I suppose I shouldn’t grump that this video comes from Facebook: most people who use Facebook do so because it doesn’t involve pecuniary outlay (but it certainly isn’t ‘free’).
But this Greenpeace video is good. Whether or not it has the slightest effect on the wilfully deaf and blind pollies is another thing.
I remember fulminating wildly against Tony Abbott and his bloody collection of morons when I was first blogging: Scott Morrison and his band of beasts are actually worse, inasmuch as they are as clever as a wagonload of monkeys. Cunning as sewer rats.
How in the name of all the gods we ever managed to vote these fuckers in is beyond me. Except that it’s not, really: it was sheer greed. GREED.
Still feel the same way.
And here is a video of it, which I insert largely on account of the loud shout I give mid-way through. You soon observe why. :D
The colours are too well-bred, I have decided. In fact, I decided that some years back (What ? – I haven’t been knitting this for years ? Well, I’ll be blowed !) by which time it was Too Late. Alas.
I’m not going to be able to enter it into the Geelong craft comp next year: it’s not nearly good enough. The last bit of brioche was marked, for me, by the virtual impossibility of getting that every-second-row decrease tight enough; and nearly every one is far too loose. Lesson for me: never make patterns that have a regular decrease at the end of rows.
As well, I don’t do Nan Bray’s White Gum Wool any favours by all the frogging and re-knitting: no fine 100% wool likes that, and WGW certainly doesn’t. It’s meant to be worked in pristine condition !
So several errors in this project, and all to be learned from.
Only thing is, I have NO IDEA what to do with it. Sighh … Anyone want a well-bred, mistake-free but not absolutely top-class in terms of even stitches light shawl ?
I was looking through today’s instalment of Knitting Patterns Galore when I came across this image:
I don’t believe I need to say a lot more: my argument is evident.
I first wrote as the header “I think I might be going mad”. Wrong. :(
It’s The Shawl. (I’m not going to post a photo, as that will happen when – IF ! – I finish the bloody thing.) I am so close to the end that I can scarcely believe the errors I’m making at this late stage.
The Shawl starts with a large V-shaped section of 2-colour brioche, and it ends with an upside-down ditto. So I’m decreasing at one end every 2nd row (what you might think to be 4th but it isn’t because 2-colour brioche takes two passes to make one row – don’t ask me NOW !) and it appears to be something like four inches from casting off 5 stitches as closing.
I have had to frog rows and pick up earlier ones something like 12 times since yesterday evening.
Today I screamed in rage and threw it all on the floor. Boodie was alarmed. (So was I.)
I’m about to pick it up, untwist the frogged yarns and re-wrap them onto their balls, frog several rows yet again then sit back and CALMLY finish this last little bit.
I think the problem is that I’m so thrilled at the prospect of finishing this endless straight brioche and starting on another project that my attention – poor at the best of times – is lousy.
Also, the shawl is enormous; and I’ve never had such a large… THING hanging off my needles before. Turning it to and fro has become a major headache; and discovering this difficulty has made me re-think my intentions of doing something really nice next time. Like –
this pattern by the woman whose Craftsy (now BluPrint) course enabled me to actually do 2-colour brioche, Lesley Anne Robinson.
Because if my brain can implode with straight brioche, and even though I did finish that brown & gold scarf, I might have a major melt-down with something so nice.
Anyway. I’ll be posting a photo of The Shawl if, as I say, I actually do get to finish it.
Well, here we have it !
First sighting of an actually identifiable hand in this whole long, miserable time.
And now it can be seen for what it is, all that stuff about his hands: it’s the fingers !
They’re out of proportion, see ? – far too short for the size of the palm.
So now we know.
“Be yourself: everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde, attrib.
I laughed like anything ! :)
I saw this quote on the NEW BLOG of my very dear blogging friend Simon Johnson – a man who is quite unable to stop widening his cerebral horizons. I admire him enormously.