Monday, March 14, 2011

India and square needles

It's been a few weeks since I blogged, but I have excuses:

First, I packed up all my stuff and left Singapore,
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve in Singapore

Then I spent a week or so in India with bf, sightseeing the "Golden Triangle" of Delhi, Agra (where the Taj Mahal is), and Jaipur,
Jama Mosque in Delhi
The Taj Mahal
The Red Fort in Delhi
The Amber Fort near Jaipur

And then I said Goodbye to bf and flew Home, which is out in the 'burbs around Cincinnati, Ohio.  You know, when you don't have a job and have nowhere to be, the best place to go is home to Momma!

Besides the weather, culture, and time changes, I have to readjust to living under Mom's roof after quite a while.  She gets up and out of the house for work before 6 every morning.  It's been hard.

It's not the end for me and bf - he'll come to visit within six months, as soon as he can secure the funding and the vacation time.  Skype relationships are never easy, but I'm happy that at least one of us got his contract renewed so he can afford to come visit me.

Anyway, that's more than enough about my personal life, let's get on to the knitting!

I was pleasantly surprised that I got through the airport in Amsterdam with all my knitting in my carry-on, despite people on Ravelry saying it was going to be trouble.  Maybe because I was just connecting through?  Anyway,  I've made decent progress on the Juneberry Triangle shawl, much of which was done on planes.
Pattern: Juneberry Triangle by Jared Flood
Yarn: Colourmart
My project page

When I got home I had some of the Kollage square needles waiting for me, and I only held out a couple days before casting on a sock with them.  I am really disappointed... I *think* the squareness is helping my hands as is claimed, I haven't knit enough to know for sure, but the cable is giving me grief.

It's very floppy, and the join with the needle is so abrupt, that it takes, like, twice as long to get the stitches onto the needle.  Maybe it wouldn't be a big deal when knitting in the round on one circ, but for doing a sock on two circs, it's a real pain in the ass.

Over on the Knitting Pipeline podcast, Paula mentioned that she knits loose and doesn't have a problem with the needles at all.  Perhaps it was tight knitters like me who complained to Kollage, and apparently they have a new firm cable option.  I'm definitely going to try those, because I have a real problem with one of my hands, but with the aforementioned unemployment it will be a while until I can justify shelling out any cash for new needles.

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