An Estonian girl who has found a home in Sweden.

Monday, October 10

October 10, 2005 Posted by Vaire

This weekend went as well as the last one. The flights were fine and there was no stress getting to the airport or to the plane this time. I met a few SCA friends at the airport who were going to Crown Tourney. There was much catching up on the way to Stockholm and back. R and I didn't go to the event, but spent the time together.

Ursus has grown, he looks more adult now. Other than that he is just as cuddly and fuzzy as before. Mao is also his lively, climbing self. They used the opportunity to the fullest and slept on me or beside me both nights. As you might imagine I didn't sleep much or well, 'cause I was afraid to squash them. It is going to take a while to get used to sleep with cats again.

I finished the triangular scarf from Novita Nalle. It is not as big as I'd hoped it would be, but as I ran out of yarn I ran out of needle space too. One more reason not to use straights. Ever. I had left all my circulars in Ireland so I had to buy needles here and they didn't have 4mm circulars.

As I was knitting this scarf I became more and more convinced that variegated yarns are difficult to make come out right. You have to find just the right combination of stitch count and pattern for the yarn to display it's beauty. This Novita Nalle Colori is fabulously beautiful in skein, but becomes a mess as it's knit. In the future I will try to remember this and if I buy a beautiful variegated yarn, I'll have it to look at, not to knit with.

Striping yarns are another can of worms. They are not as difficult to manage as the variegateds with short colors, but they too need some care choosing the right pattern. I bought a grey Novita 7 Brothers Raita thinking to make a sideways garter stitch winter cap. Didn't work. Two of the greys are too close in value so there is not much distinction between the stripes. Now I'm knitting a narrow 1+1 rib scarf for R and it works. This scarf is going to be narrow, but super long so he can wind it around the neck many times. I have 150 grams to knit and 10 days to finish it.