REAL LIFE INTERFERES!

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you better believe it does, it interferes with my knitting. Of course, some people could argue that it isn't "real life" interfering with my knitting since the current major obstacle is spending my weekends in 1842 celebrating Christmas with Charles Dickens, but. . . it's a job. {Fal La La La La La La bah - humbug!}

On the "good news" front home computer is supposed to be converted to wireless today; which (if they are able to make it work) means a major increase in speed. Two years ago they couldn't get a signal from the tower that is about 800 feet from our house. The company techs say they have that fixed now. Hope they are correct as the dial-up company which is our current and only other option are closing up shop. But if all goes well, by monday I will be able to post drivel at many times the speed I currently do so!

It'll will be sunday night at the earliest before I know since I am off to celebrate this years Christmas's numbers 5, 6, and 7 this weekend and won't be home until then.

In knitting news - not much going on - I'm working on two clerical stoles at the moment - one white, one purple - they are both taking *forever*; 'Vakandis Sunlord' shawl has been sitting untouched for days; Not-Swan Lake shawl likewise for weeks. But 'Spanish Armada' is shaping up well - I may even get up the courage to put it on multiple needles this weekend and get an "in progress" picture.

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I'm really looking forward

I'm really looking forward to seeing the "Vakandis Sunlord" shawl. I love the books the name's from (albeit with slightly different spelling.) They were actually the inspiration for my screen name.

MMario's picture

I can never remember how

I can never remember how they spell it in Valdemer; but I can always just claim it's a translation into English.

MMario - ambiguity is cultivated, it doesn't happen in a vacuum!

BuduR's picture

I have got to learn to knit

I have got to learn to knit in one of the way for knitting in the round, your shawls are gorgeous and I absolutely love the idea of the cresent moon!

TomH's picture

I'm a firm believer that

I'm a firm believer that Magic Loop is the only way to go. (Personal opinion, of course.)

BuduR's picture

That's what I'm working on

That's what I'm working on trying to learn right now since I lost the one and only pair of dpn's I had. I just can't seem to get my join to not have a HUGE gap, but, I'm not giving up. I wanna to knit a MMario shawl.

TomH's picture

Be sure you're using a

Be sure you're using a needle that is at least 32" long. That way you'll have enough cable to give you flexibility in holding the needle points and knitting. When you start each "half row" with your right hand needle, just be sure to pull your yarn quite tight. I found using a needle shorter than 32" was impossible.

Another hint. When your learning the Magic Loop, use at least a #8 needle and worsted weight yarn. Don't try to learn the technique using a smaller sized needle and lace weight or fingering weight yarn -- or you'll lose your mind (I almost did.)

Good luck and keep plugging away -- it's worth it.

BuduR's picture

well for once I'm on the

well for once I'm on the right track :D I'm using 32" #9's to practice and I have some cheap red heart yarn that I keep just cutting and tossing it out. It's getting better, you can no long jump rope with the gap. Thanks for the tips Tom :)

MMario's picture

Another possibility is a

Another possibility is a comprimise - use two circs; less fiddly then dpn's and easier for some people then the magic loop.

MMario - ambiguity is cultivated, it doesn't happen in a vacuum!

BuduR's picture

well I don't have a set of

well I don't have a set of two of any of my circ's and so that's why I went with the magic loop, I do plan to get more, just another thing that has to be put off til the end of the silly season.

TomH's picture

What do the Vakandis Sunlord

What do the Vakandis Sunlord shawl and the Not-Swan Lake shawl look like? Intriguing names -- haven't come across them anywhere. Are they your own pattern creations?

MMario's picture

well the "not swan Lake" is

well the "not swan Lake" is my version of the "Mystery Stole #3" from this summer - I went off track from the directions pretty much immediately and the stole became a triangular shawl. She named the stole "Swan Lake" - therefore my version is NOT-Swan Lake.
'Vakandis Sunlord' is my own design, proto type is being worked on - though I know a second edition will be required before I write it up. (design conflict - have to see which version I like better ) It will be a circular knit in the round ;

percolating in my head and wanting to get onto the needles are "Charybdis" and "Artemis" - both circular shawls.

MMario - ambiguity is cultivated, it doesn't happen in a vacuum!

TomH's picture

Hmmm, new circular shawl

Hmmm, new circular shawl pattern potentials -- (his heart races with excitement.)

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*snicker* 'Charybdis will

*snicker* 'Charybdis will drive you nuts though.

MMario - ambiguity is cultivated, it doesn't happen in a vacuum!

TomH's picture

Any hints?

Any hints?

MMario's picture

The names should give you a

The names should give you a clue. 'Artemis will have a crescent moon around the edge; "Charybdis"'s manner of construction will evoke the name.

MMario - ambiguity is cultivated, it doesn't happen in a vacuum!

TomH's picture

I looked up Charybdis since

I looked up Charybdis since I had no idea of her identity. Sounds like it could be a wild, wild shawl.

rjcb3's picture

YAY!!! High speed drivel is

YAY!!!

High speed drivel is always a good thing!!!

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robert