Friday, October 03, 2003  


I never drive to work- I live close enough to either bike or walk (depending on the weather). Well, today I drove so I can get home a bit faster- I'm driving the family down to North Carolina this afternoon. Let me just tell you how PISSED I was to have to first find, and then USE my ice-scraper. It's only October 3, and there's already been frost! I love winter, but I'd like some fall first, please! :)

This weekend, I'll finally get to present Menagerie to my cousin and her new son. I hope they like it- I'm bringing my camera, so hopefully there'll be lots of pics.

My new yarn from elann came yesterday- the color in the shot is off, but well, what are you going to do:

I've already decided that this yarn does NOT want to be what I thought it would... I'm thinking of a simple sweater- maybe ribbed, with a v-neck. I just hope I'll have enough yarn- I have 1580 yards, which SHOULD get me through a sweater (I HOPE!!) I guess if all else fails I could do 3/4 sleeves... but I'd really prefer long ones. SIGH. I guess that's my next project then- sitting down and figuring out the design. I think it'll knit up really quickly... but I was kinda hoping to start Frode (I swatched last night, and I am DEAD ON with gauge)! OOO, or there's a really beautiful gansey pattern- very simple... I think I'll do that. :) But I really should do that next- if I (gasp!) do run out of yarn, there's a much better chance that elann will still have some sooner rather than later. Too bad I'll be out of town this weekend- I'm itching to get started! :)

Speaking of getting started... I'm making fast progress on the mitten-gloves for me- it's one strand of really fine chenille with 1 strand of regia jaquard:

Each of the "fingerless fingers" work up really quickly- I should be able to finish the other fingers during lunch today... then all I have left is the thumb! You can see the light blue "lifeline" I put in to help me pick up the sts to do the mitten-flap... otherwise, with the 2 yarns together, there would have been no hope of picking up the stitches nicely. Hopefully I'll be able to finish the first glove this weekend...

And TA DAH!!! I finished knitting ribbie last night:

The seams are all safety-pinned together, and after I tried it on, I wore it- for about 2 hours. With the ends hanging off, and the seams pinned together. And it was SO comfy. Next up- I have to do something with the zipper band to combat the curl and give myself a firm edge, and then I need to order some zippers- I'll get a 2 way zipper for this too... But first, I need to finish edging, and seaming- and then I need to wash this sucker so that it shrinks up.

Well, off to pretend that I'm working (while secretly designing a new sweater in my head!!)


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