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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Mindy's Stole, Part 4

I have gotten quite a bit done on Mindy's Stole this week. Yesterday I charted out the transition from basketweave to the cherry blossoms, which will be at the center of the stole. I have 24 more rows until I start this new chart - yes, I'm almost to the halfway point! From prior experience with other stoles, I know that around 500 rows will get me the length of stole I'm shooting for after blocking (70 inches or so), so all I had to do was count rows, figure out about where I needed to start the center section and then I'll switch over to the cherry blossom pattern (not charted yet). I really like the basketweave pattern and what you see above easily stretches out to 30 inches. Of course there's no law that says an entire stole couldn't be knit with this pattern without switching over to the blossom section. (The whole stole could also be knit with the blossom section, so theoretically this pattern could be knitted three different ways - don't worry, I'll explain how to do all three ways when I write up the pattern.) I'm feeling better about the possibilities of finishing this before Christmas now that I can see the halfway point coming up.

I'm thinking about using this basket weave pattern for the center square of a Shetland style shawl - I think it would be interesting enough, yet not detract from fancier borders. (Just a random thought bouncing around in my head for now though.)

I realized that it had been a while since Ramius had been on the blog, so this morning, I woke him up for a photo shoot. I usually take my blog pictures right before I blog in the morning which is, unfortunately, right about the time Ramius is taking his first morning nap. Finn, on the other hand is awake and peppy and ready to go, so its easier to get pictures of him. After getting several pictures of sleepy, angry cat, I got this rather smug and arrogant one which really cracks me up. He wants you all to know that despite recent setbacks in his living situation ("Why didn't they get a goldfish instead of a golden retriever?") he is still in charge around here.

Finally, I won't be blogging tomorrow morning, I'll be taking Finn to the vet's - its time for him to be neutered. Hopefully everything will go well and he will have a routine surgery with no complications, but if you think about it, I know we'd all appreciate a prayer and your good thoughts. Thanks.


Blogger Penny said...

When our dog Chloe got spayed several years ago, my husband dropped her off, and I picked her up. She was soooo mad at me! She stayed on the other side of the car on the way home, edging away from me when I tried to pet her. As soon as we got home, she crawled in my husbands lap, and it was probably a week before she stopped glaring at me, LOL. I kept telling her, "He's the one who took you there to start with," but it didn't change her attitude one bit.

10:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My stole is beautiful!! I can't wait to see it in person!

The beauty of the Golden is that he will never hold a grudge! Truly, he's so young, you just tell him he's going to baseball camp and he won't know the difference. At least that's what we did with Jack and Stephen, and neither of them were mad at us!

I hope all goes well and that you get some entertainment out of the giant cone he will be wearing around his head! Mindy

10:48 AM  
Blogger Lorette said...

Riley says to tell Finn that the little surgery is nothing, he'll be racing around in no time.
That picture of Ramius is a hoot; he looks like a cat who thinks he's in charge of everything.

3:30 PM  
Blogger ~Sherie~ said...

The stole is looking great, I really like that basketweave pattern. Can't wait to see the cherry blossoms.

Hope all goes well with Finn, and I'm sure it will. My little boy did just fine with his operation. It was as if nothing had happened to him at all. Of course he does have an all encompasing attraction for tennis balls ever since then..... LOL

3:43 PM  
Blogger The Spindling Scot said...

Sorry I can't comment on boy doggie parts and ops, but just in case a little doggie prayer never hurts.
Alys the black lab send her condolences to Finn, she hates the Vet now...


5:21 PM  
Anonymous Kate/Massachusetts said...

Love the look on Ramius' face...I guess it is a good thing that you can't read his mind! :-)

6:07 PM  
Blogger KnitNana said...

GREAT photo! Siamese do such a good job of conveying exactly what they're thinking! And they do stay in charge of our worlds, don't they?

10:35 AM  

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