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If Your Name Is Jessica, Don’t Read This Until After Christmas.

Sorry, Jessica, but if you continue reading, you’ll ruin the surprise that is your Christmas gift.  The one that my daughter handed you in the cute little holiday gift bag at your Open House.  The one that your daughter took and placed under your tree.  So stop reading now.  I wanna show everyone else what I gave you.  Final warning.

Everyone who isn’t Jessica:  here’s one of the reasons why I haven’t posted in a while:

Fingerless gloves made with Manos del Uruguay's Silk Blend. Awesome doesn't even begin to describe 'em.

I can’t recommend this pattern enough.  This is Churchmouse Yarns and TeasWelted Fingerless Gloves, a very easy and satisfying project, perfect for that last-minute gift (which this wasn’t.  This was planned.  Yes it was, Jessica!) or for any reason, really.  This was my first time using Manos del Uruguay‘s Silk Blend, and it absolutely won’t be my last.  This yarn is just gorgeous, whether you’re referring to the color(s) or the quality or the hand or the stitch definition… and it’s a Fair Trade product to boot.

Ok, but these mitts only took me 2 days to knit.  So what else have I been up to?

I’m knitting another pair of these:

SWTC Tofutsies socks... again.

This 2nd pair of SWTC‘s Tofutsies socks is for my daughter’s best friend… because best friends should have matching socks.  That’s what my daughter told me, and really, I have to agree.  The trick, though, is to somehow convince the Great and Powerful Knitting God(dess) that if s/he allows me to finish these without running out of yarn, I’ll never ask for any other knitting miracles ever again.  Ever.  Again.

And if that weren’t enough, I’m about 85% finished with another one of these:

Really? Another one?

The second one is black, a la:

From Vogue Knitting's Early Fall 2011 issue... remember?

Here’s the story about this whole Lace Jacket thing.  When I first saw this pattern, I immediately thought of my friend Amy.  This woman is kind, generous, extremely intelligent, and gorgeous (and I should mention here that all of that describes Jessica, too.  Sigh… I strive to be in that club.).  I had wanted to knit something special for Amy for a while, and I decided that this would be it.

Then it dawned on me that there was another woman in my life who could be described the same way, who was equally deserving of a piece of knitted art.  Even though my mom’s an excellent knitter who could probably tackle this project, she’s been so busy moving into a new house that she hasn’t had any time to pick up her needles.  And I think she’d look great in this as well.  So when my SIL offered to order me some Tilli Tomas Symphony Lace for this project (she doesn’t stock ArtYarns, which is what the pattern calls for), I ended up ordering 2 skeins.  And then I knitted like a fiend to get both done for the holidays.  Now, I wouldn’t recommend this course of action to anyone, under any circumstance, ever, but… I gotta say, I kinda rock for gettin’ it done.

The last thing that’s been keeping me away from my blog… and often, my knitting, is this:

A present for my daughter, which turned into a present for me as well.

The Hanukkah present that keeps on giving… the XBox 360 250 GB Kinect.  I knew my daughter would love it.  I didn’t know that I would love it just as much.  Serious, serious fun… if you haven’t tried one of these things, go into your local Best Buy and try it out.  Don’t worry about looking like an idiot – no one cares because they all want a turn, too.

So… next on the list, I’m trying to set up an interview with an amazing bunch of students who are competing in the Fleece To Shawl Contest at the 2012 PA Farm Show.  I’m hoping to go visit them the first week of January, so stay tuned – it’ll be a great interview.

Gonna go knit now… stop laughing, Jessica, I totally hear you!

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Were YOU This Productive Today?

Look what I did over my lunch break today!

I ate Jell-O with my feet on the table!  Ummm, no… that’s not it… let’s zoom in a bit…

Ohhhhhh… I finished the socks for my daughter!  Finally!  They came out great – love the crazy pastel yarn.

I also finished coding and testing that major project at work.  But the socks are way cooler.






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The Thankful Edition.

What is it about getting older that makes us (read: me) feel the need to ponder the meaning of Thanksgiving?  I was sitting at work this morning and out of nowhere, I just started listing things that I’ve been thankful for lately.  And so, in no particular order:

  • … for my plans to spend the rest of the week with my family in NJ;
  • … that, late last week, my brain kicked into high speed and I was able to figure out a very complex coding project at work;
  • … for my husband, for too many things to list (but especially for putting up with me.  The man’s a saint.);
  • … for my knitting abilities… and limitations:

    ... and a pattern emerges! This is actually sideways, but you get the gist.

  • … for Facebook, because I didn’t realize how much I missed my childhood friends until I found them again;
  • … for friends who invite me on day-long shopping trips;
  • … for my daughter’s enthusiasm and excitement when she tries on a newly-finished knitted sock.

    The Travel Project, still in progress since last month. Might actually be done this weekend.

Wishing everyone a happy and peaceful Thanksgiving.

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Travel Knitting: Sweater, Socks, Or Socks?

Rhinebeck Rhinebeck Rhinebeck.  That’s all anyone who’s into yarn is talking about this week.  What to wear to Rhinebeck.  What to pack for Rhinebeck.  How to play interactive bingo at Rhinebeck.  And, most importantly, what project to bring to Rhinebeck. It’s been a dilemma for many a knitter.

Well, I have a dilemma, too.  I’m not going to Rhinebeck… huh?  No no, that’s not the actual dilemma… I mean, it is a dilemma, because I really would’ve loved to go, but that’s not what I was getting at… what?  What other dilemma is there this week, you ask? Well if you’d let me finish, I’ll tell you.  Shush.

I’m not going to Rhinebeck because I’m going to NYC for the day with my daughter.  We’ll mostly be doing stuff she loves, like going to the American Girl Place,

Simultaneously the most amazing, and the scariest, store in NYC.

going to Times Square to watch the billboards,

going to a museum,

My daughter will LOVE this exhibit... her favorite insect!

and all the while, enjoying the culinary delicacies that NYC has to offer.

... but do they have roasted chestnuts? I will NOT leave the city until I get some. Period.

Doesn’t sound like much of a dilemma, does it?  Turns out that I have the same problem that many of those Rhinebeckers have, something that I’ve been spending a lot of time pondering but not making much headway:  what knitting project to bring on the trip?  So I’ll ask you, my loyal readers, for help on what I should bring.  Check out the poll in the sidebar… let’s have a little fun with this.

For a 1-day excursion, in which you’ll be pounding the pavement part of the time, and sitting on a bus part of the time, would you bring your current WIP,

Making great progress on this... I'm working on the sleeves now.

yarn to start another pair of socks for yourself,

This is Dyed Bright Here's High Society Sock Yarn, colorway "Polo Ponies".

or yarn to start another pair of socks for your child?

South West Trading Company's TOFUtsies. Originally for me, but then my daughter found my secret yarn stash...

Majority wins, but I’d love to read your opinions, too.  Feel free to leave comments.  What is the best kind of knitting to bring on a trip?

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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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