Tuesday, September 20, 2005  

The Twelve Minute Sweater

First, before I forget, here's a photo of a happy doggie with her new felted doggie toy, courtesy of my amazing secret pal! Abby hasn't quite figured out how to get at the extra-fun stuffing on the inside, but once she does, based on past behavior, she will spend hours ripping the stuffing out and leaving it in piles all over the floor. She will even break up large stuffing pieces into smaller strips. I swear, she'd be a great help if I was a spinner!

In other news, I spent most of the weekend relaxing and having fun, even though I should have been doing a lot of work. But, seeing as it was the only weekend for a long time past and future when I didn't have any interviews to worry about, it was really amazing to take a deep breath and enjoy myself.

Step one of any relaxing weekend? Ride my bike to the Happy Place, and spend the day with Holly, Phyl-Phyl, and Kristine, with a lunchtime visit from Cindy. I was trying to be a good girl, so I brought Mariah along to finally finish seaming her up. However, just as I was about to break out the needle and thread, Kristine rescued me asked me if I would mind knitting a shop sample out of the new Ella Rae book. Did I ever! I chose the "Chunky Little Jacket", which calls for Magallenes yarn DOUBLED. On size 15 needles. Consequently, I finished the fronts on Friday, the back on Saturday, and one sleeve yesterday. I'll probably finish the second sleeve tonight or tomorrow, depending on how late I get home.

But poor, poor Kristine - every time she looked away on Friday at the shop, I had finished miles of the front. The entire front only takes 74 rows - and she was on row 80-something of her sleeve, and was less than 1/2 done! So if you were in the shop on Friday and kept hearing Kristine say things like "I've only been gone 12 minutes! How have you finished the front?", now you know. Apparently, 12 minutes was the time-period of choice, though - so this sweater will now be known as the "12 minute sweater." (Hey, I figure that's at LEAST as creative as the real title!)

Overall, I have really enjoyed knitting this. The chunky HUGE yarn project was just what I needed to feel accomplished. The only changes I've made in the pattern thus far are the sleeves - I don't do 3/4 sleeve sweaters, so I lengthened them. Otherwise, it has been well-written and easy to follow (as long as you remember that all the measurements are in cm!) Plus, because it's going to be a shop sample until after Christmas or thereabouts, I didn't have to buy the yarn!

But even better than almost finishing an entire sweater in one weekend was what I got to do on Sunday - I went to the Maryland Renaissance Festival with my girls (we've been best friends since kindergarden), and had a great time drinking beer enjoying the weather, the performers, and seeing all the booths. But the best part? I GOT TO RIDE AN ELEPHANT!!! (I have no idea what elephant rides have to do with the Renaissance. But DAH-YAM, it was so cool!)

After all of the beer excitement of the festival, my friend Jen and I had to go to an all-you-can-eat crab feast hosted by S's undergrad alumni association. Seriously, watching a bunch of Minnesotans trying to eat Maryland blue crabs is some serious entertainment. But Jen and I did Maryland proud, and ate so many crabs that we had to leave some on the table because we were full. It was beautiful.

After all that excitement this weekend, we were all pretty worn out!


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