Someone, Quick, Get Me A Yak

Swatching the most amazing blend of silk/yak yarn ever before discover (Lang Yarn Asia).

Swatching the most amazing blend of silk/yak yarn ever before discover (Lang Yarn Asia).

Swatching the most amazing blend of silk/yak yarn ever before discover (Lang Yarn Asia).

  1. Go to LYS with a very specific list of yarns to purchase for pre-selected projects to be knit this year. Vow not to stray.
  2. While LYS is winding pre-selected skeins on swift and you have no choice but to browse shop while waiting (they must do this on purpose…), never before seen skeins of a silk/yak blend catches your eye. The colorways are OUT OF THIS UNIVERSE gorgeous. The price is higher than you typically go for, but it’s your (almost) birthday and you get 30% off. Two not-cheap skeins jump out, bite you, and land at the cash register. Whoops.
  3. Shove aside recent lace project to commence silk/yak knit. So much for First-Arrival to the Stash, First-Knit Policy. When it comes to extra soft yarn, rules do not apply. Knitting is a lawless land.
  4. Fondle yarn for an unusual length of time. Yak yarn has never before presented appeal. The local (tiny!) zoo has two yaks on display, both of which are dirty, matted, and don’t suggest KNIT ME!!!. Consider options for jumping fence with scissors to source yak fur (hair?) directly. They LOOK friendly, after all. What could possibly go wrong?
  5. Get stumped at sourcing silk worm colony. Decide to skip jumping fence to groom yaks too. Easier to go to LYS instead.
  6. Night 1: Spend hours and hours browsing online stitch dictionaries for THE PERFECT stitch pattern until becoming cross eyed. Special yarn generates a particular vein of OCD knitting perfection. Eliminate all options with too many cables (holding stitches in back and front). Decide that will take too long. Focus on patterns that look pretty but will be easy. Additional criteria: knits AND purls proportioned such a way to eliminate any possibility of curling, rolling, or other undesired scenarios. There will be no blocking. I think.
  7. Night 2: Swatch endlessly and come up with zilch. Nothing quite right. Lots of silly mistakes and do-overs. Blame the wine. Seems impossible to get past row 4. Of a swatch. Frustrated. Tired. Solace oneself with more wine. Feels like Day 1 of learning to knit. Nothing looks good enough.
  8. Night 3: Decide on a stitch pattern. Finally. Three rows of “final” swatch at last knit.
  9. Night 4: Finish swatch. Measure. Quick math (which is probably wrong). Cast on 260 stitches. (This baby is knit in the round). Take EXTRA EXTRA EXTRA EXTREME caution not to twist while joining round. This happened the last time a circular cowl was knit. Infinity cowls are not for me.
  10. Knit four rounds and decide, despite EXTREME CAUTION, the cowl is indeed twisted. Good grief. (Explicative. Explicative. Explicative.)
  11. Frog.
  12. Night 5: Cast on. Again. Knit on round. Ask: twisted? Knit another round. Ask: twisted? Continue as such for five rounds. Determine cowl doesn’t appear twisted. But that’s what you thought THE LAST TIME.
  13. Next day. Bring to work for second opinion. Result: NOT TWISTED. Hallelujah!
  14. Hope all goes well for the remained of project. Try not to think about the zoo yaks anymore.

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