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Friday, February 10, 2006

The Nature of Knitting

The nature of knitting for me is such that at the beginning, I'm all excited about the new project - excited about the great pattern I've picked out, excited about the fantastic yarn I'm working with, full of promise that I'm going to create something wonderful. Then in the middle I fall into this little lull where I feel like I'm the slowest knitter in the world. I'm more of a process than a product knitter, so it's not like I don't like what I'm knitting or I feel the need to start something new, but I have some need to success and start to feel a lack of it in the middle. But then there's a milestone reached and I feel much better. Like those Jaywalkers - I'm almost to the toe, so I can see real progress. I reached a milestone on my sister's long cardi too:

I wish Laura were here to try it on and to model it for you. I was a suitable "model" when I first started it, but once it got past my rib cage, it's way too small for me. As you may remember, this is a top down hooded cardigan. My first top down design and it is kind of fun. It's a PITA now that I'm knitting around and around on the sleeves to have the weight of the body on my needles. Here's a closeup of the sleeve I'm working on:

Dark blue stockinette sweater makes for terrible blog pictures - sorry!

I've also been meaning to post something about our local SNB Group. I'm sure you've all heard about the big Stitch N Bitch controversy. The Twin Cities SNB group was deleted from Yahoo, but we got a new one started - come join us if you haven't already.

I'm sure 99% of you will be watching the Olympic Opening Ceremonies tonight and a lot of you are Olympic Knitters and will be firing up the needles. I'm sitting out of the competition because I want to keep making progress on what I've already got started and I'm not watching the Opening Ceremonies. I'll be watching the end of my all time favorite show tonight:

I'll be laughing through my tears. Won't you please take a look at it and then write to HBO or Showtime, asking them to pick it up?

And FINALLY! I was tagged for the Music Meme way back in December by Susan. I had the holiday madness, then vacation madness and now I'm finally getting around to it.

List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they're any good, but they must be songs you're really enjoying now. Post these instructions in your blog along with your seven songs. Then tag seven other people to see what they're listening to.


One - U2

Wake Me Up When September Ends - Green Day

Black - Pearl Jam

Train in Vain - The Clash

Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen

Blood & Roses - The Smithereens

Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

Ok, I'm so late to the boat on this, I don't know who to tag and I don't have time to check and see who hasn't been tagged. If you haven't, please consider yourself tagged and let me know that you've posted so I can check it out.