finished!

… well, almost.  I still have all the seaming to do, but the Halfobi is all knitted up!

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(coffe monster)

I think I like it.  I’m worried now that the Noro striping might be a bit much.  It’s rather, um, pronounced, shall we say?  We’ll wait and see until the seaming is done.

Speaking of which, I’m nervous about that, too.  Since this was knit across from sleeve to sleeve in one piece, mattress stitch doesn’t appear to be an option — the stitches are facing the wrong direction, if that makes sense.  But the slip stitch edging seems like it will be easy enough to pick up and seam.  I started last night with the left over Noro, but that didn’t work at all … the Noro pulled apart something fierce.  I have some embroidery thread in a nice basic black that I thought I’d try instead.  I’ve never actually seamed up anything like this so I’m feeling quite intimidated by the whole process. 

To continue the seaming talk, I read through Knitting from the Top.  Rather hefty reading, I would say.  I don’t know if I’m quite ready to do away with patterns right now.  My brain cells really need to be saved for October 20 — the day of much reckoning and stress.  But it’s a great reference and very well and clearly written.  When I’m feeling reckless (read: smart enough to do basic math without messing up), this will be the place to turn. 

I’m still fighting the complicated bug.  I’d really love to do something from Knitting Nature.  Every design is just so freaking elegant and lovely.  I just don’t know if I have the focus for something like that right now.  Can’t really read and attempt, say, this:

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Not without much frustration and tears, anyway.  Besides, I’m reading a great book right now: Lust by my personal favorite Elfriede Jelinek.  She’s not for the faint of heart, but I love her profoundly pissed off prose.  (I’ll come up with something better for the specials, I promise.)