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Quick, pic-less update

I'm more than a bit under the weather, and pictures have not happened. The house is a mess and the cat is recovering from surgery, and my family and soon-to-be-in-laws will be visiting this weekend, and though I have not yet pulled out all my hair, some of it is going suspiciously blonde. Platinum, even. (This is distressing, as my hair is a dark chestnutty espresso sort of color.) (Note: it is blonde. It is not gray. I AM NOT GOING GRAY. Just so we are clear.)

Nyte's Gray Socks - I found a ball of the same color (but not same dyelot) of Trekking XXL, and that is close enough for me. It's a miracle I didn't have to order one, and I wouldn't have found it at all if I hadn't been pawing through the teeny corner of sock yarns that The Yarn Shop has on display. It was hiding behind a few balls of blue, but by golly I found it. I then promptly cast on for something else when I got back to work. :\

WSB - Nothing to see here. Move along.

OSSP - Encore worsted, 75%/25% acrylic/wool blend, heathered chocolate and cream. Pattern is here at Knitty. Lou Henry Hoover's baby blanket pattern, variation three. Encore is so soft, even for as much acrylic it has in it, and I'm double-knitting the center panel such that one side has a creamy center. Very sharp. Double-knitting is very slow, and I've not made much progress on it what with feeling poorly, but the bottom border is done and I have a good six rows or so of the double-knitting done. (Almost time to insert an extra row of garter stitch, actually.) This is for the lady at work who's due in August. It is a seeekrit.

Semi-SP - Done! And sewn together! Not washed yet, and since it's acrylic, blocking won't do it any good. Just as well; it's huge. And heavy! And CUSHY. Must be washed; the kitties LOVE it beyond all else except the microfiber blanket, and I doubt the recipients would appreciate a bunch of long white hairs on it.

Super-SP - yarn is purchased (I still owe, actually....d'oh!), and sitting in my car. I have two cable pattern books that I must choose from and copy and turn into pretty patterns that are 10x10 inch squares, and then return to their owner. As promptly as possible. (I swear, Mags. I swear. One more day, that's all. And...and maybe a stint at the copier. But then! Done. Yours again. Promise. Hi! Love you!)

And honestly, that's what's keeping me from starting it, the figuring and picking and choosing and graphing. It just requires so much...thinking. That's very hard to do on a queasy stomach. (Also, I might possibly be the biggest baby in the world when it comes to nausea. Twist an ankle? Ok, wrap that puppy up and slap some frozen peas on the sucker. Sore throat? Pass the lemon-honey-tea, I can take it. Headache? Pfft, don't even need Tyelenol. Break a leg? Whatev; I'll drive myself to the Urgent Care. Upset tummy? OMG I AM DYING HALP.) (Ok, I've never actually broken anything, but I'm sure it would go just like that.) (I like parenthetical statements! Extra parentheses for everyone!)

Fish Blankie - Huddling in my closet away from the kitties.

Acrylic Stashghan - Ditto.

Wool Stashghan - More of a pile of tiny yarn balls than anything that could be described as "remotely -ghan like".

I do have three balls each of Natural Earth and Natural Pink colorways, Patons Soy Wool Stripes (SWS) that I am just dying to make into a teapot cozy, or possibly a hat. Or both. You know, fancy-like. Alas. Too much to do already. Not to mention all the dishclothes and hand-towels I owe myself, and the Circle Of Fun rug (from Mason-Dixon Knitting, of course) I promised myself for the kitchen sink area. My bedroom is just lousy with cotton.

And yet, life goes on. I have so many balls of sock yarn (already!) that I ache to knit them up, but it is not to be (just yet). WOE, I say. WOE R ME. My tummy hurts.

Progress Report

Semi-Seekrit Projekt: Panels 1-3, done. Panel 4 just rows away from being finished. Yarn for panels 5-6 balled and waiting, like giant blue eggs. I would have finished panel 4, but Nyte needed to watch the season finale for Heroes, and I have not yet gotten that far through the series. We only get cable downstairs in the living room, and I didn't take the panels with me when I retreated to a safe distance (upstairs, at the computer, listening to knitting podcasts). And so, it has lain in stasis ever since.

Northern Lights Socks: Done! Woven in! Delightful!

Gray Nyte Socks: Still increasing through the toes, but actually sort of getting somewhere. Finding knitting time lately that lasts longer than 10-15 minutes has been rough. This weekend will be the exception, as we're going to Dayton and my only options will be to watch movies, read, and knit. I like going to Dayton.

WSB: .....*crickets*

Super-Seekrit Projekt: Yarn is ordered, I think. I'll have to check with my Partner In Crime on that. There will be cables, and panels, and more cables. Free-form. Free-spirited. Totally hippie. Like, whoa.

WSB: or, The Great Slog #1

Despite all my griping, I don't think that I've ever actually posted any pictures of the Wavey Stripey Blankey. For shame, self; as much as I talk about it, it is practically a member of the family. Well then, without further ado:


Here she is, spread out on our king-sized bed. Yes, you heard me - king-sized bed. As in, 6+ feet by 6+ feet. (You can click the images to see a bigger one over at Flickr.)

wsb on bed for scale

I had no sooner spread it out then Isosceles jumped up and began to knead it like nobody's business. She loves the WSB. LOVES.

wsb isosceles kneading 3

See the pretty yarns? And the fun stitch pattern? And the fact that the stripes nearer the needle are actually three pattern repeats, while the stripes at the other end are only two? Yeah. I'm awesome that way. I can't count to two sometimes.

wsb isosceles kneading 2

At least she likes it.

wsb kittyloaf

And a detail shot. It really is deliciously fuzzy.

wsb detail

Another gratuitous shot. I mean, why not? We all love cats and knitting, right? Right.

wsb isosceles kneading 1

And she's not the only one, either. Every time I get WSB out to knit on it, what happens? Why, see for yourself.

Note the precise placement of her head, such that I cannot see all of my pattern. Taka's good, man. She's good.


I am in love with socks. My second Northern Lights Sock is already past the heel and down with the decreases and beginning the foot. I had a moment of weakness and made the mistake of going to Knitpicks, just to look at the circulars they had, and whether or not they came in sizes small enough to magic loop some socks.

They do, of course. At very reasonable prices for high-quality circular needles.


And THEN I went over to the yarn section, just, you know, to see if they still carry the self-patterning sock yarn that's been in my stash for a couple of years, or if they have something better. You know, just out of curiosity. They don't have the same stuff, exactly, which is fine....I'm not a huge fan of printed yarn anyway....

....but they did have Memories yarn on clearance. Clearance. Two skeins of sock yarn for a mere $4 each? Well, let's just say that....I now have enough yarn to make more socks. Four more pairs, to be precise. (Which really isn't that bad. I qualified for free shipping and still managed to stay under $70, which is really good for having ordered six circulars as well. Bastards.)

At any rate, there has been a request for a basic sock pattern, and what I typed up was way too big for the comment character limit.

You can get several kinds of (free) sock patterns at Knitpicks, including the 2-socks-at-once-on-two-circulars-toe-up pattern that I just downloaded and plan to use as soon as my size 0-2, 24-inch circulars get here. BUT. You can also get very happy standard sock pattern as well.

For my first socks I have used the Yarn Harlot's basic sock pattern, from her Knitting Rules! book. (Which is a great book by the way, and definitely worth perusing.) Here is an example, although it has options for a fancy heel and fancy pretty stripes. She prefers the cuff-down approach, and I must say that it is easy once you understand the parts.

Wendy Knits is also a good resource. She favors the toe-up approach, which I have not yet tried. Here's her Sock Resource Page with a gazillion patterns from different people.

The "Yarn Harlot formula" (because of course, no one has ever, in the history of mankind, used this series of rules of thumb before) I am using requires a basic knowledge of your gauge - or you can just cast on about 64 stitches for a medium female foot. In her book, Mrs. Harlot gives a number of general rules for foot size, circumfrence, and how to sneakily measure your loved ones without ever going near their feet.

I advise k2p2 ribbing for as long as you can stand it, and a long-tail cast on (much stretchier than the e-throw or the knitted cast on). She uses double-points, so her pattern kind of keeps its place according to which needle the stitches are on (N1, N2, N3).

(This is the part where I heavily paraphrase Mrs. Harlot. I admit it freely.)

So. Cast on about 64 stitches. (I cast on about 15 more than that, but 2x2 ribbing masks a lot of ills. I will be making next sock smaller.) Knit some ribbing at the top at least, or all down the cuff if you like. Make the cuff as long as you want, but jot down notes (how many cast on, what ribbing, how many inches before starting stockinette, before starting heel flap, etc.) for your second sock. Generally speaking, socks should mostly match. Mostly.

Heel flap: Put half the stitches on one needle. *Slip 1, knit to end of needle. Turn, slip one purlwise, purl to end of needle. Repeat from * until you get a squarish flap. (It will probably not be an actual square, as that would be too long. Your mileage may vary, try on the sock, and the end of the flap should just hit the floor if you wear it standing.) That's the standard heel. A sturdy heel would be to k1p1 across the right side, p wrong side (still slipping the first stitch in the row, of course). I may try this next time, but Sock v.3 had this with bamboo needles, and I nearly poked my eyes out with the fiddliness of it. With the metal needles I'm willing to give it another try.

Heel shaping: Tricky the first time. Count your stitches; you should have about 32 on the needle. Find the middle point (between 16 and 17) and poke a bit of thread or a twistie in there to mark it. Grab a ruler, and measure about an inch with the marker as the midpoint. Place more markers at either side of that inch, and pull out the middle marker. (You'll probably have about 8 stitches or so between the two.)

From the right side: slip first stitch, knit until you are three stitches away from the SECOND marker. K2tog, k1, remove marker, turn work around. There's a gap there, and that'll mark your place. From the wrong side: purl until you are three stitches from the remaining marker. P2tog, p1, remove marker, and turn your work. Now you have a gap on both sides. RS: K until one stitch remains before gap; k2tog, k1, turn. WS: P until one stitch remains before gap; p2tog, k1, turn. Repeat those rows until you have no more heel stitches to add to your little middle section, which will grow a good bit.

Pick up stitches: Okay, so you have a heel flap with a little cuppy section in it! (Feelings of brilliance and superiority are normal at this point.) Now you have to reconnect with that other half of the sock languishing on that other needle up there. So, with the right side looking at you, grab an empty needle and pick up the slipped stitches along the side of the heel flap you've been knitting, all the way up. Knit across the other set of stitches on the neglected needle, and then pick up the slipped stitches down the other side of the heel flap.

Take a moment to show everyone nearby the cleverness of you.

Knitting the foot: You're going to have a crapload of extra stitches on the needles now, so redistribute them like this:
N1 - half the picked up stitches and half the heel stitches
N2 - instep/top of foot stitches
N3 - other half of picked up stitches and half the heel stitches.

Decrease until you have the same number of stitches on all the needles that you cast on (64). N1 - K until 3 sts remain on needle, k2tog, k1. N2 - k across. N3 - k1, ssk, k to end of needle.

Once you're back to 64 stitches, knit plain for about 7 1/2 inches, or until the needles rest under your toe-knuckles when you're wearing it (because I'm sure you've tried it on at least once by this point).

Toe decreases: like the decreases above, except N2 will decrease at each end as well. N1 - k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. N2 - k1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. N3 - k1, ssk, k to end. Knit every other row plain. If you have short toes like me, your last two or three decrease rows can be back-to-back, without the non-decrease rows.

Continue until you have about...oh, 16 stitches left, then kitchener stitch the toe shut. (Best to have you research this one on your own - needless to say, there are lots of good websites with pictures and tutorials.)

Voila, sock! Put it on and marvel in your keen intellect. Show people nearby. Loudly.

Note to self:

Ankle shaping. For next time.

Learn it.

State of the WIP's, and a Lesson In Gauge

1. Northern Lights Socks - Sock one finished, needs ends woven in and washed/blocked. Sock two....languishing in a ball in my purse. (In my defense, I finished 1 yesterday, so if I cast on for it today all will be well and I shall be immune from SSS.) Actually, since there will be frisbee tonight after work and a gospel choir show Wednesday, Sock 2 will definitely get some serious action.

2. Wavey Stripey Blankey - ...not much progress to report. Still on a black stripe. Still full of indecision.

3. Tesselating Fish Blanket - have not yet bought more yarn, as there are other things of more importance. This will be a goal for upcoming Christmas.

4. Seekrit Projekt - swatches have been made. Yarn will probably be ordered today or tomorrow, if we can locate the colors we want. More swatch-talk below.

5. Semi-Seekrit Projekt 2 - Panels one and two complete. Panel three's yarn balled and panel itself has begun construction. Still need to saunter off to JoAnn's and nab yarn for panels five and six. Will perhaps bring this to frisbee tonight as well.

6. Euterpe cover - still in yarn form.

7. Teapot cozy - still in yarn form.

8. 1st fair isle project - ...uh...maybe I could turn that into #6. Otherwise it has nowhere to go.

Swatches: And Those They Hurt

The Super-Seekrit Projeckt will be done in multiple panels, by more than one person. It requires several shades of yarn, several techniques, and everything measuring up to the same length when it's sewn together. Because of these things, gauge will play a big part. A part so big that it may crush all of us at once with its bigness.

Gauge, you see, is a tricky bastard. It depends on how tight the knitter likes to hold his yarn, what size needles he uses, how elastic the yarn is, how thick it is, and how smooth or shaggy it is. It depends on what stitch is used, and in conjunction with what other stitches. It depends on the yarn itself, for gauge after washing, drying and blocking is rarely the same as gauge taken before. Some people have different tension with different yarns. Some people get different gauge in the round as opposed to flat (hi, guilty). Some people get wildly different gauge in different stitch patterns (ok, ok...most people do). All of these factors must be taken into consideration when making a Swatch Of Gauge. (Unless of course, you're making a sack that only really needs to be about yea-high and yea-wide. But a fitted wool sweater? That's different.)

In essence, the Gauge Swatch is merely a square (or tube) of the pattern and yarn you will be knitting, so that you can perhaps try out the pattern, see if your fabric will be too drapey or too stiff with the needles the pattern calls for, or if you hate the yarn with the passion of a thousand suns and would cheerfully test dog-bite-proof suits at a K-9 training facility rather than ever touch that vile yarn again. (It happens.) These are all good things to know before you get six inches into your pattern and realize it's already way too big or too small, and you have to rip it all out again to change it.

Ripping out (or frogging, or tinking) a project is something I find demoralizing and devastating. How could I have been so wrong? Why am I defective? Surely everyone who has ever tried this pattern has never had such a horrible discrepancy as I. Surely I am a mutant, a freak, with ginormous, meaty, lumberjack-hands who juggle the needles with the precision of an elephant seal missing his bukket. (Was it red? Was it blue? I can't remember anymore, and that scares me.) All is lost, and I might as well give up knitting altogether right now, and save myself a lot of pain, money, time, energy, and embarrassment.

But wait! No, this is not, in fact, the project itself - this is a Gauge Swatch. A swatch is practice. Practice gets do-overs. Practice doesn't count. Practice is there to learn from. Pfft. It was just a swatch. No biggie. Rip, and make another one, changing some suspect variable. See? You're The Man. (Or The Woman, whichever you prefer. It's capitalized either way.) You're the Planning Guy. The Leonardo of your Ninja brothers. The d00d with the strategery, not Leroy Jenkins. With this much planning and careful consideration, you could be the M of the Knitting World. (Or maybe a 00 agent.)

You'll at least get a garment that somewhat resembles what you were trying to get and will probably fit the recipient, which will please all involved (and complete strangers will actually recognize the object you're waving at them gleefully and ordering them to admire) and make you feel on top of the world.

There are times, of course, when Gauge Swatches lie. And we're talking outright, blatant, how-on-this-earth-with-these-physical-laws-did-that-ever-occur kind of lies. Swatches that you measure once, twice, even three times with different measuring tapes for consistency, and the moment you start on your project you realize that you're not getting 12 stitches per inch, you're getting 8 (which is a huge difference) and holy hells, it can't just be that you switched to aluminum needles from bamboo, and went down a size because you didn't want to have to run to the store AGAIN for ANOTHER set of size 2 dpns because the clerks now recognize you and are beginning to wonder what you need that many sharp objects for, not to mention that going down a size should make your stitches/inch go UP, not down by FOUR. (Deep breath, kids. Deep breath.) I may or may not have had such an experience lately with a certain pair of socks. I may or may not have flung it across the room more than once and tried to hara-kiri myself with size 1 bamboo dpns (it seemed appropriate given the circumstances). I also may or may not have picked it up again and kept knitting, hoping that "it would turn out all right if I go a bit further." (On a side note, it's this sort of thinking that gets me lost all the time. Like, ending up in Ohio instead of Michigan, from western Indiana.) I may have knitted an entire heel flap before showing it to another knitter and having my Hopeful Blinders ever-so-gently torn away to the truth that I had at least 20 stitches more than I needed, and that all the blocking and washing and shrinking in the world wasn't going to solve the problem, only cause more. And then I may have tearfully frogged the whole sock, my first sock, sitting amongst co-workers in a very orange Mexican restaurant and promptly drowned my Gauge Sorrows in a lot of guacamole (mmmmm).

So be careful. It could happen to you.

On the other hand, it is just a gauge swatch. Practice, remember?

Side note: some designers ARE in fact freakishly tight or way too loose knitters, and good ones will recognize this and make a note of it in their pattern, the description, or at least the introduction. Standard patterns from FREE! FREE! FREE! sites are rarely designed by Knitters, and often only knit once for the photo shoot. I am currently suffering from Bad Pattern Syndrome, and the Tourette-like profanity symptom is becoming something of a nuisance. Let's just say that if the pattern has colorwork in it, it should be possible to do that colorwork without weaving in a thousand ends. Bobbins or not, I don't want to have to do two rows every 20 in a completely different color and have to weave in four ends because you can't carry the intarsia middle color over half a row and....blah. BLAH. I can't even express at the moment. I may compenate by adding a whole new fourth color and making the horizontal and vertical stripes different. Hah. Take that.

So, I was swatching for the Super-Seekrit Projekt in Lion Brand Jiffy. Jiffy is a nice, relatively soft acrylic yarn that you can get at JoAnn's, or Michael's, or Hobby Lobby...any Big Box Store that carries Lion Brand can get you some Jiffy. It's fuzzy, and has that sort of mohair halo around it. This means its gauge is bigger than the worsted-size strand in the middle of all that fluff, because fluff still needs space to hang out. The yarn calls for size 10 needles, and I pick up my 7's thinking, "Scoff, disdain, surely I know better than some dumb manufacturer."

My gauge swatch is stiff and full of struggle and cursing, despite having nice slick and pointy needles. (Pointy needles can sometimes be the bane of fluffy yarn, catching in the fluff instead of the core and then falling down the length of your work, all sly-like, while you're congratulating yourself on your pretty fluffy Thing.) I eventually switched to 10's, birch straights, and the drape increased nicely, but so did the gaping holes. Suffice it to say, we will not be using Jiffy.

I get to the colorwork part, and discover The Problem. While scanning the pattern (poorly written and scrunched up all on three pages that are supposed to be spread out horizontally, not vertically, with multiple columns, I discover that the yarn (it calls for worsted Plymouth Encore) is supposed to be held doubled on 11's. OH. D'oh.

This is actually a good thing, considering that Encore is very worsted weight and would take forever to make that project out of, and the swatch I have right now is looking awfully small. I remember that I actually have some Encore in my closet, the remains of one of my first big projects (and soon to be fodder for the Slogalong once I finish a few other things), and go fetch it along with some size 11 aluminum straights I recently inherited from Nyte's late grandma and late great-grandma's stashes.

I double the olive Encore, and swatch again. Huh...it's still on the small side, but...it's kind of nice, actually. I mean, it's a 75/25 mix of acrylic/wool, but it's not vile at all. And it's washable! Okay, okay...maybe Encore is the right yarn to use after all. After only a few rows, I can see that it's a little messy-looking, but might not take a whole three months to do three panels of this stuff. Tiring, probably a little boring after repeat 20 rows the 7th time, but the colorwork and the stitch pattern keeps it from being a total drag.

Okay. I'm in the game again.

I may post close-up pictures of the Seekrit Projekt in progress. Only bits and pieces, mind you, as I'm only doing half. And we're using colors that are totally prettier and cooler than the stupid ones in the pattern. I mean, Country Green and Heathered Lavender? Pfft. Whatev. Hello, the 90's called, they'd like their colors back. Might as well make it Hunter and Burgundy.


2007 Buckeye Alpaca Show

So Saturday, Nyte and I tromped over to the Ohio Expo Center to attend the 2007 Buckeye Alpaca Show. We were very excited - ok, ok, I was very excited to see the cute animals score some fiber. Nyte drove me because I promised I wouldn't take too long (I think I may have lied, but I did try to be quick) and afterward we could go straight to the Ren Faire.

If you have never been to the Ohio Expo Center, then you probably don't know how they seem to loathe signage of any sort, or being at all helpful. Cirque du Soleil was setting up tents near the entrance we went into, and their tents are very yellow and swirled with blue, and I am very curious about how they manage the show with all those small tents. I'm sure it all makes sense, but I want to see how.

At any rate, we drove around the parking lot for a while (it is both massive and under construction and lacking in signage, which made for a whole lot of "go over there!" and "turn there!" and "PLZ SPEEK ENGLSH KTHX" between Nyte and myself) before we picked a building that seemed to have people going into it, and parked nearby.

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(crossposted to the personal journal too. Sorry, people who see this twice.)


Northern Lights Socks (update)

Finally, I have images to go with my tale of woe. You may recall the saga of the Northern Lights Socks from a short while ago, and it continues to unfold.

Firstly, the yarn:

northern lights sock yarn

A magical blending of dark and bright colors, gray/black/purple and sea green/hot pink. Mystical and wondrous, a pleasure to behold (and hold I did, and pet, and fondle, and so on and so forth). O Sock Yarn, let me count the ways.

See the sturdy heel, a checkered playground of s1 k1, p other side. Vibrant and strong, constantly in my foremost thoughts.

northern lights sock ver 3 sturdy heel

Surely, the most wonderful thing every created. Surely, a masterpiece beyond all of Man's achievements. Surely, a picture of perfection, a Nobel in the making, a sign of the Second Coming, a ver--

northern lights sock ver 3

WHAT THE BLOODY HELL. Is that a gap? Is that....it can't be...is it..?

IT IS. F--K.

The damnable sock is too freaking big. Elephantine in its bigness. You could fit a solar system in that cuff gap. SONOVABEESH.

This was Sock v.3. Sock v.1 was mostly a swatch on size 2 bamboo needles, Sock v.2 was a swatch on size 0 bamboo needles, and Sock v.3 was an actual sock on the same size 2 bamboo needles I used for v.1.

It was a few days before I could begin Sock v.4, but I at least had the bright idea to dig through my needles and find aluminum double-points, and give those a try. Thus, Sock v.4 was a swatch on metal size 1's, as I had no metal 2's and the 0's looked far too small (and the size 0 swatch I made earlier on the bamboo needles produced a fabric that was stiff and scratchy and totally unworthy of The Yarn), and let me tell you - metal makes all the difference. I toyed with the concept of two socks on the same needles at the same time, but with the bamboo needles I was using, there was no way it was going to happen. I understood the mechanics of it the technique, but one sock at a time was fiddly enough. So I thought, until I swatched with the metal needles. (Normally I don't like metal. It's cold, it's inflexible, it clicks, it's slippery. But ah....heaven.) My next pair? Will be two at once on the same (metal) needles. Oh yeah, baby. Oh. Yeah.

We have Sock v.5 on the needles now. I am nearly ready to start the toe decreases, and I am pleased. Very please. The cuff is awfully short, but I decreased down to 80 stitches for a 9-inch ankle (from the original 120....I know, I know, I didn't measure gauge correctly, as I was not getting 12 st/in, but actually 9 st/in. This makes a BIG DIFFERENCE. Hearken to my words, dear children.), and it might still be a smidge big, but not NEARLY the tree skirt I had going there.

But I am afraid to take pictures of it, lest I succumb to the dreaded Second Sock Syndrome. There are already at least seven projects clamoring to be cast on for, and I find myself on Dangerous Ground. (Yes, the capitalization is necessary.) Its main advantage thus far is that it is the only portable project currently, so even though I may be working on Wavey Stripey at home, eyeing two more blanket projects (at least) and scolding myself to work on the Stashghan, at work or out on the town I have my sock.

Now to find a quick iPod cozy pattern that I can whip up in an hour...
Finally, pictures! Big ones, too, so they're going behind a cut.

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We had a lovely time, she was the most well-behaved, happy baby I have met since...well, since me, and it was great to see them again. I wish they lived closer.

More lovely shawls and things

Biggest Glove Ever - Ok, maybe not ever, but one hell of a glove. I am in awe and envy, and wish I had one that size to run around with a friend inside, waggling the fingers at people and trying to shake them.

Wing-o'-the-Moth shawl - Holy cow, I want to knit this like burning. This is instantly in the top five shawls to knit. The edging is so fluttery and lovely.

Shetland Garden Faroese Shawl - Faroese shawls aren't as popular as rectangular stoles and triangles, but the gentle half-circle shaping helps keep it over your shoulders and arms. I'm a fan.

Pi Shawl - Based on the theory of pi. You'll have to visit the site, or any mathematical site ever created for an explanation of why this works.

Mermaid Jacket - I have loved the shaping and colors of this jacket for years. Years. There are several color options, but it is only sold as a kit with the necessary yarn, and it isn't sold in the size I'd need to wear one myself (not to mention it's a several hundred dollar kit). Still, I can look at it and pine for one until I can figure out a reasonable approximation for myself, fitted to my particular figure. I love the flared hem. So cute.

In other news, believe it or not, I managed to get some pictures taken and uploaded. It's too late to post them tonight, but perhaps tomorrow I'll wrestle with Flickr a bit and give you a peek of my pretty little cousin. And her bibs, which totally matched the clothes her mommy brought. (I am seekritly a genius. You will see.)