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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

In absentia

Oooh, it stinks when the rest of one's life gets in the way of knitting. Ah, but it does.

Two weeks ago, my company (a dance company I executive direct) had its run of performances at a downtown theater. With that came events, dinners, shows, generally long hours, etc. Not much knitting. The shows went really well, though, and we were incredibly happy.

I have been doodling around with some Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky Hand Dye in superbrightorange. (I am very into orange at the moment, dunno why.) I'm making a skinny (for bulky yarn) scarf with a cable down the middle. In the time since my last posting I have also made the Cottage Garden (correct name?) scarf from Scarf Style and a very simple scarf with some Point 5 in a ridge-y kind of pattern. The Scarf Style scarf was made with some Ironstone Mohair in a pretty blue and green colorway. It's been in my stash for eons, since way back when I used to help out in a yarn shop and was paid in, um, yarn! (That was uber-great, frankly! I'd go back to those days but Mister Man might object 'cause yarn don't pay the mortgage, my friend.)

I just ordered some Shine from Knit Picks to make a few shrugs for my upcoming (and much needed/anticipated) vacation. Hope it gets here and hope I have enough time to make them before the ship sets sail.

I'm contemplating a trip to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. (My co-worker thought I said Sheep and Bull Festival and was completely weirded out.) My 7-year-old niece said she likes to knit, so I thought it might be fun if her aunt and uncle swoop in from Chicago to take her to the Festival. Dunno. Would I have liked that at 7? Probably not, but it's worth a shot. (I'm not even sure she does knit, but she said she did on the phone. That, of course, prompted the assemblage of a goodie box filled with fun yarns--some hand-dyed with Kool-Aid--and other knitting-related treats which has yet to be mailed but sits ready nonetheless.)