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I had two epiphanies today.

Epiphany 1: I will not cast-on a new project until I finish 3 WIPS

  • First – I will finish my knee socks since I just have the cuff.
  • Second – I will finish the Bog Jacket. This means I have to sit my butt down and work out all the shaping and color changes once and for all. I’m really close to finishing but I’m being lazy
  • Third – I will finish something from the WIP bag. I’m thinking of finishing the Cabled Riding Jacket I start last summer. I gave it up because the pattern is overly complicated and vague in it’s directions PLUS it gave me cubital tunnel syndrome and I couldn’t knit for months. I have 3/4 of a sleeve and collar left. I think I can safely work on those without hurting myself.

Epiphany 2: Sweater design.

At some point today I had a flash of design inspiration. I bought some lovely pink and grey yarn in Argentina with the plan to combine in some sort of sweater. At the time I was thinking a stripey sweater T but today I thought about something a little more interesting. My plan is to knit a little sweater T with a circular yoke and a henley-style collar in a really simple f-argyle (fake argyle) pattern. I think it will be really sweet when it’s done (if I knit it right) and I can probably wear it alone or over a white button down.

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I got home and started my swatch. I’m using EPS to figure out how to knit this thing and yes I will use steeks to do the henley-style collar. I LOVE STEEKS! (when do you see that said in a knitting blog?) Of course, I can’t start this until the other WIPs are done but I can work out the details of the pattern so I’m ready to cast this sucker on as soon as those other three things are done! Plus this gives me EXTRA motivation to finish. With that being said, I’m going to sign off and get back to my sock.

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.

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!

What happened this week? Things were calming down and then WHAM super busy. I rushed home last night so I could make it to our golf lesson and I made it home in time to change and grab my clubs with a minute to spare before we had to get in the car and head to the driving range. By the time we got back and had dinner it was nearly 10pm. Which left me very little time to knit before bed. BUT between last night and this morning I managed to hit a milestone on my Corrie Vest.

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The neck steek is in! And after a couple more decreases I get to put in the armhole steeks!! I really am nearing the finishing line and I’m really excited. Coming soon, scary pictures of me cutting this GORGEOUS vest! Eeek…now back to work. I’m a very busy knitter.

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