Sunday, March 28, 2010

Bee in the Bonnet



I’ve been up to the eyeballs in proposal writing for the Mr. Every time I sit at the computer I am overwhelmed by the need to nap, or the need to knit, or both. Suse is responsible for the knitted bee in the bonnet. We’ve been up to some swappery and her beautiful, bee-autiful, hand-dyed, handspun ‘Bruise’ yarn has been inflicting it’s own temptation torture since Wednesday.

Stolen proposal-writing moments were spent buzzing madly around Ravelry searching out pattern inspiration. With a proposal break scheduled for Friday night, things were getting silly: too many potentials, too little precious time and a definitive need to start NOW.

The Wurm is a pattern by Katushika that has been waiting in the wings (ever since Kirsten’s version) and even though I knew it was all wrong wrong wrong, there was no stopping the knit knit knit.

Friday night I doubtfully began and decisively frogged the Wurm twice.



Then began again when I realised a Saturday family birthday gathering would ensure a good few hours of knitty therapy.*

Post party, I’m knit therapised and there’s a completed hat. It didn’t work, just as I knew it wouldn’t. Of course the Wurm pattern requires a solid colour so that you can see the, well, wurmy bits created by the purl and knit rows. Of course the Wurm requires a lighter weight yarn for a bit of drape factor.

Neither Reluctant Hat Model (moi)...



...nor, Resident Hat Model...



...shall be laying claim. Cos, here’s what happened to the hat:



The beautiful ‘Bruise’ is now wound back into a ball, located slightly to my left, calling to me in a tiny voice. Which shall become something akin to deafening, the moment I get back to that damnation proposal.

* Excellently, the extended family do not seem to consider knitting-at-parties rude. Only weird, or eccentric. Which is also sort of expected.

30 comments:

One Flew Over said...

Gorgeous yarn and I quite liked the 'wurm' in this weight.

So happy to hear you can knit at family gatherings which is probably far healthier than excessive drinking which is what I do at ours x

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

If two generations of knitted hat expertise concluded that It Just Wouldn't Do , then it had to go.
I liked it .... but I expect the next version will knock our socks off .That wool is beautiful .
Sonata .

CurlyPops said...

Oh Bugger! I have no idea about wurns or frogging or ravelry, but sympathise with having to start all over again.

Linda said...

I would of been ecstatic to have knitted such a gorgeous hat!!! but I would love to knit something other than a scarf

Mel said...

I am laughing and crying - I was about to press "publish " on a post which is scarily similar (except without the nice looking finished product at the end). Even the photos are bloody similar! Arrrgh!

But i do love your bruise yarn - how did you resist it's temptation for so long???? x

A Peppermint Penguin said...

Der Glumph.

Cute as Buttons said...

Looked good from this neck of the woods...good to know eccentric is the norm in the family! Lisa x

Nikki said...

I'm all for letting the "eccentric" tag stick at family gatherings. You can get away with anything that way.

I liked the hat, too....

Jessi said...

i love it on both!!!! :( poor hatty

sue said...

Gorgeous yarn from Suse! I really liked the hat too, pity you didnt though! I am sure you just frogged it because you loved knitting the yarn so much, lol! It is great you can knit at parties, I can only knit at my parents or sister's house as they dont seem to mind one bit, I think the others might give me weird looks!

Helsbells said...

A realy gorgeous hat, I love how you have photographed the yarn too.

Real Life Reslers said...

Bruise yarn! What a perfect name for it!

kellyi said...

completey OT:

You've got purdy hair :)

Liesl (Hoppo Bumpo) said...

Nooooooooooooooo (that's my slow-mo voice, used for dire situations such as an oblivious 3 year old sitting on the cat, and such-like). I can't imagine frogging all that work!

Lola Nova said...

Well, I do know that feeling of something being wrong and having to sigh a bit and scrap it to start over however, from the photos...both hat models looking quite dashing...the hat made me ooh in a rather pleasant way and thought it looked peachy. I am sure that whatever comes of that lovely yarn will be just right.

Sandrine said...

Oh no....I hope I misunderstood!That was a brilliant wurm!?X

Madeline said...

Beautiful yarn!
I love family...well at least the ones who don't get upset over knitting at reunions and such.

Fer said...

Ooo, I do so like the Wurm! But you're right, solid colour is the go...

Yes, Ravelry can be VERY addictive at times!

I'm glad we're the same at family gatherings.

Mary said...

love love love the colour. I'll start spamming you with pattern alternatives once I get over my weekend.

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

I laugh at the fact that I now take crocheting with me to parties where previously I would have had rollie in one hand and drinkies in the other. Oh how times have changed... I am glad my mates do not think it rude either.

june at noon said...

Ah, well, at least you get to make something else, right?

You should see family gatherings on my mom's side of the family. Usually 4 or 5 project bags floating around with knitting, crochet, embroidery, and at least one person tucked into a corner with needles and yarn. It's a nice family to be in (for me). :)

Little Ted Canvas said...

No way!!! That was a gorgeous hat...

Suse said...

My yarn! Out in the wide world!

I'm sure it will become something even more beautiful. Lucky yarn :)

ELK said...

the shades are like spun heather...chuckled at your disclaimer at the end.

I had two ladies knitting in sunday school class yesterday :)

Umatji said...

beautiful yarn and I so don't kjnow how you undo! I have no time to do let alone undo - seems criminal right now!

Kylie said...

It is a gorgeous yarn and as always your photos are so beautiful :) Love that you can knit at family do's... will have to try that out, though may run the risk of accusations of flamboyant attention-seeking with my crowd ;) K

Gina said...

I'm letting the 'knittish' wash over me because I'm still stuck on two things... first, how utterly beautiful you look in your hat-modelling photo, and second, how DUMB I am to have been sitting here scratching my head over why you would be writing 'proposals' for your husband... (Inside Gina's dull brain: 'aren't they already married? Have they decided to go all polygamist? Did they get the divorce? I'm confused...' and so forth).

Nishant said...

I liked it .... but I expect the next version will knock our socks off .That wool is beautiful .
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heather said...

i love being the weirdo who knits at parties or wherever. love it so much. the weirder i seem, the more i love it. i would go to the oscars and knit! and yay!! i see you. i knew you had curly hair. you had the tibetan sand painting thing happen to you with this wurm hat. i don't know what wurm is either. i had the tibetan sand painting thing happen to my knitting recently too. i just kept thinking of the sand paintings while i undid it, and that helped me. you don't seem like it bothered you so much though! evolved.

tea with lucy said...

Knit envy.

This year I'm going to extend myself beyong the standard scarf. Where to start?!?