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the joy of socks

Well I just got back from SF Stompede dance convention with the ever wonderful Steve, aka Bug or "BUG-WUG" { my friend who was one of the ASL interpreters. Did I hand off my Sockwars socks to my victim who lived there? Of course not! I brought them back up to Portland with me and just stuck them in the mail. When I got home, I found out that I had been "Killed" by my NY assasin, and that her socks looked NOTHING like mine. Of course, I have to look at the pattern and figure out if I did something wrong. Although the socks I received have some obvious "BURPS" in the pattern, I love them. Very cool. I knit some obnoxiously colorful socks using the same pattern but taller and in a K3 P3 rib. Got one full sock done on the trip down and back (1 1/2hrs each way=3 hours total) much to the amazement of the flight crew and fellow passengers... I used to HATE FLYING, and now it is, OH BOY! Guilt free knitting time! "Look at me... I am so much more productive than you...playing solitaire on your laptop!"

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New York State Sheep And Wool Festival

This is an annual event that takes place at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, NY. The festival is from 10AM to 5PM on Saturday and 10AM to 4PM on Sunday. Although I've never been before, I hear it's lotsa fun and I do plan on going this year, but only on Saturday. I do plan to blow a good chunk of what's left in my savings account.
I was also wondering if there was anyone else here that might be going as well. Might be fun to gather as a group for lunch or something. Lemme know!

Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck, NY

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Purl 3 together versus SSPP

okay - I've been having problems with purl 3 together - small needles, fuzzy teensy yarn.

on the other hand I can slip 2 stitches purlwise (with yarn in front) purl one and pass slipped stitches over with barely a thought. As far as I can see they look identical when finished.



About to begin illusion knitting

I haven't done any illusion knitting yet, and recently I've been itching to put a certain video game character around me neck, so I thought I would combine the two and make a scarf. My question is this: do I need to stretch the image I'll be working on one way or another so it looks right after being converted into shadow knitting?

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Raglan Jersey with "shawl" collar

I found some fantastic wool from Italy with the name "Vero". It was so wonderfully soft that I could not resist buying it even though I'm not a fan of variegated yarns. The label did not indicate either the size or the suggested gauge so I got out my WPI and discovered that this is a heavy worsted. I worked out a 5.5 mm needle gave the best results and then worked the basic sweater pattern from "The Sweater Workshop". I did a steek for the neck and decided I wanted to try to make a shawl collar. What I learned is that I should have cut the neckline steek further down the front to give a larger hole and then I could have crossed the collar over both sides and been able to poke my head though as well. But, since I'm on the learn as I go programme, I didn't do it exactly right but at least I have a collar that isn't the same old thing. In knitting this up, I found that the variegation was not consistent so I didn't try to match the stripes and just let it knit out as the colours came along.

There has been some discussion about blocking recently on MWK. I didn't block this but gave it a gentle hand wash and laid it out to dry. This evened-out any wayward looking stitches and fluffed the wool up.

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Latest and last Project for Winter 2006

Hi Guys,
Here is my latest project and also my last for winter 2006. It has been 37 deg C (close enough to 100 deg F) for the last two days in this part of OZ so knitting will now take a back seat while I get on with some sewing along with more house renovations.

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