Ad nauseum running commentary on my
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And the weather is great! Nice and cool for a change. :-)
Here is the daily photo of the Svale tank.
I got a question for you all. For my "Fearless Fair Isle" design (well I had to name it something!), which would you prefer? A simple two-color design to help you "get your feet wet" in fair isle techniques, or do you want to dive in with a more complicated, multi-color design? Let me know by leaving me a comment on my tag-board, to the left, or email me.
Don't forget, Monday we start "Birth of an Aran." And Monday morning I'll announce my contest winners. I've gotten several great entries over the past couple of days. Anyone else who wants to enter -- you've still got time!
Have a great weekend everyone!
Does any one else find it ironic that one of the sponsors for Nick-at-Nite's all night programming is Ambien?Still really hot here. The weather people claim it'll be cooler tomorrow. We'll see.
I dutifully knitted on Svale tank last night. And here's a photo of it taken yesterday evening. I think one of the reasons that I'm so not enjoying knitting this is that I don't like knitting with cotton yarn.
But to keep the creative juices flowing . . . I had an idea. What do you guys think of a Wendy-designed fair isle documented step-by-step in my blog? This will be after "Birth of an Aran." I'll of course share my pattern with you guys, my blog buddies! Any interest? It'll be our own Blog Fair Isle and anyone who wants can knit along with me -- or make it after I've completed it and have all the bugs worked out of the pattern.
Tracy asked yesterday in her blog what everyone's favorite toe-up sock starting method was. Mine is the same as Tracy's -- the figure-8. But I think I'm gonna do a short row toe on my next pair, just for the heck of it.
It's supposed to be 92 degrees today here in beautiful Washington DC. Yikes! If they can call August the Dog Days, June ought to be Cat Days. And in honor of Cat Days, check out this photo of an incredibly adorable kitten!
After whining about how boring my Svale tank is to knit, I've decided to go ahead and do some more on it before starting Birth of an Aran. I will start Birth of an Aran next Monday, no matter how much I've got done on the tank, so watch this space. Oh, here's a photo of it taken yesterday evening.
Sabine asked me which aran I'm making -- yes, it is an Alice Starmore . . . Dalriada, from the "A Scottish Garland" pamphlet that was published when her line of yarns first came out. Why that one? I think I've knitted pretty much all the other arans she's designed, some two or three times.
Oh, and I finished the first sock of the pair I'm knitting for Ian. There's a photo of it on my knitting page. I did the Elizabeth Zimmerman sewn cast-off (it's a toe-up sock) that Tracy mentioned in her blog the other day. Thanks Tracy!
Speaking of socks, I got a very cool contest entry from Kristy yesterday!
Okay, I'm riding the train home and there's a group of loud tourists on the Blue Line equipped with many cameras. One sez to the other "Let's take pictures of commuters!" (like we're animals in the zoo or something). I'm sitting quietly, knitting, with sunglasses on. A camera wielding touron instructs me to remove my sunglasses, I say no thank-you, he calls me a bitch, I smile sweetly and suggest he do something unprintable.
I really really hate the tourist season.
When I get home, I manage to slice my palm open with a knife. My right hand, right below the pinky that I either badly bruised or broke last Thursday (don't ask). Fortunately I'm lefthanded, but this is a great impediment to knitting as the cut is right where my knitting needle hits my hand.
But on the bright side . . .
There was a box of Opal sock yarn waiting in my mailbox that I got from Martina in Germany in one of her eBay auctions. Sixteen skeins! Wanna see it? Look here!
So I did a little on the Svale tank -- lookie here. But I'm already sick of it and yearning for an aran. I'm real tempted to abandon it. Come on guys, talk me into it!
I've got two exciting contest entries so far!
Y'all got a week to enter the contest . . . :-)
Birth of a Fair Isle
It's done! Luskie is finished! Look!
I finished Friday night and we took the photos yesterday. It was close to 90 degrees outside when we were taking pictures . . . ga-a-a-ack!
And now, what we've all been waiting for . . .
Wendy's Knitting Blog Contest!
Details are at the contest page -- submit your entry via my Guestbook by midnight Sunday, June 9, 2002.
I did start my Dale of Norway Svale tank top. Check it out here. Svale is a cotton/viscose/silk blend yarn. Kinda nasty to work with because it splits easily, but the tank is turning out pretty.
And on Friday, I got my five-ply Guernsey wool from the U.K.! Here it is! Look for "Birth of a Gansey" at some point in the future. As I said, I 'm leaning towards "Stornoway" from Alice Starmore's "Fisherman Knits" to make this up.
But "Birth of an Aran" will definitely come next.
Thank you all for your Transit Tales of Terror! Do you
think we knitting bloggers oughta write a book? ;-)