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Tuesday, June 9, 2009


The ShowDown Continues: its just three days before I leave for Columbus and like all good and major deadlines, it seems the more I do, the less is getting done! WHEE!

The weekend was great — did a big photoshoot with lots of new looks for fall — above’s an updated pic of the MCSVest with a little white shirt underneath. This version is made from cotton/microfiber (by ggh *Java* — 85% cotton and 15% acrylic) and it makes a very comfortable top for spring/summer/fall erm, winter. The addition of the microfiber makes the fabric behave a little better than 100% cotton, less stretch, etc. Fiber-y behavior, which of course, resembles two of my other All Time Favorite Yarns — Rowan All Seasons Cotton & Lion Cotton Ease! I’ve got my stash, don’t you know ;p

From the 1 step forward, 2 steps back files: yesterday was just about a washout in the getting things done department. Moe Larry CHEESE!

Total hard drive meltdown~!

Because my main hard drive was getting full (eewww) I’ve been using a firewire backup drive. Just lately, I transferred a ton of files to this drive and have been using it as a scratch disk for Photoshop. Yesterday, I did a lot of file retouching and BAM! I think I melted it. It started making some really awful clacking noises and wouldn’t mount on the desktop.

First, of course, I panicked! That Sound. It’s really an unhappy sound.

Then I remembered I’d been backing up all the super duper important stuff online (with something called Mozy) and maybe, just maybe, I’d remembered to include this second drive in there somewhere. Well, I did. Sort of. All of the nitty gritty was a-ok; but a lot of stuff was vaporized because I just moved those newer files to the disk. Well. As they say when you’re starting to clean a closet, if you haven’t worn something in so long you can’t remember, you don’t need it anyway…

Time will tell!

And it’s telling me to get a grip! :)

Here’s my Mondo Cable Shell / Vest so far:


You can see it’s being propped up by HOUSE. As is should be, since the kindly Dr. is going to get me through the next few hours of rampant knitting! The MCSV should probably be about two inches longer, but given the Screamin’ Meemie Joy Ride I’ve been on for the last few hours, it’s not. ;p

13 responses to “Tuesday, June 9, 2009”

  1. meg says:

    Love that color. Just finished another skein of handspun laceweight in practically the same. You’ll have that kitten done by sundown, I just know it.

  2. Pretty vest; classic — you might say, “preppie”…!

  3. Allyson says:

    Love that color! It is turning out great!

  4. Patty says:

    You’ve chosen an excellent companion for your knitting travels!

  5. Corinne says:

    Staying true to your signature color, I see!

  6. Seanna Lea says:

    Ugh! So sorry you are having computer troubles! Hopefully everything will smooth out and you’ll be all set to have more fun with your knitting.

  7. Susan says:

    Since you are House fan, you are officially my most favorite blogger–fabulous knits and cranky House. You can’t ask for more than that!

  8. Melissa G says:

    Gotta love that Classy–looks handpainted, multicolored while knitting (keeps my interest at least), but reads nearly solid made up.

  9. Bonne Marie says:

    HOUSE is in the house! I got some of the show DVDs for Christmas and have a festival every now and again watching them.

    I first saw Hugh Laurie in “Sense and Sensibility” and thought he was fab!

    Lovin’ the Classy with class TV…

  10. Karen B. says:

    Beautiful Mondo vest! Bad hard drive, bad! Mine decided last night was a good time to take a dirt nap. Oh, yes. I worked late into the night locating, remembering and restoring files and account information. I need to do more online backups.

  11. Bethany says:

    The Mondo Cable Shell Vest is this a different version of the Mondo Cable pattern I bought several years back? Because I noticed that this version uses worsted weight yarn and the original used chunky yarn. Would love to be able to use the worsted instead of the chunky. Does this mean I would need to purchase the pattern again?

  12. Bonne Marie says:

    Hi Bethany —

    This is a complete redesign; it is now 1824 gauge, knit from the top down and in the round, and has an expanded size range.

    Although we sent out a new pattern link to previous owners of the Mondo Cable Shell, sometimes the email doesn’t connect or gets binned.

    Just drop me a line at info -at- chicknits dot com with your purchasing email to get a new link to this new version and we’ll set you right up! :)

  13. Wanda says:

    I liked the Mondo Cable Shell before, but not a fan of chunky yarn. I admit I didn’t think of it as a vest, just the shell and it didn’t appeal to me. But as a vest, I adore it. Hmm, I can see this being on my line-up for fall.

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