Sunday, October 12, 2003

The pieces of my nieces sweater are all done. I was going to block before putting together but it is raining and I haven't used the blocking board in years so it needs to be washed. So, I think I will put it together, do the front bands and then block it on the blocking board that my father made me. The blocking board needs a little tweeking and it will be easier to tweek with a sweater on it so I can tell what I want changed.

I am now working away on the Whitby Gansey by Claudia of Countrywool. I had seperated the front and back after doing the gussets and just didn't want to read the charts when doing the front and back in rows instead of circularly which had me cruising along. But, I bit the bullet and did some rows and it is flowing along again.

I am planning a Classic Elite sweater with leaves on it and Claudia was a great help helping me pick an extra red leaf color to go with what I had. She took out a skein of all the colors I had and played with the reds in her shop and then suggested one to me. I will be picking up two (one of a gold, too) skeins at Rhinebeck next weekend. She was a great help as trying to look at the web colors for the yarn and the colors in catalogs wasn't really helping.

I also have to start the hats I have to make for all the little cousins for Xmas. I think I have to make 9 by mid January (they come over then to visit). They will have snowmen on them and snowmen hanging from the top of the hats.
I have the yarn, pattern and needles (2 16inchers so I can have 2 going in different stages) ready to go just have to be in the mood to cast on. I think I will have them going by Saturday for the 2 hour ride to Rhinebeck. I should be able to get a few rows done inbetween leaf peeping.


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