holiday cheer

just in time for christmas!

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pattern: everlasting bagstopper (summer 2007 knitty)
yarn: hemp for knitting allhemp6
needles: us 10 (6.0 mm) and 4 (3.5 mm), circular
mods: none really – although i opted to use the leftover yarn to create a heavy braided handle rather than purchase ribbons or handles

thus, my unbelievably dull project is finished and can be put to good use!

merry christmas and happy holidays to all!

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not quite morning glory

the knitting hasn’t been so exciting lately. the socks are on hold until smaller needles arrive. mystery stole hasn’t been tempting me. and i’ve decided i absolutely love working on morning glory so much – the pattern is fun and slightly challenging while still allowing for t.v. viewing and the yarn is wonderfully soft – that i’m dreading actually finishing it. so i’m putting it off – making morning glory my ‘reward’ knitting. which means i’ve been working on this:

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i’m probably about halfway or so on my everlasting bagstopper. i thought i might have a bit of the problem with the yarn – it’s 100% hemp and a bit rough. (i understand it softens once washed.) however, the yarn really hasn’t been much of a problem. it’s a nice lacy patterns which opens up rather nicely…so, given my fondness for lace you wouldn’t think that would be a problem…

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…except it’s so incredibly boring! the pattern is only 2 very simple rows. and i’m bored out of my mind when i work on it. i find stockinette stitch more entertaining. or at least more relaxing. i usually can only stand about 2 rows in a sitting, which means it’s going incredibly slowly. at least there’s still morning glory, tempting as a reward…

knitting in circles

thank you for all the nice comments on my cardigan! of course, now that that’s finished, i’m not quite sure what to do next…i just have so many choices. i feel like i’m spinning in circles trying to figure out where to start.

there’s the morning glory. i haven’t even gotten around to starting sock 2 of the rococo. i have yarn for a new cabled sweater, tempting me. then there’s the everlasting bagstopper, which now has a base:

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it’s actually a nice little knit so far – although all i’ve had to do so far is garter stitch and picking up stitches. but the pattern for the sides, knit in the round, is all yo’s and k2tog’s – perfect for t.v. watching. however, there’s also this, tempting me:

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a new arrival this week: rowan kidsilk aura in nearly black. i’m hoping this becomes the leavened raglan from the fall 2007 interweave knits. it’s a silk/mohair blend and is really tempting me right now. i need to swatch though, i’m not sure i have the right size needles. yet.

then there’s more socks. my mom asked for socks for her birthday, which is in about a month, so i really need to work on those. i’ve actually started:

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she picked out some maizy, (#1001, nightshades) a mostly corn (!) yarn that i’d not tried before. it’s a bit splitty, but i’ve only managed to pick out one sock yarn so far that isn’t, so i don’t really notice! however, i’ve decided i want to try to work on both socks at once

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or rather, one part of the first, then that same part of the other all the way down (ribbing on cuff, cuff, heel flap, etc.). and since i’m switching to us 0 (2.00 mm) after i get past the ribbing (us 1/2.25 mm) and i only have 2 pairs of us 0 dpns, i need to free up 1 pair:

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thus, my monkeys are getting some work. i’m past the heel turn on the 2nd, so it shouldn’t take too long…as long as i don’t pick up another project! oh, and my mom’s socks? they’re going to be monkeys too!

the call of the yarn

i have reached the point where i pretty much can’t stand my cardigan anymore. but i keep on knitting – not only do i want to be finished with it, it’s pretty much the easiest thing i have on the needles at the moment and it would take too much effort (at the moment) to start something new. actually, the monkey sock is probably easier, but i haven’t really been able to bring myself to work on that either, for some reason. so it keeps staring at me mournfully. of course, that might be because it keeps slipping off the needles every time i pull it out of my purse in the search for something else (usually my car keys). despite my apathy, i do have 1-1/4 sleeves.

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however, what i really want to work with is this:

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hemp for knitting
#102 allhemp6 dk weight color 023 brick. this is destined to become and everlasting bagstopper – something i always seem to need. i don’t know how easy it will be to knit with, but the color is calling me…oh, the thrill of a new project!