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Monday, July 20, 2015

Lemon Difficult

Our friend Kate Atherley has a new pattern.

Admit it. You’ve got one in your stash. That skein of one-of-a-kind limited-edition crazy-variegated sock yarn that you just couldn’t resist? The one with all the colours and the fast changes and the overall craziness? The one from the charming little indie dyer at the fiber festival? The one in the sale bin at the yarn shop with the hilarious name? The one you created by accident in a misguided home dyeing experiment? 
Yeah, that one. This pattern is for that one.
The pattern for Lemon Difficult is available for purchase on Ravelry… 

This pattern creates a slightly asymmetrical triangle shawl that’s smooshy and warm and easy to wear. Depending on how crazy that crazy skein of yarn is, you can create a true statement piece…. Or something that shows off a more tasteful but still busy colourway in a clever and subtle way. 
Don’t be intimidated by the brioche: oddly, it’s easier to work in two colours than one, as it’s easier to see what you’re doing. These instructions are detailed enough that even if you’ve never tried it before, you will be able to manage it. It does require a little attention, but once you get the hang of it, it’s not difficult. This isn’t necessarily TV knitting, but it definitely would go well with a good audiobook or podcast.
Stephen West's last mystery KAL had a section of brioche. I enjoyed the stitch and you will get into a rhythm. As Kate says, it does require a bit of attention but it isn't as hard as it looks - or the instructions look. It takes a lot of words to explain but don't let that turn you off.

The alarm went off at 6am and I started watching the golf. All class confirmations for Knitting Camp have been emailed. I started writing a newsletter but I couldn't write and watch so I just knit and watched. It was excited and finally ended after 3pm.

We close on our townhouse on Wednesday so we needed to get the last few things out. There are some things for garbage. Some knitting books. I swept and cleaned toilets and dusted. Then Beth dropped a glass jar so it took a while to clean that up. It's a bit sad and then we heard the neighbour kids yelling and screaming. We made the right decision.

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