It has been slow progress generally here. Hong Kong has been cold, the heating has not been working properly in our apartment, and I have been wrestling with a cold/sore throat. I am feeling mildly peeved at most of my projects, and really want to finish the Debbie Bliss Isabella vest, but am having serious difficulties summoning any enthusiasm for acres of stockinette.
We went to Australia over Chinese New Year, and had a lovely trip, but very little knitting. I made no yarn related purchases except the row counter featured in the photo above. I made two attempts on Shedir in the yak/wool blend that I will have in stock soon, and realised that the needle size/yarn combination was not doing me any favours. The yarn was is too fuzzy to really show off the cables, and I think that cables normally look better with a slightly firmer tension that might normally be recommended. I did learn how to cable without a cable needle (a la Grumperina) in the process. This method works wonders, and really speeds up the hat.
I restarted Shedir in the 100% merino worsted weight yarn that I will be getting in. I only have one ball (a mill sample), and realised on the third repeat of the cable pattern that I was going to have no-where near enough yarn. I am otherwise happy with the yarn, and will knit a hat for younger daughter out of it. So the knitting above is to be frogged again!
I am going to restart the hat in 100 grams of lovely 100% merino that I picked up in Beijing. It is slightly smoother in texture than the merino that I will be stocking, and should show the cables a little better. I know have a cold blooded determination to just finish this hat! I do love the row counter, and can’t believe that I have not used one previously. Part of the slow progress was due to the fact that I put the hat down when I was in Sydney, and could not figure out where I was up to afterwards, and threw the project aside in disgust.
For those people who Google this blog for yarn store information. The row counter was purchased in Port Macquarie at Wool World. I probably would have bought more there but I arrived as they were locking the front door, and had to plead with them to just reach inside and hand me a row counter! They’d closed the cash register, so I had to rummage around for the exact change. It is a very traditional Australian yarn store, with very traditional Australian yarns, but they have always been very helpful, and they do have very reasonable prices.