March 12, 2012
Neither my favorite knitting experience nor favorite finished item, but the third shawl qualifying for the 12 shawls in 2012 challenge is finally done. I wasn't aware until I started Stephen West's Herbivore pattern how many purls through back loop it would require. Purling through back loop is one of my least favorite things in knitting, so I worked on this only a couple of rows at a time, in between working on other projects, which is why such a small shawl took over a month to finish. Since the usual way of doing a ptbl is practically impossible for me to perform, what I do instead is first twist the stitch on the left needle and then purl it the regular way.
At least I finally found a way to knit up the madelinetosh tosh sock I received from a sock yarn club last year. Of the three shipments in that club, this was the only one I could imagine knitting with, even though it, either, is not exactly something I would choose to buy myself. Based on that experience I made a decision that it's probably better for me not to take part in similar surprise yarn clubs in the future. As if I already didn't know it, I'm quite picky about certain things, of which one is yarn. I generally don't care for variegated yarn, and especially not self-patterning yarn, and I'm also particular about the kind of colors I like to knit with. Surprisingly, though, I have yet to be disappointed in the yarn in Wollmeise grab bags, but with those I'm at least able to specify I want semi-solid colors.
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