Friday, December 20, 2002  

Knitting Vacation Countdown!

Only 2.5 more days of work (counting today) until I have an entire glorious week to devote to hopefully finishing my Aran.... I will be so excited when it's done! :) I just found out that the President is giving all Federal employees a half day on tuesday- WHEEEEEEEE!!! Extra knitting time for me!

This weekend, though, I have to finish the last few rows on my grandma's (never-ending) scarf, and sew on the backing. I also need to knit a chenille hat for my friend Jen- to match the scarf I knit for her ages ago. And, of course, I need to wrap ALL my gifts, knitted or otherwise. ARGH! But soon, the scarf will cease to loom over my head, and I can concentrate on finishing the Aran. I think I will also start the baby blanket just to have something else to work on- there is a pattern, but it's colors , not stitches, so hopefully I won't need to reference the pattern nearly as much. I need something I can work on on the bus, or in choir practice, etc... so I'm hoping that the baby blanket will fit the bill. :)

In other news, I am expecting 2 glorious gifts (to myself!) in the mail any day now- both the Dale of Norway pattern and Janet Szabo's Designing Arans book are on their way.... more motivation to work extra hard on my Aran! I think I have about 10 more rounds to go on the body before I am ready to attach the sleeves and begin the yoke- after that, it's only 48 rounds, and ribbing! I think with some quality, dedicated knitting time next week, I will be able to finish before the New Year- cross my fingers!

I can't help myself, though- as soon as the Dale pattern comes, I will first swatch with some WoolEase, and then, if that's too thick (which I think it will be), I'll go shopping for some WoolEase sportweight- regardless, my stash will soon colntain the yarn needed for that project too.


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