Bad Cables

Oh the horror of it.  The sheer horror.

Riding high on the success of the Oh Jan dress (I had to gently tell my daughter she could not wear for the sixth day in a row yesterday) I picked up Memory’s cabled purse in earnest.

should it go without saying that cabling is something that should not be attempted with an almost-four year old on your lap?  What was it that caused me to periodically do something inexplicably stupid with the twisted stitches?

I looked at it last night, and decided that I am going to have to rip back row after row, virtually to the beginning, and start over, because it looks like this:


Or, for the truly brave, like this:


I really wanted to finish this purse by the start of Chanukkah, but it is clear to me that to keep up with the pattern, I’m going to have to knit it behind locked doors, in the middle of the night, with no one around to distract me.

In case you are wondering, the yarn is Berroco’s def. Oxygen.  I am a yarn snob, sort of, and normally I shy away from Berroco like I would skirt a dead possum in the middle of the road, but Memory (the aforementioned writer of this pattern and one of the most delightful, and sadly blogless, knitters I know) snuck up on me with this yarn, and it was LOVE at first sight.  It’s 50% wool 50% (I am very sorry to say) acrylic, and it looks a lot like twill tape in its shape.  It feels fantastic and the color is beautiful.  As an added bonus, it is an absolute delight to knit.  So, with all due respect to the sadly departed You Knit What Blog and its many jabs at the folks at Berroco, I have to give this yarn two thumbs up.  Of course, they’ve discontinued it.

I could go on and on (and apparently will) in an effort to avoid sitting down to the task of ripping and restarting the cabled purse.  But, I will leave you with some happy thoughts.  I’ve been dyeing some yarn this week and am positively enamoured with this green silk, which was accomplished by dyeing and then overdyeing for lots of depth of shade.


I only dyed two skeins of this gorgeous stuff, but it is mine all mine, and I can’t wait to knit with it.  Any suggestions for an appropriate pattern (including, perhaps, dyeing some mohair to go along with it — it seems to be crying out for a nice thin spider-web like mohair as company), would be greatly appreciated.

And this fabulous yarn:


is fantastically beautiful Peace Fleece and will be available for sale at Elliebelly later this morning.  There are 20 skeins available right now, but y’all have been doing a fantastic job of helping me clean out the studio the last few weeks, so I don’t expect it to last long.


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