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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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Saturday, October 11, 2003

 

Presenting Rosedale

Hooray! I love it. I want to get a zip (in taupe or dark fucshia) but that's not stopping me from wearing it (I'm gussied up to go out to a scotch nosing--this is a rare makeup wearing event for me!).

That's the picture I like best, but here's one that shows the sweater better:

The ones of the back didn't turn out. I'll post them to my gallery when I get back from the holiday weekend--Happy Thanksgiving Canada.


Friday, October 10, 2003

 
I just need to graph the underarms and I'm done. But, Emma's sick (again poor dear) so taking her to the doctor comes first. But if you come back later, there will be pictures of a lovely finished Rosedale!

Thursday, October 09, 2003

 

Close, but...

I'm not done. I had to redo the collar because my first colour combination looked muddy. Here's the finished collar:

And, I changed the zipper facings which took some figuring--I'm only done one side. I didn't like how the stitches looked when picked up on the wrong side so I picked them up on the right side. It's actually the best stitch pick-up I've ever done. Hopefully the second side will work just as well.

I'm also looking for a two-way zipper. Any good sources in Toronto (FabricLand generally sucks) or thoughts on colour? I've never seen two-way zips in anything but white or black--both of which won't work.


Wednesday, October 08, 2003

 

Intarsia Magic

Here's a photo of the back of Rosedale and these neat little intarsia rectangles (they still need to be steamed flat):

And here's a close-up of the intarsia rectangles on the front:

The rectangles are worked for many inches and then stopped leading to those neat stripes in the middle. The stripey magic of kureyon makes it all happen. It also makes the long rectangle on the back meld into the green stripes of the body. I love this yarn, and the pattern.

I'm about 5 rows away from finishing the body so tonight, my favourite TV night, will be spent on the collar and weaving in the million ends that come from undoing a sweater to make another one. I'll be weaving while watching The West Wing since I like to give that show my fullest attention.

Have a great day and I hope you get the great weather we're getting here!


Tuesday, October 07, 2003

 

So pretty

If I do say so myself. I didn't have tons of time to knit last night but Rosedale is coming along. Every row means a few less stitches (I'm decreasing for the yoke) so I each row takes a bit less time. Kureyon is magic, I want keep knitting so I can see how the colours of the intarsia and the stripes will evolve. It's a fun project. Here's it trying to look like a cardi:

There's even two little rectangles on the back that I'll show you tomorrow--they add that "little something extra" to the design. Today I know I'll have a long wait for a "drop in day" appointment at a government agency--I want to knit Rosedale but it's pretty bulky with three balls attached to KIP, so I think Xander's neglected socks will get some attention.


Monday, October 06, 2003

 

Relaxing

I had a fab but quiet weekend. Craig and the kids left Friday at dinner and returned late Sunday night. I was all alone. I stitched and bitched with Kate, Jenna and Amy, stayed up until 2am watching Thelma and Louise, slept late, stayed in my pjs most of Saturday, watched DVDs and relaxed.

Of course, most of the downtime was spent working on Rosedale.

Sometimes a pattern is bewitching and I want it now. This is one of those. It uses the colourfulness of kureyon to its fullest and it's been a fun knit. The corregated ribbing on the body gave me a bit of trouble (I eventually used smaller needles so it would look the same as the sleeves) but the rest has been smooth sailing. I'm resisting the urge to run downstairs and knit it right now--these are the perils of working at home.

Sunday I joined Team Knitty and Walked for the Cure (for Breast Cancer). We joined about 30,000 others in Toronto and it was a fun event. Thanks to everyone who donated. The event raised over 17 million nationally! Of course Amy, Kate and I celebrated with a trip to Romni Wools where I showed tremendous restraint buying only 3 balls of Kureyon to make Booga J's felted bag for a friend.




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