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Back again!

We are back in Louisville again, after 3 days in Iowa for a friend’s wedding. It was a nice wedding (they had a polka band! I loves me some polka in a totally non-ironic way!) but I’m glad to be back home again. We drove, since I hate to fly, and we listed to the first book in the “His Dark Materials” trilogy in the car. We loved it, and now I can’t wait for the movie!

Lots of time in the car does = lots of knitting time, and I did manage to finish the Tree Jacket. Right now it’s drying, so hopefully I will have the FO post tomorrow. It’s really lovely! I did almost run out of yarn, but hopefully I made the sleeves long enough! I also finished one of my Tiny Toes socks, and I’m about halfway through the other. I did a few repeats on the entrelac scarf, but I think I’ve reached the point where I’m tired of the pattern (isn’t that true of every scarf?) so now I have to make myself finish.

The fruits of 18 hours in the car:

I had intended to start the Tangled Yoke Cardigan next, but I am having gauge issues. I have swatched on US 3, 2, and 1 needles, and I need a size in between 1 and 2… the 2.75mm size 2 that is hard to find. I get 5.5 st/in on size 3mm, and 7 st/in on size 2.5, and I need 6 st/in. So I’ve ordered the size I need from Knitpicks, and while I await my turn in the sortation center I’ll have to find a new project.

I’m thinking I will make Juliet, the other new Zephyrstyle pattern. I know, I just finished the tree jacket, but Juliet is so cute – plus it’s short sleeved, so if I’m going to wear it this year I had better get on it! I got some great terracotta colored cotton fleece to make it out of:

I’ve also made a few ebay purchases of late, which I am behind on mentioning since things have been so crazy with the weddings etc. I bought Queensland collection Kathmandu aran to make a Central Park Hoodie (I’m late to this party I know!)

If you are like me, and you love tweedy yarns but cannot abide the roughness, I really recommend this yarn. It’s a merino, silk, cashmere blend, and it’s the most snuggly tweed I think I’ve ever felt! I was going to make the 32″ size, but I changed my mind after reading how it runs small… I think. I don’t want it to be tight, but I’m not fond of ease… hmm…

Berroco Peruvia in Avocado to make the Tilted Duster from the new IK. I wasn’t sure about this sweater at first, but I really think the ones I’m seeing in blogland are so much more flattering than the photos in the magazine! The peruvia is so lovely – it’s soft and slightly fuzzy. The color has a lot of depth that is hard to capture, and it has great yardage – the whole duster in the small size takes 6 skeins!

Can you tell that I’m ready for fall?