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Was Going To Talk About Socks Today…

… the ones my daughter wore:

The finished Cascade Fixation socks.

… and the ones I wore:

When faced with a challenging day, face it with Koigu KPPPM.

But now it seems kind of irrelevant.  RIP, Steve Jobs.  You are, and will remain, a true pioneer and an endless source of inspiration. Thank you for everything.

We are, and always will be, a Mac family.

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Random Thoughts.

Just some random thoughts today…

  • Still waiting on my special-order Symphony Lace yarn to start the Lace Jacket from Vogue Knitting Early Fall 2011.

    Can't wait to start this, but I'm nervous, too. This'll be the most challenging project I'll have attempted, to date.

    Well… it’s not the yarn I’m waiting for. Turns out I also had to order the needles since I didn’t have the right length circulars.  I finished my interim Norfolk Ramblers project, so… what to knit, what to knit… ?  Oh, I know!  How about… more socks?  This time they’re for my daughter – she asked for knee highs.  And I love this colorway.

    A simple sock pattern, knit with Cascade Fixation. I have no idea what my daughter will wear these with, but she's 6, she can get away with a LOT.

  • My daughter is involved with a few extracurriculars, all of which are wonderful and challenging for her.  I think I like ballet the best, though.  Once a week, her class meets for a whopping 2½ hours to study ballet, tap, and jazz.  So for a whopping 2½ hours each week, while sitting in the waiting area, I get to knit.  Or attend a knitting group here.  Either way… bliss!
  • Like so many of us yarny-types, I take my knitting everywhere with me.  And lately when I’ve been knitting in public, I’ve managed to attract a bit of attention, not from like-minded adults, but from children.  I’m always so impressed when a kid bravely approaches and asks, “What are you making?” or “Is that knitting or crochet?”  And immediately I start teaching.  I show them the work, I explain what it’ll be when it’s finished, I ask them some fun yarny trivia questions… and they absolutely eat it up.  With that in mind, this Spring, I might have the opportunity to try my hand at actually teaching children how to knit, for real, in a sit-down type of environment and everything.  I’m really hoping it’s as fun as my KIP mini-lessons are.
  • Yikes, I’m missing #knitchat

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And KDO Wins!

I’m happy to report tonight that the flood here in Central PA did not stop me or my fellow yarniacs from attending Day 1 of Knitter’s Day Out.  I live about 15 minutes from the venue, but tonight it took me an hour to get there, after fighting massive traffic on I-81S due to flooding at Exit 66 (Harrisburg).  Very frustrating…

…but it was worth the trip!  My sole purpose for attending tonight was to hit the Market, and hit it hard.  There were some amazing selections of yarn, roving, notions, bags, kits, etc… but tonight, I walked away with magazines, and also Rowan #50.  And sock yarn for my daughter.  And a handmade glass button for the Lace Jacket.  And… no really, that’s it.  For now.

Tomorrow I’ll be back for Day 2 – I’m taking 2 classes:  Shadow Knitting and Crochet for Knitters.  If you happen to spot me, come say hi!  I’ll try to take some pictures to post here afterwards, but here’s one from the Wall of Knitting Contest Entries:

This is really beautiful... I don't think this pic does it justice. Just one of many amazing entries.

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Sweater News.

I’ve been meaning to post for… yeah, about 2 weeks now.  And every time I meant to post, I said the same thing to myself:  “Keep knitting.  You can post later.”  The good news is that I’m getting a LOT done with my knitting.  The bad news is that you might have thought I was done with you, dear reader, after the excitement of the Fleece To Shawl/Sheep To Shawl Contest coverage.  Not so.

So let’s see… you already know about the pink SWTC socks (not so much fun to knit, but I do love wearing them).  And I think I mentioned that I knit yet another pair of Maine Morning Mitts for our dear friend and babysitter… in the exact same colorway as mine… sigh.  Then I knit a pair of socks for my daughter.  I’ve been using the same pattern and yarn for her socks with great success (sorry, no picture for these… yet).  

So now I’m finally working on my daughter’s sweater.  It’s a simple raglan rollneck (scroll down to Pattern #21), but if you remember, the hard part (for me) will be designing my own picture on the front.  Since I haven’t tried any intarsia yet, this is a little daunting.  I bought some graph paper, but I can’t figure out how to… use it.  Usually these things are pretty intuitive for me, but not this time.  What makes it worse is that the picture I have in mind is really pretty simple:  a block letter H with a circle around it.  How hard can this be???

Well, I found out this week, it’s not hard at all if you have the right resources.  I made a new knitting friend – the wife of one of my coworkers who’s also an avid knitter with a great deal of intarsia experience – offered her help (thank you, Kristin!!!).  And, I found this great book, which explains intarsia methods very clearly, has great diagrams, and really great patterns.  So, I’ve already knitted the back of this sweater, and I’m almost done with the 2nd sleeve, and then, I promise, I’ll take pictures of my intarsia progress.  In the meantime, you can content yourselves with a picture of my girl.100_0100

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