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Tuesday, March 13, 2007


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.


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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