Thursday, April 14, 2005  

Another Week...

I actually managed to finish a project yesterday – a mini-ipod cover for my friend Kati. It took me WAY too long to finish this because I kept forgetting to work on it! Luckily, it turned out ok – the perfectionist in me wants to re-do it to make it fit a bit better, but, considering that I didn’t have an actual mini-ipod to work with while knitting this, I think it came out well.

I’m also SO CLOSE to finishing the yoke of Mariah. I thought I was done with it last night at the Happy Place, but when I tried it on again after putting it on waste yarn, I decided I need to keep going for another inch or two. I’m short rowing the neck, and I LOVE the way it makes such a lovely curve in the front. I will never go back – it’s short rowing all the way! Speaking of the neckline, I’ve definitely decided AGAINST making the hood. I love the delicate way the sweater drapes thanks to the Calmer yarn, and I think a hood would spoil the effect. Instead, I’m going to follow Kristine’s advice, and knit a long strip with the same cable from the ribbing, and whip stitch it onto the neck. I’ll leave the stitches live, though, until I’ve had a chance to pin the cable neckband on and give it a look – that way, if I decide to do something else instead, I won’t have bound the whole thing off. Who knows – I might manage to finish this sweater before I go to Alaska in May! And, thanks to Cindy’s generous offer to give me her unbelievably gorgeous Chicago that she just finished, that will give me a total of 3 cardigans in Calmer – perfect for the summer! (Ok, so maybe Cindy might have mentioned something about me “not getting my damn hands on her sweater.” But I’m SURE she meant that she wants to wrap it up in pretty paper or put it in a nice gift bag before she gives it to me. She’s so sweet! )

Speaking of the Happy Place, I finally bought my inventory yarn – my reward for doing inventory back in January was to buy a project’s worth of yarn at a very generous discount. My purchase?

YUMMY. It’s 20% cashmere and 80% extra fine merino wool, in the color “brownie.” (Perhaps it IS possible to combine yarn and chocolate!) It is unbelievably soft, and I’m desperately hoping I can wear it against my skin. I’m thinking I might be able to squeak two sweaters out of this – I’m thinking one cabled cardigan, and one very plain pullover. I might take a look at the other colors and buy a couple of skeins in another color as an accent for the plain sweater, if it looks like I’ll be running too short to make both. Of course, this is all assuming that I ever manage to actually KNIT anything with this yarn – I’m VERY tempted to pile it on my bed and roll in it. :)

Cricket was sulking this morning because I wouldn’t let her play with the new yarn. Apparently, she is a cat with discriminating tastes – but even with the amazing discount, this yarn is NOT in the kitty-toy price range, so she’ll just have to sulk. Poor kitty…

Here’s another picture from last weekend – have I mentioned how much I LOVE the cherry blossoms?

And finally, a quote that literally gave me goose bumps when I read this case for my Constitutional Law class -

"Nothing in our Constitution is plainer than that declaration of a war is entrusted only to Congress. Of course, a state of war may in fact exist without a formal declaration. But no doctrine that the Court could promulgate would seem to me more sinister and alarming than that a President whose conduct of foreign affairs is so largely uncontrolled, and often even is unknown, can vastly enlarge his mastery over the internal affairs of the country by his own commitment of the Nation's armed forces to some foreign venture." Justice Jackson, 1952 (concurring, The Steel Seizure Case).


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