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Friday, January 28, 2005
posted 5:20 PM EST
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I'm not sure if I did the collar right, as it looks a bit different than the sample sweater. I'm happy with it, and that's all that matters.

Cozy is a very appropriate description. I pulled it on and I feel like this neckband engulfs me (in a good way).

I hope to get the first sleeve started this weekend. I'm going to add just a little more to the armhole depth, then I can tackle the first sleeve. It's freezing here, so this sweater has been ideal knitting right now.

Have a good weekend!!!
Pattern: Spring Forward Cardigan
Source: Twists & Turns
Yarn: Cascade Sierra
Color: pink     
Needles: 7's
Gauge: 20 sts to 4" in moss st
Thursday, January 27, 2005
posted 8:57 AM EST
I've been feeling a weird sense of time this week. Like I'm a day off. I finally realized what it was: my date was set wrong on my new computer.

I set the date and time stamp on this blog manually so I've been off all week (I just fixed it). I didn't realize how much that threw me off for everything. So it's fixed and I'm feeling much more inline with life's time table.

I have to admit to not doing much knitting yesterday. I did pick up stitches for the collar on the
Cozy Shawl Collared Aran Pullover, but I didn't evenly distribute my stitches too well (if I were just doing it as a Vneck, I wouldn't have cared, but with the short rows of the shawl collar, I want a nice even collar). So I ripped it back and did a better job of marking off the stitch distribution (again, I'm a lazy knitter and only do stuff like that when I have to). It's gonna be well worth it, as I have to say that I'm so excited about this sweater.

I'm debating if I want to take a class at the
TKGA conferance at the end of March. There's an advanced finishing class with Margaret Fisher. I learned to do entrelac from a class taught by this instructor and really think she's an excellent teacher. Annie Modesitt is teaching a combination knitting class at the same time. So I need to decide which one to take...

Well, off to try to deal with the Cozy Shawl Collar for my pullover...
Pattern: Natural Beauty Fair Isle
Source: Family Circle Easy Knitting
Yarn: Patons' Classic Wool
Color: Taupe and neutrals
Needles: 6,7, 8's
Gauge: 20 sts to 4" in fair isle pattern
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Wednesday, January 26, 2005
posted 7:34 AM EST
I love top down construction for one major reason. I can try it on as I go. I was all ready to start the collar yesterday, but threw it on to see what it looked like and I decided I want the armhole depth a little longer.

I may still do the collar since I already have it on the scrap yarn, then just go back and add the extra inch to the front and back before I start the sleeves.

I bet you can't find my short row fix. Heehee, I'm so relieved that I didn't have to do the fronts over again (btw: the mistake was actually done on the left side. I started the pattern 2 rows too late. The front and the back lattice don't match, but only I will know it while I'm knitting the body in the round. There's absolutely no way anyone else will know).

I may take a little peak at the
Spring Forward Cardigan today. I've already started the first sleeve on that (and have a mistake I need to fix). I want to make sure I don't need to add a little extra to that armhole too (I think it's also a 9" depth and I just don't think that's long enough for me).
Tuesday, January 25, 2005
posted 9:24 AM EST
Here's Gena playing during the storm storm over the weekend. She loves to run around, but then she wants it to warm up and immediately wants back out.
Jake, on the other hand is older and therefore wiser. He decided that watching the snow from under the dining room table was a much preferable way to enjoy the snow storm.
Well, I completely cheated on the right front for the Cozy Shawl Collared Aran. I was two rows off on the center panel, so I short rowed an extra row before I attatched the right to the left. Don't tell anyone, but I don't think it's noticable. I'll just ease the neckband in (2 rows shouldn't be a problem). Sure beats pulling back and redoing ?? it. I think I'll go ahead and do the collar after I finish the front to the armpits. I think it will be less bulky to do it now before I have the entire sweater done.

I spent yesterday tracking down the Marilyn Cardigan pattern by
Beth Brown Reinsel (one of the blogs I read had it on their site and I just loved it). As expected, The Knitter stocks it (she just doesn't have it up on her site yet). Guess what I'll be knitting after I finish up the Cozy Shawl? (let me say that Black Water Abbey Yarns also stocks it and has a lovely version made up, but I won't pay more for shipping than the cost of the pattern. $6 for the pattern and $6.50 for shipping?)

So many projects... lets see if I can get the front to the armpits today....
Monday, January 24, 2005
posted 8:37 AM EST
I have some cute pictures of Gena in the snow, but can't connect my old camera (USB port) to new computer (only equipped with serial ports). I can use the old laptop and transfer files, but don't feel like it.

Yep, still grumpy. My shoulder is better, but my body is definitely overworked right now. I've been trying really hard to break a weight plateau and I think I may be over doing it a bit. I'll be pulling back a bit this week and let my body recover a bit. I'm only 75% to my goal weight and I'm getting really tired of the constant battle.

I have the fronts done on the
Cozy Shawl Collared Aran, but they don't match. Sometimes my lazy attitude comes back to haunt me. I sort of expected this, as I didn't plan ahead or pay close attention to what I was doing. I think I'll pull both sides out and do them together. Which is what I should've done in the first place.

I ordered some of
Knitpicks own label Peruvian wool and it came on Saturday. I'm impressed. I swatched up a bit and for the price, I'm very pleased. Not sure what I'm going to do with it yet, but seems to be an excellent deal (especially with the free shipping).

I was going thru a bunch of old
Vogue Knitting on Friday looking for a specific pattern (which I couldn't find... but it showed up on Saturday). I've come to the conclusion that it's not the knitting magazines fault that I don't like them anymore. I simply don't like clothes right now. I think there's a focus on ugly, both in the stores and in the knitting magazines. My tastes run to traditional and classic. There's a lot of ugly stuff in some of those older Vogue's, but there's also the occassional classic tailored style that is more my taste. Maybe as my knitting skills developed, I was expecting too much from these magazines. I'll stick with my classic style and knit things that won't be out of fashion in 10 years (hell, I'll be lucky any of my projects will be done in that time frame...)