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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Did I mention that I LOVE this time of Year? The soft lake effect commands the air and it is fresh and you can feel it on your bare skin.

The fact is that in the Northern Midwest, *bare skin* is almost an oxymoron, and while that might seem incredible to many it is a THRILL to me!

I’ve finally started going sleeveless and am entirely excited about making sleeveless…

My Bettina shell is almost done; here you see it from a rear view; the front is a Work-In-Progress.

Also thrilling, for a few weeks in the summer, I can fiddle with the fanciful and try all sorts of ideas that are not strangled by the calendar. Sometimes these things end up in the public way; sometimes just on my back. This could be one of them, either too fiddly or too exotic, but not too unusual for my bare arms…

I’m already making another one of these (in the mansion of my mind, but of course) out of some Rowan Organic Cotton. And I see another in wool with sleeves and some slight changes. This is making me research all sorts of DK weight yarns, which had become my very favorite lately…

Double Knitting (DK) yarn as I understand it is: 22 sts / 30 rows per 4″/10cm or 5.5 sts / 7.5 rows per 1″. I generally get this gauge using #5 (3.75mm) needles. It makes a wonderful fabric whose general bulk is more flattering to most than yarns even slightly larger but doesn’t break the bank in extra work.

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