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Blanket Square & New Yarn

Work is progressing on the love blanket square. My wrist is complaining a little, so I'm not sure if I'll be able to finish it tonight or not. I guess we'll see.

I also had some yarn delivered to me at work. It's some Elsebeth Lavold Silky Tweed that I ordered to make the elephant from the toy book David got me.

He said a few times that he liked the elephant, so I'm planning on working on it here at work in secret for his birthday in May. I also got a bit extra in the grey and a skein of red, probably to make a scarf for myself at so

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Love Blanket

Even though my wrists are still bothering me a bit, I cast on today and started working on a panel for  "love blanket" members of the glb-knit listserv are making for a (now former) list member who was recently diagnosed with cancer.

I decided to use some of the yarn I had bought at Rhinebeck last October that I'd originally planned to use in a hat. One ball is a really deep, solid purple and the other is space-dyed in complementary shades of red, purple & blue. I don't know if the intent was to make them so that they'd go together so well, but I suspect it was at least partly so, as I also got a ball of a rich chocolate brown with a complementary ball space-dyed in compatible warm earth tones from the same vendor.

I debated about what to do for pattern, but I finally settled on a courthouse steps design derived from the Mason-Dixon Knitting book. It's simple but very homey, and it ties into my love of quilts nicely. I can also complete short strips and set it aside if my wrists need a rest. For the center square, I made an intarsia heart in the variegated yarn on purple background. It's my first intarsia, but it's small and simple and turned out quite nicely. I'll post photos when the block is done.

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Insomnia

It's always a bitch when it comes to visit, but with the tendonitis I can't sit up and knit anything right now. Fortunately, we did a bit of cleaning this weekend, so I've been able to get to my spinning wheel for the first time in over a month. I've had the wheel for a year now, but I'm still essentially a beginner. I haven't had huge amounts of instruction, though David's been very helpful, and more importantly, I haven't gotten a lot of practice.

 What I do have, though, is a whole lotta roving from Madelyn's 2005 fleece. So I'm slowly chipping away at it, even though I have no idea what I'll make with it. I expect I may try dyeing some of it, but even that's not a certainty at the moment. The funny thing is that most spinners will look at you like you're crazy if you tell them you're learning on alpaca, but I've found it a good bit easier to "get" than the sheep's wool I've played with. I think it's mostly because I tend to overtwist the sheep's wool, while the alpaca needs a good bit more twist to hold it together.

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Madelyn

Madelyn The big news for me this week was that I finally got Madelyn moved closer to me. I hadn't seen her for 8 months, since I moved back to Maine. I went to see her yesterday (she's boarding on a farm in NH), and she's completely unperturbed about the move or being in a new place. She's a fairly calm 'paca, anyway, so I didn't expect any problems.

 I bought Maddy one week before my ex, Scott, dumped me. If I'd known what was coming, I might not have made such a big investment commitment, but in the end things have worked out very well. I have my first 'paca, I found myself someone who shares my love of the animals, and I have lots of soft fiber and yarn to play with. Plus, I did at least get a spinning wheel out of Scott before he dumped me - best thing to come of that relationship.

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Tendonitis be damned!

My hands & wrists continue to limp along (get it? limp-wristed?), so the other day I stopped by Michael's and bought a Knifty Knitter round loom set (all 4 sizes on sale for $10). Basic stuff, but I figured out how to knit & purl. The day my hands went verkacht, I had bought some Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick to make scarves for the Bundle Up New Orleans project. Since my hands weren't cooperating, I tried it on the knitting machine, but the yarn is just too bulky, even on every third needle. So the looms seemed to be the logical choice and are working okay, though I'm not trying to be fast, in order to spare my hands.

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Bugger!

An old and unwelcome "friend" has come to visit - tendonitis. Not fun, as it means needing to stop hand knitting for a while. I do have knitting machines to work with for some projects, but they're not nearly as enjoyable - and they can't go to work with me. Guess it'll be time to catch up on my reading.

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Magical

Today's mail brought a very speedily delivered copy of Cat Bordhi's 'A Treasury of Magical Knitting'. Mr. McFeeley couldn't have done better himself.

Cat Bordhi book

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I probably could have just looked for it at a yarn shop and read it for the pertinent information, but a) I didn't feel like driving around to find a yarn shop which has it in stock, and b) it's just good to support designers, since they give us great ideas to knit with. Mostly I bought it so I could sort out making Witt's Cha-Ching moebius scarf from the latest MenKnit 'zine. Now I just have to wait for my 60" Addi Turbo circ to arrive from Herrschner's. Being patient is hard work.

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hello, or should I say, hello?

I assume someone will read this, but even if not I suppose I've got to start somewhere. For lack of anything more current, I posted a pic to the galleries of most of my Xmas output - hats for all my adult loved ones. Well, all but David. I'm not entirely certain that we're past the boyfriend sweater curse stage, though I suppose now that we're living together the risk is somewhat lessened.

 Currently I have about 6 projects on the needles. The bigger ones go slowly because I have to put them down and go work on an instant gratification piece to keep from getting bored, but they move along here and there.
 I seem to be worst about finishing anything for myself, as is typical, but I hope to have a sweater or two ready by winter's end - or at least by next winter. :-)

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