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Seeing Stars

[I neglected to post information about my sheepy coffee mug. It came from Great Bay Pottery of North Hampton, New Hampshire. You can buy mugs on line, but I don't see the sheep variety offered. Email 'em though. I bet they have some "in back".]

I'm seeing stars after my most recent trip to Windsor Button.

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Button selection for George couldn't be delayed. I want one baby knit completely finished before I get too far along with anything else--"anything else" being the Shetland Stole.

These are glazed ceramic stars, and I think the yellow/orange contrasts nicely with the green.

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With the buttons attached, Georgie is done!

The details:

Pattern: George from Jaeger JB 28

Yarn: about three skeins of Plymouth Encore, colorway 1232

Needles: US7s

What I changed? I didn't trust the pattern's sizing, so I used the pattern's stitch counts with a larger-gauge yarn. The result was a wider and slightly longer sweater than would have resulted if I had achieved the correct gauge.

Will it fit? That remains to be seen.

Sheep & Wool Galore!

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Sheep are suprisingly camera shy. Unless you were looking forward to a lot of pictures of sheep butt, please excuse the unimaginative shots of the main attraction at the Massachusetts Sheep and Wool Festival.

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That's not to say, of course, that sheep were the only attraction of the day. No, no, no.

Many small spinneries and dyers from the western New England/upstate New York area came to display and sell their wares. I saw many tempting things, but my rule is that a specific project must be identified for the yarn before it is purchased. This rule prevents me from buying all sorts of stuff and then spending the next year agonizing about what to do with it.

Here is the only yarn purchase of the day:

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Some nubbly, soft cotton in the "Pewter" colorway from Tregellys Fibers in Hawley, Massachusetts, sold by Botanical Shades in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts. I'm thinking that a nice floppy sunhat would look great in this yarn.

This yarn purchase brought about the most interesting blogger sighting of the day. A woman was sitting in the Botanical Shades booth spinning. She looked, talked, and even spun like Cassie. [I must have seen Cassie spinning at Claudia's]. Couldn't be Cassie, I thought. She didn't mention that she would be coming.

Well, of couse it was Cassie! She was very stealthy and came up with Juno, whom I saw later in the afternoon.

Of course, there were a few Boston bloggers there, too. We had an impromptu meetup at lunch. The point of my post, however, is not to catalogue everyone I saw. Sometimes I do that; today I'm just not in the mood.

The festival has a state-fair angle to it, with judged entries in several categories--all having something to do with wool or animal fibers. There was a handspinning table, and this entry in particular caught my eye:

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The hank was handspun by Patricia Blomgren of East Dummerston, Vermont. I love how the bright hues are highlighted against the deep, saturated brown background.

Then there was the "youth" category. The sign above the booth, however, was the only indication that these entries were by "youths" rather than people who had been sewing for 65 years.

Here was the judges' first place:

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But here was my first place:

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Sewn by girls who were 17 and 14, respectively.

About now you're probably wondering what else I bought. I must admit that I indulged myself a wee bit. Remember I blogged about buying a case for my DPNs? Here it is:

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It's by Katharyn Crippen of Crippenworks. Upon purchasing and inspecting this case, I realized that there is absolutely no way that I could have made something as sturdy and as nice as Katharyn's case. I'm simply not that good of a seamstress. Katharyn, apparently, is. She sells on line, so you don't have to wait until next year to buy yours.

Then (and this doesn't even count as a knitting-related purchase) I bought a pair of the warmest mittens ever:

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These were made by Shepherd's Flock in Townshend, Vermont. Ironically, Sunday was one of the hottest days of the year, and there I was buying shearling mittens. But someday the cold weather will return, and my hands will thank me for my foresight.

I'll leave you with a picture of my new coffee mug:

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Next up is Maine in two weeks. Who's going?

Further on Fir Cone

Well, thanks to my Barbara Walker stitch-pattern treasury and an email exchange with Carolyn, the Shetland Stole is back on track. This weekend saw much progress with the Fir Cone pattern:

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Compare that with last week's version:

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Last week's version was interesting, no doubt about it. If it weren't for the fact that I have a clear mental image of how I want the stole to look I might have continued to knit.

As it is, I'm glad that I began again. Have I told you about the clever way the stiches move to form the wavy lines? The second half of the 16-row repeat shifts by one stitch every other row. Yet, as if by magic, vertical lines of decreases remain. I'm not going to bore you with how that happens (basically the decreases are spaced so that they always align) just enjoy the effect.

Mass Gathering

I'm off to the Massachusetts Sheep & Wool Festival. It's a knitting roadtrip, whoo!

I enjoyed myself quite a bit at last year's festival, and I'm looking forward to returning. The festival has enough of everything to keep one interested, but it's small enough so as not to feel overwhelmed There's time to do and see it all, and still feel as if you can drop down into Northampton for a late lunch or early dinner. The atmosphere is low-key, and I gather that the organizers have worked hard to keep it that way. While there is the blogger brownie thingie, I don't get the sense that Mass. Sheep & Wool has the see-and-be-seen angle of the bigger events. People, this is my kind of festival!

My plans? Well, I would love to snag a new case for my DPNs. I have been saying for at least a year that it would be so easy to make myself one. Guess who hasn't had a DPN case for over a year....

Maybe I can pick up a fabulous shawl kit from Green Mountain Spinnery. Dorchester Farms will be there, too. Maybe there'll be some more sock yarn in the stash. [Can you believe that I just wrote that?]

So, if you see me, say hi! Amber and I have this running joke that I walked right by her last year and didn't even notice (I did! What can I say? I'm a moron.)

Back to the Laces

With George's collar off of my needles, and nicely matched with a pair of booties and a hat, it's time to be selfish again. Let's get back to the lace!

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Wait a minute, this looks nothing like the pattern photo (it's the Shetland Triangle from Wrap Style, or wrapSTYLE or WrapStyle. I don't know how to type it. Buy it here.)

I don't see those undulating ovals forming, do you? No! I see diagonal stripes. What's going on?

Instead of the shawl in the pattern I'm making a stole. To do this I omitted the side shaping and worked only the 10-stitch repeat from the body chart. Nothing looked right as the stole took shape. I started to suspect that pattern should shift from row to row or repeat to repeat. But, with even repeats of 10, that could never happen. Something was wrong.

The pattern description gave me vital assistance by identifying the stitch pattern as the "classic" fir cone pattern. "Hmm," I thought "'Classic?'" Would that be in one of my Barbara Walker stitch treasuries? It was (Volume 1)! And, Ms. Walker tells us that the stitches are arranged in multiples of 10 stitches plus one. Plus 1! Ah! There's my shifting.

Well, it's back to the laces, but first, it's back to the beginning.

When No One Was Looking

This might explain the slow progress on George:

Hat:

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(lace pattern closeup):

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Booties:

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Oh yeah, George:

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Now for the buttons. Stay tuned!

A Little Progress on a Little Collar

I promise you, this is a baby sweater:

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I know that I have knit adult-sized garments faster than George seems to be taking shape. I expected to be finished with the collar in one day--one evening--but that seems not to be the case. It's very close to complete, but I think that I have three or four more rows, about a half inch, before I bind off.

To distract you from my pawltry knitting progress, I give you the sky:

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The Charles River, looking west toward Brighton.

A Collar For George

Someday, George will have a collar.

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I'm not sure when that will be. Thank goodness for subway knitting; I might otherwise get no knitting time. I'm not really complaining. I'm busy in a good way, but busy nevertheless.

It doesn't help that this photos shows the start of the second collar. Why two? Because the first time I knit the collar I decided to continue the cable. Fine, but with the collar folded over, the transition of the cable from the wrong side to the right side (to keep the cable visible) didn't look good.

For the second try, I'm sticking with a simple K2, P2 rib, just like the waistband.

Shetland Beginnings

Oooh, I'm so excited about this yarn! I know that I should be blogging about George (tomorrow) but I can't wait to use this yarn.

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This is the hank of Twoloops handdyed that Melissa included in my Sockapaloooza package. I love everything about it. The colorway, the weight, and the merino (so soft!).

The photo doesn't do the yarn justice. I realize that it's overexposed. I cast on yesterday for the Shetland Lace Triangle from Wrap Style. Only thing is I'm making a stole, and not a triangular shawl. For me, a rectangle will be more useful than a triangle.

The pattern's use was inspired by Ms. So Much Yarn, whose own Shetland Triangle with DB's pure silk is gorgeous (what a great use for that yarn--must get some).

Did you know that there's a knitalong for it? I thought about joining it, but I can barely keep my own blog interesting these days, never mind trying to provide witty posts for another.

Socks and lace, lace and socks. And baby knits! How could I forget about George? That's what this blog is all about these days.

Clearing the Plate

Once again it's time to clear off my knitting plate before I begin some warm-weather projects. You might remember George.

I finished the bulk of the knitting for George about two weeks ago. Since then it langished in my knitting box while my needles focused on completing my Sock Savior pair. With the socks done and mailed, it was time for some seaming.

I enjoy finishing--in small doses. For an adult-sized knit I would need a few evenings to seam everything. With a baby knit, however, all I need is a couple of hours on a drizzly afternoon.

Because George is a cardigan, I first added button bands on the front pieces:

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Then I seamed the sleeves to the body pieces along the raglan lines. I had ends everywhere from the cast-on and cast-off rows of each piece.

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With the sleeves in place, I sewed them together and seamed the back to the front pieces. I wove in a few ends, snip, snip, snip, and voilĂ :

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By then, I was out of yarn; I forgot that extra ball at home. All that remains is a collar, which could easily be some quick subway knitting this week.

Let me share a concern I have with you about this project. I think that those sleeves are going to be too short. Perhaps babies are not proportioned as adults are, but my own arms dangle down past my waist. Well, whatever the case, I'm not frogging the sleeves and reknitting them. At this point, sizing for the niece/nephew is guesswork anyway. I don't expect to get a definite fit for anything until I can get measurements.

Opposites

Dear Sockpal II:

You are the most patient person in world. I've been lurking on your blog, reading your posts. Not a one has been bemoaning the fact that your socks were taking forever to land in your mailbox. Okay, there was one mentioning that the socks would be late, but seriously, you're holding it together really, really well.

That's one way that we're opposites. Me? I clearly am the world's least patient person, in ever way. Waiting drives me crazy! Sure, sure I've heard the patience-is-a-virtue line, and all sorts of crap like that. Patience may, indeed, be a virtue--one which I do not posess.

If I were you, by now I would have a web cam mounted to my mailbox with a live feed going directly to every computer montitor I use, plus my cellphone. I would check it more often than I check my email. And, you know, that's saying a lot. Now? How about now? Are my socks here yet? Do I hear the mailman? What about now? They-are-never-going-to-come-my-Sockpal-hates-me-I-knew-that-this-stupid-swap-would-never-work, now?

Yeah, the waiting would take years off of my life. But you? Not a chance! By outward appearances you seem very, very calm.

Here's another way that we're opposites: let's just say that we aren't exactly neighbors. That's all that I'm going to write, because I don't want to give it away. We could live on either sides of a big continent or a big ocean. We could live on either sides of the world, for that matter. One thing is for sure: when it comes to mailing addresses, we are like night and day (whoops!).

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If you've been following the socks' progress you will know that I'm in love with the yarn and the pattern. I hope that you enjoy wearing your socks just as much as I have enjoyed knitting them.

Just in case you don't, I'm hopeful that I little chocolate will cheer you. A little birdie told me that you like it dark.

Well, Sockpal, it's been fun. There's not much longer for you to wait. Keep it up! You've been doing great.

Sincerely,

Subway Knitter

Finally!

At last, it's time to go to the post office:

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Whoo! I'm a bit tired from all this sock knitting, and if I want to get these things boxed and ready to go, I can't write much. I think I extolled the virtues of this yarn yesterday. Will there be more socks from Mind's Eye Hand-Dye? You bet!!

Let me say a little bit about this pattern. It looks slightly, how shall we say, intimidating. At least it did to Subway Knitter. Definitely not the pattern for knitting on the go. Or so I thought! It's deceptively simple. The pattern is essentially little more than K1, P1 ribbing with a K2Tog TBL and a YO now and again. Frequent stitch counts and stitch markers are essential to making this a pick-up-and-go kind of project.

Okay, now where's my packing tape....

Almost There

Hang on Sockpal, they're coming:

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What, do you think that I was just sitting around yesterday oogling my yarn? Not quite! Especially when what's on my needles is just as nice.

One of the best things about Sockapaloooza is discovering three small yarn dyers, all new to me. My first pair of Sockapaloooza socks (now it can be known: they went to Kerrie) were knit with Dani's merino hand-dyed sock yarn.

Then, of course we have my own Sockapaloooza pair in Melissa's Two Loops hand-dyed yummyness.

Third is Lucy's merino tencel hand-dyed sock yarn. Lucy also has a blog--I'm not sure which link to use so I'll use both. I'm so happy that she's thrown caution to the wind and opened up her Etsy shop. The sock yarn would, in my humble opinion, also work well for shawls. The tencel's sheen lends itself to something a little bit special. Keep it in mind for your next special shawl project.

Yarn Up The Yazoo!

Recent developments 'round these parts have been very kind to the Subway Stashette (thanks Claudia for that term).

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First we Knitsmiths had a swap. That added the hank of green/pink Malabrigo (mmm, thanks Norah!) the two cones--that's 1,800+ yards of wool fingering-weight yarn (thanks Alison!), the hank of baby-blue Manos, and the skein of self-patterning Opal in mostly blues (thanks Ariel!)

Then, my Sockapaloooza Care package. From that came the hank of Dani's gorgeous yellow-blue sock yarn (Starry Night, if you're curious), the amazing green and blue and oh-so-spring hank of Melissa's Yarn All Over, and last but not least: the two mini hanks of the leftover Sockapaloooza yarn (hand dyed by Melissa for me).

Let's see, am I forgetting anything? Nope, don't think so. While I don't have anything specific in mind for anything other than the Yarn All Over and the mini hanks (stay tuned), there seem to be a couple of hats and maybe a pair of socks calling my name. There'll be small projects galore!

[Readers might have noticed that I began to hold comments for approval. I really didn't like doing that, but I had to because of comment spam. The amount of spam has dropped recently, so I'm going back. Your comment should publish immediately.]

A Cuff and a Flap

The good thing about all this rain is that it sure leads to a lot more knitting time. I more than made up for my mishap yesterday.

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The sock is back on schedule, and if I want things to stay that way I need to return to the knitting.

Home Stretch

Will it ever end?

The rain, I mean, not the knitting. I need to get going on these socks. It was fine to knit leisurely on my first Sockapaloooza pair because I planned for it. But now I have a Pal who is patiently waiting to get these socks. It isn't fair to ask my Pal to keep waiting forever.

Therefore, I set some daily goals for these past few days of knitting knitting. Pomatomus's cuff consists of three chart repeats. Therefore, the first goal was one cuff repeat a day.

Of course it isn't very difficult when I'm working with such wonderful yarn. I have been very fortunate with yarn selections for this swap. Just a reminder: I'm using Lucy's hand-dyed sock yarn from Mind's Eye Yarns in Cambridge. Do I need to remind you that she has an Etsy shop?

Day 1:

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Day 2:

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Day 3:

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Okay, so I didn't exactly make repeat three on day three. Will a half repeat suffice? It'll have to. Somewhere along the way I made a mistake on one row and it threw everything off. I had an extra stitch in one group. Despite frogging and close examination I could not identify the spot where things went wrong. Eventually I decided that a well placed K3Tog, TBL would fix things and it did.

It's frustrating when I can't find my mistakes, but that probably means my Sockpal won't be able to spot it either.

Sock Savior Care Package

By now, all of you know that I received my Sockapaloooza socks. Knit by the oh-so-wonderful Melissa, they have barely left my feet since their arrival.

What you don't know is that another package arrived chez Subway Knitter earlier last week. Of course, I was on pins and needles awaiting my Sockapaloooza pair, so when I saw this on the porch you might guess what I thought.

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Eeeee! I might have squeaked with glee at the sight. Actually, I'm quite certain that I did.

I bought the package inside, and left it at the table. My Sockpaloooza socks! They're here! They're here! Good sense, however, prevailed. First eat dinner, then open socks.

An hour or so later I sat down and opened the package. The envelope contained a wrapped parcel with a note on the outside. Before I opened the parcel I opened the note. It was a thank-you note. That's a strange type of note to send to your sockpal, I thought.

I read the note and then it dawned on me. The woman for whose sock pal I'm knitting sent me a thank-you package. How thoughtful! Surprise and delight doesn't begin to describe how I felt. I was, to put it mildly, touched.

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Look! Here we have a hank of Dani's wonderful hand-dyed merino (in the "Starry Night" colorway--very Van Gogh-esque) and a chocolate bar. I'll have you know I waited an entire day to consume some of this marvelous chocolate because I wanted a photo of the entire package in decent light. Is that bloggy devotion or what?

This left me with a warm and fuzzy feeling, and convinced that knitters are the best.

Mystery Subway Crocheter of the Week

It's not all about the knitting here at Subway Knitter. Sometimes we crochet.

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Actually sometimes someone else crochets, we see her on the subway, and we take her picture.

It looked to me as if she was crocheting a scarf in a springy colorway of green, lilac purple, and, creamy white. [Hey, New England, remember spring? It's that season smack in the middle of "cold" and "wicked hot" now known as "rain".] I was tempted to ask her what yarn she was using, but just then the train got crowed. I guess that we'll never know.

Sock One, Pair Two, Swap Three

On any pair of socks, turning the heel is rounding a corner, both literally and figuratively. The foot (probably because the pattern is on only one side) goes a lot faster than the cuff. The first Pomatomus cuff seemed to take forever--I think the bulk of my knitting time on this sock was consumed with those three chart repeats on the cuff.

Comparatively, the foot happened quickly. This is good. For a time I was anticipating sending my second sock pal an email warning that the socks were coming, but not any time soon. I'm hopeful that Sock Pall (Sock Pal II--get it?) will be seeing a package in the next couple of weeks.

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Whew:

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Do I need to tell you that I love this sock? The pattern and yarn are a perfect match. I love how the bold swirls complement the large scallops.

I also loved this toe-shaping technique. It might displace short-row toes as my shaping of choice. Why is that, when I enjoy short-row shaping so much? You are left with fewer stitches to graft. I can easily imagine the benefits of this if I ever have a nubbly or uneven yarn, or if I'm not in the mood to graft on a particular day.

The Best Sockpal EVER! (Take Two)

Because Melissa's fab socks got the shaft in yesterday's post, I'm leaving it at the top of the page for two days. If you couldn't see my photos yesterday, go and have a look today. If you like what you see, then go and buy some of her yarn.

The Best Sockpal EVER!

UPDATE: 20:06 (24-hour time just seems much more official): Let's see if the photos have been restored.

I know that everyone is writing this, but I know that my Sockpal is truly the best of all.

My Sockapaloooza package from the wonderful, fantastic Melissa arrived on Tuesday. Fortunately, the box was taken inside immediately, where it waited for me to arrive home from work. I'm glad that it remained cozy and dry in my kitchen all day.

Outside:

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Inside:

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Melissa, I cannot say thank you enough! The socks are wonderful. According to your blog they are the Petticoat Socks from Weekend Knitting. I love them. My feet love you. This downright nasty weather which we've had in Boston means that it's sock weather again, and there's nothing like a pair of handknit socks for keeping the tootsies toasty warm.

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I must tell you that Melissa hand-dyed this yarn. For me! She hand-dyed this yarn specifically for my socks! Can I tell you how special this makes me feel? Melissa, you must have been channeling my color sense when you put the dye in the pot. The colorway is absolutely perfect. "Periwinkle" might describe it. In certain light it's blue, in other light it's purple. It's very mysterious--a great quality in a color.

But that's not all. There were two mini hanks of the sock yarn:

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Can you say "booties for the future niece/nephew"?

This hank of yarn:

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It's Yarn All Over, Melissa's label. Go grab your credit card and visit her Etsy shop. I'll wait here while you go and buy everything.

Melissa, what are you doing out there in Berkeley besides dying yarns? How did you know that I was on the hunt for a colorway just like this? I know just the project for this yarn, and it's going at the top of the stash: the Shetland Lace Shawl from Wrap Style. This yarn is very soft, and I know that it will feel great against my neck.

Once Sockapaloooza Twoooza socks are in the mail, you can just guess what'll be on my needles. Stay tuned for blog updates this spring.

Besides enhancing the yarn stash, Melissa also enhanced the chocolate stash with some much appreciated chocolate. Mmm, chocolate. You all know how I feel about that!

Melissa: thank you! You are truly the best Sockpal a knitter could have.

Also, I have for too long neglected to say thank you to Alison for running another great sock swap. Thanks, Alison! All your hard work is showing itself in scores of happy looozers!

The Knitters Whom You Meet...

...when you're walking down the street.

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It's our favorite knitblogging neighbor Kat, who was sporting a Dulaan Project tote bag. I spotted it from a distance, and squinting, I thought that I could read "Dulaan". Amazed that someone would have such a item, I caught up to this mystery person. Of course, I should have known all along.

Rome Wasn't Built in a Day

UPDATE, 10:40: I have just received word that a package was delivered to my house. A package from Berkeley, California that is of the right size, shape, and weight to contain a pair of socks. Counterculture socks! I can't wait to get home.

But this sleeve was!

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The first sleeve for George took forever to knit. Why the change? Because I am desperate to get working on my Sockapaloooza Twoooza socks again. I have two worthy projects on the needles at the moment, each competing for my (slightly reduced) knitting time. I'm not going to pretend that knitting one is slightly more interesting than the other--yet I like the finished objects equally.

Now that the bulk of knitting for George is complete, that project can be seamed and finished at home. Pomatomus can come with me wherever I go. Heh, heh, heh.

My Own Personal Yarn Store?

or, why I love my cellphone.

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Whenever my cellphone rings at work, I'm always caught off guard. I don't use the cellphone for work, and few people have the number. If I'm not expecting a call when it rings I usually assume that it's a wrong number.

That was the case last week. I answered and was pleasantly surprised:

Subway Knitter: Hello?
Windsor Button: Hi, is Colleen there?
SK: (knowing then that it wasn't a wrong number, but still wondering just who the heck this was): This is Colleen.
WB: Hi! This is so-and-so (sorry I can't remember your name) from Windsor Button returning your call about some Malabrigo Laceweight.

Now, what you all don't know is that months and months ago (so, like, a million years ago in retail terms) I had asked the fine people at Windsor Button about Malabrigo Laceweight. None was in stock, but the manager said that she would add it to her "possibilities" list. She took my (cell)phone number and said that she would call if she had an update. I promptly forgot about the interaction until last week.

SK: Wha...Oh yes!
WB: Well, what I found out at a show last week is that the Malabrigo people are no longer producing their laceweight. Maybe in a few years, they said, but not now. So, sorry, but we can't stock it.
SK: Oh, well, that's too bad...but thanks for calling with the update.
WB: No problem. Have a great day!
SK: Thanks, you too.
WB: Bye!
SK: Bye!

Am I the only one to be blown away by this? I inquired about that yarn maybe six to seven months ago--late last summer or early last fall. I continue to be impressed with Windsor Button's level of customer service. Some of you might remember my last Windsor Button experience.

What does this mean? Well, these two interactions mean little for WB's short-term bottom line. But, they mean everything for its long-term success. Why? First, I'm going to go and buy some yarn there for the next baby-knitting project. Second, I'm going to tell all of you to go there. Go, go, go! You'll be glad that you did.

Make Up

I patched up things with George very quickly.

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One sleeve done! Some of you are probably wondering why I don't knit two sleeves on one needle. It's a good question. For subway knitting knitting two sleeves on one needle is actually less efficient. It takes me a long time to untangle everything, find my place, adjust the needles, etc., and I lose valuable knitting time during my ride. Plus, it's much more convenient to carry around one tiny sleeve than two sleeves with two balls of yarn.

If you know the pattern (George from Jaeger JB29) you might also be wondering why there are cables on the sleeve. Well, if you know me and my knitting you know that I can't leave well enough alone. The sleeves seemed too plain, and I wanted to make things a little more interesting by incorporating the button band from the cable into the middle of the sleeve. It's a little bit like a racing stripe. Too bad that it didn't make this sleeve race along....

Sleeve Island

How can such tiny sleeves take so long to finish? You're probably expecting that they would both be done by now. So was I!

But I have a secret to share with all of you. I have been cheating on poor George. Seduced by the feel and colors of my Pomotamus socks, they became my subway project for much of the week. The sleeve for George languished in its bag.

I know that at least one of you witnessed my evil ways (hey, next time say hello!), and I was a fool to think that Georgie wouldn't find out.

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Yeah, that's some subway frogging right there. [I love to frog on the subway. People already suspect I'm a little crazy for the knitting, and then I go and rip it all out. They don't know what to think when they see that.] Seems that I decided to ditch the instructions and come up with my own decrease combo, a combo that consisted of two left-leaning decreases. On the back I decided to do my decreases as SSKs and K2Togs, instead of the K2Tog TBL and K2Tog, Fine. But I completely forgot what I did when it came time to shape the raglan on the sleeve. Crazy, eh?

Mystery Subway Knitter of the Week

Wow! It's clear to me that there are two camps in the sock knitting world: those who flap and those who don't flap. So, are you a flapper? [If I were really clever with Photoshop, and had loads of time I would spend some of it on flickr and make myself a button for that.]

Many thanks for your comments these past few days. I enjoyed the observations, opinions, and encouragement as I knit my first heel flap. I usually respond to my comments sooner than I have this week. I'm sorry, but life these days just won't let me spend much time with my email.

Let's turn our yarny attentions away from my socks for a moment and focus on someone else's. And that someone else is a fellow subway knitter!

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Yay! There she was, three seats away, a fellow knitter working on socks, magic-loop method.

Okay, I Flapped

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What more can I write?

Now, on to the foot! Hang on Sockpal, they're coming!

The Verdict

I'm not even going to discuss the whole business of picking up stitches. We have none of that in the land of short-row heels.

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Okay, so I did it. I "turned" the heel and picked up my stitches. I am ready to move on to Pomotamus chart B. How do I feel about heel flaps? I'm decidedly "eh". [Then again I was decidedly "eh" about sock knitting not too long ago, and look what happened. Anna has been reticent on the matter.]

After I worked the heel flap I realized that I could have done a short-row heel quite easily, without adjusting any charts. No worries, I wanted to try a heel flap and I did. Next time, short-row heels all the way. Why should I deny myself the pleasure?

You Call This Turning?

Oh puh-leeeese! I reached the portion of the heel instructions when you "turn" the heel. "Finally!" I thought. "A few twists and turns." Not so fast.

Sure, sure, you're knitting and purling, you're slipping, you're even doing an SSK here and there. But where are the backwards YOs, the SSSKs, the P3Tog TBL? All missing. Sigh....

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Turning A Heel

Some of you know that I'm a short-row girl. I loves me a short-row heel! Pomotamus, however, is a heel-flap sock. It seemed unlikely that I could adjust the pattern to a short-row heel AND keep the chart correct. I decided that I will knit the heel portion as written.

I know what you're thinking. "As written?! What is this world coming to?" There's nothing wrong with knitting a pattern unaltered (but I will mention that I altered the knit TLBs to simple knit stitches--so there!). How can I say if I prefer a short-row to a heel flap if I have never knit a heel flap sock? Perhaps I'll like the heel flap better. I'm keeping an open mind.

So far I find the heel flap much less magical than the short-row. Look, I knit a big flap:

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