Sunday, March 28, 2010

Forgive Me...


It is Sunday, a good day to reflect and repent.
I confess.
I have committed the great sin of pride.

Okay, back up a bit. I spent Thursday and Friday on a trip to Victoria to visit my dear old friend Jean-Pierre. On the way south, I picked up a knitting machine that I found on Craigslist. Sin's tentacles extend in many directions, some of them circular. I used to have an identical knitting machine that I lugged around for 25 years, finally giving it to a thrift shop when I found no takers on, you guessed it, Craigslist. The months passed, but I had too many ideas for machine knit fabric still lurking in my brain, so I slid back to the temptations of another fabric tool/toy.

Once in Victoria, I dropped into Knotty By Nature, the fabulous fibre art supply store. I managed to resist the coy glances in my direction from the lusciously dyed silk roving, the bold solicitations of the dew-retted flax, but caved utterly and completely at the display of Habu.

I fell for the stainless steel and silk. (I have not been alone in this fall, see Penny Nickel's experience.)

Once home, pride reared its arrogant head. Forget that I hadn't used a knitting machine in years, forget that thread weight yarns are tricky at best - I was going to knit the Kushu Kushu scarf on my new machine.

Which I did.

Then I decided I didn't like the drape and unraveled it. (You know where this is going.) I rehung the scarf (it now being 9:30 at night with Lasqueti-level lighting) and proceeded to *#&%#!!! the whole thing up.

At quarter to 11 I admitted that I was beat and went to bed, where my unconscious processed my shame in a series of scolding dreams.

Today I will repent. A cone of sensible sportweight wool awaits.

4 comments:

  1. Anonymous10:12 AM

    It was a pleasure to explore the Victoria's textile underground with you. I actually like following other people around because then I get to see places and things I would never see on my own. For example, at the quilting store I discovered that there is such a thing as a quilting cruise to Alaska. I never imagined such a thing! At the yarn store I discovered that you can crochet a cover for an entire bicycle. I know your textile friends out there won't be too surprsied, but I sure was. It was a thing of sheer beauty and humour. Thanks for opening my eyes to the fascinating, many textured world of textiles!

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  2. being humbled is quite a relief in the long run.

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  3. Ha! I'm glad I'm not alone falling for Habu's charms. I finally gave up trying to knit with it, and have had some success weaving with it as the warp. (Silk and wool wrapped stainless steel.) Still a bit finicky, but not nearly as aggravating as my previous experiences.
    Thanks for sharing your adventure!

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  4. Imagine you cussing. You crack me up.I hope you have fun with the knitting machine. I used to have one and loved it. But, I will not get caught in your web . Now back to my quilts...

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