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Starts: November 4, 2003
Ends: January 1, 2004

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Finished!

*Jess' socks in Scheepjes Invicta Coloris colour 1702, November 13/03

*Skull scarf birthday-present project, my pattern using Wool Gatto, November 2/03

*Toe-up Socks in Opal Mexico #21, November 1/03

In Progress

*Must-Have Cardigan in Naturespun, started September 16/03

*Jess' socks--the sequel in Regia Stretch Colour #88, started November ?/03

*Lovely Lavold Vest (aka Culdesac), in Araucania Nature Wool in Allspice, started November 3/03

*Silly Scarf in Colinette One Zero, Crystal Palace Deco Ribbon and Fizz and Salsa, started November 18/03

*First Draft of my Dissertation: Representations of Health in Canadian Women's Magazines started far too long ago

I wish I had time to knit:

*St. Brigid
*My Noro Entrelac Jacket
*Childhood jacket for Emma
*Classic Aran
for Xander from The Children's Collection

Books I would like:

*Viking Patterns for Knitters Elsebeth Lavold
*The Purl Stitch Sally Melville
*The Children's Collection
A & J Starmore

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Friday, June 20, 2003

 
Well, I had to do this quiz:

Granny knitter
You may not be a granny, but you've got the
mentality. Hard work and artistic vision lead
to your beautiful knitted results.

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The results are a bit weird (not just mine) but it was fun. I guess I'm just a "regular knitter" (and that's not a bad thing). You'll see what I mean if you do the quiz.

In my knitting news, Able is coming along nicely. I blocked the front and it looks great and I'm busily working on the back. I would like the back piece done this weekend and it might just happen. Have a good one. See you Monday.


Thursday, June 19, 2003

 
Look what I finished this morning:

I'm really pleased with this front piece of Able. (I had to fiddle with the brightness because it's raining and I couldn't take pictures outside.) The long bits at the neck will be sewn to the back neck to continue the stocking stitch detail in the back--so clever. I'm thinking this would make a nice tank with a bit of modification to the armholes. The rest is just nicely shaped moss stitch (seed stitch in America) so it should knit up quickly. I am worried it's a bit small, as I went down a few needle sizes to get the gauge, but I had a hard time counting the stitches in moss stitch, but it's silk and cotton so it should stretch when I block it.

Which leads me to this question: If I knit the front with 3 balls (exactly) and that's a third of the required yarn, that would mean I need 9 balls to do the sweater (there is no extra finishing and I kept long pieces to seam). The pattern calls for 10 balls for the medium and large (which is what I'm making). How come I will have some left? The same thing happened with sitcom chic. I substituted using Eviva and bought 12 balls (1320 yards). I made the medium (requiring about 1200 yards). I had almost 5 full balls (550 yards) left over, meaning I only used 770+ yards. Could someone explain this? I find similar things happen to me all the time (except when I was 4 balls short of Scottish Heather when I made Na Craga--but that's the exception). It's nice that I use less yarn than required, but I don't get it.


Tuesday, June 17, 2003

 
This yarn die-t is killing me. I should probably stop reading all these great knitting blogs because it increases my temptation. I really want to make Smooch with the other bloggers. I've been surfing for the yarn and pattern which is making the die-t worse. I suppose this is testing my restaint, or lack of it. I have learned that I love yarn. I like buying yarn, having a stash, starting new projects at will. There are worse addictions and at least I'm happy. Maybe today I'll swatch some yarn from my sad summer stash (the winter one is good though) that might make me feel better. SIGH

Monday, June 16, 2003

 
I finally finished sewing the ribbon on sitcom chic Saturday. Because I don't sew well (and thus, hate to sew), there was much re-doing involved. I must have over-stretched one side of the cardigan because it was longer than the other one and I had to undo/redo it. Then I had to fiddle with the ribbon around the eyelet area because it showed through in the front (I cut the ribbon and sewed down each side in a vee shape). Now that it's done--I LOVE IT! The ribbon is fun, matching my flower button nicely, and now the edges hang perfectly. Here it is:

My mom wants one but I must admit, I don't feel like working on another one just now, even though uber-chic Bonne Marie tweaked the pattern to make the sleeves narrower. I told mom she'd have to sew her own ribbon. I love her but...




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