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Archive for January 1st, 2008

Cheryl was right, she did cry.

And LFG was actually surprised. Someone had apparently NOT been reading my blog! That’s ok though, I’ll forgive her as she did cry tears of happiness and joy…

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Cheryl’s exact quote was “LFG may just cry (I know I would)…”

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It is a good thing we didn’t actually watch the movie together or we would have probably been sobbing!

Finished Project Specs:

Pattern: Dark Victory from Romantic Hand Knits by Annie Modesitt

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Yarn: Malabrigo Worsted from Creative Fibers in Windsor, Connecticut (for specific colors see my Ravelry project page here.)

Needles: Sizes 8 and 9 Addi Turbo circulars

Size: 34

Thoughts on the yarn: This yarn is an absolute joy to knit! It is so soft and easy on the hands. I love, love, love it! I have a feeling that since it is single spun it will pill easily, but LFG assured me that she can handle that. I also love the colors of the yarn. It does pool easily so you have to be very careful of that as I think I ended up with some pooling around the bottom band, but I think I kind of like it. You also have to alternate skeins as the dye job from skein to skein is quite variable.

Thoughts on the pattern: If you have been reading along as I’ve been knitting this sweater, you already know that Dark Victory and I had some relationship issues. I don’t want to dissuade anyone from knitting this as I think the end result is worth the battle. None of the techniques are difficult, just make sure you check the correction page first and then read ahead in the pattern. I have to admit that not all the conflict between Dark Victory and myself were due to DV’s difficult personality. Many times it was just an error in communication. Maybe we just have different cultural backgrounds and I was quick to misinterpret DV’s instructions. There were parts (like the sleeves) that I just never understood I just had to discover them for myself (ie: wing it). I was worried that I would get all the way up to the twisted float section and then not be able to do it, but that part was really not so bad. Once the sleeves were on and I figured out how to space the decreases, it was pretty much smooth sailing. I guess by that time we had both just mellowed into our relationship.

Additional photos:

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These are the sleeves. Agent J noted for me that they were “supposed” to be “capri” sleeves. They actually came out to be full length sleeves. I think that it was just luck that they landed at a good spot on her arms and even though they are not the 3/4 length sleeves they wanted to be, they are not too long nor too short for regular sleeves.

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Here is the close-up of the front and the twisted float stitch pattern. I didn’t exactly follow the chart for changing colors but just went with the flow of what I thought looked nice together. After the twisted float, the pattern tells you to change to the smaller needles for the 4 by 4 rib. Later, at the top 1 inch of the sweater it tells you to switch to the smaller needles again so I gather that it is optional when you switch. I switched the first time it told me to and I think that I’m glad that I did or the sweater would be falling off her shoulders.

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Here is the back of DV. The seam was rather tough as it had all those color changes and numerous ends from switching balls. You can see it a bit on the top left. In the photo of DV in the book, it shows the seam in the front, but it is very easy to put the seam in the back and I would highly recommend that.

Also, I read Spinning Spider Jenny’s most recent blog post earlier this evening and spotted some photos of LFG and Dark Victory together out in the wild It was so exciting to see! Please go take a look. She is under Jenny’s pee story but before her potato “buds.” Actually, I love the photos in her post where her friends are swinging towels to get rid of the drunken soldier smoke and it looks like they are battling with glittering fairy dust. It must have been a magical evening.

So, I haven’t really blogged too much in the last couple of weeks. It is not because I don’t have anything to write about, I actually have quite a few ideas in mind, but I knew I had to write about DV first and that it would take a while. (And believe me, it did, and I didn’t even include every little detail!) As Christmas always does, it takes up a lot of time. We really did have a nice holiday though and I feel very lucky that I was able to see many of my friends. We had a fun night out with Mad Knitters the Friday before Christmas. A long lost college friend visited the next day. Two of my girlfriends who had moved away last year were back in CT to visit this week. One of them being Crops a Lot and we had a scrapbooking night at New England with her scrapping crew. I saw Enchanted with my girls and a high school friend and her daughter (that is a great movie to see with a girlfriend, btw). And this is all in addition to spending Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in Vermont with my sister (LFG) and my parents and family!

The day after Christmas, I also came down with a cold. Granted it is not a debilitating cold, but just enough of a cold to make life not pleasant and to make me very tired. I can’t remember if I’ve written about this before, but I also have a chronic case of hives. These are like crazy things and I’ve been to the doctor for them 3 or 4 times and go back again on Wednesday. Really – hives since the beginning of November??? They go away a bit for a while, but always seem to come back with a vengeance. They make me very tired and I’m sure everyone I know is getting tired of hearing about them.

I did manage to finally start dyeing again. I have some rovings dyed and ready to photograph for my long understocked Etsy shop. I can’t wait to start listing new stuff there again!

I never seem to manage to get very nice Christmas Day photos (especially ones like the absolutely stunning photos of Sarah’s Christmas table on her blog), but here are a few in closing.


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Grandpa and Agent B have a cuddle.

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Agent K is always ready with a smile for the camera.

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You can tell from her smile that there was cranberry sauce on the table.

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They are ready! These little agents opened presents all day! After we got home Christmas evening, I restocked our tree and they opened even more!

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What is in that box? Maybe someday IHA can post about it himself???

(ETA: And he did!)

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LFG rec’d all kinds of gifts — this one I think, was purple nail polish from the girls.

Happy New Year everyone!

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