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

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*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 18, 2003


Whatdaya Do?

I have a bunch of projects burning holes in my stash. I want to start Culdesac, Classic Aran for Xander, a requested vest for Emma, socks (from the nifty yarns I picked up yesterday at the CSNF--see yesterday's post), and I want to make something, anything, and felt it. So what do I do today instead? I knit a hat for myself out of Rowan Biggy Print in Shock:

I put a stand-up collar on Xander's Einstein Jacket to keep his neck warm (I never like the original boy's design). I lengthened the sleeves on Emma's Curious George Sweater. I reblock Able because I always found it too short. And I plan to add my zipper to Rosedale. So I start nothing new, nor finish anything in the basket. But, I guess I got lots of "those little things" done. We'll see what tomorrow brings.

I also managed to fall in love with this Kilim Jacket yesterday at the CSNF. I always thought I wanted this colourway--but I tried on the dark jewel, and my enablers Kathy, Kate, Amy and Jenna all thought it was "me". (There was no mirror so I'm taking their word for it.) I loved how it fit and I want one. I'm resisting the urge to go back and pick up a kit tomorrow. I know why I like the colour though. It's very similar to kureyon shade 80 that I'm using to make the Entrelac Coat (it's shade 80 in the picture). I've wanted this kit for a while, so maybe I'll ask Santa-Craig or Santa-Mom for it.

Friday, October 17, 2003


Not long enough

So I got to the point in the scarf where I wanted to start the second set of skulls and it's not long enough. My plan was to have the middle section be twice as long as one skull section, but a 56" total scarf of this sort isn't long enough. Poop. So I have to frog a few rows and then do about 6 more blocks. No sense in putting up a picture--just look at the one below and imagine it a wee bit longer.

I probably won't work on it today because I'm going to the Creative Sewing and Needlework Festival. Tables and tables of yarn/patterns/gadgets/books to ogle. This is a huge and fun event--I just have to work hard this afternoon (this portion of my writing is like slogging through deep snow) and then I can play.

Thursday, October 16, 2003


Scarf'n and Swatch'n

My favourite tv night was marred by the fact The West Wing wasn't on, but I still made some progress on the scarf:

I have a white band and black band left before I start the next 20 skulls. I'm getting a bit bored with the striped part, so I'll be glad when I get to the tough stuff.

I also managed to do some swatching for my Kureyon Garter Entrelac Coat. (I have to rename it--any ideas?) I think I have the entrelac concept figured out. Now I'm just waiting for my pattern book (Noro 1). I got it via a trade and I'm getting a bit worried it's never coming. My trading partner has been a bit elusive--though I know she received my part of the trade. I heard from her last week and she said she would resend it (and send me a scan of a page so I know she has it) but I haven't heard from her again. I'll give it a bit longer before I give up and order the book from somewhere. sigh.

Wednesday, October 15, 2003



I did knit a bit last night, but there's no real progress to speak of. My scarf is coming along and will be done with plenty of time to spare--if I work on it! I also worked on the Must-Have cardi. I decided to show some restraint and not start the Lavold vest. I do have the yarn--Rowanspun DK in Lavendar--but I'll try to get the other projects done first.

Now if I could only say the same thing about the thesis--time to write some of the complicated theoretical stuff today and I'm procrastinating. Must go write. Must go write. Must go write.

Tuesday, October 14, 2003


Turkey Overload!

We went to my parents and had a lovely Thanksgiving. The leaves were all changing, the weather was really warm, we ate, played, saw Kill Bill--amazing, and ate lots of turkey. I got to wear Rosedale all weekend and I love it! It still needs a zipper, and I need the time to track one down, but it's the perfect fall cardi. Thanks for all the kind comments.

I also finished Xander's socks:

See how they don't match? I used one ball for these and there was no discernable pattern repeat. He won't care but it does bug me a bit. Is this the way Ringel is supposed to be? Or if you use one ball for each sock does it work out better?

I'm trying to resist the urge to start another project because I need to work on the scarf (for mid-November) and I don't want to forget about my neglected Must-Have Cardi. But Elsebeth Lavold's vest in the most recent Knitters is calling me. Check out Theresa's version--it's fab. I'm a bit worried about sizing for it. I'm a 38 and the medium is 39" finished and the large is 43.5". One will be too tight, the other too wide, and I'm not sure about re-sizing something with cables--might have to do some math for this one.

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