Monday, April 09, 2007


Wine red

Baltimore was fun and it was so nice to see old friends. I hardly knit a stitch, though. For shame, because there is a wedding blanket to be made!

No, not me, goofs, for my little sister. She's gonna get married! This is thrilling, not only because her betrothed is delightful but because they are holding their ceremony in Mexico. In December. Shhhhhweeeet! Looking forward to it so much. But back to the blanket: I found this Victorian pattern online and thought it was so pretty, and I really wanted to make some kind of personal gift for Laura (in addition to fun kitchen gadgets from the registry, of course). I agonized over what color to get, and my knitting group ladies told me to just ask her. So I did, and she and her fiance came up with the perfect color which never even crossed my mind: wine red. This past weekend, Rebecca helped me scour Webs for the proper yarn. Webs is approximately the size of a Target, but filled with yarn. I swear I didn't dream it, but it is a reality for those lucky enough to live in western New England. However, the embarrassment of riches really takes quite a bit of time to walk through, and Rebecca very patiently helped me narrow the selection down to 5 (five!) possible skeins, finally settling on Valley Yarns' Deerfield, which is 80% baby alpaca and 20% silk. It's exactly as soft as that sounds. Now I just have to make, like, 30 squares. Easy peasy!

In other news, I finished Hopeful.

But . . . I tried it on and I'm busting out the seams on this sucker. I swatched beforehand and made guage, it's highly fitted, with nearly negative ease, and I haven't blocked it yet. Upon blocking, it will

a. stretch enough to look lovely
b. not stretch and I will cry

Okay, I won't cry, but I will bring it on the knitting cruise for one of my lithe and lovely petite friends to wear. Because it's seriously cute:

It is too cute not to be worn, don't you think?

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Now you just need to pair Hopeful with those crazy jeans we tried on this past weekend . . . O.M.G. ;-) Just say noooooo to bootcut!

Hopeful looks really great though! I hope that the magic of blocking allows it to fit more comfortably! The color is beautiful!
I hope Hopeful will fit for you after blocking because it looks really pretty! As an aside, my sister had her wedding in Mexico last Oct--very pretty but still unbelievably hot.
Pretty! I could use something like this (with long sleeves) in MN - they're calling for snow, you know?
What pretty Sweater. The gauge ALWAYS changes, I always say it is a very allusive thing. You can get some room in the blocking, I know you will. If I may suggest - soak it in cold water for about 10 min. and block. I love the Victorian Pattern for your blanket--so pretty and such a wonderful gift.
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