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Ashley and Laura - brilliant idea about the adding of side panels to the felted vest. I'm kind of ashamed I didn't think of it myself - thanks, you guys! It remains to be seen how successful the operation can be; the patient is young and otherwise healthy, but a rigorous and exhausting round of soaking, stretching and blocking will have to be undergone before surgery can even be attempted. Then, we have to worry about cutting straight and then creating holes to knit up with the trim yarn. In any event, I don't believe we'll be able to save the armhole trim; it'll have to be sacrificed for the greater good.

Homestretch on the shroud for wrapping the spawn of unholy unions Fir Cone Shawl. The next image will be an FO...that is, if the finished piece doesn't suck the breath out of my chest or smother me in my sleep, once it's free of the needles.

New acquisitions:

That's Dale Hauk, a sportweight 4-ply wool treated with Teflon to make it water resistant. I've never worked with it before, but thought it would be mighty keen for making a pair of convertible gloves for Jeff.

I have yet to swatch it or start playing with it, but in the ball, it feels only a bit strange. It's not plastic-y or crunchy; rather, it feels almost a little oily, like raw wool full of lanolin. Odd; we'll have to see.

And that's the pattern for the Heartstrings Flared Lace Smoke Ring, which I bought because the lace rib was so interesting-looking. Maybe I'll actually knit it some day...I think I have a slot opening up right after the next ice age.

Will the felted vest survive the operation and make a full recovery? How will the shawl block out? Is the Teflon yarn high tech, or highly unpleasant? When in the next millenium is the smoke ring going to be knit, and what in blazes prompted the purchase of the pattern?

Find out all this, and more - same bat time, same bat channel.


The smoke ring is gorgeous. Do you think it would look good in mohair? I got 300 yds of handpainted mohair from my secret pal, and I'm trying to find something beautiful to make out of it. I haven't tried to knit with it yet (too many other things to do, as always!), but it looks like it's the same as Rowan Kidsilk Haze. Someone at my LYS thought that I should do something that would sit around my neck and shoulders, and it seems like this smoke ring fits that bill. What do you think? I trust your opinion since everything I've seen you make is totally awesome! (How's that for some sucking up?)

Wow, lucky you -- my knitting is booked straight through the next two ice ages.

That smoke ring thing is very cool, though. I have to admit I couldn't guess what a knitted smoke ring would be until I clicked on the pattern. Lovely!

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