Friday, September 07, 2007

More yarn added to Ravelry. I now must have recorded several hundred balls/skeins, and I’m still nowhere near the six plastic bins which I think of as containing my stash, with just a few bags of prospective-projects in the cupboard beside. It’s getting increasingly depressing, but I am determined to persevere. The first step is to admit you have a problem.

I gave away 155 oddballs this summer to a group in Alyth which is knitting for some good cause or other. I had the granddaughters count them before we drove over. I was pretty pleased with myself that day, but now it seems like nothing.

And of course the Princess is the worst project in the world for anyone who wants to diminish stash, although I did finish a ball of Gossamer Merino during the last week of August. I’ve reached row 25 of the fourth centre pattern repeat. I peered again at the picture yesterday and decided that there are nine repeats in all.


Bidding has begun for the ur-issue discussed yesterday. I don’t think there’s much chance that it’ll go cheap.

I’m sure my sister is right – comment yesterday – to say that the patterns must be identical in the American and the (hypothetical) British Number One’s. But the ads, I’m sure, and perhaps the editorial tone, will be different. My feeling is that if I spend a million pounds for this one, its American-ness will jar when compared to the utter English-ness of the rest of my hard-won set. But when – if – I ever get a chance to buy the British one, I’ll find it hard to justify spending another million pounds.

But I’m not ruling myself out altogether.

My newly-purchased No. 3 turned up yesterday, in sparkling condition. The odd numbers are the autumn issues, but the difference doesn’t seem as marked back there in the 30’s as it does now.

1 comment:

  1. carlarey5:32 PM

    I started a shawl in malabrigo lace weight a few months ago, and it occurs to me that nowhere in your writing about the Princess do you mention throwing it on the floor and cursing like a Tourettes patient. Now perhaps experience has brought you patience, or perhaps I am not temperamentally suited to lace knitting, even lace knitting of the "short bus" variety.