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Monday, July 7, 2008

  Monday Morning Mirth  

self-portrait Monday

You know Summer has kicked in the moment you’re waiting in the bus shelter and a bus pulling away from the curb sears you like a brawht on the barbie with a desperate BLAST of exhaust HEAT which only your friend, BATMAN, the Dark Knight, can keep away from you by merely giving it a really dirty look…

Thursday, July 3, 2008

The last time I wrote about this (on May 28th) it was supposed to be on it’s way to another State, finished! I was going to wear it with some polished cotton *denim* trousers and black wedgies at a show.

It never made the runway…

Instead, it continues to be my Wheels-on-the-Bus-Go In-the-Round project! Almost done now, I’m on the las oh there I was typing last sleeve when really since there are never more than 2, the Second Sleeve.

For a long time I’ve avoided bringing my in-the-round projects on the road with me (which could be one of the reasons this one took longer to finish than others) because I don’t like the beating the entire sweater takes when it’s mobile.

Above you see my solution, found by accident, one day when the bus was really crowded and I had to hunker down in my 18 square inches of seating and get to it regardless of bulk. The sleeve was eased away from the folded sweater that stayed for the most part, in my satchel, and because I was knitting it Magic Loop style with a 29″ circular needle, I only had to flip the sleeve back and forth to knit a round. VOILA! This saved on wear-n-tear and tears because the sleeve didn’t get up and twisty on me like the little bast*rds* sometimes can…

A lady that was kitty-corner to me in the back row saw what I was doing and exclaimed: “You’re knitting a sweater in the round!”

She was an experienced hat and mitten knitter who was fluent with the double points but her exposure had not opened up to this part yet; she did not know you could knit a sweater in-the-round. YAY! And did I ever catch her enthusiasm!

“YES!” I blurted happily, “It’s in the round! And I’m knitting a sleeve!” This was perhaps the most excited I’ve ever been about knitting a sleeve, mainly because that sleeve was making someone else’s brain expand all happy like :)

You cannot ask for more, especially on the Bus…

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

In what appears to be a detour into necklace making,
a sweater begins…

The ring around the chair above is the result of a first try in the design process. I do lots of these little lais and ususally leave them hanging around for awhile to decorate the hut but this one is especially silly.

Last year I finished a shell that had been lingering on the needles for, well, years (2003).

It uses the same yarn I’m working with now, Gedifra POESIE. The little aqua number was fashioned from a pattern from the Lang Yarn Co. from their book Fatto a Manno NR. 146. It is style nr. 33 and they showed it with a peau de soi silvery aqua pencil skirt that was fabulous. I’ve been wearing mine with some polished cotton brocade capris in aqua.

Hunting through the stash, I found some more POESIE, this time in a mix of blues…

It’s really exciting stuff: color runs of navy lead into portions of cobalt all shot through with alternating rectangles of slightly metallic gold and orange. Umm. Orange…

It’s frothy, lightweight and begging to be made into a frock-like shell, but with a twist.

I wanted the Bottom Edge to be a slight flare. Not a ruffle but a flared border.

So, the chair is wearing Try #1 of the FB. After about 5 rounds, I realized it was ginormous! I would be making an invitation to an upskirt, maybe a pup tent of sorts. The gauge of this ribbon yarn is 3.5 sts per inch and although I knew going to be a trip to the slippery slope to shape the neckline and armhole, border bulk completely bypassed my geekitude. So it was a trip to the Frog Pond instead and Try #2 is on its way now, tamed by roughly 20% and ready to be continue…

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