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pieheart
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Posted - 10/28/2006 :  05:37:55 AM  Show Profile Send pieheart a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I am beginning to think that my yarn only wants to sit on a shelf and be pretty!

I have tried at least five patterns with it. None have worked.

I finished the Aibhlinn cowl from Knitty. It looks good. The yarn shines. When I put it on I feel like I'm being strangled. It's way too heavy for the pattern.

So I am going to try one more time. The yarn is Cherry Tree Hill's Silk/Merino DK. I have two skeins (approx. 600 yards). With all vi's talk of the Lady E, I was wondering if the yarn WANTED to be a Lady E all this time.

What do you think? The yarn is dk, not worsted, and I don't have 1000+ yards, so it would be smaller than the traditional Lady E. That would be okay, it would be a wide scarf. I think the original dimensions are 23 x 70, I could make it 18(or even 12) x 60 maybe.

I'd have to swatch first, of course, which isn't happening now. I am going to freshen my brain by finishing a sweater I started last winter before I swatch. And I'm punishing the yarn for being so disagreeable---it's going in a ziplock on the shelf, behind something. It can be as pretty as it wants, but it won't be flaunting itself!

But am I totally off-base? Before I lend my gray cells to contemplating this project, any advice?

Thanks!

pieheart

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llinn
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Posted - 10/28/2006 :  3:04:42 PM  Show Profile Send llinn a Private Message  Reply with Quote
You have to talk to it like an obnoxious teenager and bring in a good load of mother guilt. Start off with "Doyou how much I've done for you... and wing it from there.

A good dose of guilt, 15 minutes worth of the evil mother eye and that yarn will roll right over and behave.

LLinn
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pieheart
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Posted - 10/28/2006 :  7:08:00 PM  Show Profile Send pieheart a Private Message  Reply with Quote
LLinn, I like your style! You knew exactly what I was saying!

It's so frustrating when you buy yarn because you love it, but can't make it behave! Which is why I almost never impulse buy anymore. If I don't know what I'm going to do with the yarn, I don't buy it, no matter how luscious it is!

However, I do still have impulse purchases of shopping past, lingering in the stash, waiting for a pattern. How sad!

pieheart

Creativity is allowing oneself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
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blog: http://museknits.blogspot.com/
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truly violet
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Posted - 10/28/2006 :  7:34:20 PM  Show Profile  Visit truly violet's Homepage Send truly violet a Private Message  Reply with Quote
you are shorter then the average person as am I
so we need to make our stuff a bit more 'in proportion' to our slightely less vertical selves....
no?


vi
ps: don't be a smart ass
tell it

none of this will matter in 100 years.......
except I will finally be at my goal weight...vi
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pieheart
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Posted - 10/28/2006 :  8:29:56 PM  Show Profile Send pieheart a Private Message  Reply with Quote
vi, we're the normal ones. The rest of the world is vertically superfluous!

pieheart

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AngieSue
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Posted - 10/29/2006 :  06:15:02 AM  Show Profile Send AngieSue a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Pieheart, I like your thinking! As someone who's not even 5', I often get teased about my height. Now I can tell them that are vertically superfluous. That just rolls off the tongue:-)

Angie
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