Tuesday, November 09, 2010

walking on sunshine

Pattern: Whippoorwill, by Carina Spencer
Yarn: Yarntini Semi-Solid Sock (Honeytini, ~ 90 yds) &
Plucky Knitter Superwash Merino Wool Handpainted Fingering Weight 
(Madeleine Elster, ~280 yds.)
Needles: Clover US 6 bamboo circs
Size: Small

I love the finished project -- it's a great shape, a useful size, and the graceful curve of the border is delightful. That said, it wasn't that fun to knit. The pattern is definitely aimed at the perfectionist who wants all the details to be just so -- mirrored increases, special types of yarnovers, etc. I am just not that kind of knitter.  My life provides me with enough small details to stress out about already!  If I'm going to be super picky about details, there had better be some fancy lace in play, not basic-looking stockinette with a few yarnovers and garter rows.

The yarns were nice to knit but not remarkable -- both are springy merino wool with a fairly tight twist. The Yarntini might be a little thicker than the Plucky Knitter yarn.  I wish that the grey were just a bit more even and less splotchy.  The combination of the two colors makes me very happy, though -- sunshine on a cloudy day.
Today has been unseasonably glorious for November in Chicago -- upper 60s, sunshine, a light breeze.  Lo and behold, what did I see while driving home?

A city worker wearing a jaunty Santa hat while repaving our street.

Other terrifying signs that people are starting in on the holidays way too early:

- Christmas carols blasting from the outdoor speakers at the gas station

- Trader Joe's is pushing its specialty holiday goodies. The upshot, though, is that Dark Chocolate Covered Peppermint Joe Joe's are amazingly delicious.


barefootrooster said...

love the finished whippoorwill, but i totally hear you about knitting not matching life. i am totally in need of mindless knitting these days, but haven't been doing much of it!

Chris said...

Well, it's done, right?! :)

I noticed that Caribou had holiday songs playing already when I was sitting there over lunch reading. I think I'll be bringing my mp3 player from now on...

nicole said...

Cruel, cruel woman, you taunt me. We do not have Trader Joe's here.

What a nice shawl. Sorry it was a pain to knit.

marycatharine said...

It definitely looks like sunshine on a cloudy day :) It's strange how some of the simplest looking patterns have the most detailed instructions.

knitseashore said...

Your shawl is pretty but I agree with your comment about leaving the finicky stuff for the delicate lace.

I've seen some signs of Christmas already in our shops, though I've not yet seen anyone in a Santa hat. My guess is that people are worn out with the economy and election and are more than ready for some fun and joy. It seems long overdue.

pdxknitterati/MicheleLB said...

The shawl looks marvelous; a ray of sunshine through the clouds.

elizabeth said...

I am so happy that we don't have a Trader Joe's here because I would eat my weight in those peppermint things!

I totally agree with your take on simple knitting. You can't even see decreases in garter stitch!

Caffeine Girl said...

The shawl is lovely. I don't think the gray is splotchy! I admire you for sticking with the project despite all the details. I definitely don't have enough brainpower left at the end of the day to knit complex yarn!

At Home Mommy Knits said...

My kids get very upset when we see Christmas stuff way to early. No Christmas things should be out until after Thanksgiving is what we think :)

Mia said...

tempting peppermint!!!

keri said...

Oh I loved this pattern when I saw it on rav! I can't believe how fast you knit it up! :)