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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

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Mother Nature continues to gobsmack Midwestern natives. Today, it is going to be in the 70′s (normal temp about 50). Warmth on an unseasonal day is always accompanied by WIND.

I will gladly wear a headband…

Accompanying me on the #66 is the Back’O'theTwist. It is seemly to be cabling so close to St. Pat’s – something in ye olde DNA hearkens to the call in a very big way this time of year and I just can’t resist.

Next to socks, cabling is my very favorite knitting thing to do.

No cable needles were used on this sweater – all coils were of the small stitch variety and easily exchanged on the fly! The yarn is not too splitty – had a few knots that were driving me crazy – but makes eye-popping ropes. I’m looking at it right now from across the room and it just JUMPS off the fabric.

I can’t wait to wear this and see how/if I really like the fiber blend of the yarn. It is 25% Alpaca, 25% Mohair, and 50% Wool. Hmm. The first two in that list generally drive me bonkers if they are used at 100%, but in combination, maybe the Wool will be the Chairman of the Board and boss those 2 around. I’m hoping.

Last on the plate – a plain hood. This is a work sweater, and it needs that hoodie but also needs to be flexible around the neckline when paired with a parka.

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This weekend is Chicago’s giant St. Patrick’s Day parade! Check out the City’s website – especially the Queen contest. Especially interesting? How fashion changed from 1972 to 1991 in the last two pictures on the page…


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