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So, I haven’t done much interesting knitting.  I’m kind of in panic-mode over my up-coming exams (in October) and have attempted to channel this energy into knitting — or at least buying stuff related to knitting.  I got a rather spiffy pattern from WEBS: marianas top down sweater, "designed to delight".  Sounds good to me.  It’s intended for this lovely Rowan yorkshire tweed chunky that’s been sitting around my house:

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It’s already been knit into three different sweaters and frogged each time … perhaps it’s just begging for the nautical themed pullover.  Unlikely. 

(flaming)

The yarn was just so flipping expensive that I feel I have to really, really, REALLY want to wear the finished product.  I guess I’ve kind of figured by now that nothing will meet these exacting (and mysterious) standards; I should just get it over with and knit something. 

Which is exactly what I’m doing with my lovely Rowan handknit cotton:

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It’s color "chime" — why it’s called that I don’t know — a very mellow blue. 

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It started life as a free-form cardigan for my sister, but has morphed into bad penny (by Stephanie Japel, in knitty), quite without my realizing it.  The yoke is almost done — just a few more inches to go.  The yarn is the thinnest I’ve used for something this large; the gauge is something like 5 sts = 1" using #5 needles.  I’m usually all for the instant gratification of chunky yarn and big needles (which does, however, lead to the inevitable: "Oh-my-God-I’ll-never-be-able-to-wear-anything-this-chunky-without-looking-like-an-elephant" hesitation), but I’m liking the smaller needles and finer yarn so far.

I think I might keep it; I had another project in mind for the sister anyway.  And what does she need a cardigan for in California?

I’m sticking with this one.  It will be completed.  Oh yes. 

pictures!

In thinking about the "broke"-ness of the blog, another possibility occurred to me: namely, the broken state of most of my knitting.  I think I have an issue with completion, as if the finished project can never be as perfect as I think the yarn deserves.  I have gotten half way through countless sweaters only to find an imperfection or better pattern; I rip everything out and start over. 

For instance:

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the raglan decreases are slightly off in one row.  A row at the very beginning of said decreases, of course.  <sigh>  I will have to do a bit of frogging.  And remember not to knit while carrying on a conversation.  Especially if I have to count.

The foiled raglan is on the lovely Matador bolero from the latest issue of KnitScene; and yes, it is knit in the Most Beautiful Yarn in the World.

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So close to completed (only the neckband to go) and yet, so very far away.  Ugh. 

The yarn is still gorgeous, though, which is why I feel the frogging must be done.  This is yarn that demands justice be done to it.  This is yarn that requires a finished garment as lovely and as perfect as itself. 

I found it at Northampton Wools
and simply could not resist it’s multi-colored splendor.  It was, of course, out of my price range, but, then again, so much is that it seems silly to insist on the point.  It’s 100% wool and very, very soft to the touch.  I don’t know how it would work close to the skin, but as a mini-sweater, I think it will do wonderfully.

While in New England I also picked up some lovely hand-painted yarn at the Green Mountain Spinnery.  It too is lovely beyond measure and is destined for my very first pair of socks.

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I also picked up some of the spinnery’s Mountain Mohair (in spice) for a future project.  Perhaps a wrap sweater. 

Not at all frugal, but wonderful yarn nonetheless. 

broke knits …

So it seems that this blog could have all kinds of possibilities: how to knit on a budget, what kind of cheap stuff looks great when knitted (despite the 100% acrylic content), etc. I don’t really think I’ll get around to any of that. I’m just not very creative with names and tend to spend too much money feeding my luxury yarn fetish. Like the Most Beautiful Yarn in the World: Naturwolle #3 Kunterbunt, which I bought at my new favorite shop: Northampton Wools. Beautiful. Photos will appear soon.