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Scrapping Plans

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Oh my gosh – I think Spring is finally here!  How do I know?  For one thing, our pond finally un-froze two days ago:


And yesterday morning, I did my yearly wake-up-at-6:30-am-to-the-loud-sound-of-two-Canada-geese-honking-and-landing-in-our-pond-then-run-out-in-the-backyard-in-my-bright-pink-robe-waving-my-arms-and-shooshing-them-away ritual.  The mallard couple I look forward to seeing.  Huge, annoying, Canada geese? Not so much.

The snow is almost gone:


And I got to go outside with the doodlebugs several times to run on the basketball court, wave to our shadows and go on the swings and slide:

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And this weekend it is supposed to be near 70 degrees which is so welcome after the cold!

How about a knitting update?

I knitted like crazy to get that Sprial Shadow Scarf done:


I like it. But it is VERY heavy.  Fourteen ounces of yarn.  That is almost a pound and believe it or not, that feels pretty heavy when it’s around your neck.  It will keep someone very warm.  I’m not sure that it will be me.

I like the pattern but knitting 880 yards of yarn, in order to get the most out of the yarn, got incredibly BORING.  It came down to the challenge of not giving up because it was boring and knitting like crazy to just. get. it. done.  It ended up being 64″ long and here is what was left:


A lot of that knitting-to-get-it-done was because of having it as a sample for a class.  However.  I think I’ve decided NOT to teach it as a class.  Here is why:  1) With the number of stitches the pattern says to cast on, one could not use a 16″ circular needle to knit it.  And I do not think many will want to knit a very long, heavy scarf using double pointed needles. I certainly wouldn’t.  (I had cast on many more stitches because I wanted the scarf wider, so it wasn’t a problem for me.)  2) Because of this, I would have to figure out the minimum number of stitches needed to cast on, and then try to estimate how much yarn would be needed, which is hard to do when I haven’t knitted that size. (and I am NOT knitting another…) 3) And if I did make those modifications, I don’t want to have someone purchase a pattern that they mostly won’t be following, except for a chart.  So, the plans for that class have mostly been scrapped.

So, now that the scarf class is scrapped, I’ve been knitting like crazy on the Vine Lace Vest for another class:


It is going very quickly.  That is the back and part of the left front.  I had a little snafoo trying to get the lace pattern correct after binding off for the neck, but now I’m flying along again.  Hoping to finish this very soon so I can get started knitting with this:


A new cotton/acrylic blend called Avalon that just came in to The Spinning Room.  Lots of beautiful colors and a great yarn for springy/summery things.   Unfortunately this yarn is for a stealth project that I can’t tell you about.

That’s it for today.  Next time, I’ll tell you about the yummy things I made in the kitchen recently….


Another Knitting Black Hole

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I’m in another black hole of knitting.  Remember this picture of my Shadow Spiral Scarf I posted two days ago?


Well, I been knitting for WEEKS since that post 2 days ago, and my scarf hasn’t gotten any longer.  My yarn seems to be getting eaten up but every time I look at the scarf, it’s the same size.   Here is part of the problem:  The scarf is knit in the round, so it will be a double thick scarf.  I also cast on 32 more stitches than the pattern calls for because I wanted it wider.  Plus, the pattern calls for the scarf to be 49″ long, but I like it longer, so I can wrap it around my neck.  I have two skeins of each color, each skein being 220 yards (880 total yards).  I’m just about done with the first skeins and the scarf measures about 30″.  The pattern calls for 280 yards of each color (560 total yards).  So, if I had knit this according to the pattern, I’d be almost done.  Instead, I am halfway done.  But, I love how it is turning out and I love, Love, LOVE the yarn (Aslan Trends Royal Alpaca; 100% Alpaca).  Soon, I’m sure I will begin the “I think it’s probably long enough” chatter in my head, even though I won’t be done with the yarn and it won’t be as long as I originally planned.  I will try very hard to ignore that chatter, and knit until the yarn is gone.  Wish me luck.

And I want to finish, so I can move on to this Vine Lace Vest:


A cute spring/summer (although the pattern says “four season”) little number!

How about a book review?
I just finished reading Pack Up the Moon by Rachael Herron and I really enjoyed it.  Rachael, a knitter,  has written a knitting romance series which is fun and light, but this is her first stand alone fiction book.  Aside from a couple of knitting analogies, this book does not have a knitting theme.  It is wonderfully written, going back and forth from the present to the past and in the point of view of three main characters.  Rachael constructs this story in such a way that you can’t help but keep reading to find out what each character will decide to do next.  Here is a little snippet from Amazon (and the book jacket):

“A poignant novel about loss, lies, and the unbreakable bonds of family.
Three years after a horrible tragedy took her son and tore her family apart, artist Kate Monroe is beginning to pick up the pieces of her life and move on. At a gala showcasing her triumphant return to the art world, Kate’s world is rocked again when the daughter she gave up for adoption twenty-two years ago introduces herself.”

If you like these family drama books, I think you will really like this one.

Now, to start Divergent which I’m very excited about!

Forcing Spring

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We were so sick of being stuck inside by the cold that we decided to stick ourselves in the car for a ride to Lake George last weekend.  We had a great dinner:


Then went to look at the still-so-frozen-that-people-were-snow-mobiling-on-it lake:

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And then, because Martha’s Dandee Crème opened that day, and it IS supposed to be Spring and getting warm, we decided to try and force the issue by getting an ice cream cone.  It was 35 degrees.  And this is what we encountered:IMG_2097

LINES!  Long lines.  Tons of people wanting the same thing.  Not just ice cream.  SPRING.


It was yummy.

How about some knitting?

Remember that cool Pieces of Eight mitts pattern I showed you in the last post?  It was definitely challenging, needing double pointed needles and a circular needle at the same time.

Here is my first mitt:

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Sorry – the pictures could be better.  But this was so fun, because it was so challenging.   This is one of those patterns where you wonder how in the world the designer figured out how to make this.  This will be an upcoming class at The Spinning Room!  Speaking of The Spinning Room, did I tell you that I’ve got another part-time gig?  I’m working there as a shop girl now!  Just a few hours a week.  Yay!

I also started the Shadow Spiral Scarf and am about halfway done.  This is the coolest thing.  It’s a striped scarf:


But…. when you look at it another way, it’s got a spiral in it:


Another upcoming class.

And I’ve got another project in the wings for a summer, short sleeve cardi-with-no-buttons thing…. stay tuned for that.

But first, I’m off to work on my other part-time gig:  Mending a scarf and an afghan and finishing (seaming) a sweater.  I will be ignoring the large amount of snow still outside my window, hopefully until tomorrow when it is supposed to be 50 degrees and maybe half of it will go away.