Friday, March 10, 2006

Did anyone really think that on a Knitting Circle night, when I was going to find myself in Rosie's, on the fence about a particular yarn, that I was actually going to say, Nah, I'll save some money, destash, and continue on with this color I'm not altogether fond of? Pshaw! On the way to the shop, I secretly, or not so secretly, I think when you try to keep secrets from yourself, it's called rationalizing, but I think I knew in a concrete sense that I was going to buy the Great Adirondack that had just arrived. I used the silk to make that dreaded Landscape Shawl, that I ended up gifting to my mom (who wore it to the flower show the other day. We had lunch, she handed me roses, and said, "they only cost $5.99 a dozen!"). I loved knitting with the yarn, I just didn't enjoy Landscape Shawl at all. I got sucked into it, because at that time it was like the flu - everyone at the store had it. I can't tell you why I didn't like knitting it - the picot edging, the y/o's before the markers that I kept screwing up, I don't know. I just didn't like it.

But, I really wanted to use the yarn again - so here it is, in Beach House:





And, I love the name - Beach House. I could so use a Beach right now. I put my make up on the other day, and there was a distinct difference between my face and my neck - uch! I've reached my height of pale. If hadn't just seen the horrors of self-tanning on the Oscars - JLo - the dress is stunning, but you look like you fell into a vat of bronzer, and oops, you missed a spot - like your hair line. Ah well. She should have settled for knitting with Beach House.

As I knit, I envision Beach House Kimono Shawl blowing in the breeze, and the smell of the ocean. I see Kate Winslet, on the Titanic, wrapped in Beach House Kimono Shawl (which is a much prettier vision than me at the beach, which usually involves a nasty sunburn and a case of beer). And, while I don't see mom standing on the bow of a ship, arms extended, flying, wrapped in Beach House Kimono (I don't see Leonardo with mom either), I do see her walking the decks of her next cruise (my parents are bigtime cruisers now that they're retired), completely fashionable in her cruisewear Kimono. So, even though I substituted a new yarn for the matronly yarn, I think I'm still going to gift it to mom for Mother's Day.

4 comments:

Merrill Mason said...

Easy? EASY? Humph.

Allison said...

W,

Never got sucked into the Landscape shawl, but got sucked into half-pi which I didn't much like, either. Had similar issues with the yarn-overs and, just, boredom.

Beach House looks great!
AEK

Sherry W said...

That yarn is amizing, it's nice to see it knitted up. I was tempted by the other colorway, but I'm trying to be good for sheep and wool.

Sourire11 said...

Hi! I found you through project spectrum and I just wanted to say I love your shawl! I’ve been debating making a kimono shawl– I’m just getting into lace knitting – and yours is lovely! Thanks for sharing.