Calorimetry

Started on Tuesday…

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Finished on Thursday…

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Ripped on Monday?

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I prefer it as a neck warmer, actually. Ah well. Can’t win them all, I say. Despite Lara’s reassurances, I can’t quite get over the feeling that I’m wearing a tea-cozy on my head! I’m just not a natural hat-or-other-headwear person. (Speaking of hats, and me wearing them, did you see Gypsy’s post about Liesl’s beret? I may not be a natural hat person, but that cracks me up!)

Anyway. I’m ripping. Calorimetry didn’t use as much of this beautiful skein of Fibreworks Silk/Merino as I had hoped anyway. I plan to start again and just knit it as a simple 2×2 ribbed cowl, since I prefer the way it looks around my neck (the tapered shape of it means it isn’t quite right as-is, or I wouldn’t bother to start again). That way I can use up the whole skein, which was a birthday gift from Dermot last year 🙂

I’ve been feeling like a bit of a knitting fraud lately. (As in “how long until the real knitters evict me, because anyone can tell I don’t really know what I’m doing?”) But the fact that it doesn’t bother me to rip it all out and start over makes me feel a bit more… I don’t know, authentic, somehow? I enjoyed knitting this beautiful yarn the first time around, and I’ll enjoy it again. The knitting process has gone from completely frustrating, to (almost) relaxing.

Meanwhile, I also broke my ‘no more than one knitting project on the go at a time’ rule. (Well, technically this was finished when I started the next thing!) I’m having a go at double knitting. S.l.o.w.l.y. (I take back what I said about knitting no longer being completely frustrating. Check back much later!)

Calorimetry ravelised here.

4 responses to “Calorimetry

  1. I think that it looked just fine! But it will also make a gorgeous cowl. My husband likes it when I pull out my crochet – he reckons that I get twice my money’s worth from the yarn. Does Dermot think the same about your knitting maybe?

  2. I can imagine that yarn as a really floppy beret-like shape – would suit you. Hats can suit you, you just have to find the right shape!

    I am sure it will also look good as a cowl, and it is so much more worthwhile to get it right. AS you know, Im happy to un-knit if I need to.

    What is double knitting used to make?

  3. I know PRECISELY what you mean about the whole to be hatted or to not be hatted thing. I couldn’t pull off a hat to save myself, so shove my head in the sand (for warmth) and keep on a’knittin’ anyhoo.

  4. I love it as a cowl. It looks gorgeous and really suits you.

    Cowls are the best.