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.

Coming to You Live!

. . . from a darkened room, bottle of tequila at my side.

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Last night, in a fit of pique, I tossed Aurora aside. She is complete, apart from one sleeve, yet I was suddenly filled with a loathing for her that was so intense, a loathing so pure, it was alarming. Poor Aurora. She is so pretty. I assure you that she has done nothing to deserve such treatment.

She now has the status of UFO. I may return to her. I probably will, at some point. Just not now.

I think I’m just cranky and am taking it out on Aurora. Let me rephrase that: I KNOW I am cranky and I think I am taking it out on Aurora.

Why am I cranky? Real-life, non-knitting issues. Long-time readers will note that I never talk about my job, except in the most general of terms. But it is a work situation that’s making me cranky. And it shall continue for the forseeable future.

So in addition to all the other neuroses and insecurities I already call my own, I now live in fear of doing something (wrought by my own blind stupidity) to royally screw things up at work. Yikes. I am so not amused.

Clearly, retail therapy is in order.

So, anyhow, as it’s hard to see in the darkened room, I needed something bright. I cast on for a tank in Debbie Bliss Cotton Cashmere in a nice bright pink, color #15024, to be exact.

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Seed stitch bottom band because suddenly I am a fan of the seed stitch bottom band. Shaping at the waist. There’s going to be a narrow panel of lace up the center front. A lace pattern called “Fishtail Lace.”

So this tank shall from this day forth be known as “Mahi-Mahi.”

Can’t take credit for the name — my worthy opponent L-B suggested it.

Maryland Sheep & Wool

Several people have asked me if I am going to the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival. Yes I am. I’ll be arriving there at some point on Saturday afternoon. I’ll not be there first thing in the morning, because I am so not getting up early on a Saturday. But I’ll get there eventually.

This blog entry is brought to you by the phrase “I am so not. . .”

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Lucy-in-the-Bed

I may be Wendy-from-the-blog to some people, but this past weekend Lucy was Lucy-in-the-bed.

I hauled out her new kitty bed, so I could photograph her reclining seductively in it. I didn’t have to ask her twice.

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Laci

Several of you have asked about purchasing the pattern for the Laci Cardigan. It will be available for sale from Knit Happens in the not-too-distant future. During yesterday’s photo shoot, we did take some photos of it (being modeled by Phyl because she looks so gosh-darned cute in it). When it’s ready for sale, I’ll be sure to let you know, here on the blog. And thanks for your interest!

More About the Inishmore Challenge

Susan asked:
Wendy, are you going to be posting your progress on your blog or would that be giving away too much to the competition?
L-B, howzabout you? Do you have an on-line site where we can check progress?
Or are we all gonna hafta wonder out here until both Inishmores are fully cooked?

I will indeed be posting progress on my blog. But I reserve the right to withhold information at any time, if doing so will help me to psyche out my worthy opponent. Heh heh heh.

L-B will either post in my comments or send me updates via email that I will post on the blog. She’ll send a photo for me to post whenever she can.

Know Where I Am? Go On, Guess.

Yup. Sleeve Island.

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Which brings me to a decision. I’ll be finishing up this sweater this week. The Inishmore Challenge starts May 16. What shall I do in the meantime?

The First Rule About the Inishmore Challenge

You do not talk about the Inishmore Challenge.

Susan asked:
Are you and LB doing gauge swatches? I know that doesn’t count as knitting on the actual Inishmore garment, but I was just wondering . . . cuz you don’t wanna get into the contest only to have to backtrack and rip out later . . . You are in training for this grudge match, too, aren’t you? Resting those fingers? Drinking power drinks?

Do margaritas count as power drinks?

Gauge swatches . . . that reminds me. My cat Lucy and L-B’s cat Lucky have set some ground rules.

Inishmore Challenge Rules

1. You may wind one hank of yarn before the start date. After the start date, wind one hank at a time. You may not use an electric ballwinder.

2. All needles down promptly at kitty meal time. We will not accept “just let me finish this row.”

3. We like to curl up and sleep on your chest, so no falling asleep with knitting needles!

4. L-B can knit a gauge swatch only if said swatch is converted into a catnip mouse.

Heh.

L-B will be knitting a gauge swatch. She asked me if a gauge swatch ahead of time was within the rules and I said yes. Then she asked me if I was going to knit a gauge swatch and I said:

“Gauge swatch? We don’t need no stinkin’ gauge swatch.”

Then she got all pissy.

(Just kidding, L-B.)

But I’ve knit with the 3-ply Hebridean in the past and L-B has not (am I right here, L-B?), therefore a pre-match gauge swatch is perfectly acceptable.

I have spoken.

Aurora

I finished the front of Aurora, but you just get one close-up of the lace at the neck.

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You only get one crappy photo because I was way busy all day. We did a photo shoot for my book.

Here is Kristine, the able photo stylist, encouraging the model with a bottle of wine.

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She is also wicked good at making her suggestions heard!

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“I’m ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille.”

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And Lucy didn’t even seem to mind that I came home smelling suspiciously like cute little black dog.

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This Totally Cracked Me Up


You Are 18 Years Old


18


Under 12: You are a kid at heart. You still have an optimistic life view – and you look at the world with awe.

13-19: You are a teenager at heart. You question authority and are still trying to find your place in this world.

20-29: You are a twentysomething at heart. You feel excited about what’s to come… love, work, and new experiences.

30-39: You are a thirtysomething at heart. You’ve had a taste of success and true love, but you want more!

40+: You are a mature adult. You’ve been through most of the ups and downs of life already. Now you get to sit back and relax.