First world problems

I’m having a couple of real first-world problems today.

  • I’ve started a lovely pattern – Christina Wall’s Ginger Leaves Shawlette – which has been in my queue for months but kept getting usurped by other things. But I’ve started it in a really tightly plied merino, and I know from experience that no matter how hard you block merino, sometimes it doesn’t want to play along. I think the tightly plied yarn isn’t going to look great in the pattern – I think a single ply would be smoother – and although I’m using lovely Cherry Tree Hill green yarn, I already have one green shawl. (See what I mean about first world problems?)
  • I’m also using a slightly larger needle than the pattern calls for and now I’m worried the yarn overs are going to gape and the texture of the lace is going to be poor.
  • I really don’t like knitting from charts. There, I said it. Knitting heresy. But I don’t like them and I don’t think I ever will. It just adds an extra layer of complexity. If I see “k2, sk2p, yo, k1”, I know exactly what to do – the command just enters my brain and is processed – but if I see a chart, I first have to convert each symbol into a command and then process it and all of a sudden I’m lost and I don’t like it.
  • I don’t know where to go on holiday this year – I’m stuck between Cyprus and Slovenia. Julian Alps vs. Mediterranean beaches. Like a true Brit, I want to go somewhere hot, but not too hot.
  • Every time my long suffering boyfriend tries to talk to me about whether we should go to Cyprus or Slovenia, I lose where I am in the chart and get grumpy.

Life is so tough right now.

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