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Tuesday, January 25, 2005

just CableMe

Ah, history ignored is doomed to be repeated…

Last year, loosely around this time, (February 18th, 2004), I had a bout with Startitis. Now this was nothing like the flu I picked up a couple of weeks ago that had my innards strangled and made a keening wail pass my lips, but it was insidious all the same.

For the new knitters, (hi there, lil buddies !) STARTITIS is where you continually buy yarn and start a project, but never finish it. Piece(s) might accumulate all over your house, until you have a S*load of half-finished who-knows everywhere.

It appears that my Startitis is/might be tied to the WEATHER! After a weekend of 2 feet of snow and wounded ego (even after I shoveled out the 3 car garage that goes with me and my building mates condos, I couldn’t get my car, my JEEP, for chrisakes, out of the alley) I soothed my evil soul with a new – – – SLEEVE!~

This sleeve probably doesn’t win any startitis prizes, because it joins a finished Back. That Back has been lanquishing in the UFO Vault since last year, where it was discarded in favor of another Startitis Flame: the Fern sweater, and I believe, GIGI, which I actually finished.


I am already 2/3’s done with the sleeve and OH how I love this wool. It is from Montana Targhee Sheep and is organically processed.

From In Sheep’s Clothing pg 45: “the breed was a cross of Rambouillet rams and Corriedale x Lincoln/Rambouillet ewes (me – how’s that for animal husbandry!!!) — for high-quality apparel wool — extraordinary loft and elasticity — good shape retention and crease resistance.”

I am in love – it is so different from other wool (read Magpie Aran Tweed) that I’ve been using that it just caresses my hands as it passes through my fingers…


9 responses to “Tuesday, January 25, 2005”

  1. carrie says:

    I love how those cables provide unique and flattering waist shaping! Lovely idea

  2. Teresa says:

    I’ve got to get that tummy tuck scheduled so I can start knitting stuff with wonderful waist shaping like you flaunt before us all the time, BM.

    ’til then I’ll live vicariously through you!

  3. cari says:

    Oooh! That looks like it’s going to be a beautiful sweater. Love the shaping. It doesn’t count as startitis if you already had one piece done. Can’t wait to see the finished sweater.

  4. Meg says:

    Ooooh, love that cable detail. Is this an original ChicKnits design? Gotta thank the snow for inspiring a re-start on that one.

  5. lisac says:

    very pretty, is this one of your own patterns you’re going to sell?

  6. jo says:

    So how come you don’t end up with Finish-itis in this weather — as a result of not being able to get out of the house to buy wool and thus being forced to finish whatever is already in the house?

    The stuff you start is beautiful though. And that wool sounds very very nice.

  7. gorgeous. i’ll have to look into that yarn! i’ve been fooling around with cables, and am getting ready to test ida riley duncan’s statement that each cable eats about 2 stitches. does that work out?

  8. Stacy says:

    I love the pattern and the shaping. Where’s it from, or is it yours?

  9. Bonne Marie says:

    Thanks you guys! The pattern is my own design…

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