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Monday Morning Mirth April 26, 2010

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Nothing like a good graphic MEME to start the Midwest Spring rolling — via Theresa, via Norma via via Wordle

Methinks this one looks like a little fishie :)

This was fashioned by entering the URL of this knitting blog into the Wordle engine — my desktop is littered with about ten others. I dare you to make just one…

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Sleeve Me April 20, 2010

And then there was one…

One more sleeve to go, that is :)

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My first CeCe sleeve is ready to go into a time out (until Sleeve #2 is done). I chose to knit this flat instead of in the round because Black Yarn bites. Or could, in the late hours when I have time to knit, hee.

For this first sleeve, I left the Body section on the original needles I was using and picked up a spare pair of Teflon coated needles (Inox) from the stash.

WOW! What difference — I really wish I’d used them for the body — the knitting went so much faster (and I think it looks more even). There’s always a trade off in the friction created between materials from the fiber and the needle coating. I originally went with nickel — bamboo seemed to clingy — but nickel was actually too slippery.

These teflon-coated ones are just right and also have a really great, sharp point and I am amazed at how natural the stitches slip in the lace process — almost like St st.

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Just found out I have some great company in a miniKAL with CeCe, none other than the fabulous Wendy from wendyknits.net — WAVE! She’s making one from chocolate Rowan Calmer, which was the fiber used for the original sample sweater. So yummy!!


Monday Morning Mirth April 19, 2010

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    (For some lovely background music, click the arrow at left – takes a moment to start…) Lately, as the Midwest air is warming and teasing Chicago, I’m affected by all things Spring. Everywhere you look, the trees are covered in flowers and there is the promise that much more is coming. This effect hasn’t been lost on even the more hard-hearted and for a softie like me, well, just call me sentimental.

Every once in awhile in the middle of the night, I wake up and can’t get back to sleep. Living in a big, big city, there’s all sorts of night noises that can come calling. They land in the subconcious poking the fight or flight until one gets their wits back. What you see above is my antidote to what can be a startling moment in time.

Maybe you can help me figure it out. Not talking about the big piece of knitting on top, that’s just a half-finished Cerisara back I started in Felted Tweed and have put on hold now that it’s getting warmer. I like looking at it though, especially the provisional cast on, so there it hangs.

Not talking about the house-shaped post-it below, either.

Those are the notes for a sleeve I was knitting a few weeks ago. I like to lounge around in the evenings knitting and watching movies and that was my short-hand to avoid expending any energy to pick up the pattern and read it.

No, what I want to know is where exactly is this house? I took this picture in 1995, the first time I went to Paris. Isn’t it lovely? I am so very charmed by the gate, by the blue, by the geraniums. The cobblestones make me trip into time and if there was anywhere I could live right now it would be there. I go there often in the middle of the night, turn on the light, walk into that courtyard and somehow feel safe and happy.

But I have no idea what the address is. Anybody recognize this?

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