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I meant to do that…

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I finished knitting String Theory, and then the fun began. This is what it looked like after binding off. You have to drop some of the stitches in the purl section before you can continue binding off the next knit section. The purl section grows in width when the stitches are dropped, and you need to know how wide that section will be while binding off.

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You can also see how much yarn I left unknit. I wouldn’t get much more height from it, so I just stopped knitting. Here are a few purl sections completely dropped. The piece kept getting wider and wider (which translates to longer and longer as a scarf).

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I love how this looks. Since the knit sections are stockinette, they tend to curl on themselves, leaving the back side as the public side. It’s all good; that side is pretty, too.

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It seems a shame to purl all those stitches, just to get rid of them at the end, but the results are worth it.

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(‘scuse the myspace style photo)

I’m wearing this triple-looped around my neck. The finished length is 90 inches after wet-blocking. I think I would have liked this a little shorter and a bit wider (fewer stitches cast on, more rounds knit), but it’s pretty hard to know how long it’s going to be before dropping all those stitches. The purl sections were only 2 stitches wider than the knit sections, but what a difference after the drop!

You really want a smooth yarn for this project, because dropping stitches in hairy yarn would be really frustrating. This Malabrigo Arroyo is very smooth, so it was perfect for this project. I could have made it wider with another skein of yarn, but I’m not sure I could have endured knitting any more.

I’m really happy with this project. A little boring to knit, but good TV/travel knitting, after I figured out the appropriate sized needles. (That was totally my error.)

Now I want to knit a million other things!

Endless…

I’m knitting away at my String Theory. It feels endless. This is great TV knitting, but I don’t watch enough TV to get a lot done. I could probably stop now, but what would I do with the leftovers? We’ll see who wins: the bored me or the thrifty me.

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It doesn’t look very exciting yet. The fun will be in the finishing. I can’t wait to get to that part, so the bored me may win out and stop soon. I wish I had taken this project for car knitting last Sunday.

My friend V invited me to go cross-country skiing at Teacup Lake on Mount Hood (or Wy’East, as it was named by the Multnomah tribe). I hadn’t been skiing in about 25 years, since before we moved to New York and back. I do still have my same 30 year old equipment. I’m happy to say it’s all still quite serviceable, although a bit antiquated. Remember 3 pin rat-trap bindings? Got ‘em!

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It turned out to be a gorgeous day, with none of the forecasted snow or rain. The sun even came out for a while.

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I saw a hill that backcountry skiers had been on. The telemark lines look like knitting cables…

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It was very nice to get out for the day.

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(Mount Hood in the rearview mirror)

How was your weekend?

Playing “Beat The Clock?”

Or maybe it’s a case of March Madness. I’ve been knitting away on my Leif Slipover, wondering if I can finish before it’s too warm out. This morning the weather is suckering me into thinking there’s time.

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I’ve finished the left front, and even slipped it on to check shoulder height. It’s OK on, but it may be just too bulky for me. I’m having “meh” feelings. It will take at least a week for me to finish, and I’m not sure I want to invest the time right now.

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Should I set it aside for fall?

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I ripped out the String Theory on size 3 needles, and started again with a US 5. Now it’s just flying along. Sometimes ripping is just the right thing! This doesn’t look like much right now; the fun is in the finishing. I’ll keep you posted; I’m looking forward to the finished product.

What else? I’m looking forward to the launch of Among Friends, a pattern and fiber club that begins in April. I’m the designer for April! And I can assure you that the design is stellar, fun to knit but not overly challenging or overly repetitive. There’s still time to sign up; the club closes on March 25. See details here. Come join the fun!

And now for the fun: I’ve picked the winner for my blog anniversary giveaway. Congratulations to Linda Gaylord! I’ve emailed her and will be sending her the yarn and VK Socks book.

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What’s on your needles, winter or spring?

Back in the saddle, again…

It’s taken a while for me to feel like I’m back in my own world. Part of me is still here…

I’m finally knitting again. My knitting mojo went awol while I was in Nicaragua. I think I knit six stitches on String Theory while I was away.

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I wasn’t really happy with it, and I think I’ve figured out why. I’ve been knitting away at this since I got home.

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See all those needles? I’ve been knitting on what I thought were US size 5, but apparently they’re size 3. (A case of “need to start something mindless to take to knit nite. Haste makes waste!) I’m about to rip it all out and start over on a 5. Grrrrr. Completely my fault. At least I didn’t spend a lot of time on it in Nicaragua!

I also found some knitting mojo in my knitting basket this week.

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Just in time! I’d like to finish this Leif slipover soon so I can wear it before it gets too warm. I wish I’d looked at Ravelry before starting this project, but I was rushing to take something to take to Crafty Mom weekend last month. Ravelry’s reviews of the patterns haven’t been stellar. Yes, they’re very confusing, but at least the charts are good. I’ve finished the waist and am on to the upper body charts…if I can figure out what happens next in the pattern. If these two projects aren’t cases of look before you leap, I don’t know what is.

I taught Thrill of the Thrum Thursday night at Twisted, and we have six new thrummers in Knit-land! They all opted for Thrumbelina as their project (the other option was Thrumster), and they are looking good. I’m teaching this class next Saturday at Stash in Corvallis (still a couple spots open) and at Wool ‘N Wares in West Linn on the 31st. Come get your thrum on! I’ve started a Thrumbelina as a sample for trunk shows; I don’t have enough yarn to make a pair, but it will be easier on the eyes than my original screaming orange and blue prototype (which has its own charms, for sure. Let’s Go Mets!).

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And! Today is the fourth anniversary of my blog, so I’m having a little giveaway. Leave a comment below to play! The winner will receive this Vogue Knitting Socks book, and a skein of merino sock yarn, hand dyed by Larissa Brown, colorway Jules Verne.

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Larissa dyed it for Abundant Yarn back in the day, and it’s waited long enough to meet its destiny! (Still not a sock knitter…but maybe you are.) Contest closes on Tuesday night at midnight.

And happy St. Patrick’s Day. This science geeky video will have you celebrating!