Monday, February 23, 2004  

Woo Hoo!!!

Thanks to the threat of a cold on Friday ('forcing' me to stay at home and knit, rather than go hiking like I really should have...), I finished Sage! :)

Unfortunately, even the unbelievable softness of Alpaca is itchy... not unbearable, but not 100% comfy either, so I'm wearing a shirt underneath. {sigh} But I LOVE the color, and I'm really pleased with how it turned out... I still need to give it a proper bath, and a proper steam ironing... I just did a quicky steaming of the bottom hem so that it would stop trying to flip up, but I haven't given it a really good blocking yet. Overall, though, I think this is definitely the best sweater I've designed so far! I even have 2 balls of the alpaca remaining!

Of course, once I finished Sage, I had to IMMEDIATELY cast on for Rogue... I was a good girl and washed my swatch first... I'm dead on for stitch gauge, but my row gauge is slightly smaller... so I'll have to add a few repeats for a bit extra length. I don't think it'll be a problem for the upper part of the body... I'll do a bit of pattern altering though to add in a few extra rows.

I'm using Winter Cotton from Elann... in the "brick" color (even though it looks brighter red than a brick!). I LOVE this yarn... so much, in fact, that I'll soon be ordering enough of it in other colors to make 2 sweaters for me, and a vest for my dad. :)

Here's my progress on Rogue so far:

I would have made MUCH more progress on Sunday, but the boy and I decided to finally get off our butts and go see Return of the King on the big screen... needless to say, once the extended edition DVD of that bad boy is released, I'll be watching it a few more times. :)

I should be getting a lot of progress done on Rogue in the next week or so... the boy is heading off to Germany for a week, and he's kindly letting me steal his netflix rentals while he's away, so I'm planning a "Shakespeare and Rogue" festival!


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