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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Finished Things That Are Still Not Finished

I did finish my first sleeve for the Vine Lace Cardi and it fits nicely into the armhole! (Or it will once it's blocked.) I'm going to wait to block it with the second sleeve so I get them the same size - always a nice touch with sleeves. Thanks for all the comments on finishing this sweater, but I forgot to mention one crucial piece of information - I don't crochet. At all. I can make a chain for a provisional cast on, but I would even mess that up before I learned to work it over the needle. Second most important piece of information here - I really have no interest in learning to crochet. I've seen some crochet that is really pretty and I know it can be useful to know even as a knitter, but for some reason I am crochet resistant. And since crochet is not the Borg, resistance is not futile. It's worked pretty well for me so far.

Today's big event will be working on the second sleeve. I feel like I might be able to get it done since these sleeves are really pretty quick. Then I can devote all my energy to finding the perfect bands for the buttons and neck of this sweater. If it doesn't warm up around here soon, I might need this for MDS&W!

In other things that are finished but not finished, I got the foot done and all the toe decreases worked on my first Twisted Flower Sock. As you can see above, all I have left to do here is Kitchener Stitch the toe closed and knit a second sock. That's when we'll find out if the notes I made about the changes I made to the pattern on the first sock are clear enough to repeat for the second sock. It's always an adventure around here!

Finally, I don't know if I'll be blogging tomorrow (how many sleeves and pink sock parts can you really handle?). In addition to working on the second sleeve and possibly starting a new sock, I have some ideas for some new patterns. One of them is potentially Mystery Stole 3 - no, I don't know when it will start, no I don't have a group set up for it, no I don't know what the yardage needed will be or anything else yet. I promise that I will let you all know just as soon as I know though - sound good?

The second idea is for a very simple stole, possibly ideal for a first lace project, and I'm trying to come up with something that works up pretty quickly. I periodically get an email from people who have an event/gift/some occasion in 3-5 weeks and want to know if one of my shawl patterns is doable in that time frame. My plan with this second design is to come up with something simple that uses great yarn and is doable in a very short time frame. Oh, and one other teaser, every time I sit down to doodle ideas and put patterns together, Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville is going through my head.

And now its going through your head too!

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Anonymous Cathy R. said...

If you are looking for suggestions for your "quick" stole, how about something that uses Sea Silk?

8:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The cardi sleeve looks great, can't wait to see this when it's finished. I sure hope the weather is good for you at MDS&W! A mystery stole?? I've never done one of those and I'll certainly jump on the bandwagon if you do another!! Also, should you need any help with it, I'll be happy to volunteer. And loving the pink socks. I haven't knitted any socks in forever and your pink pairs are giving me the urge to get back to socks. :)

9:00 AM  
Blogger merlinthecat said...

I can wait for MS3!!!

1:33 PM  
Blogger Sheila said...

The Twisted Flower sock is gorgeous. Are the repeat difficult to remember? I love the pattern.

9:00 PM  
Blogger Opal said...

Twisted Flower is gorgeous! MS3? How exciting!

12:45 PM  

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