On the very last day of 2011, this came in the mail…
It was part of my second place prize from the contest I entered last fall at the lovely Stitched in Color. The other prizes I won came some time ago, and this sweet fiber yarn arrived with a note of apology for the delay, but no apologies were necessary. Getting yarn on the last day of a not-so-stellar year was a great way to close it out.
The other prizes I won were this Everything Old yarn…
…a pattern of my choosing and the Try It interchangeable needle set from Knit Picks.
I tried out the needles right away on the sweater I'm working on for #1 Girl -- the sweater that was supposed to be wrapped in time for Christmas, remember? I was knitting with the acrylic tips and they were awesome…until I noticed that the circular join had unscrewed itself so that my stitches were no longer securely on the joining wire, but were hanging in thin air.
Do I even need to continue? Can you see where this tragedy is going?
I screwed the needle back into place, but you know when you're knitting away, you're not exactly paying attention to what your needles are doing, especially when you kind of expect them to take care of themselves. Anyway, the join unscrewed again and I ended up dropping a bunch of stitches before realizing it.
Sometimes you just get discouraged when things like this happen, you know? The sweater did not make it under the tree in time. I went back to using my trusty fixed circular needles and put the interchangeables away…well away. I don't even want to look at them right now, lovely as they are. Right now, however, I need to work on a project with no bad memories currently attached. I'll get back to the sweater, and soon, but for now, I've returned to a project that's nearly done. That's really what I need right about now.
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