first of fall

happy autumn!

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for me, “mums” (chrysanthemum) speak of fall – i think because they seem to be the most predominant fall-bloom in this area. cheerful, even while they portend the arrival of a chill in the air. fortunately, i have a finished solution for any chill:

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finally, completely, totally finished!
pattern: diamond cable jacket from knit ‘n style, dec. 2006
yarn: cascade 220 superwash, color 865

i really like how it turned out – except for one small detail – the sleeves are waaaay too long for me! i tried to shorten them while knitting, but i obviously mismeasured/miscalculated. ah well – lesson learned. for the seaming i used a crochet slip stitch – which probably took me a little longer than sewing would have, but tricked my brain into thinking i wasn’t really seaming, i was crocheting! it’s the little things…

of course, now i have to try to focus on the next project. and despite a nice line of wip’s (which i realize is actually not too bad when compared to some), i’m finding continual new temptations. first, there’s this:

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this is just half of the araucania nature wool i bought on saturday. i wasn’t looking for this yarn, i was actually looking for something completely different (which i of course didn’t find), but i stumbled across this and couldn’t let go. it’s hard to tell from the picture, but the yarn is a lovely deep read which is slightly variegated. i think i’m going to try this with the dickinson pullover from the fall 2007 interweave knits. i had this on my to-do list, but not for a while down the road…the yarn has struck again!

as if this is not enough, i also came across (somewhat intentially – whoops) an absolutely gorgeous lace book:

victorian lace today by jane sowerby, photos by alexis xenakis. i was sold before i even got to the patterns, the photography is so beautiful. and as for the patterns – i think i want to try at least half of the book! plenty of knitting ahead…

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!

never enough

after being very good and not casting on for another big project while my sweater was still in very unfinished status, i decided that finishing the back was an acceptable ‘start another project point’. thus:

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morning glory found its way onto my needles. i’m really liking it so far – the yarn, wistful from briar rose is a very nice alpaca-merino-silk blend that is absolutely lovely to work with.

i particularly like the mesh section – at the moment! it’s a bit redundant but oh so fun to see the way the 2tog/yo combination creates such a neat look:

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i didn’t get a good picture of the butterfly edging on the sides, but this is a detail of the end traveling vine section.

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of course, all that fun work on the morning glory explains my sudden compulsion on thursday to start the first sleeve for my cardigan:

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i’m not particularly enjoying the sweater at this point (not that i hate it – it’s just not ‘fun’–too much time looking at the pattern i think) but i can’t seem to stop working on it! i think i have hopes for a finished sweater this fall.