Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Fastest 880 yards EVER

The shawl is no longer with us.

I thought about trying to fix it, but this is not the first problem I've had with breakage in this particular yarn.  In fact, the current ball was actually wound into a ball instead of using the swift and ball winder because it's the only yarn I've had that broke repeatedly when wound with the swift.  So, since the shawl was intended to be a gift and I would just be freaked out all the time that the yarn would keep breaking and popping holes all over the place, I decided to cut my losses and move on. 

Being of thick, wonderfully soft yarn, the balaclava got a lot of attention yesterday,
and I am just loving this thing.  The yarn is Elann's Limited Edition Rossini and I adore this stuff.  It's unbelievably soft, and I'm actually sorry that I have now used up the first of the three balls I own.  Knitting World, please go buy up the rest of their stock so I will not be tempted by it.  Literally, I want to live in this yarn.  Do you think anyone ever knits pajamas???

There was also a new sweater started yesterday,  
as this is the Year of Sweaters and I was still feeling really depressed from Sunday.  It's not often that I can be depressed for more than one day (if ever), so I was not sure what to do with myself yesterday.  The hip/back thing had finally really gotten to me and the shawl was just icing on the cake as it were.  Between not being able to sit for very long and throwing my hip out when I try to walk, I think I was both frustrated and feeling caged and angry, but thankfully I'm back to normal today.  Luckily, I caused myself no new injuries in the pool, and have added new exercises to my routine.  Because of the physical therapy, I have made one of my non-knitting 12s to do 12 workout videos, so yesterday I did the New York City Ballet Complete Workout (except for the jumping stuff).  Let's just say it's been about 15 years since I did ANY ballet at all, so there may have been some swearing and a few not-so-nice things said to the narrator, but I was pleased to see that I was able to do as much as I could.  And ballet is much easier when one is still on pain killers.  Good to know........