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Thursday, March 5, 2009

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More digging in the stash, this time cotton diving. Up next? A Sandrine pulli for the wardrobe!

I have some taupe DK set aside for this as well, but decided to get some stitches on line with some early Spring fun. This is off-white Sirdar BREEZE, a cotton microfiber blend that works really well for wearability. I find it easy to knit, it has a little sproing and tension in the strand, which makes it keep gauge better than some summer yarns. I made a BCPulli out of it last season and it looks great and fits well — less stretching and growing after the knit is done.

Which of course, is much different than After the Final Rose. Being in thrall to Cabin Fever is making me do all sorts of things not normally in my agenda: watch the Bachelor/Bachelorette (?) no, not that. But somehow, there I was on Monday night, spying the aftermath of same, billed “the most shocking twist in Bachelor history.”

HUH? From what my friends tell me this series is an extremely choreographed “reality” house party with lots of drinking, naughty accusations ((She’s a B! What the… She’s in the hot tub AGAIN topless!) Now I’ve been in a hot tub once (in California) but only my Midwest two piece was showing) and what about those really *deep* really dipped, sprayed tans.

We won’t even mention the bad *grills*.

Even the smarmy set, the hundreds of flickering mini-candles and flowers, did not ward me off. I fell down the rabbit hole headfirst anyway. Much later, I was wondering HOW any of the players could keep a straight face for even a microsecond and decided THAT was why it was so compelling even though it was so very bizarre.

Hey! I am the first one to admit that being fickle is not such a bad thing. As someone with Startitis AND a trunk full of WIP, who can talk. What’s on your needles?

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

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mo’ better weather, mo’ better knitting…

More exciting than being in the audience at a Joaquin Phoenix concert: SPRING Knitting! This combo of bamboo needles and cotton blend yarn is sailing right along. I’m “up” to the underarms and have taken the sleeves off for a time-out while I knit the body of my Sandrine pulli.

I like to use scrap yarn to hold stitches for later. It makes for a flexible and cheap way to have a larger (or smaller) area out of the way while you work on the rest. It easily folds over around under the other parts of the garment. AND there’s something quite satisfying about ignoring all those stitches for awhile because, if you like knitting from the top-down, you know that the stitch count at the underarm can be awesome.

I found myself knitting faster and faster to this mid-finish point, even though my rows were still getting longer and longer, knowing I’d be able to give a ton of those puppies a rest.

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Even though we’re almost to St. Patrick’s Day, even though I’ve spotted lots of 3″ high daffodil leaves peaking through the leaves, we’ve gone BRISK again in the air temps here, but by the time it’s time to abandon all parkas, I just might have a new pullover to celebrate! More closet cleaning going on — it seems to just turn into sport at some point — and lots of sweaters that have been sitting in a pile for awhile are being washed and freshened, just waiting for more sunny days.

My hands are getting to that annual point where they ONLY want to touch non-wools. I’m looking for some more cotton blends — a couple of folks have written that the BREEZE yarn has been discontinued (!) so there’s gotta be something out there like it. Anybody have cotton favorites? I’m looking for a light, good-wearing, behaving, DK for hmmm, maybe a little vestage…

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Even though I hear the birds sweetly trilling outside my springtime window, louder is the call of something darker.

Yeah. The Taxman Cometh and has scattered like the wind reams and reams of papers all over the hut.

Would that I could escape this unholy deadline, but indeed, we all walk together towards that uncompromising line ;p

A little knitting is getting done, though, and it’s at these times I find the repose and peace of the process so calming, such a gift…

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Here stands my current Sandrine, like a talisman against the evil of all that paper! I’m several inches down from the body join and have completed the cross-over! Now it’s clear sailing into the calm waters of beautiful Stockinette Stitch. So lovely to have such a loyal and dependable friend when the brain is squeezed elsewhere!!

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