Pure Bliss?

I recently had one of those birthdays that requires big celebrations in order to distract you from the fact that you now ought to be a responsible adult with villa, vovse og Volvo as we say in Danish. That is, having a nice family home, a doggie and a car. As I live far away from most of my family and friends and had to work I thought a little yarn feast was in order to make the day nicer.

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That is just one ball out of eight skeins of Debbie Bliss’s Pure Silk. I’ve been wanting to try it ever since I first saw it some months ago and now the time has come. I’m making this tank top from the Pure Silk book. Combined with the readings of Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea from LibriVox, it has been a pure delight working it and much progress has already been achieved.

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I did have a false start and had to rip out about 8 rows because I thought I knew better than the designer. On each side there’s a rib pattern where you cross the knit stitches by knitting first the second stitch on the needle and then the first. I misread this instruction and knitted the second stitch inserting the needle from behind the first stitch which makes them cross in the opposite way of what you see in book. Realizing this I thought it strange that the designer hadn’t mirrored the crossings on each side of the center panel. That had to be much more elegant, no? Well, look for yourself:

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The top picture shows the pattern when I got it wrong and the bottom one the right way to do it. They don’t look like mirror images, do they? And that is why you should always think twice before not following the designer’s ideas. He or she may actually know best…

Concluding this post I do have to mention a snake in paradise which made me include the question mark in the title. The yarn is wonderfully soft and nice to work with, in fact so soft that it makes the very soft merino for the Wedding Ring Shawl seem hard and coarse against the skin. But it also means that it has a tendency to pill and I don’t think it will wear very well. It’s definitely only meant for luxury items that’ll be used very little.

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