morning glory

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Pattern: Morning Glory by Anne Hanson
Yarn: Briar Rose Fibers Wistful (50% alpaca, 30% merino, 20% silk)
Needles: US 8/ 5.0mm
Started: Aug. 2007; Completed May 2008
Ravelry Link: morning glory

I love this pattern – I could easily knit it again. The yarn is also probably my favorite I’ve ever worked with – wondrously soft, it almost knit itself.

glasses be gone

I ran into an unexpected knitting situation last week. You see, these:

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are no more. Almost exactly a week ago, I had LASIK. I knew to expect that my eyes wouldn’t be perfect right away, that maybe they might be itchy or dry. They forgot to tell me that after I woke up from the recommended post-surgery nap I’d be bored out of my mind! I don’t know if it’s the same for everyone, but it took a while for my eyes to get back to “normal”. (OK, they’re not normal for me – I can actually SEE! No, I’m still not used to it, yes, it’s a bit freaky.) Middle distances were great, but it was a day or so before I could see up close and really far without everything being “weird” (which is the best way I have to describe it – I could see to read, but it was just “weird”). Which meant that knitting wasn’t exactly something that was on the to-do list. However, I was bored. Very bored.

Therefore, my first option was to organize my knitting mess. I am now proud to say that all balls of yarn and pattern pertaining to the same project are all together in the same bag. That all my dpn’s are safely put away together. That I located my missing size 5 us (3.75 mm) circular. That I restarted a long-abandoned sweater. Opps. Healing eyes be damned, I started knitting. In my defense, it’s on those 3.75mm needles, which compared to the lace I’ve knit lately, makes it a pretty large scale knit. (Yeah, I know, it’s not quite jumbo needles.)

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I originally started the Dickinson Pullover (Interweave Knits, Fall 2007) back in November, and got about 6″ into one sleeve. Sleeve frogged, this would be the back, almost to the shoulder decreases. Amazing how fast a sweater goes after Whispering Pines! I love the cables:

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Which of course, is why I’m making this. Even though I won’t get to wear it until fall. (Assuming I finish by then!)

I did finish another knit the next day, which I might get to use this spring. If I can get it blocked; alas the blocking surfaces are all unavailable for the foreseeable future.

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The Morning Glory is even older, dating from August. It was half finished when I started the sweater the first time. But some other projects got in the way…so I didn’t finish it until just now. Shameless, I know (and I loved knitting it! The yarn is wonderful, the pattern entertaining…I don’t know what was wrong with me…) I really want to block it to see in its glory! (Opps…no pun intended there.) Maybe this weekend…

(Ravelry links for my sweater here; shawl here.)

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…

fall flowers?

i can’t believe how long it’s been since i posted anything here! life’s been a little crazy lately – we had a major deadline at work last week and i ended up working 12 days straight! (and we shan’t say how many hours we were working in those days – it’s just too depressing.) so i’ve been a little behind. on blogging. on reading blogs. on knitting. on photographing my knitting.

however, this doesn’t mean that absolutely no knitting happened – i still had my lunch breaks.

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somehow, amazingly, i managed to get the first half of morning glory finished! i can’t believe how fast it knits. the pattern (yo’s, decreases) is on both right- and wrong-side rows, so i thought it might get a little tricky or that i would be poor t.v. knitting, but it’s gone amazingly well. and the yarn, wistful, an alpaca-merino-silk blend, is an absolute dream to knit with. it is so unbelievably soft and smooth – i know i’m going to miss this project when it’s done.

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a close-up of the morning glory pattern

at least i still have a whole half left!

among other miscellany – poking around other blogs, i realized i’ve neglected to mention that i’m on ravelry – as alittlefuzzy, of course. terribly dangerous, that place is, but oh-so-useful for the list-inclined.