Wednesday, April 19, 2006


...because I'm tired of seeing an annoying work rant at the top of my blog (and you probably are, too).

I have about 10 pages left of "Knitting Rules" by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee and I can say that I have enjoyed every minute of reading it. There have even been a few bus rides where I chose to read instead of knitting. It takes some powerful-good reading to get me to make that decision. :-)

I plan to use her guidelines to ask a number of friends and family members to give me a list of various body part dimensions...allowing me to make projects for them in the future that will fit and also be a surprise. I'm not planning on another make something knitted for everyone for christmas year, but that doesn't mean that there won't be some people who get knitted gifts.

Except for end weaving, I just finished a Dulaan Hat and cast on another one on the bus this morning. It is giving me a chance to practice my new fair isle skills and play with color combinations and motifs. The hat I finished showed me how critical color contrast is to make an impressive looking fair isle item. It looks good, but the red/white and red/tan sections are more impressive looking than the red/brown section.

I may start the fair isle bag over again with a darker brown and bigger needles. I haven't committed to frogging it yet, but I think that more contrast would make it look nicer and I'm concerned that the gauge is too tight for it to felt well.

More later. My lunchtime is over.

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