My current work in progress:

Moth Cardigan, designed byAmy Christoffers, knit from Rowan SoftYak DK in the Plain colorway, using U.S. size 3 and 5 needles.

October Contest

(How’d it get to be October already, anyhow?)

October it is, and that means it’s time for the October contest. This month’s giveaway:

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Three skeins of Noro Silk Garden in color#74

To enter the drawing to win this, just send an email to this address. You don’t have to write anything brilliant — no magic words required — just send the email 🙂

Please send your email by 5:00pm EST, this Friday, October 8, 2004, to be entered in the drawing. Winner will be announced next Monday.

A Scary Story

Because it is October and Halloween is coming up, I want to tell you a scary story. A story about . . . my hair.

You may recall from a recent blog entry that I have a love-hate relationship with my hair. My hair has multiple personalities — it can look ultra-fabbo one day, and like complete crap the next. Without any intervention of any sort from me.

But it is consistent in one way. I shall explain.

I wash my hair every morning in the shower. I carefully shampoo and carefully rinse. I carefully squeeze out excess water, then carefully wrap my head in a towel. No rubbing whatsoever. Fifteen minutes later, I carefully remove the towel. And my hair always looks like . . .

(Note that I have put the hair photo in a pop-up window to avoid scaring innocent children who might glance at the screen. Sensitive souls, be forewarned.)

THIS!!

It really isn’t easy being me. And first thing in the morning, it ain’t easy seeing me either, lemmee tell ya. Elsa Lanchester got nuthin’ on me.

You suggest that I should use conditioner? Um . . . I do.

Fern

Yes, I finally sewed up Fern.

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Butterfly

And I made good progess on Butterfly! Both side fronts and one sleeve nearly done.

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I Got the Time, Baby!

And how! Because last week I got this in the mail:

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A Spongebob wall clock, sent to me by the lovely Nathania.

But wait! There’s more!

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This alarm clock was accompanied by a mysterious note:

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Lucy scrutinized this note carefully and she’s pretty sure that it’s the work of some dear little longhaired dachshunds!

Lucy had a good weekend — she was pampered by her favorite stylist.

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And then she helped me to knit!

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Yup, that’s the same hair as in the scary pop-up picture! Photos taken about half an hour apart. Amazing.

Yarn Protocol!

My favorite lapin maigre asked a question in the comments yesterday:

I have a question re Silk Garden (and all other Noro yarns): Do you roll it into balls before knitting? Or do you knit directly from the skeins? I rarely roll into balls but I’m wondering what the Yarn Protocol with Noro should be for obtaining best knitting results.

Short answer is: I don’t. But some people do.

If I were to wind my Noro yarn into balls, there is no doubt whatsoever in my mind that I would drive myself crazy with it. My little experiment with pulling out the ends to see where they start in the striping sequence is as far as I will go.

But that Noro dude is sneaky. I was merrily knitting along on the left front of Butterfly, having joined in the second skein thinking “Oh, this is grand! Get me: I’m more or less following the color sequence.” when I saw looming up in the strand of working yarn . . . a knot!

[Insert ominous music here]

A knot that tied in orange right after green, thereby eliminating the stripes of fuschia, black and burgundy and screwing up the striping sequence.

If I had wound the skeins into balls, I would have seen this. There is a strong possibility that there are other knots lurking unseen in other skeins, just waiting to pounce.

Of course, I did know this could happen. It’s happened before.

But that’s okay. My personal opinion is that if I am going to knit with Noro yarns, I ought to embrace the randomness of them and not sweat it. I paid little or no attention to the striping sequence of the Silk Garden for my Klaralund, and I’m quite happy with the finished sweater.

But I do know that some people have rewound Noro yarns as they knit with great results.

What do you all think?

I finished the first side and started the second side. So far, so good!

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Kitty Bed Project Update

I haven’t mentioned this is a few days, but the Kitty Beds for Petfinder.com project has really taken off! Some speedy people have already finished beds! I am not one of them. I’ve made a good start on my bed, but have a way to go before finishing. But I’ll have it finished in plenty of time.

The link to the Kitty Bed Project group is over in the sidebar — the cute little picture of Lucy in her bed.

And Now for Something Completely Different

A food discussion. One of the things I love about Erika’s blog is how she talks about food and recipes. Yum! So Erika, sweetie, this one’s for you!

Last week I was thumbing through Organic Style magazine and found an article on butternut squash. I love butternut squash. I LOVE butternut squash One of their suggestions for preparing is was to roast it with shallots and sausages and drizzle with balsamic vinegar.

I felt weak just thinking about it. There was no actual recipe, so I made one up:

Spray a 9×13″ roasting pan lightly with cooking spray.

Peel a large butternut squash and cut into 2″ chunks, removing all seeds. Put the chunks in the roasting pan along with six sweet Italian sausage links (I used turkey sausage). Add a double handful of whole peeled shallots.

Drizzle 1 or 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar over all. Roast, uncovered, in a 425 degree oven for approximately 1 hour, or until the squash is fork tender.

Drizzle another tablespoon of balsamic vinegar over all before serving.

I made this for dinner last Friday night and Ian and I ate every last bit of it in one sitting. Oink.

Methinks that I should winkle this into a side dish recipe (sans sausage) for Thanksgiving dinner.

My, I was a chatty gal today, eh? Have a good weekend all, and may your Noro yarn stripe in a manner that is pleasing to your eye and cleansing to your soul.

I did sew up Fern, but my internet connection was out for most of yesterday evening and then it was too late for a photo op, so pix on Monday. October contest on Monday as well, so stay tuned!

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