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(Not) Keeping Up.

I’m here, I’m here… 

I’ve been shaken out of my bloggy slump by Susan, who asked:

“Are you the person blogging From the Farm show last January?  If so, will you be back this year?”

Susan, thank you for asking, because I’ve been thinking about the Sheep To Shawl Contest quite a bit lately.  If all goes as I expect it to, yes, I’ll be back at the Farm Show this (next) year.  And, I’ll be covering the Kid’s S2S Contest as well as the adult version, with pictures.  I’m hoping that Santa reads this and DECIDES THAT I’M WORTHY OF A NEW CAMERA THIS YEAR (subtle, aren’t I?).

So… how’s everyone doing?  How’s everyone’s knitting/crocheting/quilting/spinning/fiber-arty things going?  Mine’s going well, thank you, although a bit slowly lately.  Between a hectic work schedule and a hectic 3-year old, I’ve been… gasp!… too tired to knit much.  But… I did finish Wrapper’s Delight:

Want a lot of compliments?  Knit this cardi.

Want a lot of compliments? Knit this cardi.

And a pair of awesome fingerless mitts:

I looooove Noro Kureyon.

I looooove Noro Kureyon.

Right now I’m working on a pair of socks for myself.  I’m trying out the Cat Bordhi method of knitting socks on 2 circular needles.  It’s okay… I’m not completely sold on the method, although I do love being able to try on the sock as I go along.  It’s nice learning something new, but… what can I say, I love my Lantern Moon Sox Stix – they’re just so comforting to work with somehow.

So, wanna hear a funny story?  

About a month or two ago, I was contacted by Jaime Guthals, segment producer for Knitting Daily TV.  They were doing a new segment on the show where they talk about a published pattern, then show examples of it by real-world knitters (different colors used, different dimensions, different yarn used… you get the idea).  The first pattern they were featuring was Eunny Jang’s Spectrum Scarf, and would I be so kind as to send mine along to the studio for them to use on the show (ARE YOU KIDDING???  YES!!!)?  But first I had to get the scarf back from my project manager, who, as you may recall, is giving it to his wife as a Christmas gift.  Bob was happy to oblige, and now… I’m a Famous Knitter!  The episode is supposed to be airing in January, so if you’re lucky enough to get Knitting Daily TV on your local PBS station (I’m not, ironically), tune in and check out my/Bob’s wife’s scarf.

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Waiting To Start… To Finish.

Sigh.  Wrapper’s Delight is plaguing me.  This, as many of you remember, is a simple little cardigan that I knit up using Claudia Hand Painted Yarns’ Boucle (color Boot Camp… yeah, I know.).  I bought the yarn and the pattern at last year’s Knitter’s Day Out right here in Harrisburg, PA – the yarn was hanging decoratively at the Uncommon Threads booth (a shop I love, and don’t get to visit nearly often enough) and was lovely and interesting and wonderfully colorful.  The pattern was easy to choose – one of the shop’s employees (owner, maybe?) was wearing the one she knit, and it was soooooooooooooo nice.  Had to have one.

So I started knitting the thing, and about 5 inches into it or so, I wasn’t so sure about the yarn.  First off, as nice and interesting as the yarn is, boucle is a real pain to knit with – my needles kept getting caught in all the little loops, and really slowed me down.  Then there was the color, so rich and jewel-toned all twisted up in skeins, but knitted up, it striped and pooled in some… unpredictable ways.  But I carried on knitting. 

As of this posting, the pieces are done, and all I have to do to end this phase of my knitting experience is sew the thing up.  So what’s the holdup?  Part of it is that common problem many knitters have – finishing phobia, I guess.  I’m just not as motivated to finish it… even though it means it’ll be done… as I am starting something new.  I guess that’s not terribly original, but there it is.  Also, I’m kind of afraid to finish it because I have a strong inkling that I’m not going to like it much, and won’t want to wear it.  Then I’ll be annoyed… you won’t like it when I’m annoyed.  

So my plan is to keep working on my husband’s socks (almost done) and find some yarn to make the Morning Surf Scarf for Bob’s daughter, now that I know what to look for (preferably a handspun of blues and purples and maybe a shock of orange or pink in there).  Then I’ll go back and sew up the cardi.  I promise.

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