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So hard… to say goodbye

 I have had one of those weeks.  You all know what I mean…

Wednesday I woke up, looked in the mirror, and saw a little red spot in my eye.  I knew what that meant… I’ve broken a blood vessel in my eye, probably caused in some way by stress.  I don’t know if you’ve ever had one, but it gets worse and worse until half the white part of your eye is all bloody looking.  It’s harmless and will go away (I had one before) but it’s scary looking.  I’ve spent two days going everywhere with sunglasses on, so as not to make people think that a zombie invasion has started.

You know how sometimes you have a nagging feeling that things are not going to turn out well on a project?  I’ve been having that feeling lately about my current WIPs.  First up is the tilted duster.  Ah… tilted duster.  I made my usual size (32) knowing full well that the sleeves were said to be small.  But hey – I have teeny tiny arms, right?  They’ll be fine for me.  Well… they aren’t.  I blocked them, and then I seamed the top half, and they were really tight.  Worse, they’re a little short… and the shoulders don’t really fit on my actual shoulders.  I convinced myself that the edging would fix all and continued on.  Today I tried it on for Marc, who was the voice of wisdom.

“Frog it,” he said. “Maybe you’ll be able to get it on, but you’ll never wear it because it isn’t how you want it.” And of course he is right.  (also, isn’t it great that he knows to say “Frog?”

Tilted Duster: Sept 2007 – Oct 2007

I may make the 36″ size, but I would have to buy more yarn… perhaps in a different color.  I like the avocado, but I’m not sure I want a duster out of it anymore.  I really love the gray ones I have seen.  Or maybe a different duster?  I like the idea of a duster, but I’m not really entirely sold on the shape of this one anyway.  Does anyone have another favorite long sweatercoat pattern?

And then there’s the pair of socks I’m making from Austermann Step.  I love the colors.  I hate the yarn.  I hate the yarn so much, in fact, that I’m considering giving up on this pair of socks.  I am only halfway through the first sock, and the thought of having to make another whole sock in this dreadful splitty yarn makes me want to quit, especially when I have so much nice smooshy sock yarn to knit up.

So there you go… a clean knitting slate.   It’s kind of nice, I have to say!

In celebration, I started the most boring scarf in the world out of the Kochoran I just got.

I swatched garter, seed stitch, a few ribbed patterns, and the 1 row handspun scarf with this yarn.  I decided I didn’t like ribbing, and while seed stitch was nice it would have made my hands fall off.  I have already made the default noro scarves (multidirectional, short row rib, entrelac) So garter it is!  Everything else just seemed to compete with the yarn.  And this will be fast, which is good since I have gotten the yarn for Marc’s scarf.

It’s Malabrigo in Red Mahogany, and he picked it out himself!  Thank you for all the scarf suggestions… I’m either going to use the One Row Handspun scarf or “My so called scarf” and I will start it soon!  He has also requested a new scrabble tile bag, and I’m planning to use the pattern out of “last minute knitted gifts” and some Caron Simply soft to whip one up.

I also bought yarn at the same time to make Georgina from the new Debbie Bliss book.  I’m using Cascade 128 (chunky weight) in a nice burgundy ( darker than this photo.)

Georgina’s smallest size is 34.5 inches in the bust.  I’m not sure if I will try to get an inch smaller, or if I will just go with it as written.  In my experience, knits with larger yarns do not look good with negative ease.  I’m also not sure this will be next… I have many decisions to make!

My Friday evening plans?  I’m going to go to Borders and Target… I know, my life is so exciting!  Marc is at a scrabble tournament in Notre Dame, so it’s just me and the cats!  I also see some frantic housecleaning in the future. I’m on the lookout for a knitting stand or some such thing to keep by the sofa… knitting has not had the most positive effect on my neatness!