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What I Did Today

1.  Went on my morning walk.

2.  Got bit by a dog*.

3.  Went to Bible study.

4.  Got a tetanus shot, and antibiotics.

5.  Quick stop at the bank, store, etc, etc.

6.  Taught two friends to knit.

7.  Took Kaity shopping for “cruise wear.”

8.  Stopped at Trader Joe’s for “candied ginger” (supposed to keep me from getting seasick next week).

9. Knit a little.

10.  Had a stranger’s dog quarantined while they were obliviously at work.

Tomorrow I’ll just work – it’ll be more relaxing.

*Broke the skin, not too bad, no punctures, a little bruising.   Let’s hope I don’t come down with rabies on the boat next week ;o)

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Done, and doner

The Central Park Hoodie is finally finished!  It really is beautiful, but a tad small.  I agree with most, that the pattern seems to run small.  I knit the 40″, and my gauge was pretty much on, but it only blocks to about 38″, at the most.  The sleeves and shoulders are also snug, but not at all unwearable – just not what I’m used to.  I still haven’t found buttons.  The brown ones would have been nice, but I didn’t have enough – it’s going to take six.  Tomorrow we’ve got some last minute cruise shopping to do and I’ll try to pick up some buttons while we’re out.

Pattern: Central Park Hoodie, IK Knitscene, Fall 2006

Yarn: Cascade 220, The Heathers, Lapis (9336), 5-1/2 skeins.  The true color is somewhere between these two, but closest to the second picture.

Size: 40″

This beauty’s coming on the cruise with me, so I’ll get Kaity to take a picture of it then, with the buttons on.  Ought to make for a nice photo op, doncha think?

I’m at the point where when Sunday finally gets here and we get on the ship… I’m gonna really NEED a vacation.  This week’s gonna be a killer, but I just keep thinking about next week….

…someone else cooking for me… someone else making my bed… nothing I HAVE to do but yarn shop, take knitting classes, and knit.  For 5 days.  I can hardly believe it.  I can certainly hardly wait!

Also finished this weekend – the painting.  See, gone are the outdated pink stripes in this “before” picture, and now we’ve got GREEN!   The last picture shows the basic wall color, a buttery tan which is actually darker than this picture shows, and you can see the dark brown on the wall leading into my office downstairs, and on the wall leading into our bedroom upstairs.

You can also see the finished banisters!  Now, that was a project a long time coming, but it’s finally done.  What a lot of work (right Kaity!?), but more than worth it.

Yee Haw – FO’s!

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Sweater Anatomy

Guess what I’ll be doing tonight during Grey’s Anatomy?!

“…the edges were approxmiated using 3-0 Chromic… Cascade 220…”

Oops, work interferes with fun again.  I HATE that!  How will I ever wait until tonight?

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Tartar Sauce!!!!!

Unbelievable.  What’s wrong with this picture.  140 cable crossings, all of them perfect, checked and double checked

Except for this ONE.

The second-t0-the last crossing I make.

Not noticed until the hood is seamed, and the buttonband stitches are picked up and knitted…..

In the eloquent words of SpongeBob Squarepants – Barnacles, dirty barnacles!!!

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We have had paint chips up on the walls since August.  I have agonized over colors, decided, re-decided, test painted, re-decided…. and stared at these paint choices, since August.

I am TERRIBLE at this.  Picking paint – it looks okay in a small sample… but on thousands of square feet of wall?  And, with my trying to be all fancy and what not- doing a multicolor thing?  With everyone telling me…. well, they look kinda dark.

Except for the hubby  – from him I’m getting the ever-so-helpful “whatever you think.”  Oy.

But, but… in the little sample picture of the gorgeous model home they provide you in the do-it-yourself store it doesn’t look to dark.  It looks great.  But, am I fooling myself?  Can we pull off a multi-color look, after years of off white?   (Well, there is the dark purple that’s already in the family room…, and the pink stripes we’re covering…. see, I TRY to be “out there”)

The suspense is killing me.

We are into day 2 of having the entire downstairs repainted.  And, I’ve chosen three different colors – and they’re all supposed to coordinate!  I’m way out on a limb here, people.

And, so far – I am COMPLTETLY excited and happy.  I am loving it so far!  It’s looking just like it did in my mind.  This never happens!  All the agonizing over tints and hues and shades….. it’s totally gonna be worth it!  Just wait, I’ll show you when were done.

But, now I need to decide on buttons – and am all decided out.  Either of these strike your fancy?  I’m partial to the brown ones.  The gray are actually darker than they look in the picture.   I’m trying to avoid going out to buy buttons, and these are from Grandma’s button box.

So, hang in there with me and hopefully, by the end of the week I’ll have two FO’s to show you… my Central Park Hoodie and my newly painted downstairs!  Woo hoo!

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For some reason, although I am  “thrower,” I continue to find myself compelled to convert my knitting style to Continental.  It just seems so much more efficient.

Not to mention the “cool” factor – I think it looks cool.  Like that matters, but still.

However, every time I try to switch over, I drop stitches like crazy.  Maybe I’m just not giving it enough time…  I don’t know.  I do know that for some reason I still feel like I want to convert.

Hmm…

Even so, slow knitting method aside –  much progress was made last night on my Central Park Hoodie when Kaity and I went to our  LYS for Knit Night.  We really weren’t planning to go – but things seemed to work out and we decided we could fit it in.   Good thing! – with the extra knitting time last night I’m now almost finished with the last front, and then it’s off to the hood!  I think I just may make my self-imposed deadline of having this finished in time for the cruise!

It helped seeing April’s just finished CPH, which she was wearing last night – GORGEOUS, … and Roni was knitting hers along with me… and Beatriz has already finished two!  We decided that at the next Knit Night we’re all together we’ll all wear ours and get a group shot.    Kaity and I are planning to get in one more Knit Nite before the cruise, so hopefully we’ll be able to get our group shot then.

Look at me go… I’m knitting so fast I’m a blur…. not.

Knit Night is really quite fun – and we’ve met some great new knitters.  It’s so fun to see what everyone’s working on…. and I’m always just fascinated at how many ways there are to knit – not just “pickers” or “throwers” – but SO many combinations of the two!  I’m convinced I have learned to knit the slowest possible way when I watch some of these girls knit…  but this old dog just drops stitches right and left when I try to convert to some other style…. so I plug along.

But I’m curious – I am going to be teaching two friends to knit next week – what do you think, should I teach them English, slow like me…. or start them off Continental?  It seems confusing enough to new knitters to learn either one, and showing them both and letting them decide just seems like it would really get them messed up.

heh heh, or maybe it’s just me – again.

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…it’s finally here!  Kaity’s designer debut on Knitty Gritty is THIS WEDNESDAY, April 11,on the DIY network, 11:00 AM Pacific time!

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