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Snowed in

Ok, so maybe we aren’t snowed in, but I feel like we are!  We’re getting the first real snow we’ve had all winter.

Yes, that photo came from the fire escape because it’s too cold to leave!  I’m really hoping that choir rehearsal is canceled tonight.  If not, I’m going to have to make Marc go with me, which I just hate to do.  My car (the VW bug you see in the photo) is not what I would call good in snow, and since I managed to break our other car yesterday, I don’t really want to drive 30 minutes to the outlying suburbs (where they don’t salt the neighborhood streets).  It’s still snowing, so we’ll see where it ends up.  And yes, I know this may seem crazy for an inch and a half of snow, but trust me.  We don’t get much snow here, and no one knows how to drive in it.  Once we got 12 inches in a freak snowstorm and the entire city shut down for weeks.  Marc, who lived in Wisconsin from 97-2001 just laughs at all this.

So yeah… hoping for a cancellation!

My entry last night managed to convince me that Ariann needed to be put aside for awhile, so I started on Sahara instead.

The purple is my provisional cast on.  I’m making Sahara in Cascade Pima Silk, and so far I just love it. I got gauge right away, which almost never happens, and the fabric is nice and drapey.  The color is a bit more olive than in the photo, but it’s pretty close.  Here’s a close up of the stitches.

In spire of the silk content this is a pretty matte yarn, but it has a slight haze, which I think you can see well in the above photo.

My plan is to finish the sweater up to the sleeves, and then see how much yarn I have left before deciding on a length.

I hope everyone is keeping warm today!

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Not well…

I’ve been feeling really unwell all afternoon.  I tried to take the Volvo to work today (because it has heated seats… it was 15 degrees when I left, which is really unusually cold for Kentucky) and it made it to the end of the street before the check engine light came on and it began acting as though it were stuck between neutral and drive.   So Marc came and rescued the car and I took mine to work… but I think being in the cold made me get a terrible headache, and while I love my students it isn’t really any fun to listen to people sing high notes while your head is throbbing.  I’m kind of afriad that I might be coming down with something.

I tried to take refuge in my knitting, but I’m feeling really uncertain about Ariann.  I’m not sure at all about the size.  I tend to buy all my cardigans small and wear them buttoned only at the top or in the middle.  Plus I’m having trouble keeping up with the pattern – I got to the decreases this afternoon and got totally lost in the pattern.  I ripped back a little and reset, but now I’m just not sure.  I’m worrying that the sweater won’t really be that flattering on me, you know?  I think the design is beautiful, but I’m not enjoying the process.  I’m tempted to set it aside and start on something that will make me happier (Sahara maybe?  It’s February already, it’s got to start warming up sooner or later!)  I also am getting wool for the Nantucket jacket, and that could be a possible start on Thursday.  I’m really feeling the call of spring knits right now, and I can’t get interested in anything warm and wooly.

And then there’s the new interweave coming out.  The website has updated with better pictures of the designs.   My favorite is officially the Swan Lake Cardigan.

I *heart* puffed sleeves.  And this is so feminine and pretty – definitely my style!  I’m noticing a lot of reverse stockinette stitch lately.  This sweater has it, as well as one I (gasp) bought recently.  And the sleeves and lower panel on the cable down raglan are reversed.

I love the dollar and a half cardigan still.  I couldn’t tell from the first photo whether the stripes were in the sweater or her shirt, but I’m pleased with what I see!  I like this cardigan better than Ariann, which should be a sign to me to let Ariann go.

This cardigan claims to be knit in Reynold’s Soft Linen, a yarn which I cannot find any other evidence of, including on the Reynolds’ website.  It must be new for spring.  I’m intrigued by the idea of an acrylic/linen blend.  I would never ordinarily knit with linen because of the stiffness, but maybe the addition of acrylic would help, the way it does for lots of cotton yarns.  At any rate I love this sweater, which fits the model exactly the way I like my sweaters.  I also love the extra long sleeves (and are the cuffs flared?  I love that!)

Interweave’s newsletter says they’re trying to use better photography, and these photos are certainly evidence of that!

Hmm… time to go swatch for something else I think.  I’ve just convinced myself that Ariann should wait.