The week started out with the discovery of a water leak and a couple of days of having a plumber here -- first to diagnose the problem, then to do what we all hoped was an easy fix. A week later we're realizing the leak is still there. What makes the leak hard to diagnose is that it's likely in a pipe that is buried in a cement floor in the basement - an expensive and messy proposition to fix because cement will need to be busted through to make the repair.
I'll spare you the details, but with our family room somewhat in disarray (because an entire closet of games and other various stored items had to be emptied out), and a house project bigger than me staring me in the face every day, I've found life this week to be... well... a bit distracting.
Which meant I was a prime candidate for "see shiny new crochet project (on Ravelry), make shiny new crochet project!"
And I did!
First, I finished the All Shawl by Doris Chan:
The yarn is Lion Brand Heartland in the colorway Olympic. I'd bought bunches of this yarn once upon a time thinking the color was gorgeous, but for some reason once I had it home I couldn't imagine what I'd actually make with it.
Being committed right now to working from stash as much as possible, I went stash diving. I think this was a great project for this yarn. It makes a drapey fabric, and isn't this lacy border pretty?
With that finished, I decided to give Planned Color Pooling a try for a Learn Something New CAL on Ravelry... I'd never (intentionally) done this before, so now seemed as a good a time as any to try.
Following Glamour 4 You's technique, at first I thought this technique maybe wasn't as hard as I had imagined. I got to work and the first two repeats of the color pooling pattern looked pretty consistent:
But then, the argyle pattern started getting smaller:
And then this weird teeny argyle repeat happened (twice):
And then the pattern opened up again - to start the whole thing all over, presumably:
Not wanting to be defeated, and honestly feeling somewhat hooked on the technique, I searched for other helps and found a variety of resources. Some people say consistent tension is important, some say counting the stitches per color is more important than tension.
I tried again, using Marly Bird's technique of neither counting the stitches, nor worrying about tension, but rather watching how the pattern moves. This technique seemed more my style, but I found it too difficult to actually see the pattern moving as I was working it. It's one thing to see the pattern clearly "moving" when you lay it down and step back from the fabric, or looking at a photograph. But distinguishing just how the stitches are moving as you work each row isn't so simple when it's right in front of one's face. Maybe this is easy for some people, but I found it extremely difficult.
After trying this technique a couple of different ways, I decided I needed to give the whole thing a rest. I was mentally exhausted, and I don't care what anyone says - this is not easy. Addictive, yes. Easy? No. Even Marly Bird admits that while it's addicting, people who've had success with planned color pooling will have frustrations at some point - because variegated yarns are all different. And even the same colorway made in different dyelots may behave differently from one another. I just don't know how much I want to do this if frustration is a given.
Exhausted and feeling the need to soothe my weary brain, I decided to start a ripple blanket I've been meaning to do for over a month now:
And now I start a new week where once again, the first thing on the docket Monday morning is calling the plumber. It's a good thing I like this plumber. I'd just rather not have to see him so often (I don't think I mentioned we discovered this plumber when we had to have a new water heater installed earlier in the summer). We've had our fill of water woes this year.
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