At last post, some of you wondered, “One short trip, why two projects?”
Because there’s nothing worse than Project Fail at 15,000 feet.
Go on, ask.
How do I know?
It started out swimmingly. I began knitting the pretty cowl Pei using BrooklynTweed Loft. Oh. What. Yummy. Wool! It made my fingers sing! Because that’s what Loft is ~ minimally processed, close-to-the-sheep wool in fingering weight. It is also woolen-spun, so it does not have the tight twist and many plies found in most commercial fingering-weight yarns.
That fact brings with it a certain fragility that makes the appropriate choice of tools essential to knitting success.
And that is where Nutmeg Owl failed in the sky somewhere over Nebraska.
Regular readers know I like my needles slicker-than-snot. As such, I will often eschew a sharper tip on an Addi Lace needle to avoid its silly, icky “drag finish” and go instead with a plain ol’ Addi Turbo (the difference is in the name ~ turbo!). Had I packed this project around the time normal people go to bed, I might have paid attention to the fact that the lace chart has nupps. (Pronounced like “stoops,” if you’re wondering.) Nupps are the bane of many a knitter. I’m not usually one of them.
Until knitting with a minimally processed fingering-weight wool on
dull-tipped original Addis, and finding myself consistently unable to grab the 3rd of the 5 loops to close the nupp. And you can see what happened as a result. Poor little Loft pretty much disintegrated.
Total tool fail on my part ~ my preferred Signature stiletto-tipped circs in that size were all tied up on other WIPs (ahem!) back home.
Time to back away from the yarn and move to the other project.
One round-trip and seven hours of Downton Abbey later, and my lace remnant-busting Plain Jhaynes mitts are well on their way. These won’t be plain, either. Just you wait.
And that is why no sane knitter leaves on a trip without two projects. Ever.