Thursday, May 29, 2008
Bobby Blue, Confession Time and some Malabrigo for you (maybe!)
There are so many shades of teh Malabrigo to love, but I think that I might be currently knitting with my all-time number-one-with-a-bullet: Bobby Blue. It's just...the perfect blue. And I am not really even a blue person, but this color just sends me into paroxysms of delight. Yesterday I cast on for the 'Eye of Partridge' shawl with some Malabrigo Lace and I am just feelin' it, in fact I can't put it down, despite the massive amount of textbook editing I should be doing. Work--it just gets in the way.
I cannot do a long tail cast on to save my life. It has been shown and explained to me by at least 4 different knitters with various presentational styles at different points in my knitting career. Explanations have ranged from the kinesthetic "move the yarn like a triangle and then... ", the visual "do you see how you are creating a triangle? Next...", and finally, the text-heavy "In order to do th long tail cast-on you must create a triangle, you'll then proceed to..." None of these were even remotely successful--I just don't get it. Does not compute. I've even spent extensive time trolling around Youtube for helpful videos and have yet to find the video that will make it all make sense. I've actually really tried as opposed to fake tried (like I used to do with math in middle school) and just can't grasp it at all. Weirdly I am sort of good at things that can be hard for other knitters, like the kitchener stitch, stranding and even seaming. But the long-tail cast is just not happening for me.
Malabrigo for you?
What do you not get? What technique has been dumbed down by patient knitters who somewhat incredulously try to understand what your exact damage is, and yet still eludes you? I have a leftover skein of Malabrigo 'Velvet Grapes' that I would love to give away to someone who'll love it more than I do. Bobby Blue I am true blue for you, but Velvet Grapes? Not so much. Just leave a comment before Sat. at midnight and I'll choose a random individual to receive it. Not to be all gimmicky with the contests, but I just know that I won't use this skein when there are so many other colors I'd rather use...