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A Brief Update.

  • Working furiously on re-knitting the sleeve of the Cable Detail Sweater.  Should be well on my way to re-joining the pieces and re-starting the yoke later today or tomorrow.
  • Entertaining my SIL (not the yarn store owner, my other one) this weekend as we await the big finale competition of the PA National Horse Show later this evening (PA… National?  So… is it PA, or is it National?  Or should it be “PA’s National…”?  Am I overthinking this?).  This SIL lives in Boston, attends grad school at Harvard and plays polo.  What can I say, I have interesting S’sIL.
  • Making plans to spend a whole day up at Mad About Ewes to interview Team Time Warp, who will be defending their championship title in the 2012 PA Farm Show Sheep To Shawl Contest in January.  I absolutely cannot wait to get up there – I’ve been meaning to visit for at least 2 years now, but my crazy schedule kept me away.  Many, many thanks to Libby Beiler and the rest of the team for allowing me to hang out with them.  Watch this blog for the interview!
  • Starting to put together some ideas on how to teach knitting to kids, without tantrums or frustration… for me or the kids.  I don’t know, it’s just something that’s been going through my head lately.
  • Still have to register for VKLive in NYC.  Hopefully this weekend.

I think that’s enough on the To-Do list for now.  Back to the sleeve…

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A yarnyMarni Shout-Out: Debbie Bliss “Glen”.


The Cable Detail Sweater (back), from Debbie Bliss's "Glen" pattern book. Loving the fat cable!

The picture represents about 15% of my finished Cable Detail Sweater.  I’m really enjoying this project, for a few reasons.  Strangely enough, one of those reasons is the fact that this sweater is knit flat, which I haven’t done in a while.  I do love the immediacy and convenience of knitting sweaters in-the-round, but once in a while, I embrace the challenge of assembling the finished pieces and stitching everything up.  It’s been said before – more gracefully, I’m sure – and I completely agree:  if you’re willing to spend the time to perfectly follow a pattern and match your gauge, why ruin it with shoddy finishing?  I consider it a necessary skill; it’s not exactly “fun,” but when I’m done, and my FO looks fab… well, there’s no better feeling, y’know?

I really like this yarn, too.  Debbie Bliss Glen is a medium-to-bulky, single-ply, heathery/marled yarn made up of 30% fine alpaca, 30% merino, and 40% acrylic.  I’m not a big fan of acrylic yarn, but… I’m making an exception here, because it’s really soft, really warm, wonderfully squishy and springy, and really lovely to knit with.  I’ll probably have to wear a T-shirt or something underneath the finished product since my skin’s pretty sensitive, but from the feel of the knitted portion above, it should be pretty comfy next to the skin.  Each skein has subtle shading, as you can sort of see above, so when starting a new skein, I’m trying to match the shading so I don’t get any harsh color changes.  So far, so good…

… and speaking of “so far, so good,” I haven’t had any issues with the pattern.  Why is this noteworthy?  The Type A, analytical knitter in me craves 100% clarity in her patterns, but this is seldom granted.  I’m productive and elated at 90% clarity, pretty happy at 80%, perturbed but determined at 70%, and… well, let’s just say no sir, not at all happy at anything less than 60%.  This pattern is rated, so far, at a strong 95% clarity.  I “get” the vast majority of the pattern, but there’s 1 or 2 places where I’ll just have to… punt.

Ok, gonna get back to the knitting now.  Tomorrow:  register for VKLive!

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Decisions, Decisions.

Got my first email promoting Vogue Knitting Live, New York.  A weekend of yarn-related classes, lectures, dinners, market-browsing, general schmoozing, and in NYC to boot.  Let me think about this… thinking… thinking… oh this is a tough one… yeah, I should probably go, shouldn’t I?  I mean, what kind of yarn blogger would I be if I didn’t go, right?  That would be wrong and irresponsible, neglecting such an event and therefore disappointing my vast, loyal readership who I know are depending on me to cover the events.  I couldn’t possibly let them, and myself, down by missing it.  And… why no, this has absolutely nothing to do with my missing VKLive in LA this past weekend and having to live it vicariously through Facebook and Twitter… nothing at all.  No, really, they’re completely unrelated.  Really.

Gonna go start packing…

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