My current work in progress:

Comfort Fade Cardi by Andrea Mowry, knit from Miss Babs  Kaweah in the Parchment, Old Gold, Petrified Forest, and Espresso colorways, using 3.75mm and 4mm needles.

Do As I Say, Not As I Do

A reader question, from Cathy:

Do you always need to give your knitted garments a bath before they are “finished?” I’m a relatively new knitter and have steam blocked a couple of things, but never did the bath thing with my yarn. I suppose if I were really Wendy-like, I would have soaked my swatch first. Right?

If you were really Wendy-like, you wouldn’t have even knitted a swatch.

Ooooh! But that is wrong. So wrong. You should always knit a swatch. And wash it.

Reason Number 147 Why I Hate Crystal Palace Bamboo Needles

I started the first Ingrid sleeve, on my 12″ Addi Turbo. When the sleeve was big enough in circumference to switch to a 16″, I dug out a Crystal Palace Bamboo — my only wood 16″ size 1 needle.

Ummmmm . . . Crystal Palace thinks a size one is 2.25 mm. All my other US size 1 needles are 2.5mm. So the sleeve went on a 16″ Addi Turbo. But I much prefer doing colorwork on a wood needle.

We are not amused.

But anyhow, here is my Ingrid sleeve.

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The sleeve, she is growing.


Lucy is pleased by all your comments about her obvious superior intelligence. So much so that she has allowed me to post a cheesecake pic of her.

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Welcome to November

And it seems like yesterday it was just August.

A question from Anne:

I am wondering about the yarn you are using for Ingrid. Your sidebar says Koigu KPPPM, but from the pictures, it looks like black and white. B&W in that pattern would be very striking, but I am guessing that it isn’t really black. Could you show a close up so we (I) can see the pattern over pretty koigu?

Here you go:

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The variegated Koigu is a brown/olive green mix. The solid Koigu is very pale green.

I knitted intermittently over the weekend, and managed to finish the body and start a sleeve.

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Just Call Me Wacky

I took the 20 Questions to a Better Personality quiz, and here are my results.

Wackiness: 68/100
Rationality: 30/100
Constructiveness: 76/100
Leadership: 56/100

You are a WECL–Wacky Emotional Constructive Leader. This makes you a People`s Advocate.

You are passionate about your causes, with a good heart and good endeavors. Your personal fire is contagious, and others wish they could be as dedicated to their beliefs as you are.

Your dedication may cause you to miss the boat on life’s more slight and trivial activities. You will feel no loss when skipping some inane mixer, but it can be frustrating to others to whom such things are important. While you find it difficult to see other points of view, it may be useful to act as if you do, and play along once in a while.

In any event, you have buckets of charisma and a natural skill for making people open up. Your greatest asset is an ability to make progress while keeping the peace.

Of the 48771 people who have taken this quiz since tracking began (8/17/2004), 6.1 % are this type.