That time

It’s that time of year. The time when a young girls thoughts turn to her woolen knits. She thinks of wearing them. She wants to wear them. Alas they’re all really too darn warm to wear. She starts thinking of strange ways to get to wear her knits….What if I turn up the AC and stand in front of it? cool cool air, but will it penetrate the wool well enough? What if I put it in the freezer for a while, then put it on? It would be like wearing an ice pop. mmm ice pop. I have a chest freezer, I could just hop into it.

The logical part of the brain eventually chimes in…
Ever thought of knitting something from cotton?
It’s true, I have a few cotton garments. A sweater and I’m working on the short sleeve cardi. The logical brain wants me to make a tank top. A tank top will shut up crazy brain. This is the time of year I talk myself in and out of knitting a tank top. In the past week I’ve searched through Ravelry, purchased 2 tank top patterns, set aside 2 from magazines, pulled out 3 more from what I have in books, and printed 6 from the web.

That would be a total of 13 tank top patterns I have in my hot wool loving little hands. I’ve refrained from buying yarn. So far. I have a ton of cotton yarns from previous year’s crazy tank top knitting desires, I think it will be enough to satisfy me this year. Do you need proof? I’ve put a good lot of my yarn onto my Ravelry Stash. I haven’t got any of the sock yarn in there or alot of the single skeins here and there. Oh and then I’ve left out the really really really old stash. I have some things that are old even for my Gram’s stash. And of course I thought I was done and then found 4 more bags of yarn so, I’m not sure I’ll ever really be done. Oh. Right. Back to why we’re playing in my stash bins. We are looking for cottons. Go ahead look, I’ll wait.

I lied, I’m not waiting, I’m going to keep babbling.
I don’t enjoy knitting with cotton. Yes, I do realize that I have quite a lot of cotton for someone that dislikes knitting it. In my defence, last year I made a cardi from cotton ease and I have something going this year as well. But I want a tank top, I think. The problem is that as I think about it, I just don’t want to do it. I want the tank but knitting cotton is just, so, well, not quite enjoyable most of the time. Knitting with cotton is like wearing a wool jumpsuit to the beach in August. Now I’m babbling, whining and exaggerating….

What you want to hear is if I actually cast on for a tank top.
I did.
I cast on for This in Black. Yes, I know there is absolutely no cotton content in that yarn. Yes, I know it’s called a vest… I think what’s important is that I’m knitting a summery type item in a yarn that I can stand.

This is all I got done yesterday:
wip_princessvest1
I know that’s a pitiful little amount of knitting, considering this should be a pretty fast knit for me.
In fact I did probably knit 8 inches worth if you added it up in between the froggings. I printed off the pattern and looked at the chart. It looks odd, all these blank spaces.
princessvest_badchart
oh well, I’ll just do it.
Nope, it doesn’t work out. Rip. So, I figured the chart was wrong and I tried to interpret it a different way. No. That just doesn’t work either. Sadly being the stubborn shit that I am. I tried to interpret it yet again and had to frog. FInally, I hopped onto the web and tried to find someone who had made this. No one has made it on Ravelry. I did a few other searches to no avail. I searched my pattern books to see if this pattern could be found. Nothing there either. I went back to the net.

Aha, someone made something called princess. It was the t-shirt though. Sad I moved my hand to backspace and in a blink I realized the bottom of the t-shirt was in the pattern I needed. I went back to Elann (who hosts the free pattern) and I found the pattern for the Princess T-shirt.

Well what do you know. What I was stubbornly reading as ONE square really should have been divided into, oh, 2 or 3 or 4. I know, you thought I was brilliant and in one fell swoop I dashed your visions of me upon the rocks. I spent half my day yesterday screwing up because I never re-drew the graph lines that were missing. I’m not sure when I got to be so dense. Husbeast thinks it was around the time we went to MA Sheep and wool. I seemed to lose intelligence along the drive. Unfortunately on the drive back I didn’t seem to be able to find the bits of intelligence I left here and there.

I’m going to spend my weekend (whatever part of it, isn’t busting my butt on the shop) working on summer stuff. This wool girl will have more cottonish items to wear. No more standing in the meat locker at the grocery store just so I can wear woolens.

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16 Responses to That time

  1. Dianna says:

    Or better yet, you could eat Moxie ice cream while knitting/wearing wool to keep cool in the summer….. if you like Moxie ice cream that is! LOL

  2. Wendy says:

    I do the same thing with tank tops in the summer. Luckily, I hardly ever buy the yarn. This year it’s all shrugs all the time and I owe one to my daughter’s friend (hopefully on Sunday). But I’m almost finished with the Retro Redux out of Pastaza which a complete stranger pointed out would do me a lot of good on these 105 degree days (NOT). Yeah, yeah, yeah. I’ve got a boring afghan to work on buddy, don’t mess with me.

  3. Maureen says:

    You are not alone – I have gone through exactly this same thing for the past several summers. Books and downloads and print-outs of summer tanks knit in cotton….and I hate to knit with cotton. So I thought that I finally resolved it this summer – I am knitting the Artyarns Diagonal Triangle Top in their Regal Silk. I think that I am going to add the sleeves though, which means that my “tank” fixation is still unrequited. Guess that the quest continues…..

  4. Tonia says:

    I blame it on wool fumes. ;)

  5. Heather says:

    I did that last summer, too, only to find I didn’t get my tops done for the summer, put them down to start winter woolens w/ the intent to finish in spring AND NOW I CAN’T FIND THE DARN PROJECT! Brilliant, eh? I have way too many in the queu (non-Ravelry — you think I want to admit how insane I am?) and lots and lots of yarn, and I’m blaming oyu if I cast-on and do it all over again! ;)

  6. Amy says:

    Holy cow, is that model wearing anything under that vest?!?! I have been satiating my need to knit in this terribly hot weather by knitting lace. It is still wool, but not as heavy.

  7. Karen says:

    Ahem, that is quite the Noro stash you have there. Have you pulled the yarn down from the ceiling yet?

  8. Tracy says:

    Seriously, you too!?! I long for summer when it’s cold then I long for cool weather and wool when it’s hot…I can’t ever be happy! :) It will be several months before I can even think about pulling out the wool, to wear at least, but I can knit and spin all I want!! I need to move to a cooler climate, that’s all there is to it!

  9. God, I HATE uncooperative charts! I have nothing but sympaty for your struggle. I too am struggling right now (with the pattern for the Feather & Fan shawl from A Gethering of Lace.)

    AAARRRGGGHHH!!!
    (That’s struggle-ese for blessings. Really!)

  10. Suzie says:

    hehe meat locker.

    I’ve been known to walk into the milk coolers at Aldi’s (can I say that here?)—what do they expect with those big doors and roll-y milk holder thingies? Maybe one of these days they’ll start actually carrying 1% milk and I won’t be able to use hunting for that as an excuse. Drat.

    I don’t get pictures at work, so I will have to see the beautiful-ness at home if I remember…….

  11. Jennifer says:

    I have to agree with you about the cotton. However, cotton is so nice to wear when it’s hot! Persevere!!

  12. Gina House says:

    I think it’s perfectly fine to wear your wollens in the meat department…but somehow I find the ice cream freezer so much more pleasant. AND you can wear your hat and mittens, too! LOL!

    I hate knitting with cotton myself and have yet to find a cotton that I really liked to knit with. I’ll suffer through Peaches and Cream because it’s so soft, but my hands (and elbow) ache afterwards.

    I love the black and I hope you can work out something for it. : )

  13. Katie says:

    I just got a bunch of cotton and am telling myself I really should use it soon. Last time I knit with cotton (double stranded dk weight), the fabric was so stiff it wasn’t anywhere near comfy to wear. Maybe this time…

    Have fun with your summery knits!

  14. Ella says:

    that’s too funny; I own that pattern…if you need me to scan a copy and send it, let me know…

  15. Bad Hippie says:

    I know what you mean – the wool is so heavy and you just can’t wear it during summer, big storage freezer or no. :)

    Speaking of tank tops, do you have a pattern for approximately 750 yards of hand spun, hand dyed cotton/rayon yarn that looks it would work best on size US4s?

    I bought this fantastic yarn from a local spinner (I know, I know – I totally cheated on you), but I’m not sure it’s enough for a tank. I’m nervous about just starting a tube and joining it with some straps – I’d like a little shape and guidance. If you have anything you think might work, give me a holler!

    I don’t think I can get more yarn – another knitter is working on a cardi for herself and bought EIGHT other skeins.

  16. Suzie says:

    Hey wait. What about a coverup (like circus peanuts (don’t know how to link even if I knew how, ya know?)) for when you go to those hideously cold places (which are wonderful in short doses) but you have to stay for a period of time, like say, a movie length period of time?

    This past week I have wound yarn:
    in the car
    in the car while driving
    in the movie theatre
    with the hank around my neck sitting on my bed.

    Do they make portable swifts?

    (If any person reading this has any any any lingering issues with the World Trade Center events, I would suggest you not go see Transformers. Many many images too terrible to remember presented as entertainment. MHO)

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