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remind me never to ask you readers for any encouragement toward yarn-diet self control! no but seriously, upon considering your well-intended contributions, i have decided that yes, i will purchase the bea ellis kit and embark upon the Ufserud journey.

however, in an effort to postpone this course of action - i have purchased two skeins of (cheap cheap!) knit picks fingering weight peruvian wool to try my hand at a pair of traditional Komi (Russia) fair-isled mittens. its a pattern i already own and that i've had my eye on for a couple months here. so the plan is to get my first fair-isle fix this way... and if that isn't enough (and i hope it isn't) then its on to Ufserud.

also - thank you for all the great comments on the Beaverslide Scarf. They are greatly appreciated. its a great thing when a project turns out as well as (or better than?) you had planned it (even something as simple as a scarf).

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you may have noticed a complete and utter silence has fallen over b.t. about all things Ene-related. you know, the shawl pattern i was all pumped up about and excited for. had started it about 5 or 6 weeks ago and was going strong, plowing through the charts.... and then POOF. nothing. no pictures. no comments. no sounds.

well, i'll tell you why. i tore it all out. hours of work, more than half of the project completed.... frogged like a mother. its just now that i'm ready to release that information, because i was just so frustrated by the situation. i had made some mistakes interpretting the pattern veery early on (thats the worst part of it), and despite all of my "it'll be fiiiiine" affirmations... i'm too much of a perfectionist to really be okay with any glaring mistakes. especially on such a major piece. so of course, i should have just done it right away. right when i had the first inkling of anything fishy. but i knit on, for hours and hours before i finally was able to convince myself that it'd be better to destroy and rebuild.

after a cool-down period, i picked it all up and started again this weekend. lucky for me, the whole experience of knitting lace is pretty meditative and most of the bitterness subsided upon contact. after some intense knitting over the last few days, i'm on my way back to breaking even. i dont have pictures, because for the most part, they would look the same as all the pictures i was posting a couple of weeks ago!

but if i must say so myself, this time..... it looks goooooooood.

I feel you, birch starts out with 299 stitches cast on and I knit 9 rows of this, 9 beutiful rows and had to rip because all those small mistakes added up. In the beggning it was oh no worries, but then after ya know.. 12 mistakes I realized it would all be too distorted.. *cry* I knit on it for well over 8 hours saturday and sunday morning.

Great to hear that you're re-doing the Ene. As for your comment, I've considered doing the lace pattern for the whole scarf (you're just supporting that idea, because you're knitting laces, too, aren't ya?)....but if I'm going to do that, I think I'll rip the whole thing out and make 3 repeats of the pattern instead of just two...

But then again, I found a nice cable that will go well as the body of the scarf.

I'm so sorry to hear about your frustrations with Ene. I've also experienced that type of massive frustration before. I'm glad that you are feeling better about it now and that the project is going well. I'm sure it will turn out *beautifully* like everything else you knit.

Ah, denial. I'm familiar with that problem, but I'm glad you've picked Ene back up and are feeling good about it again. I'm on a fair isle kick lately too - mittens and now I'm on the brink of my first Starmore. There's something addictive about watching the pattern develop. Have fun with the mittens - can't wait to see them.

Congratulations on getting over the denial and doing the right thing. That's the mark of a knitter!
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