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March 14, 2006



I haven't had much time to knit in the past few days, so of course that is All. I. Want. To. Do. So let's just talk about knitting for a while instead, shall we? I will actually get to knit in class tonight, so that's something. And on the subway. And tomorrow night I should have a few hours. Hurrah.

I ripped out my brother's scarf ("Dave's scarf" in the Ten) because it was too fiddly and I wasn't enjoying knitting it and couldn't imagine that he'd much like wearing it. So now I'm doing a ribbed thing with a few cables in the middle. I think it will work better. The yarn - Classic Elite Princess - is wonderfully soft but a little too smushy for this, I think. It's not very crisp. Not great stitch definition. Perhaps TOO soft. Why did I get this, again? I don't remember. Oh, right: I was afraid he'd turn down anything that could possibly be construed as "scratchy." Well, scratchy it certainly isn't. I'm still not entirely sure how I feel about this project, but I'm going to keep going, and hope that the cables will look a bit better after blocking. It's funny - I love the yarn and I love my new pattern. It's just the combination thereof that makes me nervous. We'll see. If the pattern works as it should I'll post it. Along with the baby hat pattern. I'd like to get a little "Free Patterns" section going.

I pulled out Branching Out for the first time in months and worked on it for a while on Sunday. The chart seemed much easier to deal with this time around, and it was going along pretty quickly until I realized that I was short a stitch. I was too tired/distracted to figure out what had gone wrong right then, but maybe tomorrow night. That one should be quite quick if/when I manage to actually memorize the pattern.

Salina is moving along as well: I'm in the increase part of the waist shaping now. I was rather proud of the waist shaping and showed a friend, and the look on his face was marvelous: I hadn't mentioned that this was just the back of the sweater, and he was trying to figure out a polite way of saying "That wouldn't possibly fit all the way around you." Hah.

Erica and I are doing a bit of yarn shopping on Saturday, so I'll continue my quest for a cotton blend for the Hourglass Sweater. We'll see. I'm also hoping to finish something so I can start Rogue this weekend. Right now, nothing sounds so appealing as spending the entire day in my apartment on Sunday, knitting and watching DVDs and maybe cleaning a bit. So I think that will be the plan.

Posted by Kat at March 14, 2006 03:21 PM

Sounds like the perfect Sunday. Except for the cleaning part.

Posted by: Carole at March 14, 2006 03:41 PM

Knitting and relaxing and even cleaning sounds very nice.... does that mean I'm getting old?

I keep having the same problem with Branching Out -- I'm happily following the chart, everything's going great.... and then I end up short 1 stitch at the end of the row, which usually means that I missed a YO two rows ago. I've just started putting a lifeline at the beginning of every pattern repeat, and ripping back that far, rather than trying to tink.

Or at least... I was. Back when my wrists would allow me to knit. Not that I'm bitter.

Posted by: Tracy at March 14, 2006 04:55 PM

I'm with Carole. Except for the cleaning, sounds perfect! But I know the feeling of not having the chance to knit and how one's thoughts begin to focus on that! Hopefully things slow down a bit for you.

Posted by: Chris at March 14, 2006 06:43 PM

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