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I can do this because I live in the Pacific Northwest and Summer doesn’t exist here.  Now that I said this, it’s not going to rain for the next month.  And because I said that it will.  And now it won’t.  Will.  I’m going to stop now.

In any case, I’ll knit a sweater any time of the year, especially if I’m knitting with MadelineTosh.  MmmmadelineTosh.  Have you encountered the Tosh yet?  If not, you really oughta.  The only thing you’ll regret is not buying more.  Yup, that’s exactly the line that I feed myself whenever I purchase it.  “Are you sure you only want 3 skeins?  It would be great to have that extra one just in case….”  I’m so smart.  There’s another line that I feed myself whenever I make bad decisions.

I actually started this sweater…um…well, so long ago in fact that I forgot when I started it.  Maybe a year ago?  But, from the beginning, I never liked the fit.  So I did what I do best when encountered with situations like this: I found a new project and put this one in the ignore pile.  But, as chance would have it, this weekend, I really wanted to play with some Tosh again.   So I bit the bullet, ripped it out and forgot to take pictures of my yarn ramen (sorry guys, I know how much you love those photos).  In case you didn’t know this, I want to tell you something important about frogging.  Always, always, wash your frogged yarn before reusing it again.  You want to smooth out and relax your yarn back to it’s original form, otherwise your knitting is going to by fugly and your tension uneven. You do have to wait for your yarn to dry completely, but trust me, it’s worth it.  Kind of like swatching.  It’s worth it, even if you hate doing it.  That being said, I did re-swatch with larger needles and found my gauge to be perfect!  Don’t you love when that happens?  I’m thinking this will be done by the end of the week.  That kind of unwaivering reassurance reminds me of something.  What was that?

And of course, what’s a knitter’s life without another one or two projects on the needles?  Here’s a couple of things that I’m also working on now:

A test knit shawl for Holly at SillyLittleLady.  Keep your eye out on her blog for news on this pattern!

This yarn is from Blue Moon Fiber Arts.  It’s Socks That Rock in Grasshopper.  I love this color so much that one day I’ll marry it.  I’m making up some toe-up socks as I go.  I wanted to incorporate that same slipped cable stitch (as seen on the sweater above) on the side of this sock.  We’ll see how it turns out, but I won’t be surprised if I end up frogging this and using an established and respectable sock pattern.

What are you working on this summer’s day?  Do you like to knit in the summer even if it’s hot outside or do you have another crafty activity that you enjoy?  See what other people are up to over at Tami’s blog.

Last week during lunch, I found myself in a pet store staring into a cage with the most adorable kitten you ever did see.  I stuck my fingers through the cage and scratched her soft furry little head.  She responded with a soft purr and, people, believe me when I say that she actually sat up, looked me straight in the eyes and said, “Freshy, please take me home meow.”  What an intelligent kitten, I thought.  I began to imagine how wonderful it would be if I took this sweet little thing home with me.  Our future brightly flashed before me: curling up next to each other under a warm blanket, telling each other funny jokes, eating tuna, I would train her to use the toilet and I would knit her cat toys….

Suddenly, I saw that upon bringing her home I would find out that she does not dine on tuna, however, she has an unprecedented palate for fine merino wool and silk blends.  Unacceptable!  Besides, I’m already a crazy knitting blog lady.  Being a crazy cat lady with a knitting blog might be too much for me to live up to.  With all that craziness in mind, I left the kitty behind in the pet store and went to work googling this.

Today, as I was walking by the pet store, I noticed she was still there.  Fate, why do you tempt me with soft cuddly things I can’t have?!  I couldn’t help but have that same momentary lapse in judgment where Freshy’s knitting world would be so awesome with a cute little kitty in it!  Imagine all the fun kitty sweaters I could make!  What fun we would have!  I could change my blog name to Yarn Over Kitty, in which every post would feature a cute little kitten mischievously playing with yarn!  Wait, my yarn?  Damn, that’s right.  This will never work out between us, Kitteh.

It’s a good thing I have such wonderful judgment (haha, that’s funny…), because I definitely would not have been able to block this shawl out on my bed with a soft, playful little ball of mischief hanging around.

I also listened to my better judgment when I decided to reknit this using a size larger needle.  The shawl may not be as soft as a cute little kitten, but it’s big enough to wrap around your neck a couple of times to keep you cozy while it’s snowing outside.

Pattern: Rock Island by Jared Flood
Yarn: Madeline Tosh Prairie, Lace 2 ply, in Tart (~700 yards)
Needles: US 7, Knit Picks Harmony Wood
Modifications: Used US 7 needles instead of US 6
Recommendation: Yes. 
Notes: It’s a simple pattern to memorize and pretty fast to knit up.  I also love that it’s a reversible pattern.  This was also my first time knitting with Madeline Tosh, and I was really pleased with how strong this yarn was.  There was no splitting or snagging while knitting.  The color is such a deep red (pictures really don’t do it justice).  All in all, I loved the end result!

Happy New Year (albeit a few days late)!  I hope you have all enjoyed your holidays.  I’ve come to the conclusion that it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been on vacation, it’s always hard to go back to work/the gym/real life.  Yet, it doesn’t matter how long it’s been since I’ve picked up knitting needles; it’s always easy to come back to that sultry temptress that is knitting.  It’s even easier to load up your knitting to-do list with more projects.  Maybe that’s where the difficulty in knitting arises.  I haven’t quite figured it out yet.  Call me in a few weeks after I have officially bitten off more than I can chew.

Rock Island Shawl is done (granted it’s still sitting in a pile over yonder waiting to be blocked and blogged about), so naturally I picked up another lace project.  I know, I’m rolling my eyes at me too.  It’s just that, well look how pretty it is…

It’s Kimono Shawl by Cheryl Oberle in Folk Shawls, knit with Jaggerspun Zephyr.  I can’t even explain how much I love this color.  I went to Home Depot to have paint mixed to match this yarn.  Incidentally my living room wall is now a beautiful sage color.  My pajama pants (which I’m currently in, because real clothes are for working hours) match up perfectly.  Why can’t I have more things this color?  This yarn has been waiting ever so patiently in my stash for the last two years.  I’d pick it up occasionally, pet it softly, and reassuringly whisper in its ear that someday it will be something special.  I swear, after knitting up the garter edging, it looked at me and smiled.

Meanwhile, I’m still successfully working on Aidez.  Earlier this week, I finished up the two front pieces and have started on the sleeves.  The pattern calls for the sleeves to be worked flat, so naturally, I threw caution to the wind and started knitting them in the round.  Why I do these things, I cannot say.  The upside to this is that it’s two less seams that I’ll have to do.  The downside is that I don’t have enough room on my circulars to knit the sleeves two at a time.  I’ll just have to stay vigilant with my note keeping so that I knit the second sleeve the same.

I expect that I will finish the sweater in the next week or so, because my little eye did spy my next WIP (among many others).  And I really can’t help it if I start casting on for it in the very near future.  Startitis is real, people.

What projects are you working on this winter (knitting or otherwise)?

Konnichiwa!  I still have one more week in Japan, but today is finally the last day of work.  What have I been doing these last nine weeks (besides working in a shipyard with absolutely no female contact and wearing the same dirty smelly clothes every day), you ask?  Well, I’ll show you…

Experienced Oktoberfest in Hakata:

Went to fish markets:

Visited shrines, temples, and castles:

Celebrated Thanksgiving on the beaches of Okinawa:

Took in the sights of Naha:

Don’t worry.  I haven’t forgotten that this is a knitting blog, not a traveling one.  So here’s some knitterly things I did while in Japan:  I finished my shawl (still needs to be blocked…and ya, that’s my unmade hotel bed it’s posing on…whatevs), made a single mitten (still need to cast on for the pair), and taught a man to knit…in the round…on double pointed needles…and yes, he’s knitting his own mitten.

I can’t post any pictures of where I have been working, but let’s get together in a week over some hot tea and yarn and I’ll be glad to show you some awesome shipyard photos!

Forgive the post title.  I’m about 4 hours away from my departure time to Japan, and I wanted to quickly add this little post before I left.  My apartment is still not clean, I found a sweet potato in my cupboard that needs to be given to someone who will eat it, I need to finish packing, and I still haven’t eaten breakfast.  But it’s all about priorities, people!  So I took 15 minutes out of my time to wind a ball of yarn for my trip…like I said, priorities!

Anyways, check out this hat I made:

Just a basic, run of the mill beanie with stripes.  But the cool thing about this hat is the tubular cast on and the jogless stripes.  Also it only took two days to make, which is great considering all the other projects I’m working on are very time consuming.  So this was a fun little break from all that.

So Japan…it’s a work thing, that will turn into a play thing.  There will be sake.  There will be sushi.  There will be samurai sword fights with komodo dragons!!!  Ok, maybe not that last part, but admit it, that would be pretty friggin’ cool.  I hate leaving projects behind, but even though I tried really really hard, I didn’t finish Aidez.  I did a good chunk of the front pieces, but alas, I will have to come back to it in a couple of months.  I am taking Rock Island shawl with me though since it’s pretty lightweight and the pattern is pretty simple to memorize.

Hopefully I’ll get a few chances to catch up on the blog while I’m gone, but in the meantime, fellow knitters: knit on!

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