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Moving Into the Weekend

And it's a loooong weekend around here!

I think that I'm slowly solving the spam problem around here. Besides lowering my spam filter's threshold of what is marked as spam, I've also added quite a few words to a keywords filter that's installed. None of these words are new to me, but when I sat down to compose the list, I really had to think about them. I guess that I should be thankful that these aren't a normal part of my vocabulary.

The only problem is that if any of you start using dirty words on my blog, they'll get picked up as spam, and your comment quickly dumped. So, be warned. For that reason, I check the spam filter every, just to make sure that no "real" comments get mixed in. So far, no problem.

There's also been no problem with the knitting around here. I need to take an accurate gauge counting of the Claudette swatch, and I seem to think of it only as I'm rushing out the door for work. Normally that would be a problem, but because I'm working the Sophie Shawl on the side, I'm never far from subway knitting:


Sophie Progress

I'm still plugging away on my Sophie's Shawl from Morehouse Merino. It's such a delightfully simple and relaxing pattern.


Sorry about the terrible colors in this photo. I really need to find a bright backdrop so that the yarn is highlighted and not just washed out.

Here's a closeup of the pattern. I like how there's no wrong side to the shawl.


And I also like how much I enjoy this project.

It's Time to Face Reality

It's time to face the reality that I'm really NOT loving the Ooh La Lace Stole. Too bad, as I spent viele Geld on that Blue Sky Alpaca yarn. [See--German! Maybe all this work actually paying off.]


Not to fear, though, as I'm sure that I'll be able to find something else to do with it...soon.

Why don't I enjoy this knit? First, it has to do with the chart. It's a long chart--25 rows. it's impossible for me to memorize, and it's so freakin' easy to lose my place in it. Second, it has to do with facing another type of knitting reality these days. I ain't got no time to knit! And, I ask you: when I do have time to knit, why would I spend it by working on a project that I don't like?

I suppose that I would enjoy this project more if I regularly had long stretches where all I needed to do was knit. Apparently, my New York life is not going to allow me copious amounts of knitting time. It's not a bad thing. I have other responsibilities, an engaging home life (It's interesting to live with someone who seems genuinely happy to see me in the evening), a social life, and only one more "accelerated" German classe left before the semester ends. I'm hoping that once the course finishes I won't feel guilty every time that I decide to do something besides studying, reviewing, memorizing, and writing exercises.

The realization that I don't really like this project was reinforced by a knitting project I began and completed a couple of weeks ago. Sorry, no pictures. It was a gift. I suppose that I should have taken a photo before gift wrapping, and well I didn't. But imagine two garter-stitch squares. Yeah, it was a simple, quick, satisfying project that reminded me that I really do like knitting, when I don't need to make a project out of remembering the project that I'm knitting.

So, with that in mind I grabbed some stash yarn and began to swatch:


I grabbed this Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Chunky last spring at Brooklyn General. I have no idea what I'm working towards. I consulted a few Spiders about adjusting the gauge for the FLS, and I received a resounding "no!". Okay, that's some good advice from people who know. Also in the queue is another one of Shannon's great turtleneck sweaters. Who couldn't use another turtleneck in this weather? I think that this yarn would work perfectly for that. But can I commit to another sweater right now? Maybe I want a different project.

Perusing the stash last week I came across a Morehouse kit I bought last year at Rhinebeck. I had wound up the yarn and everything. I looked at the pattern. Hmmm, a four-row repeat, three rows of which are garter stitch. Somehow I think that I could handle this.

So, Sophie's Shawl it is. A few rows in, and all seems well. I hate to write that though, because I think I have said that about so many projects in the past year or so.

Um, Wow?

Thank you, thank you for all your well wishes and congratulations! I'm was totally floored by all of your comments. Wow!

It's been more than a week, and Sven didn't ask for the ring back (ha--good luck, buddy!), so I suppose that this whole wedding thing is really going to happen. I promise not to turn this blog into a wedding planning site. That would get boring for you, and more importantly, boring for me. You don't come here to read about the wedding, you come to read about the knitting.

Here's what I'm working on now. It's the Ooh La Lace Stole [Rav link] from Lace Style. I'm using Blue Sky Alpaca--the yarn specified in the pattern! Long time blog readers know that this almost never happens.


Here's another photo:


As you can see, I don't know how to take a good photo of this lace.

I am enjoying the knit so far, but it's slow going (like just about all of my knitting projects these days). I knit last week only at Spiders, and probably the same this week again. Why? How do you say "German is kicking my patootie this semester" auf Deutsch? It's an accelerated course, and man, it is sehr schlecht. It's funny, because I knew that the course was accelerated when I registered for the class, but the implications of the "accelerated" designation didn't register with me. It's a good workout for the brain, but it's so fast that it's almost not enjoyable.

Let's just hope that the German doesn't supplant the knitting math.

I'll Be Seeing You...

in all those over air-conditioned places:


The Shetland Stole is complete!


Why wait until fall to use this? This will become my summertime back-of-the-chair wrap for those days when someone in my office thinks that we're running a meat locker. I have an energy-saving idea for every office: turn the thermostat up by five degrees in the summer, and down by five degrees in the winter. But, until that happens, my shoulders will be nice and warm in my Shetland Stole.


The details:

Yarn: Yarn All Over handdye, 1.5 hanks, colorway Moss. (The link is here for a reason. Go and buy some of this yarn! It's fabulous.)

Needles: US8s, with US9s for casting on and binding off.

Pattern: ten repeats of the Fir Cone pattern in A Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara Walker (scroll down to buy from the publisher).

Finished size: 45 by 22 inches, after blocking. Perfect!


Here I am pondering the next project. I need something for subway knitting. Stay tuned.

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