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I like checking my stats each day. Since IE users generally can't post, it lets me know if anybody's out there or I'm talking to myself again. I find it hilarious that getting mentioned on the Yarn Harlot's website spiked my traffic by, oh, an order of magnitude. And climbing. Hehe. Never mind being tickled to death at being mentioned in such a nice way.

I'm so impressed at the range and quality of knitting projects that were tackled. I hope to go through the list, a to z, and see what everyone worked on. Actually, I'll start with the other 3 Monica's that have blogs. Then I'll check out the two Monique's. Then I'll go a to z. :)

Lookie here, it's my gold medal:

So shiny and new.

There were a few folks who were, shall we say, sceptical that I'd be able to finish the knitting in one day. I have 9 words for them: The Lord of the Rings boxed set, extended version. 3 movies spread over 6 DVDs, with each DVD the length of most feature films. I finished spin-dye-knit-a-scarf by mid-disk 4 (I remembered surprisingly little of the first movie so got very little knitting done), sewed in the ends of Arrrgh during disk 4, and finished Gram's sock one during disk 5. I was all knitted out.

The extended versions, especially the second movie, has a lot more exposition, explanation, blah blah blah (read: good knitting time). There were times I appreciated getting more of the back story, but it made for a looooong movie (50 additional minutes in that one).

At the same time, it was really cool watching them back to back to back. Each part in context and fresh in mind made a lot more sense and the emotional throughlines were easier to follow and get involved in. I recommend it.

(Nota buena: Don't start watching TLOTR boxed set, extended version, after 4 pm. Definitely do not start after 5.)

Gram's sock number one, finally complete:

Gram's sock - first sock done

I took that photo to take advantage of the bits of sunlight, with the intention of turning it around in Photoshop:

Gram's sock - first sock done

A little disorienting, no? Take a moment to imagine the angle I would have to stand to take that one.

Gram's sock progresses at a snail's pace. Part of the problem is knowing that, most likely, they won't get much wear and probably not the care they need. Even with still swollen ankles, Gram wears pumps all day long. No room for socks in pumps. Still, it's the thought that counts, so I will continue to plug away.

Norwegian Knits-Along

Arrrgh was unofficially my Norwegian Knits-Along project:

I started it with that intention but didn't officially get added until just before I finished. So, yay, finished my Norwegian Knits-Along project! I'd like to do another before it ends, now that I see it's not so intimidating. Shh, don't tell Scott, cuz I'd rather work with wool next. Oh wait, that doesn't work...

And while I'm being random and scattered...

I realized I've been holding out on you:

Yarn room - partially filled shelves

That's an early pic. The shelves are packed now and I'm still trying to make room and figure out what needs to go. The good news: there's room on the floor for my wheel!

It seems I haven't posted much knitting content in a while so here's an update.

Curlycue Scarf is now on the straightaway, which I'm doing in seed stitch. The idea is to have a straight section for wrapping around the neck and curly ends to dangle. It goes slowly.

Curlycue Scarf - in progress

Gram's socks are just past the heel, though I think I'll have to rip out and add a few rows after she tries them on today. As long as I'm not redoing the whole sock it won't faze me.

Gram's socks - in progress

Creamsicle T is a big disappointment. When I couldn't sleep night before wheel arrival, I started seaming her. Shoulders, check. Sleeve, check. Pinned the other seams for a try on. Hmm. Not good. Poofs in the wrong places, it does. Poke, prod, no help. Plus, with the mods for a snugger fit on the body, the sleeves looked a bit roomy overall. I've had trouble with sleeves lately, they just don't fit the way they should. Why??

Last night I ripped back, recalculated, and restarted. I added slight bell shaping to the bottom and took out 2" above the elbow. I'll probably have to readjust the sleeve cap shaping, which I've not done before. This may become a debacle. It may go swimmingly well.

On the plus side, the body fits me well, though maybe a couple of rows too long.

The yarn is holding up well to being frogged and reused. Plus, I reseamed the shoulder using it and had no problems.

Creamsicle T - sleeve redux

And in the spinning world

This is the superwash merino, re-plied tighter. That's more like it. Better for socks.

37: Superwash Winter Solstice

And this I call Stained Glass. It's Winderwood Farms Corriedale plied with black commercial textured yarn. I didn't want the colors to clash like they did before, so I plied with a solid. This will be interesting knit up, I think.

39: Stained Glass

Madness. I've been checking 6 times a day for the last few days (incredible restraint!), and there has been no change! My wheel is somewhere between here and Seattle:

Wheel progress

I imagine it wending it's way here, over hill, over dale, through bush, through briar (Shakespeare, just the last bit; probably remembered it wrong). I'd love to be more specific about the landscape in these visions: corn fields? meadows? mountains? It's due to arrive Monday. I've managed to refrain from believing it might be here sooner. Good thing, I would have been sorely disappointed. 2 more days I can wait. It could be late, though... but I won't think about that today.

I've had plenty to distract me. The Jacquard Acid Dyes I ordered from Dharma Trading arrived! I ordered the primaries and black, though just what are considered primaries is a subject worthy of debate.

Squatting in the kitchen, with mask, fan and latex gloves on, newspapers laid out, hair tied, scale at the ready, heated distilled water (we're on well water here and it's a bit reddish; I'm guessing the prepared dyes will go bad sitting with whatever is in our water), and a few other items, I measured out 1% solutions of each:

Mixed Jacquard Dyes

It was a bit stressful, what with not really knowing what I was doing, worrying about the dyes floating about, not wanting to knock a jug over and inadvertently dyeing the kitchen... I'm clumsy, after all. But all worked out well. Until I tried to fill the smaller containers:

Red dye

Half again of the above ended up on the newspaper. A mess! The lip of the larger container is not conducive to pouring; we're actively pursuing solutions chez 2LN.

Some supplies I picked up last night might help:

Dyeing Supplies

Well, maybe just the funnel... Except for the turkey basters, all at the Dollar Store! Drop cloth, plastic storage containers, a measuring cup, latex gloves and a large funnel set, and the plastic bowl. A buck per! And the turkey basters were only $1.76 at Shaw's. The black gloves cost much more than a buck, they were bought a year ago.

In all the only discoloration of floor or body occurred:

Dyeing - blue thumb

due to the blue Sharpie I used for marking the containers.

Knitting too

Creamsicle T is still in pieces:

Creamsicle T - in pieces

I haven't been in a blocking mood while fighting the cold/flu. And actually, I'm thinking of seaming and then wet blocking, since I want to give it a quick wash before wearing. I usually block then seam; at last check (when I started the project) I was getting gauge so it's just to get the rolly polliness ousted. If the seaming is too much of a pain, especially at the shoulders, then I'll have to block.

Since I couldn't pour out any more dyestuff, I worked on Gram's Socks. At last check in (11/21), I was a few inches past the heel (ie, almost done), but had to rip back because it didn't fit (last sock photo). It fit fine up to the mid-foot; from there, her foot gets wider, which is something I couldn't have foreseen.

I am horrible at dealing with complete setbacks like that. So the sock languished and I focused on holiday knits.

Well, I've had just over 2 months to brood and mope and brainstorm. Last night I finally ripped back to the last set of toe increases, added one more set of increases, knit 5 rows plain, and then increased 1 stitch every 4 for 4x1 ribbing. I figure ribbing will be most forgiving, and adding the extra stitches will hardly affect the finished silhouette, while adding plenty of room to stretch. I imagine that even with her currently swollen feet, she would be able to fit into these!

Gram's Socks - restarted foot

The added bonus is the knitting is more interesting; every other needle I have something to do! Plain socks at this gauge is not for me.

I'm battling serious startitis. Last night I was roaming, from yarn room to living room to computer room and back, trying to match yarn to pattern for a new sweater or top, knitting swatches. I really want to make a Bistro Shirt, but I probably won't be able to wear a sleeveless top for a while. I really want to use the Bamboo or Oasis I just bought, but those are probably going to be summer tops as well, maybe a ChicKami and Picovoli. I'm looking at some Jaegar sweaters, and then there's the sweater I've wanted to make combining these yarns:

Danette Taylor yarns for a sweater

While pondering all this, and catching up on some blog reading, I saw Adrian's finished Kiri, and noticed she had made hers out of Koigu KPPPM. I had been thinking about making a Kiri or Birch for a while, you know, hop on the bandwagon, and had secured 3 balls of Kid Silk Haze in a swap a few months back. Somehow the timing never seemed right. And, while the Yarn Harlot's been known to call it Kid Silk Crack for its addictive qualities, others have been less than impressed with the knitting experience, so I've been wary. I wondered what yarn from stash I could use.

And then this happened:

Kiri - in progress

That's the beginnings of Kiri using the KSH. It all happened so fast, I can't explain it. I think it started with, "Let's just see..."

The first few rows I wasn't sure about the combo. Thin yarn, big needles. But as the pattern emerged, I could hear the inner voice saying, "I like, I like." And the soft and silky flow through my fingers, mmmm, nice. It's still early; anything can happen. I hope it gets knit, though. It'll be beautiful. (At the same time, I know it would have to be gifted; Scott would get shivers just looking at it, and I mean the heebie jeebie kind, not the good kind.) 

Some finished items

Grey Cabled Socks Grey Cabled Socks

Grey Cabled Socks
Started:
12/96
Finished: 1/6/06
Pattern: Stahl Socka booklet #6, pattern #23
Yarn: Stahl Socka 50 in color #9444
Needles: #2
Notes: These only took me 9 years to finish, not too bad, hahahahaha. The first sock was finished 7/24/97. It was on the tight side, so I didn't start the second. I finally started the second sock a few years later, but was getting a very different gauge, so I dropped it. Last month, as part of my WIP Management efforts, I picked it up again and finally finished the pair. The second one is even tighter than the first, but once they're on, it's not noticeable. They're snug and warm, I've been wearing them all day, and I love looking at them. Well, I haven't looked at them much, but I love knowing that they look wonderful with their cabley goodness.

 

My Birthday Scarf

My Birthday Scarf
Started:
9/29/05
Finished: 1/6/06
Pattern: my own: c.o. 38 sts. 2x2 ribs ad nauseum.
Yarn: Danette Taylor 4 ply cashmere in Calypso, just over 3 oz
Needles: #5
Notes: I bought this cashmere as my birthday present to myself, but it took a while to make it to the needles, and then just as long to knit. 2x2 rib is not fun, but on the plus side, this yarn is so very soft and luscious, it's as soft as angora without the bits of fluff escaping, without the allergic reaction. If I were to do it again, I would probably add a few more stitches to make it just a bit wider. Otherwise, I love it.

I debated showing it all, since I'd only be documenting my stash enhancing, uh, addiction. (Yes, the first step is admitting your problem.) Then I thought, what the hell. So here it is!

Webs Sale - 501 Tweed
Filatura di Crosa 501 Tweed; only 10 balls so maybe a small sweater

Webs Sale - Debbie Bliss wool/cotton
Debbie Bliss wool/cotton in dark and light blue; one of these will become some kind of cabled sweater from one of her books. I keep buying her books but not her yarns; maybe for once I won't have to make endless calculations and adjustments?? (Please?)

Webs Sale - Rowunspun 4 ply
Rowan Rowanspun 4ply in Pumpkin, I think; it's bright, n'est ce pas? It's also thin, and I don't know if 10 balls x 25g is enough for anything? I was thinking that little cardi from Interweave Knits sometime in the last year or so, but maybe it wasn't 4ply...

Webs Sale - misc
Knit One Crochet Two Creme Brulee: superwash for baby things, hard to go wrong at $20 for 10 balls
Sparkly non-gauge-changing carryalong thread for knitting and spinning fun
Cascade Fixation for the wool-allergic hubby

Webs Sale - silk Webs Sale - silk closeup
Silk for the Sweater Scott Will Wear and Love, Dammit; to be knit with 2 strands

Spinning Wheel thoughts

Based on suggestions on Knitter's Review Forums, I'll try out both wheels again and then decide. Give them each another go, a fair shake, a run for their money, and any other cliche you can think of. I've waited this long, may as well make a decision I feel comfortable with.

Socky progress

Speaking of waiting, while at the doctor's office last week I got through another couple of repeats:

Grey Cabled Sock - sock 2

And a little Drugstore Cowboy (what a classic) last night got me through the last couple of cables:

Grey Cabled Sock - sock 2

Just some toe shaping and ends weaving to go!

New Year's travel

I'm heading to NC for New Year's, family fun and my last week of freedom before starting my new job. I'm looking forward to it! Both seeing them, and starting my job, actually. I've had my fun (knitting! spinning! sleeping in!), I've had my pain (job hunting... no yarn money...), I'm ready to to learn, earn, help, create, and otherwise be a productive member of society again. And family-wise, well, the older I get, the more I cherish what feels like ever more limited time with them. My nephew (6 mo!) is sitting on his own and ready to start crawling; my niece (almost 7!) is reading chapter books and a cool kid besides. They grow so fast, and i'm so far! My plans: introduce my niece to the wonders of dyeing yarn with food coloring; make my nephew giggle and smile; make my sister laugh and feel she can neglect her kids for at least a few hours here and there.

I'll prepare some posts ahead of time, but I probably won't be able to blog regularly until I get back.

And last... WIP Management

I'm officially putting any WIP Management updates on hold until January. Wait, that's next week...

Holiday knitting put me in a jumble and I'm not yet recovered. I did find it interesting that all projects begun post-WIP Management are currently complete. That's a first! I'm down from 67 to 42 projects (to be honest, I still can't see how I can have that many, but Excel spreadsheets do not lie), with 17 completed, 15 abandoned, and 7 new. I'm not feeling the creative soup joy from starting new projects (new project high, so much better than new car smell), but I have been getting some creative joices going designing (Buttercup and Ribbed Wristwarmers (which I'm renaming yet again)), and a good amount of satisfaction when they're done.

It's been a different kind of knitting, more goal oriented and focused. Not very Gemini, but a good learning experience. Balance, beginning and finishing. Letting go of projects that no longer inspire or that I've outgrown. Putting in that extra bit of effort to finish up an almost complete item, transforming it from an idea, good intentions, 22% perspiration, to something that can be used, gifted, warm some heart or spirit. In the last 6 weeks, I've been extra careful to start only necessary holiday gift projects, and that will have to change.

For the record, my original goal of 18-24 projects was set with a 6 month timeline. I think I'm well ahead of schedule. It won't do to coast; WIPs won't knit themselves! But I think it'll be a little more lowkey from here.

Week six:
Started with: 43
Abandoned: -0
Finished: -2
New: +1
(Number of projects I wanted to start: 3)
Current Projects: 42!
WIP list

The advantage of ancient WIPs that are socks:

If the first sock was completed years ago, you can't have second sock syndrome. It's like knitting a first sock all over again.

In the case of Grey Cabled Socks (thanks for the lovely comments!), I kept such detailed notes on the first sock (the extent shocks me) that I didn't have to refer back to the pattern at all. This compared to a blank page for the Brown Sock. (Oh yeah, I never knit the first Brown sock, so no notes...)

The disadvantage: gauge. My knitting has changed in 9 years (duh, really?), and if this sock is any indication, it's gotten tighter. The second sock is even harder to get on my foot than the first one. Once there, it's fine. Hmm... I can't imagine a life-threatening situation involving speed of removing socks. Can you?

Grey Cabled Scarf - in progress

Wait one moment, Monica. I thought that first sock was done. Did you frog it???

Sacre bleu, no mon dieu, and oo la la.

I couldn't stop worrying about the socks matching up so I dug up some 2 3/4 mm circular needles I didn't know I had and started from scratch. That's the larger sock-in-progress. The smaller sock-in-progress will be de-progressized. The new needles are great! They're bamboo and the cord is incredibly flexible. The length of the bamboo portion is a little longer than the typical 16" Addi's, so there's a little more to grip.

Grey Cabled Scarf, Needles Used in

Bloglines back

I'm so glad Bloglines found me again. I sent them an email a couple of days ago; that either did the trick, or it was very coincidental. Several blogs I watch were also 'MIA' for a bit there.

Weekly WIP Update

This week I finished a couple of holiday knits, resurrected and finished an old WIP (Brown Sock), and made some progress on an ancient WIP. I didn't have what it took to make cold hard decisions on abandoning further projects. Must be the holidays. Next week I should be able to axe a few more.

Week four:
Started with: 50
Abandoned: -0
Finished: -3
New: +1
(Number of projects I wanted to start: 5)
Current Projects: 48!
WIP list

After finishing Brown Socks, I picked up Grey Cabled Socks. (I swear, my older project names are entirely boring, yet succinctly descriptive.) The problems with Grey Cabled Socks: they were knit on #2 dpn's (that's 2 problems - tool type and size), and they ended up a bit snug in the putting on / getting off category. Pluses: once on, they're quite comfy, and they look beautiful.

Sock 1 was already finished:

Grey Cabled Socks - sock 1

Looks so much better on the foot:

Grey Cabled Socks - sock 1

Yes, yes, I have small feet.

Heel detail (don't know if you can see it, but I like the garter stitch edges on the heel flap):

Grey Cabled Socks - heel detail

Toe detail (you can't see it, but these socks gradually decrease to almost no stitches):

Grey Cabled Socks - toe detail

In the project baggie was my swatch. See what passed for a swatch back in '96?

Grey Cabled Socks - swatch Grey Cabled Socks - swatch

The second sock had about 1" of ribbing. Dpn's were 2 3/4 mm; I switched to my usual circs, but the closest I could find was 3 mm or 2.5 mm. I went with 3 mm and hoped for the best.

After a few rows, I could see the stitches were bigger, so I went with cabling every 9 rows instead of 10. They match up pretty closely, but I'm still worried.

Grey Cabled Socks - sock 2

Found beautiful handspun yarns and felted art at Spinning on the Edge. I especially liked the tentacle basket, Otto in the Water, the fishies, and this pile of handspun.

Also happened upon Maitri's Dragonfly Cottage Fiber Studio. The page layout had sent me running before, but this time I stopped to make sense of it and looked at the Wabi-Sabi Wooly Wonder Batts. If you scroll down, there are links to past batts that are just beautiful. If you make it all the way to the bottom, the "Word to the Wise" spoke to me. It's advice to follow your vision, your dream, even if it's crazy or unexpected or shocking to anyone else.

As a beginner spinner working in mostly isolation, I have felt the need to get feedback from the outside. Is what I'm doing okay? Does it look good? Is it right? Am I on the right track? What do you think? And it makes sense, to want feedback, especially when you're just starting out. But, I need to start looking from the inside out, to find what my vision is, what I want to make. And it doesn't have to be earth shattering or amazing, like those linked above.

And maybe it's really too soon to get anywhere without getting more experience. Hard to create what you want when you don't know materials, tools and techniques.

At the same time, I have been thinking about what I want to make, and making decisions along the way, even if it's not so "conscious" or "self-conscious". Every time you create, you make decisions, you decide.

Jumbled up thoughts. What do you think? ;)

How now, Brown Socks?

Brown Socks

Brown Socks
Started: 1/1/99
Finished: 12/10/05
Pattern: my own
Yarn: Cynthia Helene merino, just over 2 balls
Needles: #5
Notes: Most notes are in yesterday's post. The heel uses the same short row technique as on the Pom Squad Socks on Magknits. When I got to the toe, because of the foot decreases, I had an odd number of stitches on each needle. I simply decreased as usual and kept 1 stitch between decreases, instead of the usual 2. At the end of the last row, I moved the last (unknit) stitch to the opposite needle and kitchenered in the usual way.

Any tightness I was worried about is not noticeable. They're warm and sturdy, and best of all, done!

WIP count

Can you believe it, this brought my WIP count down to 47! Incredible! It didn't last, of course. I started a pair of wristwarmers, a holiday gift. And I'll soon start another couple of holiday gifts. I think 50 is my new threshold, though. No going above 50!

Can you tell I haven't been in a plying kind of mood?

Needs plying

These are the most recent additions to the collection:

29: Winderwood Farms Blue Faced Leicester

It's the last of the Winderwood Farms blue faced leicester, which I'm sure came out much thinner than the first 2 oz I spun a few weeks ago. What I said about this BFL not being as soft as Fleece Artist's BFL - not true. I pre-drafted a bit and suddenly it felt very soft. Pre-drafting has become my friend.

And the first of the Winderwood Farms merino:

30: Winderwood Farms Merino

This was tougher to spin; the weight of the spindle seemed to work against me. I wanted a looser single for a looser ply, but without more twist, the spindle wanted to fall to the ground (and did a couple of times). The merino is very soft and the colors are brilliant sunset; looking forward to seeing how it comes out.

WIP diving

Earlier this week I picked up an older WIP project, Brown Sock. Great name, eh? (Oh, the creativity.) In her abandoned state, all the ribbing for one cuff was done. Here's sock 1, finished a few days ago:

Brown Socks - sock 1

As I worked, the reason for abandonment became clear: boring pattern and color, dpn's, too many stitches for the foot. Can't do much about the first, switched to 2 circs (for socks, it's all circs all the time chez 2LN), and made some modifications for the third:

Brown Socks - sock 1

After turning the heel, I began a series of decreases for the foot so that it wasn't so balloon-like; the resulting fit is very snug (hopefully not too snug).

Brown socks - sock 1

Sock 2 cuff ribbing was done on the circs, and feels a heck of a lot tighter. I wonder if I was negligent in choosing the right needle size?? Bleh, it doesn't matter. They are not the prettiest socks, just good, sturdy, hard-wearing socks that will keep my feet warm on days like today.

Brown Socks - sock 2

Look, I made a mistake! See that little bump in the ribbing?

Brown Socks - sock 2

Didn't notice until 6" were done and couldn't bring myself to care enough to redo all that ribbing.

And now for something completely different

Came across this: Crock pot dyeing (she has a photo gallery of her projects which was inspirational to browse through). I may try this out, dye some more roving. Natasha has been enabling, er, encouraging me, so my near future will include more roving dyeing.

Gram's sock is doing well:

Gram's sock - heel turned

I think I will knit another coupla inches then put it on string (so she can try it on) and start the second sock.

Meanwhile, I finally spun up the Kool Aid dyed roving. Not at all how I expected it to turn out, but I kinda like it:

21: Kool Aid dyed merino

For all my restraint, I think I put too much red in there after all. Or, too regularly. Plied it looks so different, almost like a tweed. Will have a pic for you tomorrow.

I also spun up the other half of the blue Fleece Artist Blue Faced Leicester.

22: Fleece Artist Blue Faced Leicester

It's purty. I had problems with it last time, and now I think it's because it was a little felted. I spent several minutes prepping this half and did a lot better. Methinks I may be bandying spinning jargon about, but that's my assessment.

Still waiting on that roving... the one downside to online shopping (besides the whole color issue) -- for all its instant gratification, much patience is required.

Yesterday was a day of knitting penance. Or torture. Or both.

I knit another foot on the Black Fluffy Thing. It's a simple pattern, but just complicated enough that I can't watch TV or read blogs while knitting. Maybe if it wasn't knit with 3 strands of fuzzy black loopy, maybe if I could actually see the pattern without inspecting, maybe then I could. It's 2 feet long now. 3 more to go. I figure one foot a day should do it, just enough to be painful but not enough to actually go insane. This one needs to be sent out asap.

On the plus side, Scott approved the black color!

Next I knit another foot on the Vintage Unvelvet. Lovely cashmere softness. 3 feet now, 2 to go. As I was putting it down (with great relief and pride at my fortitude), I noticed the ball of yarn looked smallish. In a panic I weighed it. 1.25 oz left. 4 oz in the ball. 3 feet complete. My equations in Excel tell me I will have enough yarn for 52.36 inches, or just more than 4' 4". Is this enough? Enough scarf, I mean? For a man? (Oh, the agony. I had to choose a cabled pattern, didn't I. Just had to. When I knew I only had one ball.) The scarf that Grumperina just knit for her dad was 53" plus a bit of fringe, and it was specially requested at that length. So there is hope...

On the plus side, what I do have looks really nice! (And I really do enjoy knitting with this yarn; the pressure is beginning to spoil that, must be careful.)

Last, I knit some more of Gram's sock.

Gram's socks - 1st sock

I don't know why I'm not knitting it faster. I'm just not enjoying it. It's Fleece Artist sock yarn,

Fleece Artist sock yarn

beautiful blues and purples, soft. (The one unphotographed Canadian souvenir.) Maybe the needles feel small for the yarn. Maybe I'm bored of stockinette socks after knitting 3 pair just like it. It's hard to say. But her birthday is coming up, so I'll have to work on that fortitude thing and suck it up.

After all that, it was ME ME ME time. I resisted the urge to start a new project and picked up a dusty Hourglass Sweater that I started in March (I was pleased to find I had only started it this year; some of my dusty WIPs are much, much older).

Hourglass Sweater - body

I was about 9" in when I stopped; if I remember correctly, I was worried about a bulky hemmed bottom, and about the softness of the yarn. It's Tragelly's Silk Blend singles in Desert Shadow; it's got wool and silk, and it's fairly soft, but is it Cash Iroha next-to-the-skin soft? Not sure...

Hmm... Now that I've spelled it all out, is this such a good idea? To keep knitting? Invest hours and hours on something I may not quite like or wear?

Enh, I've done worse.

Okay, I'll temper that. I'll knit to the armpits and then slip it off the needles and try it on.

My first knitalong!

Can you feel it? The holiday knitting pressure? I'm feeling it. That's why I joined my first knitalong:

The Who Wouldn't Love A Handknitted Gift?! Along, aka Knit Some Holiday Cheer.

Alison is running this one; she has instructions on her blog for signing up, so come join us! Let the madness end.

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