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.

We Interrupt This Knitting Blog . . .

. . . for a transit tale.

(I used to call such stories “Tales of Transit Terror” but these days that just isn’t funny. Sigh.)

I had a $20 subway farecard (cardboard with a magnetic strip on it) that I discovered did not work when I attempted to transfer its value to my SmartCard (plastic card with computer chip). I went on the Metro website and learned that when one has a faulty farecard, one is supposed to take it to a station master, who will check it to confirm that it is faulty, and then give you a “fare adjustment” envelope. You fill out a form, enclose the farecard, and mail it to Metro for a replacement.

So I think to myself “Is $20 worth the aggravation?” In my experience, Metro employees are less than helpful. I decided it was worth it, so approached a station master.

Me: Hi, I have a farecard here that appears to be faulty.

Her: Well, whaddya want me to do about it?

Thank you, Madam Station Master, for reaffirming my perception that most Washington Metro employees are Unhelpful, Disagreeable Trolls. It’s people like you who give everyone in Metro a bad name.

(I did get my stupid fare adjustment envelope after some discussion, but in retrospect, the aggravation was not worth it. Note to myself: Always go with the first instinct.)

Anyway . . .

Thanks for all your comments on what movies/television shows are good to knit by. Me? I love to knit to Buffy the Vampire Slayer reruns, Brideshead Revisited, and any David Lean movie. Among other things. Like Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy . . .

Which reminds me . . . must put Buffy DVDs on my holiday wishlist!

So.

Knitting on Skye continues.

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Not much knitting last night due to editing and fatigue. Not much knitting this evening, due to dinner out with my dad. (Mmmmmm . . . calamari fritti . . . mmmmmm . . . )

My Torino pattern should be here in a day or two, and I will order the yarn shortly thereafter. I will use Heilo rather than Falk, because I prefer the non-superwash Dale wool. And I will indeed knit it in the round.

Lucy

Why, yes, Lucy does have nice handpaw-writing, doesn’t she?

In answer to Phyl’s question, she must have learned to write before she came to live with me. Because a day after I adopted her, I got a card in the mail from her, thanking me for being her new mommy.*

Say it with me: Awwwwwwww!

Do I think someone helped her with the card? I suppose it’s possible.

*This ought to give the people who criticize me for excessive cat sentimentality something to gag about. Hee hee hee!

P.S. to Judith

I do wear my cowboy boots — but not in the summer!

And Finally

Well, shake it up baby now

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Twist and shout

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Come on, come on, come, come on baby now

lucy100405b We Interrupt This Knitting Blog . . .

Come on and work it on out

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Dances With Catnip Mouse.

The First Monday in October

How exactly did it get to be October, anyway? It seems like it was just May . . .

I sucked it up last night and with the help of Turner Classic Movies, finished the front of Skye. I love the movie Bell, Book, and Candle, and it made good knitting viewing. I’ve seen it enough so that I don’t have to play extremely close attention, but it holds my interest enough so that I was distracted from the boredom of stockinette stitch.

What are your favorite movies to knit by? Inquiring minds want to know!

I know what I don’t like to knit to — foreign movies with subtitles. It’s hard to read and knit if you are knitting anything other than mindless stuff. It’s funny — I can read a book and knit fairly complicated stuff, but I am unable to read movie subtitles and knit effectively.

Anyhow, on this morning’s commute, I started a sleeve. Here’s the progress for two train rides and a lunch break:

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And by the way? I ordered the pattern book for Dale of Norway’s Torino sweater today, from Bea Ellis.

Forget What I Said Yesterday

Cats so do not make good editors. Lucy’s idea of helpful edits:

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I told her (very tactfully, I thought) that this sort of review was unhelpful. Well, she took umbrage and is now sitting under her lamp.

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Nimble Fingers!

Last Thursday afternoon my knit-bud L-B won the Nimble Fingers Contest at the Virginia State Fair — the contest for fastest knitter. How cool is that? Congratulations, L-B! What does that make — 5 first prizes?

There are photos of the contest on Kathy’s blog over at Holly Spring Homespun.

Raise your needles in salute to L-B, Power Knitter!

Q&A

Jacqueline asked:
with the onset of autumn, inching ever closer to winter and 2006 being the winter olympics… are you planning on knitting the dale of norway torino sweater? i love seeing you complete those olympics sweaters.

The answer is . . . I haven’t decided!

Torino is one of the prettiest Dale ski sweaters I’ve seen for a while, so I’m tempted. I think I’d do the light colorway if I did.

Kristi asked:
Are you still spinning, Wendy? It seems like it has been quite a while since you shared any spinning adventures with us! 🙂

Sadly, no, I am not at the moment, due to back pain. (Not back pain brought on my spinning, but chronic back pain that precludes spinning.) Hopefully I’ll be able to get back to it soon.

Skye

This is how far I’ve gotten on the front:

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I’m up to the armhole shaping. I was hoping to finish the front today, but I got my book back from the copy editor and I’m in the midsts of reviewing the edits.

A tip for other writers:

lucy100205 Nimble Fingers!

Cats make very good editors.

I’ve got a busy week ahead of me!