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UNCLE!

I’m crying Uncle on the Secret of the Stole KAL.  My poor steroid altered brain just can’t count and keep the numbers straight.  Knitting each row takes forever because I’m counting and recounting and then frogging and counting some more.  I’ll keep up with the pattern posts and save them for later when my brain is functioning normally.  Or at least functioning as normal as it ever did.

I can’t wait until Nov. 13 for the winter issue of Interweave Knits, because I want to make this Celtic Tote.   It is everything I like and need.  It’s has cables, it’s celtic (always a plus), it’s felted, and it looks large enough to carry all of my stuff and my knitting. 

Grandpuppy Josie got dressed up as Dorothy for Halloween, complete with pigtails.  Jess says that now Josie is mad at her but was rewarded with milk bones after the photo shoot.

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Josie says, “But Mom, I don’t want to play dress up.”

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Yesterday I felt a little down, like I was trying to come down with something.  Brain was a little fuzzy, so I decided not to work on the Secret of the Stole, didn’t want to make any mistakes.  Someone asked me about the size of my stole since I changed to size 2 needles.  The stole may not end up as large as the pattern states, but it will still make a beautiful soft scarf.

Since there was no stole knitting, I worked on the mindless knitting of the foot of my second Tidal Wave sock while watching last weeks episodes of Ugly Betty, Grey’s Anatomy and Dexter that I recorded on the DVR.  I love the dry humor on Dexter.  Although sometimes it seems a bit odd to be chuckling while watching a show about a serial killer.

Today I’m sniffling, so I’m dosing with cold medicine and going back to bed for a while.

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I was so proud of myself for making it to row 40 and adding a lifeline.  Then I looked at what I had knit so far and there’s a big glaring mistake way back at the beginning.  So everything got frogged again.  I guess all the knitting and frogging finally paid off, because this time I knit straight through the first point and am now halfway through the second point.  Don’t want to jinx myself, but I may actually make it through hint 2 and possibly, dare I dream, even through hint 3 before the 5th hint comes out on Friday.

I’m on a roll now. 

 

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I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve knit and frogged on the Secret of the Stole.  It’s not a hard pattern, but it’s my first time knitting with sewing thread laceweight yarn and for some reason I’ve forgotten how to count.  I should be able to knit 50 rows without trouble, but noooo, I finally had to put in a lifeline on row 40.  And that’s only the first point.  I’m knitting the points separately and then I will join before starting the body of the stole.  Besides losing the ability to count, some of my frogging reasons are:
Changed needle size – from Addi Lace 4 to Addi Natura (bamboo) 2.
Changed beads – from tigereye to size 8 Antique Bronze.

When I stopped knitting last night, I was back to row 40.  It’s beginning to feel like I’m living the movie “Groundhog Day” only with a knitting project.

I Shall Persevere!  

 

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We got back from our Florida trip late Saturday night.  Had a good time, but that is a long drive.  On the way to Gainesville we drove straight through, only stopping for the night outside Baton Rouge,

We had a very nice visit with Eve, saw a few sights, but mostly just visited and took it easy.  On the way home we stopped in Mobile at the Battleship Memorial Park.  Got to go aboard the battleship USS Alabama and the submarine USS Drum.  Then we took Hwy 90 along the gulf coast from Pascagoula to the Mississippi border.  We didn’t go on down to New Orleans.  It was really sad driving by all of the destruction of Hurricane Katrina.  Seems like the commercial properties are returning first.  The only thing left of a lot of the homes are the foundations, with a lot of the property up for sale.  Some people are living in small trailers on their lots.  The hardest hit, had to be Gulfport, Mississippi.  The old Live Oak trees lost all of their branches, except for a few of the larger limbs, but are still growing and hopefully will survive.  There were some homes that had been repaired or rebuilt.  It was interesting to see how many were going up on stilts.

On the trip, I discovered that knitting in the truck makes me sleepy.  I can knit in the car with no problems.  I didn’t finish Eve’s socks, but hopefully tonight I’ll finish the toe of the last sock.  Then tomorrow I can finally cast on for the Secret of the Stole KAL.  I’ve seen pics of some of the other participant stoles and like the pattern so far.

Xanga is not letting me post any pictures today because they are doing maintenance.  Hopefully tomorrow I will have some pictures to show you.

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