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Traveling across the country twice in one week gave me lots of time to catch up on the Nefertiti knitting.  In fact I finished ahead of schedule.  Once I got through chart 14 it was time for the decreases and those flew by.  Jacie let me borrow her blocking wires, so yesterday morning I soaked the ball o’ lace and pinned it out. 

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oooh pretty.  Now all I have to do is wait for it to dry and weave in the ends.  The color is still dark.  It did soften up after a good soak – and I added some conditioner to the water.  It bled a little, but nothing too dramatic.  Depending on the light it still looks black… I guess you convince me it’s navy someday.  But It definitely does not have the color variation I was expecting.

 

So with Nefertiti done it was time to dig into the bin of WIPs for the next project.  The Be Sweet Scarf fell out.  I will admit that I believe it took 30 minutes to finish the scarf.  Yes I had a several year old WIP that needed 30 minutes of work.  It’s just a plain knit 15 stitch scarf.  It’s not really my style of scarf – I might give it to one of my friends that does a bunch of breast cancer walks – the pinky color reminds me of that.

 

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Kitty was a model in a former life.  Modeling is serious business or he’s completely embarrassed that I put a pink scarf on him.  Either way it highly amused me and that’s really all that matters.

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That meant that I needed to get another project out of the bin.

Katherine Hepburn Cardigan is next up, along with Jeannie and Doctor’s Without Borders socks. 

Remember my inability to read patterns.  Well you know what… I still can’t read patterns.  I had to frog the front of the cardigan that was already started.  WS means wrong side in all world’s but mine.  And adding a selvage stitch at the correct end would be useful.  I wasn’t exactly sure where I was in the lace pattern anyway, but then I realized that my selvage stitch was at the wrong end and I started the whole thing over.  It wasn’t too traumatic – there was only a few inches.  Being a doctor easy work, reading patterns is hard.

 

I am spending most of the day sitting around knitting and napping.  I contracted some sort of cold nasty hacky cough snotty nose thing – I blame being on an airplane 4 times this week on that.  We have the hockey game tonight which I want to be well enough to not lose a lung during.  Happy Weekend to everyone.

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That would be Nefertiti.  I pinned it out for a few beauty shots.  Isn’t she lovely.  Still in chart 13 – only a day behind on the schedule.

 

I finsihed spinning up a True Blood batt from Corgi Hill Farm.  If you haven’t bought fiber from her … go do it now.  Not only is it lovely, but her favorite color is red.  Shipping is fast and her prices are always reasonable.  Jacie made me an addict – and because I am a dirty enabler I urge you to join us.

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Oh shinny red merino/silk/firestar blend how I love you.  You will make something lovely one day.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA          

There’s about 374 yards of fingering weight yarn.  It’s not completely even, but it’s an improvement from my normal.  It’s also my favorite color and I am in love with it.  Now to just keep kitty from eating it.

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Nefertiti

Nefertiti was my LAST and I do mean last cast on.  I may have put the 5 or whatever stitches the cast on calls for on the needles on Dec 31st at 6pm… but they were on there BEFORE January 1st.  And yes Jacie reminds me that this is not technically against the rules, but she frowns upon my skirting of the general principles.

The first 8 charts (of 18 – yes there are 18 charts) of the pattern are pretty redundant and easy to figure out if you make a mistake.  But I never make mistakes so it’s all good.  Ignore the random dropped stitch that I tied off…whistles innocently. K3tog and sssk… I can’t be responsible for ALL of the stitches– one stitch tried to run away, but it’s not going anywhere now.  Take that defiant stitch.

Now I’ve started chart 9 and the pattern changed.  It’s not as easy to read the stitches.  There is a reoccurring theme of a YO K1 YO that travels the entire length of the stole.  So if the k1 isn’t in the right place… well you only have to fix a few stitches to get back on track.

For the next few charts – the directions are rather long, so it’s not a take and carry project until I get back to the decreases.  So I mostly work on a few rows at a time in the morning before I go to work.  I’d really like to have the shawl done by April 20th at the LATEST.  I have a super fun date on the 23rd seeing Wicked in NYC with the boyfriend person.  Yeah he’s taking me there for my birthday, and we have orchestra level tickets.  You may be jealous.  I want the shawl blocking by the time I sleep on the 20th so it will be dry and fabulous to take to Broadway.  It is not a completely irrational plan.  I am normally a process knitter, but I really really really want to wear this.

If I did the math correctly – and we know that’s a 50/50 chance to begin with.  I need to knit 6.05 rows a day.  I figure on weekends I can get a few more rows in and make up the 0.05.

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A picture of it looking like yarn vomit… which all lace does until you magically block it.  And that picture was during chart 2 or 3.

Have I mentioned that I sort of hate the yarn?  Madelintosh Lace – in thunderstorm.  Now mind you, I did buy this online before actually seeing it in person.  It is suppose to be a dark blue.  When I ordered it from WEBS the twist that I also ordered was on back order – so the order sat until all of it was in.  Because I have no will power against malabrigo we went to webs to buy more twist anyway.  I found the lace yarn, looked at what I purchased and thought yay dark blue semi solid awesomness.  Was that what came in the mail?  No.  I got a mostly black skein (there’s very little color variation at all) that’s rough and not soft like the other Tosh yarn I’ve knit with.  I am pretty sure I just got a crappy skein, but I am still slightly disappointed in it.

I am not swearing off all Tosh yarn – because the sock yarn is just yummy, and I want to knit with Prairie in a few years.

This weekend is filled with helping friends move, seeing the ballet, and spending some time with the boyfriend person…. sounds like a good plan to me.

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The final cast on

Seeing as the first is rapidly approaching and Jacie will be laying the smack down on my startitis I just HAD to start one last project.  My new Signature Needle circulars arrived yesterday while I was at Disney.  I ordered US 6, 5 inch needles, stiletto tips with a 40 inch cable.  The cable is less flexible than addis but more flexible than my denise needles. I LOVE the stiletto tips.  So far I think they are great.  The needles rotate within in the join, which takes a little getting use to.  I keep thinking that it’s going to separate or something like that, and then I would cry.  But I heard they were designed this way so the cable doesn’t twist up on itself.  I started Nefertiti in Madeline Tosh lace.  I am not sure if it’s the yarn or the join, but it snags just a little over the join.  I still love them regardless.

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I’ve been working on the Clapotis.  I am now decreasing – which is taking longer than I would like.  But hey it’s what happens when you don’t follow the directions and just increase until you like the size.  Now I have to decrease all those increase I thought were a good idea last year.

oh hi dropped stitch

One of the fun parts of the Clapotis is dropping the stitches.  With the silky malabrigo the dropped stitches all stick to each other.  I usually have to tease them apart.  You’d think those stitches would just magically fall… but they don’t.  I was knitting last night and noticed a dropped stitch that was not suppose to be dropped.  Why do those stitches fall rows and rows with no encouragement.  I think they know they shouldn’t drop and do it anyway.  Rebel stitches.

So now I have to fix the stitches…. the super blunt wooden needle wasn’t so useful in picking up the stitches.  Good thing I have new shiny stiletto tips.  Then it will be back to the never ending decreases.  At least I have something to do after my nap on the plane tomorrow.

I have to leave for the airport at some un-godly hour of the morning… coughcough4amcoughcough.  Instead of packing and sleeping I will be eating pumpkin pie and knitting.  Packing will consist of throwing things in a bag and closing it.  But tomorrow I will back in the arctic tundra with a whorish furball and Jacie and I will start organizing the Finish or Frog it project.

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