The Mid-Atlantic Mouse Authority (MAMA) would like to extend thanks to the following people:
Rose, our West Coast volunteer mouse-stuffer,
Jen, our East Coast volunteer mouse-stuffer,
Marta and Bonne Marie, who sent cash donations toward the administrative expenses of this operation (mouse bags, labels, toner cartridges, and postage),
and of course to Catherine, Betsy, Melissa, and Veronique, who donated lovely raffle prizes.
Thanks to all of you, and of course my thanks to all who have sent or are sending mousies. We’re still receiving mice, here at Mouse Central, but I thought it was about time I issued a public thak you to all.
I feel bad that I don’t have time to email each of you personally to say thank you, but the huge response to this project has made it impossible. I want you all to know that Lucy and I appreciate all the mousies for Capital Animal Care, as well as the notes and gifts you’ve enclosed for us.
And yesterday’s mouse haul contained mousies from Susan in Grass Valley, CA, Sunny in Ithaca, NY, Chery in Kansas City, MO, Jeanne in Bensalem, PA, Christina in Westminster, MD, Donna in Oberlin, OH, Melissa in Austin TX, Ande in Vancouver, BC, Canada, Renee in Fort colins, CO, Roseanne in Clover, SC, Emily in Austin, TX, Jenn in Holyoke, MA, Jenna at an APO address, Janine in Greenfield, TN, and Judy in Charlottesville, VA. Thanks and Lucy-kisses to one and all!
Lotsa questions in the comments yesterday.
Why are you adding one-stitch side seams? I want to know your thought process on this one.
I’m adding two stitches at each side, which will be knitted in the background color. Partly to avoide the jog in the pattern, and partly so that when I do the steeks, it won’t cut into the pattern as much.
What is your favorite sweater to WEAR? Do you have a top 5 list? Just curious.
The answer is . . . I dunno. Some winters here are too warm for me to want to wear sweaters. And the heating where I work is unpredictable at best, so I rarely wear a sweater. I have sweaters I made a couple of years ago that I . . . uh . . . haven;t worn yet.
I think the sweater I wear the most is a gansey from the Debbie Bliss book — the out-of-print knitting in England, Ireland and Scotland, or whatever the heck it’s called (yes, I know I could just go look at the book and give you it’s proper title, but what’s the fun in that?).
Why is it that some patterns make a size small so large? Is it the knitting equivalent of how expensive stores make all their sizing numbers 3 sizes smaller?
Could be. I think because this sweater is designed as a cardi, it’s oversized. The size of the pattern repeat often dictates sizing too. If you want your sweater to be symmetrical, you gotta think about the number and placement of the motifs.
But you changed it to a pullover? Didn’t you buy those special, gorgeous
pricey buttons for the cardigan? Why the change?
Ahem. I was wondering how long it would be before someone noticed that. I changed my mind. I am a fickle creature. I do indeed have the incredibly extravagant buttons for the cardi. But I figured they’ll look just as lovely on the Dale “Lotus” design, the yarn for which is in my stash.
What elements of a Fair Isle sweater really draw you in and make you say “That’s going on my list!” ?
Ooh, good one! I like traditional motifs and great use of color. Glenesk is about as far afield as I’m willing to go, motif-wise. The colorway makes up for the non-traditional look of it for me. Marina is, to me, the ultimate fair isle. I love the pattern motifs and the use of color is pure genius. Are you reading this, Alice? Marina is a masterpiece.
A couple of questions about the Hifa 2 yarn — it feels crisper than Dale yarn, but certainly not unpleasant. Cat says it becomes silkier and drapes better after blocking, and she knows whereof she speaks.
Thanks for all your kind comments about Marina! You’ll be pleased to note, I’m sure, that I’ve removed the sound file of Howard moaning “Oh, Marina!” and I put it on the official Marina page.
I didn’t wear Marina to work yesterday — wasn’t cold enough. I am, however, wearig my Roscalie cardi today.
Yeah. Knit during down time at work (insert hysterical laughter here). Uh huh. That didn’t happen yesterday. A break for lunch didn’t happen yesterday.
But maybe today, when I have to hang around late until we are ready to release everything at the psychological moment. The reality is that we’ll probably be in a frenzy to finish things up on time, but a girl can dream, can’t she?
So here’s yesterday’s progress — the facing, the picot turning row, and not much more.