It’s Valentine’s week, kids, so it’s all about love, and mush, and sentimental slop. I give you:
The Excessive Cat Sentimentality Contest
Email me a photo (or a link to a photo online) that shows excessive cat sentimentality and I will enter you in the drawing for one of these fabulous prizes:
First prize: 10 skeins Alpaca Country Fina — 20% alpaca, 80% wool yarn in a pretty pink. This is sportweight and has 150 meters per 50 gram skein.
Second prize: Dale book 109. I understand this is now out-of-print and getting harder to find. Lots of great patterns in this one! This copy was kindly donated by L-B!
Third prize: An 8×10 glossy of Lucy, suitable for framing.
Please note that photos depicting excessive pet sentimentality of any kind will be considered. Get your entries to me by 5:00pm, EST Friday February 13 to be considered for a prize!
Speaking of Dale Book 109 . . .
My new project is Dale 10903. Yes, Lotus won the popular vote by an overwhelming majority. But I wanna knit the runner-up. Partly because I don’t want to knit two cardis in a row — I find button bands to be a pain. So sue me. I’m knitting the pullover version of 10903 in the light colorway.
Hmmmm . . . we gotta come up with a better name for it than 10903.
Having never ‘steeked’ myself, I may be asking a dumb question. But isn’t a steek just for cutting open your sweater? If so, then why would it matter if you make a mistake in the pattern of your steek; or, why would it be necessary to have a pattern at all ???
Well, no, you don’t need a pattern. It doesn’t matter if you make a mistake.
But when you are knitting with two colors in one row, you’ll want to alternate those colors in the steek stitches. Alternating the colors stitch by stitch makes a firm fabric that adds to the strength of the steek after you cut it.
Oh, by the way . . .
I finished the multidirectional diagonal scarf.
Oh, by the way . . .
I finished Abalone.
No one can accuse me of vanity after seeing this photo. Not only is my hair unwashed, I didn’t even brush it for this photo. Rolled outta bed, finished the last three rounds on the last cuff of Abalone, and popped it on for a quick photo shoot before brushing my hair or even washing my face. Forget about make-up.
And Abalone hasn’t even been steam pressed in that photo.
Oh, just to show you I haven’t lost my sense of style, I want you to see that Abalone coordinates nicely with my bruised knee, courtesy of a fall on the ice last Wednesday.
Lucy is appalled.
Oh, there are more photos on the Official Abalone Page.