Thanks for all the comments about Lily. She appreciates the free beauty advice. (my family finds it peculiar that I name my projects.) Honestly? I'm just too lazy to write "the lily shawl" or "the monkey socks." I know that knitting isn't alive! Jeesh!
Except for when it's out to get you.
Case in point: my Flaxen yarn. I have cast on for IK's Lotus Blossom Tank three times, and each time I have somehow twisted the join.
Now I have been knitting for years. I have done fair isle. I have done intarsia. I have done aran fisherman knits with umpty-bazillion cables (exactly how many is umpty-bazillion, anyway? Is it more or less than kazillion?)
I have done Elizabeth Zimmerman, Meg Swanson, Kaffe Fassett, and Adrienne Vittadini. Hell, I've even done Alice Starmore. Never once, have I twisted a join on a circular project. That's a beginner's mistake.
But somehow, I twisted not once, not twice, but three times! At the end of the day I had linguine. And a headache.
I got the idea for the project from Cassie. She was having problems with her Lotus also. Although her problem was different from my problem.
Maybe it's not the yarn. Maybe it's not me. Maybe, just maybe, it's the pattern that's snake bit. Or possessed. You pick.
You can believe what you want. I believe I'll have a second cup of coffee. And contemplate the methods God employs to keep me humble.