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Had me some Macallan 12 year whiskey last night. I get bouncy and happy when I drink. If I'm sad, I get VERY sad. If I'm not sad, I dance, laugh and sing. If I drink too much (that's about 3 drinks), I get sleepy and lie down on the kitchen floor.

Made it to the Knitsmithy today! Wore my Hourglass Sweater so if I can't get my act together to get a photo of it on me you can see it there in a few days. What fun seeing what everyone else is making! Met Alison of the blue blog and Dani of Knitting Sunshine. I'm almost over the strangeness of knowing so much about someone else and their knitting without having met them.

There were wild turkeys in the front yard this afternoon. I love seeing them wander around these parts. Seeing deer and fox is cool, but wild turkeys, that travel in packs and can fly, it just tickles me. Didn't know they fly?

Wild turkeys 9/30/05

Wild turkeys 9/30/05 Wild turkeys 9/30/05

The photos are from Sept. I am especially happy to see them after Thanksgiving.

Blocking Catharina Rose

gray la gran asked how I blocked the middle section. The pattern increases from one triangle to two and stays the same width while the rest of the shawl grows; it is bordered on each side by a line of yarn overs. I wanted those lines to be straight, so I left the blocking wires in for the whole shebang. While I measured some of the other parts, I eyeballed the rectangle, so it does look a little smaller towards the top, hehe.

Catharina Rose is done! She's my second shawl, my second faroese shawl, my first lace shawl, and my first blocked shawl. Here she is blocking:

Catharina Rose - blocking

And some close ups:

Catharina Rose - blocking

Catharina Rose - blocking

Catharina Rose - blocking

Catharina Rose
Started: 7/19/05
Finished: 11/26/05
Pattern: "Catharina" by Myrna Stahman, The Best of Knitter's Magazine: Shawls and Scarves
Yarn: Danette Taylor's lace merino in Bramble Rose, ~5 oz
Needles: #5
Notes: This was an easy knit. Because it's knit from the top down, you increase 8 stitches every other round; around 300 stitches, I was getting batty, took soooo long to finish 1 row! But, as with other monotony, I settled down, and the last few inches were no problem at all. Also, with Myrna's shawls, you cast on invisibly and then pick up and graft stitches shortly after, so you get the nice continuous seed stitch border that goes around most of the shawl and only 2 ends to sew in.

Blocking was time consuming and since it was my first blocked lace shawl, I really didn't know where to begin. The faroese shawls have a bit of shoulder shaping that helps the shawl sit on your shoulders, but that makes them a bit trickier to block. In the end, I started with the middle section, stretched it out good and tight, pinned the wing tips, and then stretched everything else 'til it was tight.

I love the colors in this pattern. When I chose the yarn I wasn't sure if the colors would obscure the lace, but after the first triangle I was pretty happy. The yarn on these needles was a good fit.

Pink Clapotis

With the Hourglass Sweater done, I turned my attention to the Pink Clapotis. Because I was worried about running out of yarn, I frogged several inches and settled on a narrower scarf.

Nope, it's not holiday knitting. Yes, I know, only a couple of dozen days to go, and plenty of projects left. Just. Can't. Do. It.

Pink Clapotis

Fun locks

Locks are fun. The colors are off, but you get the idea. No carding (don't own anything resembling carders), just fluff and go!

27: dyed locks 27: dyed locks