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Why on earth can I not read directions??  They are just typed words.  To be honest the pattern is not that difficult so why can I not follow them?

I managed to mess up the arm shaping of the evil pink vest AGAIN.  This time I read the WRONG directions.  Yes there are two sets of arm shaping.  One for the sweater version and one for the vest version.  Guess what directions I did? Guess what I realized this morning?  That is was all wrong.  And not even just a little wrong, like a few stitches off… NO IT’S A 20 STITCH DIFFERENCE.  AHHHH!!!!!  20 stitches.  I can’t even pretend to fix that.  So out came the needles for the 8th time or so and I frogged back 20 rows or whatever I had already done and started the arm shaping AGAIN.  This is attempt 3 of the shaping and we won’t even mention how long it took me to get the transition from the ribbing to the stockinette in order because that was just a disaster and a half.  I believe this vest was placed on the earth to test my patience, and it sure is exceeding those expectations.

Sporty Little Number may be renamed Evil Pink Vest.. I can’t abbreviate it looks too much like EBV which is Epstein Barr virus – and then I get all nerdy and medical and nobody wants that.  Anyway Evil Pink Vest is well the devil.  It has been just one trial after another since I started it over 3 YEARS AGO.  I cast on in 2006 (the 4 year mark is in March). It has managed to light a fire that has me determined to finish it now.  I will master the Evil Pink Vest – and I will bask in it’s glory and it will be wonderful. 

Now if I could just manage to get through the last few sets of directions.  This morning while waiting for the snow to clear I reknit the shaping and I am about 28 rows from binding off the back.  Then I need to figure out if I have enough yarn for the edging or if I need to buy more.      

Evil Pink Vest you may have won the battle … but I am going to win the war.

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Where did the month go?  Yes, I know, I went to New Orleans and Paris, saw penguins, went to a hockey game, saw Chicago, raised $1,500 to go to Haiti, and did a bunch of other stuff.  But it still feels like January flew by.


Looking at the calendar now February will not be any more relaxing than January was for me.  At least no one can say I didn’t live up my extra time this year.  So far the month looks like a Webs trip with Jacie and Karen for LSG’s 2nd Birthday, Superbowl party at Kristin’s house, seeing the Vagina Monologues with some awesome women (and maybe wine and fondue before hand), a bunch of Kappa Delta stuff in Fairfield, a week in Haiti, possibly another hockey game, and that’s all I can remember right now.  Life is busy – and I love it.


On the knitting front – You’d think with a doctorate degree that would mean I could read directions for knitting a vest.  We’ll you’d be wrong.  I am not sure what it is about the Sporty Little Number vest – but we just don’t get along.  Maybe it’s because I tried to decrease at SnB when I am clearly distracted, or not had enough coffee yet.  The good news is… I am at the arm hole shaping of the vest, after only ripping out the decreases once.  I think I even tried to make notes and save them from the first time I made the vest.  I keep looking at the front and reminding myself WHY… why do I torture myself so much.  Because that vest is going to be beautiful.  Now put the big girl panties on and keep knitting.  Really it’s not that bad.  I bet you could even get Jacie to seam it for you.  So really inner self… stop being a baby.  Just finish the vest already. 

Jacie…did I do a good job at yelling at myself??

IMGP2550 Just in case you needed a reminder on how pretty the front is…. the back is completely different and I am too lazy to take pictures right now.. so there.


A little rant about the back of the vest….Really who writes a pattern with all those bobbles on the front and back.  That can’t be comfortable.  I am sure it looks pretty, but realistically that has got to suck.  Every move … bobbles poking you in the back, WHY????.  The plan for this vest is “work” clothes.  Bobbles under a white coat.. no thank you.  So where the bobbles are … I kept the cables (they are not nearly as annoying) and added a third cable between them.  I had originally planned on just the two cables but there was too much space between them, it looked a little funny.  So now there’s three cables – one panel is right twist and the other is left twist.  I will take picture sometime… just not now.


We had our Secret Snowflake on Saturday at SnB.  Yes, we do know it’s the end of January and Christmas was a month ago.  We are super busy people, and we had other plans (Paris/Hockey).  So we exchanged gifts this week.  Lilian was my secret snowflake.  She wanted numbered stitch markers.  Have I told you the awesomeness that is etsy yet.  Because really, I’m a little in love.  Type in “numbered stitch markers” and bam.. 10 pages.  Ok maybe not 10, but it was that easy.  I also brought back some sock yarn from Paris.  The only sock yarn I could find in Paris.  I would be a sad knitter there.  No Malabrigo and one skein of sock yarn.  Paris you may have delicious food and wine… but I have yummy yarn.


I was Kate’s secret snowflake.  Kate got me the Shaken not Stirred scarf kit – in what we think is Fuzzy Navel color.  It’s redish and awesome.  It comes with little beads for the olives, and a fun martini stitch marker.  I am not sure I’ll ever use the stitch marker.  Because if you don’t know me — I lose stitch makers.  Just about anytime I decide to make something that needs them I lose half of what I started with.  I fling them off on accident or lose them in chairs.  Most of my friends have a lovely collection of my stitch makers now.  The martini is too cute to lose, it would make me sad. 


I’m off to the doctor’s office this afternoon to get all my meds for Haiti.  I think I’ll get a tetanus booster – I can’t remember when my last one was.  Pretty sure it’s about 7 years old.  There’s cases of tetanus in Haiti right now and I’d like to not get it so left arm I hope you are ready for the pain.  I’ll also get my antimalaria meds, cipro/flagyl incase parasites/bacteria decide they think I’d make a good host, and maybe HIV prophylaxis for good measure.  I need to review the CDC recommendations before my appointment.  We are still waiting on the flight times to Haiti to be finalized but I leave for Florida in less than 2 weeks.  Keep sending us happy thoughts and what not.  I know others in the group are still raising money and trying to get shifts covered for work. 

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I put Sporty Little Number back on the needles.  The once completely done vest that I took apart 3 years ago.  I started and finished in 2007.  I was mad at the pattern (ie. mostly myself) for not fitting well.  The front piece fit perfect.  The back called for patterned bobbles on the back.  Who wants bobbles on their back?  How is that even comfortable.  So I took them out of the pattern and knit the back in stockinette.  Did I take into account that there’s 4 cables in included in that?  Did I even pay attention to the fact that I needed to decrease a few stitches to make it fit? hahaha NO.  I will chalk this one up to lack of knowledge in garment construction.  I believe it was my first venture into garments.  I had all the ends woven in and ready to wear and then the back piece was too big.  I took it apart, piece by piece and it sat in the WIP for a few years while I learned how to knit sweaters.  The front is too beautiful to frog, so that meant that it needed to be in the finish pile.

I had originally thought that continuing the ribbing all the way up the back was a good idea.  Again… what was I thinking.  I’ve knit sweaters.  Why on earth did I think this was a good idea.  So I frogged a few inches of ribbing, back to the original length decided that I should be cables on the back but with no bobbles.  So far this seams like a good plan.  Because I didn’t want the bobbles, the space between the two cables seemed too big without all the fuss.  I added a third cable in the middle.  In “theory” this should take in the back enough for it to fit and won’t look horrible.

Sporty Little Number

I had the worst time putting this project back on the needles.  I thought I cast on the 36 – so I did the decreases in the pattern and ended up with 12 extra stitches or something.  I finally counted the stitches and I apparently cast on the 38 size.  Or I knit the front in 36 and the back in 38… which might account for it being horrible ill fit.  Either way I think it took 5 times to get it right.  I blame the headache I had all weekend.

I am now worried that I am going to run out of yarn.  I don’t remember how much yarn I had left when I deconstructed the vest… and I added 6 cables to the back.  My back up plan is to do the cuffs in a different dye lot if needed.  I am not even sure that Sublime has dye lots, but I assume they do.  I don’t think it will be horribly noticeable if the ribbed cuffs don’t match 100%…right?  Or I can do a contrasting color, or maybe I’ll have enough yarn. It’s a good thing the yarn isn’t discontinued.

The best part about knitting Sporty Little Number right now… I get to use my circular signature needles.  It was so sad to see my shiny new needles sitting on the table not being used.  I didn’t think any of my wips were on size 6 needles.  Low and behold when I read the pattern again the body was knit on 6’s, the ribbing was on 3’s.  SCORE!!!! After I finish the vest I think they’ll go back to being sad lonely needles on the table, but until then I am super happy about them.  I enjoy them much more with the sublime yarn vs the madeline tosh.  The join and the Tosh Lace just don’t slide well.  So the Tosh was moved to lace addi’s on size 4… working much better for the pattern/yarn/needles.

In other news… I am currently in New Orleans hanging out with my Aunt, Uncle and cousins.  On the plane ride here I started sock number two of Alternating 2×2 rib socks by David Simpson.  I love sport weight socks knit on 3’s… they magically appear.  I am not super happy about knitting them on my addi dpns.  While I love my turbos and lace needles… I do not love their dpns, mostly because they are short. I’d like them to be about an inch longer.  They poke me in the palm of my hand when I knit and I get a red spot.  But they were the only 3’s I could find this morning at 5 am when I was packing my yarn for my trip.

Yes that is a mostly done sock that sat in a bag for half a year.

I am far too excited about all the delicious food I will be eating this weekend.

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