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Friday, January 19, 2007

Something Wicked This Way Comes

No, Macbeth isn't going to be blogging today, I started Wicked! If you haven't seen this sweater yet, go take a look at it. Isn't it cute? I'm doing the worsted weight version with the long sleeves (it IS, after all, wicked cold around here right now!). I haven't decided if I'll do the pocket yet or not. It doesn't look too bulky, but I just haven't decided if I'll use it or not. The best part of this? I didn't have to buy more yarn to knit it - I went stash diving and came up with this*! Its Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran in the Opal colorway. (By the way, the link I gave for the yarn is for an Australian yarn company - you can save a bunch of money ordering Jo Sharp directly from Australia if you order enough for a sweater or two depending on the strength of the dollar- even with shipping.) I realize that right now it looks like I'm knitting some kind of Mobius nightmare, but once I get enough weight on the silly circular needle, hopefully it will be easier to see. I've already started making changes to the pattern - the original cast on number didn't allow you to end on a full repeat of this pattern. I don't think it would be glaringly obvious, but since you knit this from the top down and it would have been up at the top, I decided to tweak the numbers a bit.
I also got the hat felted, shaped and dried yesterday. I'm still running around in pajamas and Caleb was busy and Finn would only model the hat if I kept my finger on his beak which makes it really hard to take a picture (it looks great on him by the way), so you get to see it sitting on the floor. I really like the way it came out and I'll try to get Mickael to get a picture of me wearing it later. After my shower.

Finally, I wanted to give a little update on my brother in law, John. If you'll remember, right after Christmas he was hospitalized for Guillain Barre Syndrome which is a rare virus that can essentially shut down your body systems in its most severe cases. John couldn't support his weight on his legs and was loosing the ability to use his hands when he went to the hospital. He was released from the hospital after 6 days and is slowly but surely getting better. He can walk with a cane and his hands are much better and Wednesday night he was able to wiggle his toes. I just wanted to say thanks for all the prayers and well wishes you have sent his way. He's still got a long way to go before he's back at 100% and relapses of this virus are very common, but I thought I'd update you all on how he's doing.

*I'm not doing the Knit From Your Stash 2007 Challenge. I know if I try to limit myself like that, I'll probably end up buying way more stuff than I otherwise would. I'm going to try to use up stash yarn, but I'll be much better behaved if I don't have to adhere to any hard and fast rules. That's just me.

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Blogger Jan said...

I really like Wicked also. Might have to make it out of lace-weight and leave the pocket off. Can't decide so I'll watch yours develope. Love the felted hat too. Wish I wore hats! Good luck to your bil.

9:54 AM  
Blogger Denise said...

Neat sweater! Too bad I look awful in boat necks, else I'd be sorely tempted. Perhaps if I wore it with a turtleneck underneath? In any case, I'm looking forward to seeing your progress.

10:17 AM  
Blogger Sherie said...

Wicked is going to be great. And I love the hat, can't wait to see it on ya (although I just bet it was darling on Finn!). I'm so glad John is recovering, that's fantastic news. I had a friend with the same thing - she did recover but it took a long time. Will keep him in my prayers for a 100% recovery!!

10:20 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

Oh I love that wicked pattern, thanks for the link I may have to get it :)

10:21 AM  
Anonymous Hope said...

Beautiful sweater!

I'm glad to hear your brother-in-law is getting better. I'll keep him in my thoughts.

I'm actually going to be knitting from my stash for awhilebut not as part of the program either. It will be for awhile I buy healthy food and pay for the weight loss program I'm doing (exercise and seeing a dietician.)

12:29 PM  
Blogger CareBear said...

My prayers are still with your family. Just so you'll know though, my brother-in-law had that several years ago and made a 100% full recovery! :-)

Take Care,

1:14 PM  
Blogger Tammy said...

Oh wow, I have to comment on your brother in law. My brother in law had that too, but he went undiagnosed for so long that he wasn't as lucky as John. He ended up being parapalegic, so I am very glad to hear that John is doing better. I will keep him in our prayers!!

6:25 PM  
Blogger Sheila said...

Wicked is great. I like the Opal color. I can't wait to see it at a longer length.

9:01 PM  
Anonymous PJ said...

Wow your hat is cute! I know that Finn looked dashing.
Glad to hear John is on the road to recovery, more prayers sent his way,(never enough of those when you need them)
Off to check out that sweater, Wicked, that's a new one for me, hope I don't fall off the wagon and start yet another project :)

5:43 PM  

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