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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…

14 responses to “Tuesday, March 13, 2007”

  1. Tracey says:

    Oh I hear ya. I LURV knitting cables. I think it appeals to us redheads w/ the Irish in the blood. I love what all the twisting and pulling leads to in the end, those cables that just POP! One of my favorites that you made was that pale aquamarine zipped up cardi you made knit from the Sheepy Valley. It had the most lovely cables on it.

  2. Marg says:

    Bonne Marie, I’m with you on the fun brought by both cables and socks. This is going to be lovely…but please don’t tell me your waist is *that* small — I’d be green with envy!

  3. Norma says:

    It’s looking soooo spiffy! For me, I’d want a collared version. :)

  4. Leslie says:

    I vote for a collared version, too. I’m loving the way it looks.

  5. Jennifer says:

    Very nice! Those cables do pop. I’m interested to hear how the blend feels.

  6. Karen says:

    It really looks nice. I don’t like 100% mohair yarn either. Well, except for La Gran…love that stuff.

  7. Kim says:

    Lovely cables. I can’t help but be amused at the (ahem) lovely, shapely derriere of #66…

  8. LaurieM says:

    Looking awesome…

  9. Sonya says:

    That is one fine sweater – I am curious to try the non-cable needle technique. I love the Queen photos – what happened, did the Amish population increase in the 90s? Cable on.

  10. Delica says:

    Always impressive!

  11. Frank says:

    I so love this sweater. I really must make it…

    BTW, your dummy has a cute tooshie… ;)

  12. amisha says:

    the cables are truly delicious! i love the cables/st. paddy’s connection too :)
    so happy that you are getting some springtime warmth up there… enjoy!!

  13. claire says:

    I loved the Queen photos…….and in a “small world after all” kind of thing, the link you posted concerning the Irish sweater history is from my old hometown paper!!! Happy St Patrick’s Day !

  14. Jess says:

    Beauty, Bonne!

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