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Excuse me, I only have a moment. The new strawberries are in at the farmer’s market

(I ate one right there & burst into tears)

and there’s knitting to be done.

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Written by jane

June 8, 2013 at 2:55 am

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beginning … summer.

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Officially it’s still Spring — but yesterday was June 1st, and the thermometer was over 90F in the shade, and that’s summer enough for me.

 
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It’s also six months away from the end of the year.
Which means gift-giving.
In six months.

 
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It seemed like plenty of time (aeons!) when I was planning all this, back in January.
Doesn’t seem so long now.
 Well, a journey of a thousand miles, and so on and so forth.

 
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It might take a thousand miles to turn this into a Milkweed.
No fear. There are six months. 

We’ll get there.

 
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In the meantime … summertime.

 
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(This post is a day late because I have an infected tooth. Pity me.)

Written by jane

June 2, 2013 at 8:45 pm

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stress knitting (revisted)

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So … I got a leetle carried away with this stress-knitting thing.

Just a bit.

Actually it got pretty bad.

 

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And then it got silly.

Somewhere around the third meter, I lost it.

I draped i-cord over everything in sight. Couldn’t help myself.

I noticed my salad was almost  (but not quite!) as pretty as my knitting.

 

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… a wandering rock-n-roller modeled for me

 

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… as did some very random sculptures.

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(This cast iron yard ornament approves of your awesomeness!)

 

But we wanted more, the i-cord and I. We wanted away from all that fuss.

And at the end, it was just me and the i-cord.

Peaceful. Silent.

Like a Zen garden of stitches.

And I found something else, too.

Here’s my secret:

If you hold enough i-cord to your ear, you can hear the ocean.

 

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shhhhhhhhhhhhh … don’t cry. it’ll all be all right.

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May 29, 2013 at 8:42 am

Almost there.

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Sleeves and stripes and steeks, buttonbands and blocking — even the hood is sewn in place.

Victory is so close now, I can taste it.

Written by jane

May 25, 2013 at 6:27 am

Posted in good times., knitting., xmus

stress knitting

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“When Anne discovered she’d actually made a mistake in her idiot’s delight, she furiously crushed all the knitting in her bag …”

— Ruth Doan MacDougall

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yarn – remnants of MadelineTosh “vintage”  
needles – Susan Bates double pointed size 3
pattern – i-cord on four stitches

Written by jane

May 4, 2013 at 9:58 am

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Christmas Knitting.

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… but not the organized type-A personality self-righteous perfect knitter kind. This is the “wrapping up in late April the gifts that ought to have finished in late December.”

Last Xmus I knit my dear Cullen a pair of socks, as requested — although I did not knit heels into them because the socks I make for C are always “toooo shooort!” (except when they’re “toooo loooong”). This is the problem with gift-knitting. Too large, too small, too tight, too loose. It’s hard enough to make clothes to fit my own body — and that’s always nearby for trying-on, you know?

So, all right; I’d measure C’s foot and knit in afterthought heels.

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As with most things my plan was stronger than my resolve, and the socks (sadly heel-less) languished in a corner alongside many dust bunnies. Until tonight.

It is possible that I was trying to get out of knitting the gol-durned sweater for Cullen. Barely possible. It might have played a part, is what I’m saying, but only because the very first sleeve of that sweater (and there are two sleeves to make) — that first sleeve is on its THIRD incarnation. The first frog was due to my shoddy math skill and the second to my shoddy knitting-math skill.

Heels are easier to manage.
There was measuring
and cutting
and picking up stitches

 

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and knitting in the new heel
(or toe … depending on how you look at it)

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and I don’t mean to brag
but I think it turned out pretty well.
Cause I have got this sockknitting thing down.

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* flowers from a generous guest at our last party. they’re two weeks old and aren’t they gorgeous? It makes me feel positively decadent to have roses about and sock heels to knit and a quiet, busy weekend ahead.

Written by jane

April 27, 2013 at 9:15 am

i didn’t know it was possible

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… but apparently, when your knitting looks like this
(242 stitches marked in intervals of 10, plus two for the center)

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it is possible to run out of stitch markers.
well, that’s why my knitting bag has safety-pins and interchangeable-needle-tightener-things (and it’s good to see the durn needle-tightener-things used for something; they’re sure not around when it’s time to tighten up a loose needle)

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and it’s just going to keep growing.
i might need buy some paper clips …

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March 9, 2013 at 6:57 am

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