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    under the wire (again!)

    …Secret of the Stole – hint #4 done! just in time for the midnight deadline to be eligible for the hint #4 prize.I know the photo isn’t great, but it’s very dark outside now. And I think the wine serves a dual purpose – shows the color of the yarn (the wine is a very nice Gabbiano chianti that reminds me of many lunches with my sister 🙂 and clues you in to what I’m drinking now that I’ve finished row #330. I’m amazed at the pace so many of the participants are keeping with this project. Feeling like the last four weeks of my life have been completely consumed…

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    finished hint #3.

    …yesterday – so not quite able to keep up the weekly pace (hint #4 came out Friday morning), but not feeling too far behind! And I’m hoping to knit some today so I can be ready for #5. here’s a close-up of the beautiful design in the middle. I am really enjoying this project. Which is good since I’ve had to spend a lot of time on it…without much of my usual knitting company – food tv (or sports) and chatting with Sara or Marc. For this hint, I did manage to listen to the TV, and successfully talked (besides just to myself) on the purl back rows. The pattern…

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    finished hint #2.

    …whew! only made this much progress because bookclub was postponed til next week and I diligently got myself home from work by 5:30 or 6:00 each night. this is probably another 10 hours of knitting. and way more fun than last week, since I only knit it once 🙂 (I do need to learn how to pin/photo – I swear it’s not really lopsided!)

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    done, done and done.

    …replacement vest, first socks and SotS clue #1. Still wondering exactly how I morphed from a serial mono-knitter (one project on the needles, knit til it’s done, start another project, …) to a poly-knitter (multiple projects, knitting on each as the mood, or circumstance, suits). And not at all sure how my finishing rate (which for me, has increased dramatically these past four weeks) is related to the number of projects in process at one time. Seems counter intuitive that knitting more projects at once would lead to finishing more projects? Oh well, I’ll take success however I can get it!DROPS short shrug in blue sky bulky duotones – a…

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    10 things to do.

    …when I’m not running* Enjoy coffee and journaling time at Starbucks, before a Jo appointment (note the shoes – very supportive!) Make my first internet yarn purchase. Sophies toes. 2 balls for socks and 2 for a stole (sorry, forgot to photo before it got dark!) But the service was delightful. I ordered Tuesday evening, received a thank you email on Wednesday and the shipment arrived on Friday. Thank you, Emily! Knit 50 rows to finish the left point of the Secret of the Stole clue #1. I changed needle sizes from the 4 that I used for my swatch to a 3. And like this fabric much better. And…

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    triple s.

    …my secret of the stole swatch is finally done. and whew! but I love the results and the colors of both the yarn and the beads – and the yarn with the beads: a close up of the beads I started a photo album on the yahoo group site, too. Notes to self:*check out other needles – I tried the addi turbos, but I only have a 16 inch one, and that was just too short – but I loved the way the points made it easier to not pickup the wrong parts of the stitches*only one glass of wine per 2 hours of knitting allowed*count stitches after EVERY row!

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    ready to swatch.

    …yes, finally! I have my yarn, and beads, and even a new very very tiny crochet hook. And totally enjoyed the LYS experience today (especially meeting up with Lydia and Jean…but not so much Lydia’s yarn winding :-). Sorry internet, nothing can take the place of seeing and touching the yarn…and talking to a very friendly, helpful, LYS owner. I’m kind of kicking myself for spending so much time on-line about the selection, but maybe it made the ultimate choice easier? And in other news, the hibiscus evidently missed the memo about fall!