Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Bamboo is a slippery little bugger.

I bought a great big cone of Bambu 7 in a very pretty blue, and after starting and stopping a few times, I have decided that its best use will be as a very simple, slinky crocheted shawl. Because this yarn is like working with a liquid. It is fingering weight and has incredible drape and color, as advertised, but I am having enough trouble controlling ONE active stitch on a crochet hook - I can't tell you how many times the stitch has jumped off the hook, or how hard it is to maintain tension. Knitting with this stuff would kill me. So it's supposed to be my mindless crochet project, and in reality I have to pay close attention to every stitch. This is somehow a metaphor for something....

2 comments:

Amie said...

Yup- bamboo is one of those sucky metaphors that you rreeeally don't want to learn and you know intellectually anyway, but damned if you don't really have to internalize it.

It's SO slippery (I had to go down something like FIVE needle sizes to knit with it) and yet it's so flowy and liquidy and drapey, you keep fighting through...

Can't wait to see what you get when you relax by paying much closer attention!

Catherine said...

I love the drape of the fabric, I love the sheen, I love the way it feels, I'll definitely use it again, but I definitely won't take on anything challenging with it, because if you drop a stitch in this stuff, kiss it goodbye. It'd be like spilling mercury.