Japanese Curse

The Ichida Curse

I’m starting to think that the gods don’t want me to finish Ichida’s/Niebling’s design, Promenade dans le Fôret.

No I Didn’t Leave It On a Plane
Despite the fact that I’ve been flying more than usual, I have been diligent about making sure I have my knitting with me when I get off a plane.

However, I looked down at my knitting today, and realized there were three loose stitches just hanging there ready to run. There may have been a little shriek, but I can’t be sure…I’ve tried to block it out.

I don’t know what happened, so I just put a safety pin in the three loose stitches and also the stitch or two above it and I am now in complete denial that there is anything wrong.

I’m sure I’ll be able to finagle something, but I’d prefer to pretend to be oblivious at the moment.

Current Knitting
I’ve finished up through round 126 on the Ichida lace (hoping that I won’t have to rip back over half of the lace to try and correct it the aberration). Do you realize that means I only have 16 rounds to go?!?!

Foret Lace 08-17-08

Sorry for the crappy picture. It’s grown into that awkward stage where I risk pulling stitches off the needles if I try and stretch it out for a proper picture.

Traveling SEX
This weekend found me away from home in lovely Flint Michigan (don’t believe all that you might have seen in a Michael Moore movie).

I considered going to the Michigan Sheep & Wool festival, but circumstances and a 2 and a half hour drive made me decide otherwise. Instead, I made a trip to a little yarn store close by called Beyond The Rain Forest (I couldn’t find a web page to link you to). The shop was both a new age gift shop, yoga studio and yarn store all combined in one. How Zen (or something).

I ended up buying a few things. I picked up four balls of sock yarn, two Trekking in a somber colorway and two Noro sock yarns in a much more interesting colorway (both are the same colorway despite what your eyes or computer screen might tell you).

Noro Sock Yarn 08-17-08

I also bought a book that I have completely fallen in love with.

Victorian Lace Today

Jane Sowerby’s Victorian Lace Today is an incredibly beautiful book. It made me wish that Alexis Xenakis had stuck with photography rather than publishing a knitting magazine.

The pictures are gorgeous, the lace is quite interesting and fine and the little I’ve read of the book has been extremely interesting reading. For $20, I don’t think you could go wrong with owning this one.

Readers’ Comments/Questions
Regarding my BBF Corriedale roving that I most recently received from Carol, PuffTheMagicRabbit asks, “- have you started yours yet? Sweet-Tarts, wasn’t it?”

No and yes. No, I haven’t started it yet and yes, it was named Sweet-Tarts. I saw on her blog that PTMR has spun and plied some of hers, and it looks wonderful. I can’t wait to start.

0 comments on “The Ichida Curse

  1. Victorian Lace Today is a gorgeous book, there is also a Ravelry group. I’ve made a scarf and a shawl from it and am planning another shawl.

  2. I have the Victorian Lace Today book and have made a few things from it. I really liked making the Handsom Lace triangle shawl. I am working on Niebling’s Lyra at the moment so I understand how the free loops bother you. Good luck with repair. Is the Icheda book hard to use?

  3. Joe, when you get back to the Flint area, take a ride to Lansing and visit Matt & Rob and the puppys at Threadbear Fiber Arts Studio. What a great place to spend a day! Definitely worth the trip.

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