Knitting: Third Attempt AT Lace

My last knitting project [link] turned out to really not work, so I ended up going to the LYS yesterday to get some more yarn. I got some lovely blue/green yarn in a baby alpaca/bamboo blend, it’s super soft and pretty.


The project is Maggie’s Old Shale Shawl [link], and I love how the pattern looks like water, especially with these colors in the yarn I picked.  It’s going to be a project with Trev in mind, since blue and green are two of his favorite colors.

This project is my third attempt at lace, and so far it’s much easier than my other two lace disasters.  Only one row has the lace pattern, the rest is knits and purls, making this an ideal project for a lace piece I might actually get to finish.


FO Friday, First Project of the Year

I finished the scarf [link] for my mortal Beloveds, Jake and Trev.


It’s shorter than I thought it would be; I knit the scarf lengthwise because I’d already cast on 130 stitches, and I didn’t want to tear back, then cast the scarf back on again.  I knit it on size 11 circular needles, with a 2×2 ribbed pattern.  There were two rows where I dropped stitches, and I learned that I can’t drop purled stitches nearly as well as I can knitted stitches; I kept losing track of if I’d done a yarn over or not, so the second row of dropped stitches isn’t even.  I’m okay with that, to be honest.

Once I got used to working with the thick/thin yarn, I enjoyed working with it, I also loved the long color changes.  I have some leftover green yarn from this project, but right now I’m not sure what to do with it.  I think this yarn works best in a simple pastern like this, which shows off both the texture and the color changes.

The scarf is really warm and soft, though if I had to knit it again, I’d knit it width-wise rather than lengthwise, so I’d know how long the scarf was.

Improvising A Scarf

I’m currently working on my first knitting project of the new year.  I’m making a scarf with my mortal Beloveds, Jake and Trev, in mind.

I’ve ended up improvising a pattern, because the patterns I tried didn’t work with the yarn (I’m using this yarn [link].)  I tried the star stitch, because that one is said to work well with thick-and-thin yarn, and all I got was hand cramps and frustration.  I thought about knitting a drop stitch scarf, since I only have 220 yards, but the fuzziness of the yarn would make that more of a mess than it’d be worth.

Right now it’s a simple 2×2 rib stitch, knit lengthwise because I’d already cast on 130 stitches when I’d realized that drop stitch probably wouldn’t work with this yarn.  It’s a simple knit, and so far I’m enjoying seeing how the varying texture and colors work together.

Science Fiction (Devotional December)

“The trouble is that we have a bad habit, encouraged by pedants and sophisticates, of considering happiness as something rather stupid. Only pain is intellectual, only evil interesting. This is the treason of the artist; a refusal to admit the banality of evil and the terrible boredom of pain.”

–Ursula K. Le Guin, “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas”

Ursula K Le Guin is one of my favorite science fiction authors, to the extent that some of the poetry and stories of hers have taken on a lot of significance within my spiritual life.  That quote from “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” really resonated with me when I first red the story, to the point that I had to put the book down and sit with it for a bit.  In a way, that quote sums up a lot about Darkness, both my path and with Darkness as a culture.  I’ve talked before, about how pain-as-devotion is heavily rejected, and many religious paths Over There, like the one Jake follows, are based on joy.

I’m currently reading Rejoice, A Knife to the Heart by Steven Erickson, and it’s reminding me of Darkness a lot.  It’s not just because I’m reading it with one of my Beloveds, Trev, but also because it’s a very hopeful book.  Lately it’s been science fiction that’s been inspiring me, and reminding me of Darkness.  It’s not cyberpunk or dystopian settings that give me Darkness feels, but stories about the best of humanity, which is what Rejoice is about.

Metal Wings (Devotional December)

You fled the Desert with me,
my friend, so long ago, and now
we have met again, and are getting closer.

At times I think “what is my life,”
but Jake adores you, and we bond
over silly science fiction stories.

You built your own wings
shimmering green on sunlight
to reach heights none of us could go.

What Is My Life (Otherworld Partners and Christmas Music Edition)


The subject of Christmas music came up today….

Jake: Do you have the Becoming the Archetype version of “O Holy Night”?  It’s awesome.

Varian: Yeah, I’ve got it…Jake?

Jake: Yeah?

Varian: First of all, you’re not from Here. Second, you’re a monk in a completely different religion, I literally had to explain the Christ myth cycles to you–how do you know a Christmas song, let alone a particular death metal band’s version of it????

He didn’t tell me how he knows the song, but the look on Trev’s face as his partner was singing along to a death metal song was priceless.