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Wednesday, September 8, 2004

wot’s the Secret Word?

Ding Dong Daddy OH! It’s Back-to-School all over the land and I’ve been hit with that sentimental something that always makes me smile this time of year.

Everybody is out shopping for new clothes (YES! Even those NOT going backTSkl) and having a ball. It’s a NEW YEAR of sorts and I’m celebrating right along with all the kids. I love this time of year.

I will go out and buy a pack of NEW PENCILS just to smell the wood when you open the package. ILOVEIT.

My mother, for years and years after I left home, used to send me six-packs of underwear in September, just in case I *forgot* it was TIME TO GET some.

After updating the Galleries in the last week or so, I reflected on my last couple of year’s output and realized it takes me a long time to finish things. Often, I start something for Spring/Fall, etc, get it almost finished and then the season up and changes on me. The poor little garment then gets folded away and put in the Marination Camber to be finished next year. (For a FABULOUS FINISH in time for the season, check out Claudia’s beautiful lacy sweater HERE). This is why it seems like I knit so fast sometimes – people always ask me this – I have projects in various stages of completion hacked away in my closet or MC.

This little lovely hasn’t been in the box for too long. I made these sweater pieces by machine a few weekends ago – they are my maiden outing on the LK-150. I’ve had the yarn, a Phildar cotton/acyrlic – *Marjory*, for a couple of years. It was from a destashing lady on eBay – this was before I knew the goodness of Phildar from Becky and Alison and Sil.

What a score! 20 balls of ecru and 20 balls of black in pristine condition – makes my head spin to think about it!

I’ve wanted a sweater like this for as long as I can remember.

Hmmm, memory cells holding about 5 mo. worth of data this year, 2004. Totally inspired by the folks over HERE

But I usually make cardigans (and shells)! Pullovers (out of wool) are just too HOT for my metabolism or something and I do not have many. But now I can make a bunch out of all that sport/DK weight stuff in the Stash Palace!


the World’s Tiniest Contest

Guess what the completed word on the above sweater will be and WIN! enough Rowan All Seasons Cotton to make the NEW! ChicKnits Aran Gauge Bucket Hat! (Pattern included)

RULES: email me HERE with the word CONTEST in the subject line and your guess in the body of the email. Submit your entry by September 21, 2004

Winner to be selected by random drawing and TBA September 22, 2004

6 responses to “Wednesday, September 8, 2004”

  1. Ying says:

    Have you thought about getting a Linker (brands available are Hague or Singer)? It’s like a sewing machine but creates a crochet link for seaming sweaters. Once I got the hang of machine knitting, I was left seamiing sweaters almost every night. Now, I no longer need to hand seam, hurray!

    Can’t wait to see the finised project!

  2. claudia says:

    You, popular girl, are the Referral Queen.

    Do you believe me when I say that I’ve been avoiding writing a brief today by intermittently pushing little scraps of paper around my desk with THOSE LETTERS on them?

  3. lisa says:

    Thank god you can’t really knit that fast! Watching you finish progects willy-nilly made me super envious of your knitting skills. Knowing that you have plenty of projects on the needles, and put them away waiting for the correct season to finish them, makes me feel so much better about having so many progects on the needles!

  4. marcia says:

    How many times can we enter the contest?

  5. Bonne Marie says:

    Hi Marcia – one guess per folk, please :)

    Right on Lisa, I have about four other sweaters on the sideline in various stages of completion. I either stalled, ran out of steam or the season changed before I could get it done. I guess I’m lucky the stuff I’ve been making isn’t too far afield and actually looks good for more than one year…

  6. Janet says:

    I haven’t a clue what the letters are but I’m hoping the cardi pattern will available with instructions for hand knitting as well, since I recently sold my knitting machine, thinking that I’d never get around to using it. Boo hoo. I’m looking now for some All Seasons cotton or maybe some Cotton-Ease so that I’ll be able to start it as soon as the pattern is available.

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