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The week got away from me again. Work has been crazy and we’ve had a visitors so I haven’t had time to sit down and blog. Luckily I can’t sleep past 6:30am anymore so I’ve had time to wake up relax and get my thoughts together for a post. Nothing like waking up early for no reason. I guess this means I’m getting older but I’m going to try to not think about that.

I was making amazing progress on the Bog Jacket and then I forgot to cast-on extra stitches for the sleeves. I have to rip back a few rows and cast them on but I’m letting that sit for a bit. As I’ve been working on this I keep thinking I need more colors like something dark to set off the grey stripe down the top of the arm so I ordered 4 balls of yarn from Cestari. I ordered a couple dark blues, a yellow and a thistle color. I’ll see which one I like when they get here and others should make great hats of something. Worsted weight merino never goes to waste.  In the meantime I’m working away on the second knee sock. I’ve turned the heel and I’m going up the leg now! I hope to finish it by next weekend. We’ll see if I can do that.

I’m finding that I’m not really interested in these simple knits. They’re not holding my attention like the Corrie Vest did. I think it’s nearly time for another fair isles knit. I won’t start till I’m done with the jacket and the sock – Promise! But the question I have is which do I knit: Autumn Rose Pullover or Bressay Cardigan? I have the yarn for both of these but I can’t decide. Autumn Rose is gorgeous and modern in its shaping but Bressay is tradition fair isle.  Help me!

You might be wondering why this post is called “Par-tay” well that’s because today is my Dad’s 60th Birthday Party!! I’m super psyched to celebrate with him. My Dad and his family love a good time so it should be a fun afternoon. Plus my brother is driving me so I don’t have to worry about packing a bag to stay over night, or finding a parking spot when I get back or if I drink an extra glass of wine. Today is going to be a good day.

I believe I am getting sick though I’m praying this is all just allergies. Until I wake up with a fever or something else that is strictly cold related I’m going to lean towards the allergy theory. I’m still exhausted and my throat, glands, ear and sinuses hurt. Needless to say I’m not really up for anything exciting so I’m just sitting here listening to The Art of Fair Isle Knitting by Ann Feitelson. So far it’s fascinating. It’s wonderful to curl up on the couch with my knitting and learn about this technique I now love so much.

Of course it would be more appropriate if I was working on another fair isle garment but instead I’m plugging away on my Bog Jacket.

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I love these colors together!

It’s nice to relax a little and work on something so simple. But soon this will become a bit more complicated. Till then I’m going to sit back and enjoy the vegging.

It’s done and to prove it to you here’s a shitastic photo!!

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I probably should have knit the average since the tall is SUPER long but who cares. The extra length will keep me warm come winter time. I really love this vest and I’m so proud to have finished my first fair isle project bigger than a pair of mittens or socks. I still have to sew in my ends and tack down the steeks but all the knitting is done!

Now, what will be my next fair isle project…hmm…

I spent most of yesterday trying to make up the work I didn’t get to do on Sunday. It was a very long day and frankly all I wanted to do was curl up on the couch with my knitting and veg. I guess you have to be an adult sometimes and take care of your responsibilities though. I still haven’t caught up but I’ve made some good headway which is very important. I really want to do well since this is the first BIG project I’ve had in a while and I think it’s the kind of thing that people may notice and could serve me well. I will just have to keep plugging away and hope everything gets sorted in the end.

Tonight was our last golf lesson (which means I got to work a little less today which was nice) and we finally had good weather. We’ve met some pretty cool people through these lessons and it felt a bit like summer camp at the end. Everyone was exchanging their contact information so we can meet up and play a few rounds together or just hit some balls at the range. We even talked about making Tuesday nights are beer and driving range night. We’ll see if we all follow through.

I managed to turn the heel on my knee high socks when I finally got some down time last night. So I’m on to the leg which will be pretty mindless but just what I need at the moment. I hope to finish at least one sock by the end of our upcoming camping weekend. Let’s see if I can do it.

I still need to pick up around the neck on my Corrie Vest but I haven’t had the time to really focus on it. I’m hoping things will slow down as the week goes on so I can finish all the knitting before we head out. But I guess if I don’t I can always finish it in the car on Friday. It’s not like I’ll have anything else to do right? I can’t wait till I can call this project done. It’s probably my most involved project to date and it will feel so good to finally be able to wear it. Of course I will have to promptly put it away with the rest of my winter clothes but it will still feel good even as a sweat through the picture taking process.

I’m so tired and it’s not even 10pm. I guess I should sign off and find some comfy clothes to relax in before I pass out for the night. It’s been a long week and it’s only Tuesday. Wish me luck with the rest of the week. Pictures of my sock soon!

Yesterday was super busy after work. I had a baby shower for a colleague and then a house party for a friend of Carl’s and then we had my brother’s 31 birthday party. Needless to say I never had the chance to knit let alone reinforce my steeks and cut! But today is a very different matter.

I woke up late (8:30am) and spend the morning finishing Silent In The Sanctuary and procrastinating. The plan for the day was to clean a bit and for me to finally cut the steeks. Eventually I had to be good and get to the steeks. So I went down to my desk and dusted off my sewing machine. I never use it because frankly I have no idea how to sew but I can sew a fairly straight seam and that’s all I needed for this. My heart was racing as I put knitting to machine. The cutting didn’t worry so much as the sewing. I kept telling myself to remember to put the foot down so my knitting didn’t slide everywhere and get ruined. And after several agonizing minutes my knitting was reinforced and the steeks we ready for cutting.

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18:365 Cutting The Steeks

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The cutting was odd but definitely not scary. After watching Meg Swanson cut dozens of steeks I knew it would work as long as I stayed between the lines. I have to say I’m really proud of myself.

I finished the ribbing on one of the arm holes while we watch Tarzan. Unfortunately, I have to do more cleaning before we have to head out for yet another birthday party. When did I get a social life?

And I just realized this is my 100th day (sadly not post, bad blogger). I couldn’t have picked a better thing to do on my 100th day.

As of this morning I am officially done with the colorwork on the Corrie Vest!!!!

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I’m so excited! But also a little nervous because this means I have cut the steeks this weekend. EEEK!

In the meantime I’m starting a simple stockinette pair of knee highs with some yummy Zauberball from  Schoppel Wolle colorway Charisma. It’s super relaxing and easy after the vest. I’m using Streets and YOs’ basic knee high toe-up sock pattern. It’s straightforard and the yarn is gorgeous! Plus they’re perfect for our camping trip that’s coming up.

So tonight I’m just going to kick back, relax and work on my socks. I will worry about the steeks tomorrow or maybe Saturday.

One month ago I started my Corrie Vest and now it’s nearly done! Who knew it would only take a little over a month to finish this project. I know it’s not done but it’s so close it must be a matter of days/ a week before it’s finished (and quickly put back in the closet for when fall comes around again). I thought I would be working on it this all summer. I’m pleased it’s gone as smoothly as it has. And I hope I didn’t just jinx myself. I finished all the neck and armhole decreases and now I have about 10 rows of short rows to shape the shoulders and the colorwork is DONE! Who knows, maybe I’ll finish tonight.

I’m so excited!! Back to work.

Yesterday I did two things, I read and I picked out the last fabric for my wedding gown. You’ll notice that neither of those things are knitting related in anyway. I’m a very bad knitter (but an excellent reader!).

After finishing  The Dead Travel Fast on Saturday I jumped right into another Deanna Raybourn book, Silent in the Grave. I was so engrossed in the story they I barely put it down, reading late into the evening last night so I could finish the story. And alas, no knitting. I made of point of ordering the next book instead of stopping by the bookstore tonight so I will at least have reading free night tonight and maybe tomorrow. My amazon orders ship pretty darn fast and it should be here tomorrow but you never know. I’m still aiming for cutting my steeks this weekend and I will stick to my plan even if I have to leave Lady Julia and Brisbane alone for a few nights to do it.

The only time I did put the book down yesterday was to head downtown to Lace Star to pick out the last and possibly most fun fabric for my wedding dress — beaded lace. Here’s just a little taste of what we had to choose from:

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I won’t tell you which one we chose but here’s my little seamstress (a.k.a my mother) making sure we had enough lace for the dress.

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The rest of the dress is a gorgeous dupioni silk in a slightly off-white. Really it’s just the natural color of the silk but when I say natural it always makes me think of something darker and more creamy. It’s going to be stunning!!! I can’t wait to show off the finished dress in a few months time. I’d show it sooner but Carl might look and that would be very bad luck. And we wouldn’t want that.

OOO just got the call with Carl’s ETA so it’s time for me to wrap this up and put dinner on.

I meant to post about my progress on the Corrie Vest last night but I was so engrossed with my book that I never got the chance and then we headed out for dinner and drinks and it was too late. I finished the book this morning and I really did enjoy it. It’s called The Dead Travel Fast by Deanna Raybourn. It’s was a good story that I obviously enjoy since I couldn’t put it down but it wasn’t the best book I’ve read. It think the story was interesting and the characters had a lot of promise. Unfortunately, I think it was a little too short. It would have been interesting to see some more character development but all in all it was enjoyable and I would recommend it if you’re looking to read something diverting but not too involved. I’m starting her Lady Grey series next and hopefully these books will be even better. The reviews on Amazon seem to be really good so fingers-crossed.

Now back to the knitting…

Now that I’m decreasing for the neck and the armholes while doing all the color changes I thought it was best if I wrote out some notes so I don’t make any mistakes (or I should say any more mistakes). So the other night I sat down and wrote down each decrease row and I’ve been crossing them off as I go.

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Now that I have some guidelines I’m really truckin’ along nicely. I have 3 more decrease rounds for the armholes and then handful more for neck, some shoulder shaping and the colorwork part is done! I hope to have all this done by the end of the week so I can cut the steeks next weekend. I’m still a little nervous about this whole cutting my knitting thing but many people have steeked before me so I should be fine.

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It’s looking pretty good right?

I’m having a brunch with a friend in a few hours so I have to get myself dresses and presentable. I hopefully I can eek out a few more rows before she gets here.

All my little kangaroo pouches are in!!

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This means that I’m not decreasing either side of the neck steek and either side of each armhole steek at different times while changing colors. The homestretch isn’t going to be easy and it will keep me on my toes but I’m glad to be nearing the end.

I think I’m having a little too much fun knitting this vest:

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Isn’t it pretty!? I’m off to knit some more. I wonder how far I can get tonight? Happy knitting!

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