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Anyone have access. . .

To sweetGeorgia Yarns? I'm looking for two hanks of their laceweight in the 'Coffee Bean' colourway. I can't seem to find anyone who has it online...

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How I spent my Easter break. . .

We won't go into the fact that Political Correctness had me working friday (Heck! I used to work for a Jewish guy that always gave us Good Friday off) and then for some bizarre reason gave us monday off instead though most of our clients were off friday and open monday. But since the parish priest decided "it wasn't worth it" to have evening services I missed out on Good Friday services - which I *do* miss.

My folks were out for Easter - which is nice considering they are both getting up there (87 (next month) for Mom and 90 for Dad) and we had phone calls from various sibs and nieces and nephews - Gave an Easter basket to my two great-nieces on Sunday; and for a change, the singing at church was good. The current priest was a lawyer before she was ordained - and there are a lot of things I *don't* like about her as a priest - but she can really do an incredible descant - and the Easter hymns hgave her plenty of oppurtunity.

Finished my KYOAMPI that I started last january - still have to block it, but managed to get a "before" picture - hopefully will have an "after" picture by the end of the week and can post both. KYOAMPI was "Khoose your own adventure mystery Pi" - and each of the 4 clues each week had a garden based theme. You could select one theme and knit it, or mix and match, or mix current and old clues. I think we figured that the one set of instructions allowed something like 1024 "basic" variations and 20,000 plus other variations, not counting differences in yarn and needle size. phew! This will be going to a cousin's daughter who got married last summer.

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Swatch finished:

I test knit a doily that I intend to use as the center for a shawl. Finished it today, it took about a week of "coffee hour" knitting to do the piece.

The attached picture is from the original instructions - hopefully I will have a photo of my finished piece by tomorrow.

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UFO's and WIP's

There is no exact line between a UFO and a WIP for me; indeed, to some extent the only UFO's I will admit to are ripples in the frogged pond.

Though I will admit that sometimes I have ripped out a project because I used up the yarn for that particular project on something else. whoops!

(Speaking of which - what did I do with that crochet afghan I started 8 years ago?)

I'm feeling good today because I picked up and knit on one project that has been sitting in my car as an "emergency knitting project" since August. If I whittle down the number of projects currently on the needle I can treat myself to an orgy of starting new projects.

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Daylight Knitting Time

One thing I like about Days getting longer -- with better weather and light later into the evenings I will soon be able to start taking my daylight knitting time - approx half an hour I spend parked in ascenic overview on the way home - knitting.

Because by the time I go home and do the chores etc; often I am too brain dead to knit. So this is a little "me" time - and it helps things get knit faster.

For example - I've been struggling to meet my (self-imposed) goal of 20 rows a day on a scarf I've been working on. struggling. the shame of it all is that I did get some undisturbed knitting time a while ago and found out it actually takes me less then a minute a row when undisturbed.

Pitiful.

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FO!

Believe me, I celebrate finishing objects - usually because I have so many on the needles that it takes *forever* to finish one. This is "Goober" - at least in my mind - though the actual title of the pattern is, I beleive, 'Ocean Tide' - from on of the online "mystery" knit alongs.

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ONline shopping - benefit or curse?.

way too much stuff available too easily - I'm currently trying to resist

*the kilo cone of mohair silk blend that cost about 1/4 of what it would come to in individual skeins;

*the Icelandic book "Three cornered and long shawls";

*Addi Turbo's in several sizes; (I need them, I do, I do, I do!)

*a swift

I did give in and bu a reprint of Sarah Don's 'The Art of Shetland Lace'

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Design? or dumb luck?

I fudge around with patterns quite a bit - for a number of reasons.

Recently I wanted a simple lacey pattern for a mohair variagated yarn (need to get picture - promise soon) and came up with Fibonacci Eyelet Triangle.

If I do say so myself - it is working up beautifully. And usually when I do something like this it does.

Then I read various peoples blogs about how they swatch and calculate and rip and re-swatch and select a different yarn, etc,etc,etc. I think the most false starts I've ever made on a project was three, and two of them were less then 15 stitches.

So why is this? I put it sown to sheer dumb luck. Though I will admit normally it may be that subconsciously I put a lot more "thinking" time into a project then I am aware of - I know I like to have yarn marinate in stash a while when it hasn't been purchased with a specific project in mind - and it is rare that I don't have a pattern idea that mulls around for a few months in the back of my mind before I actually start it.

Whatever - I'm grateful so many of my projects come out in a manner I'm satisfied with. For example - the circular version of 'Progressive' I did earlier this year - - a whim; but it worked!

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Tampa bound....

okay - the airport is in Tampa - I'm staying in clearwater and my Dad's b-day party is in North Redington beach - but that's probably more information then anyone wants to know.

So I most likely won't be around MWK until monday or tuesday.

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Too Good?

I saw mention of an online yarn shop the other day - looked into it and the prices seemed really good. I mean *really* good.

So I just ordered some yarn. I had SHIPPING confirmation 15 minutes after ordering. And WITH shipping the five pounds of yarn is only $105.

(it works out to about 1/2 cent per yard)

Makes me wonder....am I dreaming? will let you know how things look after I get the yarn.

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