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01 July 2004

Choose your fiber

TashaBy some unknown miracle, I had time to photograph, download, re-size, and save pictures to a CD this morning before leaving for work! Tasha is first up -- this is a front/back piece and one of the cabled top edging pieces. I didn't do any knitting at work yesterday (was playing around with charts for another idea, instead). She was my evening appetizer while watching the local news last night.

BackFrontThen K piped up. The Galway brim was still pinned to the board and in a very conspicuous spot (for ease of admiration, but apparently calling out, also) and K wondered aloud if I was going to work on it anytime soon. So, it was wool for dessert. I seamed it, picked up stitches and worked 5 rounds with my short DPNs. I knew they were too short for me when I bought them, but they didn't have any that were longer and I needed them. Now. I can't even describe what it's like for me to work with these, being the type of knitter that I* am. Something like working a full-size hat with miniature needles. Never mind that I don't have much experience with in-the-round knitting, precisely because of my knitting style. At least I can "anchor" DPNs, unlike circs, however uncomfortable it may be. It was warm yesterday. I was sweatin'.

I think K would like me to have a few of these hats knit by fall so that she may guiltlessly pick one of many (okay, probably more like several... or maybe a few) to take with her to school. No worries, K. I love playing around and knitting these and your enthusiasm only makes me want to do more!

RoxyThe kitties are much more tolerant of Mickey lately. Scamp -- the intimidator -- has lightened up. With M away at camp this week, Mickey has been sleeping with us. We usually have cats on the bed instead of dogs. Though they're more tolerant, the sharing any type of furniture is a ways off yet! Roxy found the glider to be pretty darn comfortable this morning.

*Right-handed. Previously self-described (and often affirmed by others) as "weird," I've recently been describing it as the Scottish method (from an article on knitting styles in a recent issue of Interweave Knits). It sounds less weird, and I think there are Scots in the family tree. Unlike Stephanie, I do not anchor the needle under my arm (though I think I've tried that), but at the crook of my thigh/torso. Where her needle is more horizontal, mine is a little more vertical. In the case of too-short DPNs, the needle is anchored higher on the torso; it's been known to rest on the belly, but the waistband is nice (especially if you're wearing a knit top -- poke).

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