amethyst muse

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27 December 2002

i screwed up a cable on the grey turtleneck, so i frogged the front. will start again soon. been working on the sampler scarf. 10 squares done, 6 to go. also, as a surprise last minute thing, i started haiku in lavender Bernat Cotton Tots. finished the body, have to do the sleeves. hopefully they will go quick. sweet is still languishing in the WIP pile. i've been swatching Gedifra St. Tropez as a substitute for Rowan 4-ply cotton, but it ain' workin.....need to find another fingering weight cotton.

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11 December 2002

i've decided i want to make almost everything in the debbie bliss book. but i'll worry about that later, i have too many projects in the mix right now. completed another square of the sampler scarf. there are 8 square patterns, then rinse and repeat. started the front of the cable turtleneck. the pattern i'm using is #3 from FCEK (i think winter '01). this is my first time doing cables without a cable needle and it is going slow, only because i don't have the pattern memorized. the clear pics & directions here are a huge help.

the katia cardi sleeves are finished blocking, and waiting for me to sew them in. i will. sometime this week. sweet is coming along slowly, who knows *when* i'll be finished with that one!

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08 December 2002

the final sleeve of the Katia cardi is done! sleeves are blocking, and now my search for a zipper resumes. i'm also blocking the back of the grey cable turtleneck, and am about to cast on for the front. i hope i can work on the front this week. after that, i will work more on sweet, and start planning the baby items i want to make for my future niece/nephew. i'm leaning towards the double-breasted moss stitch jacket from Debbie Bliss Easy Knits.

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oh. almost forgot. went to stitch 'n bitch today. it was enjoyable, as always. i love seeing what other people are working on, it inspires me to get back to work and finish a garment. of course, me being the overachiever, i carried three WIPs to SnB, and worked on two while i was there. i had sweet, but somewhere misplaced a needle, so i couldn't work on that one.

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not much knitting this week. i'm working a temp gig, and by the time i get home, i am beat. and my best friend's grandmother passed away this week as well. i have made some progress on sweet since i last posted, and on the velvet touch crop top. i'm sniffing around to start something new :-)! i picked up Debbie Bliss Easy Knits and Pipsqueaks by Rowan. my ex-sister-in-law is pregnant, so now i have a valid reason to make baby items (and they knit up quickly too!).

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02 December 2002

i'm about 1.5" into Sweet. this is definitely going to be a long-term project. hmmmm...started December 1st. let's try and keep track of just how long it takes to get the back done. LOL i think this sweater will get worn *next* fall! in any case, i'm starting to think about spring/summer items. i've pulled out Rowan 31, and am thinking that Petula will be nice. another long term project, but hey, spring is months away. i've also started a nice simple turtleneck from Hip to Knit. i'm using Katia Dolby, in a very cool varigated blue/purple. Dolby is a nylon/wool/acrylic blend, reminiscent of Velato (by Gedifra??). It is a nylon netting type ribbon, with a merino "core". very nice.

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01 December 2002

i *finally* cast on for the sweet sweater. jeez! that was a lot. after doing the ruffle, i decided i'd had enough for the day, and moved on to something else.