FO: rusted root.

Excuse the mirror. I am super happy with the way this turned out. I wore it to work on Friday, out to lunch with a friend, and then to see Wilco last night. (Perhaps the best show I’ve ever seen. Period.)

Here’s one more shot of the neckline:

I also have a few goodies to share. These arrived in record time from The Loopy Ewe. My favorite bag was stolen a few weeks ago when my car window was smashed, so I decided to look for another cavernous bag to haul around with me. I settled on the Namaste Malibu, and I love it.

This bag is deceptively large — I can easily imagine a sweater’s worth of yarn tucked into one side — and the center zip pocket is the perfect size for a sock or a dishcloth in progress. Since I was already placing an order, I picked up some gorgeous Shibui sock yarn in honey. (It matches the bag.)

WordPress was a bit cranky last night, so it has taken me roughly 10 hours to actually hit publish. Planning to do some frolicking with the dog this morning before heading up to Santa Fe for more high school rugby and touristy fun stuff. Maybe I’ll remember to take some pictures…

okay, now it’s rusted.

Victory! (It only took 7.5 months to complete.) It has been said a gazillion times already, but this is a fantastic pattern. I can’t remember why or how I lost momentum with this one. I literally had about 3 inches of the body left to knit before the ribbing on the waist, sleeves and neckline.

I made one sort of intentional modification: instead of picking up the same number of stitches for the neckline ribbing, I picked up about 15 fewer, ostensibly to stop the rolling and to help the lace lay flat. The overall fit is accurate, in that I made the medium (36-39) and I have a 38 inch circumference. This baby is blocking now, and because of the cotton in the yarn, I’m confident that it will relax ever so slightly. Modeled FO pictures once it is dry.

I haven’t posted a sunrise picture in awhile — the sun and I are about neck and neck these days in terms of rising time. The days are growing longer on both ends now, and I love it. Here’s what I saw this morning when I took the dog out:

Also, hooray! I won some tangled yarn from The Plucky Knitter! This is the first time I’ve won anything and the blogosphere, and I did a little dance at the mailbox when this arrived on Monday. Thank you, Sarah. Before and after pictures of our detangling adventures are on the horizon…

rugby and not quite rusted root.

Quick post this morning — aiming to have a real FO post for you soon! I have finished the ribbed waistband and one cap sleeve of Rusted Root. Another sleeve, a few rows of neckline ribbing, and a good blocking are all that I have left to do. I am super excited to finish this. I started this sweater in September with a minimal understanding of ease and shaping, and despite this, I think it will be the perfect size. Here’s a quick look:

Also, I need to share more Boh ridiculousness with you. I brought in the rugby ball bag this weekend, and yesterday he became very interested in the contents. I got out a ball and he alternately chased it and ran away from it for a good 45 minutes. More affirmation that he really is MY dog. I took a pretty funny camera video, but I don’t see the format supported here in WordPress, so I’ll just share an image and leave the goofiness to your imagination.

Rusted Root…

5 summers ago, I rode my bike across the country. There is a lot I can say about how formative that experience was for me, but that’s not why I’m mentioning it today. We had a soundtrack, and “Send Me On My Way” by Rusted Root, was central to our experience crossing the plains of Kansas. If you start humming the opening guitar solo and then picture miles of corn and wheat, peppered with the occasional towering white grain elevator, you’ll get it. Promise. Anyway, about three weeks ago, I decided that I needed my very own Rusted Root. I was traveling cross country for a wedding (by plane, not by bike) and needed a good airplane project. I haven’t picked this up since I returned, because the lace panel requires more concentration than I’ve been able to commit after some long days at work. Perhaps blogging about it will encourage me to knit at least a few rows later tonight?

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I’m using the recommended yarn — Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece — and needles (size 5). I was so excited to start this that I drove all over town for the right needles. My LYS was out, but I managed to find some pink metal circulars at an out-of-the-way JoAnn Fabric store. I ripped out the first 6 rows several times as I worked to perfect the purlwise YO, but it moved quite quickly after I figured that out. This is my first lace project, and I love these beautiful leaves! (This is not my first sweater project, but I will save my Coachella story for another post.)

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In the mindless knitting category, last night I cast on for the Baby Bib O’ Love from Mason-Dixon Knitting. Some dear friends of mine have a daughter who will be celebrating her first birthday next week, and I think this will brighten her breakfast experience. This is knitting up very quickly, so I should be able to get this in the mail on time. (Yarn is as recommended – Peaches and Creme worsted. I’m using some mismatched size 6 vintage needles from a lot I scored on Ebay. They match the yarn!)

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More technology questions — where do I get those cool widgets (whatchamacallits?) that let me share my progress on my WIPs in the sidebar?

halloween ideas…

holding pumpkin

I’m still working my way through Twin Peaks, Season 2, and, needing some mindless knitting (so that I could keep my eyes on David Duchovny as Dennis/Denise, the DEA agent) AND inspired by the bright red mitts over at Flintknits, I cast on for the fingerless mitts from LMKG. I’ve come to two conclusions:

1. These are easy and fun to knit. A smidge tight, though I tried to BO loosely. I think they will stretch a bit. It isn’t quite cold enough for them right now, but I’m wearing them anyway. (Details: size 6 needles, Brown Sheep Nature Spun worsted, color is Navy Nite, spelled THAT way.)

2. I should be the Log Lady for Halloween. Apologies to those unfamiliar with the escapades of Agent Dale Cooper and Sheriff Harry S. Truman.

Time for more coffee. I need to learn how to link to other folks when I talk about them. Hints?