Friday, October 14, 2005  

A Much Delayed Post

Warning - lots of pictures ahead!

There's so much - I don't know where to start! Of course, that's kinda the theme around here - I have a major project with deadlines approaching, and I'm sitting here, with a pile of research to read through, unwilling to face it.

So instead, some blogging.

On Friday, I had my "recovery day" at the Happy Place enjoying some yarn therapy - and working on the 12 Minute Sweater. I thought I was finished with the knitting (except for the button bands and the collar), and was in the middle of seaming and assembling, when I reached the step where you sew the sleeve into the armhole - yeah. Not so much. The problem?

Well - see for yourself. In the background, the re-knitted sleeve cap based on my completely re-written instructions. It fits perfectly. In the foreground? The sleeve cap produced by following the instructions exactly. (red line)

The good news is that I re-knit both sleeve caps in about 10 minutes due to the super-chunkiness of the yarn. I'm planning on finishing it by next week when Kristine comes home. I think it's totally doable - tomorrow is FOOTBALL day (go 'skins!)

I've decided that this week is all about finishing things up - I have a project I really really really want to get started, but I'm not letting myself do anything about it until I "clear the decks," knitting-wise.

First up? I've finished the body of another felted messenger bag - my friend J loved mine when she saw it a few weeks ago, so she's getting her very own for Christmas. It's cascade 220 (of course!) - purchased at the online shop - and I'm planning on finishing the 65 inches of strap (that'll be an interesting google hit...) before next weekend so I can felt it at my parents' house during NEXT week's football day. (I love football day!)

I loved the color combination so much that I bought yarn to make myself a basic striped crew-neck - I'm thinking I'll try a top-down raglan since I've never done one top-down before. I'll eventually get around to making a gauge swatch and plugging numbers into the raglan generator.

But wait, there's more!!

I knit a second zig-zag scarf - this time out of some Whispers yarn for my roommate, also for Christmas. This scarf was great fun to knit - but a word of warning - do not, under any circumstances, attempt to rip back in Whispers. Just cut, throw it away, and start over. Ripping cannot be done. I even have my doubts about tinking.

The scarf is currently hanging out at the shop as a kind-of shop sample until I bring it home for a good blocking and gift-wrapping. I think my roommate will be gone over Thanksgiving, so I'll probably block it then. It's awfully hard to hide a six foot long mohair blend scarf...

But speaking of blocking (and finishing things), I finally finished blocking Rippling Waters - I ordered a set of blocking wires, and got to work!

And here she is reclining casually at the back table at KH -

I cannot say enough how much I loved this pattern (from Two Lace Scarves by Fiddlesticks)- excellently written, interesting but not impossible to knit, and really elegant. I'm looking forward to starting my next Fiddlesticks project - The Lily of the Valley Stole. I'll make it out of either Helen's Lace in Lakeview, or in some cashmere-silk in a creamy color. I haven't decided yet - but hey, there's time, right? Especially since this is slated to be a birthday gift for Mom - and her birthday is in late June!

Oh, and look what I got in the mail! Isn't she pretty? I'm not sure what her name will be -

I ordered her from these nice folks, and I love her. It's the "delux folding swift" - and see how nicely she sits on my dresser?

Unfortunately, since I'm not allowing myself to do anything with my super-extra-special project (see reference above) until I've motivated myself into finishing my felted bag, the 12 minute sweater, grandma's fingerless gloves (1 down, 1 to go!), and my dad's vest, there wasn't any yarn to wind with my new swift!

HAH HAH HAH! Boy, I cracked up just writing that. Self-control? HAH!

And what yarn is the perfect choice for a brand new hand-made swift? Why, soft and silky Cormo from MDS&W, of course!

WARNING - Yarn Porn Ahead

OOOOO, AHHHHHH - that's 536 yards of 100% Cormo from Foxhill Farm.

See? Even Cricket can't resist helping - hint - she's sitting on my black laptop case, on the floor.

After all of that yarn-porn excitement, it was time to watch a little TV on the couch -

Next entry - completed sweater photos - Mariah, Brownie, Pines II, and Trinity!!!


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