aCute angle

August 17, 2012

i have a confession to make about my last post.
it was what you might call, not entirely honest.
true, that photo was takes in the nest i’d made on the floor,
but i didn’t actually stay there.

it wasn’t for lack fo trying, mind.
it’s just that,
apparently,
27 is the age at which
one is no longer able to sleep on the floor.
it’s frankly quite sad since my childhood was filled with instances of my curling up in unlikely spaces to rest. my favorite was the floor of the passenger side of my dad’s red chevey pickup.

adulthood is filled with sad milestones.

so where did i end up sleeping you ask?
well, while i couldn’t sleep on the hardwood,
i was able to channel my childhood talent for contortion,
and curled myself around the item on the bed,
covering the ends of the blocking wires
to avoid being impaled in the night.

which i suppose would be more impressive
if the item in question were bigger.
it was still, nonetheless,
a challenge.
mo upped the level of difficulty
by finding the one spot to curl up
that made any movement in the night impossible.

so here it is, the first knit i’ve ever slept with:
pattern – aCute angle yarn – luscious silk in the ‘ghillie dhu’ colorway

frankly, this item has been nothing but trouble from the start.
before i went to the knot hysteria gourmet retreat,
i suggested to my fellow retreaters
that we all do a knitalong.
i chose the aCute angle
because it had just been released
and seemed easy enough for us to complete in a weekend.

several people finished theirs in the blink of an eye,
but mine refused to even get started.
the first time, i twisted the join,
and didn’t notice for at least an inch.
the second time i cast on a number of stitches
that had absolutely nothing to do with the pattern.
(i think it was off by something like 12 stitches?)
once i’d finally got myself together,
it was the end of the second day
and my modifications* meant
i’d never finish that weekend.

i know i finished knitting it at some point,
but it sat for ages waiting to have its ends woven in.
then i let it have a nice soak and promptly forgot about it.
i don’t think silk is meant to soak for three days.
there’s something about the texture that feels . . . different now.

even this post has been needlessly delayed.
it’s been written for at least three days;
all it wanted was a final edit.
regardless, it came out beautifully,
and i thoroughly recommend this pattern.
it really is a snap for anyone whose mojo isn’t on the fritz,
(though blocking lace in the round presents its own unique challenge)
and this is one pattern where i think the yarn is perfectly matched.
(just note that, on ravelry, it’s currently misspelled as ‘a cute angle
losing all the fun wordplay in the title!)

now i just need to figure out who it’s for.
though, it might be perfect for mo.
tomorrow, the most irrelvant post i’ve ever written.
>glares at certain portland-based blogger<

à demain, bitches!

*aCute angle modifications: i added one pattern repeat and did seed stitch for the border rather than garter stitch.

14 Responses to “aCute angle”

  1. sarahvv Says:

    That pattern has just jumped right into my queue :)

  2. Debbie in Pittsburgh Says:

    It is aBeautiful!

    It is *just* Mo’s color, though he looks not impressed by your hard work and efforts, or perhaps that is his every day look? :)

  3. Sally at Rivendale Farms Says:

    It really is rather perfect for Mo.

  4. KathyRo Says:

    Mo looks stunning in this. I bet he refused to give it back.

  5. rodittis Says:

    You know I had a similar experience with a baby hat recently ( of all things! ). I knit a couple inches and I thought “hmmm…this looks a tad large”. I tried it on my own head… and it fell straight down to my shoulders.

    That’s too big for a baby, right? I thought so too.

  6. Susie Says:

    I just love the expressions on Mo’s face. So cute! Am I nuts for saying he has expressions or do you see them too?
    I usually lose my knitting mojo in the summer but this year I haven’t. I just finished a Color Affection, yes I know, I’m a sheep, and I’m going to cast on another. I can’t believe how much I loved this knit. I’m usually not one for bandwagon knitting but I’m so glad I did jump on for this knit. Will be sporting this first one at Rhinebeck!

  7. Anonymous, too Says:

    Despite the problems, the piece turned out well.

    The second photo belongs in Mo’s portfolio.

    And I can’t decide on the third photo. . .was he trying to look impoverished and miserable? Or did he want to make his stylist miserable for putting that cowl over his ears?

  8. Mya Says:

    Beautiful! I’ve had this in my queue and even have the yarn for it. Now if I can just find the time…. and perhaps I’ll have my cat model it when it’s done. :)

  9. Nicole Says:

    I love Mo. That is all.

  10. Dena Says:

    Can I just say that I love that dog? He’s sooooo sweet! <3

  11. cauchy09 Says:

    aw, Mo is a great little diva model. nice knitting too.

  12. Natalie Says:

    Sleeping on the floor sucks!

    That gorgeous cowl works really well on Mo, but you should steal it back.

  13. Sabrina Says:

    Your cowl came out beautiful! I also love the pics of you dog MO. He is just too cute!

  14. Janice Says:

    A quick and easy knit, indeed . . . but, mine is still languishing in the “to be blocked” basket due to that whole “blocking lace in the round” thing. (for some reason, the whole idea gives me the shivers) Yours looks wonderful!


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