On the importance of desire

So I meant to write a post about Z-twist and S-twist, but you haven’t gotten that yet.  I also meant to work on yarnbombing more.

Instead, you get doilies.

Here’s a snowflake doily I made that is now keeping the large wall-doily company.  Isn’t it cute?  I starched it, but I think I had too much cornstarch to the water, so the goop left fragments around some parts of the doily.  I like it, makes it more snowflakish.

I went to a craft store the other day and bought a Japanese book of three doilies.  I didn’t know it only had three doilies (it seemed to have more!), but it wasn’t very expensive and I like all three, so I don’t mind.  The actual doily stops just about outside of the zig zag.  I’m continuing it to make a bag, which I’ll probably line with either denim or canvas?  A satin would make more sense, but I’m just not a fancy fru fru type person.  I’ll probably try to sell it, so it would be nice to wait for the future owner to choose the liner, but that makes it harder to sell.

Aheh, I used this as contrast for the last doily.  This is throw I found on Ravelry based on a doily called Hemlock Ring.  I heard someone was having a baby so I looked for blanket patterns.  It’s knit for once, and that has frustrated me!  For a few rows I was somewhat lost, and only saved myself with my friend’s idea to retroactively put in a lifeline.  Lifelines are amazing!  It was so much easier to put the stitches back on after I took out a few rows to gain my bearings.

Oh, and I’m knitting it on large DPNs.  I feel like that’s such an anomaly these days!  Everyone has interchangeables or long circulars.  But these were 105  yen at the Daiso, and they work fabulously.  The only thing is that they’re 5.7mm – in between US9 and US10 needles.  Japanese sizes work differently – the size down (Japanese 11) is 5.4mm and the size up in stock (J15) was 6.6mm.  But I didn’t have a particular need for gauge, so it’s perfectly fine.  And I didn’t have to switch from sock DPNs to a large cable needle partway through or anything.  DPNs are a bit troublesome as they flail around, but they work so well for changing project sizes – something I miss when not crocheting (seriously, knitting needs to understand that I like being able to go back a few rows and change the size and shape of my work easily!)

Anyway.  I just had no desire to do anything but doilies lately.  Hopefully I can get through with these WIPs quickly and get back to my other projects.  I have promised my sister a chunky, lacy sweater (pineapple style!), and I still haven’t finished my Lorenz Manifold.  Plus all the yarnbombing left to manage!  Sometimes, going with your freshest desire helps you make lots of interesting projects.  Most times, it just radically increases your number of WIPs.  Ooops.

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