Monday, December 23, 2002  

New Year's Sweater

Here it is- all ready to be knit in one wonderful, huge round! Last night I made it though 4 combined rounds- only 44 left to go before the neck ribbing starts! I am confident I will be able to finish this before the New Year- I will be SO excited! I will start the baby blanket next- a nice change from the Aran. ;)

And, although she isn't the smartest cat, Cricket's little brain was big enough for her to understand that she shouldn't even think about attacking my sweater. You can tell she was tempted, though- "who, me? I have absolutely no plans to play with that big pile of yarn!"

In keeping with the spirit of the New Year- getting ready for a fresh start etc...- I frogged the unsuccessful start of a chenille tank top. The idea was a good one- but I had picked a complicated cable that was completely lost in the yarn- I was disappointed, but not crushed- I will eventually figure out what to make with that yarn, and whatever project I come up with will be a lot more suitable than what I just frogged. I'll just chalk it up to experience- I got practice with the cables, and a lesson in making sure that the yarn and the project suit each other!

When I got home from seeing "Drumline" on Friday (ooooo fabulous movie- about MARCHING BANDS!!!!), there was my Dale of Norway pattern waiting- the instructions are daunting, but I am very excited about starting it.... AFTER the baby blanket. ;) I almost went out to the store to buy yarn that instant- but then I realized that I had some swatching to do! I believe I will use the Woolease- on my small practice swatch I got almost exactly the right gauge, so it should work! Now I'll have to pick out colors- I might use some of the leftover yarn from my sweater- they have, for some reason, discontinued the color- and it's one of my favorites- a rich, dark grey. Maybe they will bring it back...


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