Friday, November 25, 2005  

So there is a catch to this law school thing!

Oh yeah, FINALS. I knew there was a catch to the whole "no grades until the final exam" system! Well, at least there's a whole lot less pressure this time around - your first year grades really are the most important.

But enough about the crappiness that are exams. Let's talk about yarn purchases! ;)

Since I won't be able to get back to the Happy Place until after finals, I decided to make the most of my last visit there. Kinda like a last meal, right? So first I purchased some really yummy koigu (in two colors) for some socks. Since I only have enough sock yarn to make 2,667,432 pairs of socks already. But they were so pretty! And I also bought a set of addi turbo's so I could keep doing socks on two circulars - I'm still not sure if I like it better than my dpn's, but S is going to do his on two circs, so I thought it would be good to have a "demonstration" pair available so I could show him how to do things.

And then, right before I left to go home, 13 balls of Debbie Bliss cashmerino chunky fell into my bag at the exact same moment that my credit card flew into the machine. It was such a crazy coincidence, I tell you!

I wouldn't have chosen this color except that every member of the committe thought this was the color I should go with. So there it is - and they are (as always) right. I love this color, and have NOTHING like it in my closet!

What is it going to be when it grows up (probably in the next few days if I can get time to finish the seams)?

The Debbie Bliss Bolero Jacket from Simply Soft! I got to try on the shop sample and I loved it.

I'll need to find a cute pin to close it up, but it's such a comfy and cozy sweater that doesn't make me look like I'm wearing a sweatshirt.

Speaking of comfy sweaters, I also finished the Twelve Minute Sweater!

Twelve-Minute Sweater
Pattern: Cropped Sweater (?) from the Ella Rae book
Yarn: Magallanes (as called for) - 5 skeins (I barely dipped into the sixth, but I made the sleeves a bit too long, so I would have been able to do it in 5 even with the long sleeves!)
Notes: Everything about this pattern was great to follow with 2 exceptions - (1) the sleeve cap shaping was totally f'ed up. So I re-wrote it - since the gauge is so bit (seriously like 2 rows per inch), it only took a few minutes to re-knit the sleeve caps, and I had used a row counter throughout so I knew how many rows high they needed to be. (2) In hindsight, I think 5 buttons would have worked better than the 4 called for - but I think it'll be fine. Certainly good enough so that I don't need to rip out the button band, buy more buttons, and re-do!

I really loved knitting this sweater, and think I'll actually get quite a bit of use out of it once it comes back from being a shop sample. The yarn softened up a LOT after a rinse with eucalan, and I spit-sliced throughout so there wasn't that much finishing to do.

And finally, what two tired little ones look like after a post-turkey run through the neighborhood - ok, two tired little ones and one tired big one! Too bad she wasn't big enough to take Abby by herself - they sure are fast! :)


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