Ravelry for a different pattern is going to fix my problem. I don’t really like all those spidery lacy shawls. Change that, I don’t like them in me. I think they are beautiful and love the idea of it as a milestone or accomplishment. But not to wear. Nope. Don’t like wearing them.
Nope. I really really want to knit the Ketterdam shawl. This wouldn’t normally be a problem with a large fingering weight yarn stash. There’s some really pretty indie dyed purple, or that Kollage black & white, or plenty of Knitpicks. Except right now, they are all out of reach. I am 200 miles away from my stash with now only ONE knitting project to work on.
Note to self:
- Must spin fingering 3-4 ply
- Must NOT spin lacy 2 ply
But of course, that’s exactly what I’m starting to ply.
(Apparently I hit the wrong button and published this prematurely. Oh well….)
Roadtrip: in Nashville to weed Mom’s garden, take her shopping and deliver a custom bag.