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Monday, September 11, 2006


I'm working on a Nora Gaughan sweater from the Fall Interweave Knits: Supernova Pullover, page 88. I'm using the Ultra Alpaca and one ball lasted for 11 inches before it was time to join a new ball. 11 inches by 20 inches wide!! Wohoo.

The Ultra Alpaca is also very soft and springy. It has a great feel. The colors are great: we have mostly the heathers in the shop. So far I have re-ordered this yarn twice. People love it.

What else am I working on right now?

Socks from another Interweave Knits pattern: Embossed Leaves Socks, Winter 2006, page 96. I'm using the Soxie from Great Adirondack. Lovely yarn and the coloring is great: reds, navy, toast, and some purple. It's just a great colorway for fall socks. I'm experimenting and knitting with 2 circular needles. One needle is an Addi, the other is Crystal Palace. The yarn does not go over the Crystal Palace join as well as the Addi. The Addi is a little slippery. Neither needle is perfect but they are both doing the job.

A vest of Suri Brushed Alpaca & Alpaca & Silk from Blue Sky Alpacas. Very close to being done. I just have to get the shoulders done when I have a long block of quiet time.

I have pulled the yarn for a jacket from the S. Charles Fall 2006 booklet. It will be a crocheted jacket out of Trina from Adrienne Vittadini. They show the jacket in high contrasting yarns. I'm going to go tone on tone and do reds, purples, pinks, and oranges. I can't start it until I finish the vest.



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