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Must Have Relaxed Grip

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Dear Kay,
I keep looking at that volcano plume thing from Iceland and marveling at how easily it derailed just about every airport in Europe. SHUT DOWN! I have this weird feeling of disappointment–hey, you mean I CAN’T fly to Paris right now? Or London? NONE of ‘em? It makes me realize that I seem to have been carrying around this fantasy that I could, at any moment, if I really needed to, ditch out for Europe.
Meanwhile, this has been happening a lot:
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Still abiding by my newfound tennis rules. Top Tennis Tip #3: “Relaxed: Must have relaxed grip.” Again, have you ever read a better knitting-instruction-even- though-it’s-a-tennis-instruction? You should see my knit stitches these days–no leaners. No ballooners. No pinchies. Just stitch upon stitch of sweet, sweet, diminishing ribs. So relaxed!
The little sleeves to this Diminishing Rib Cardigan are practically nothing. Even the tubular bind-off of the sleeve, done in the round, was not a problem. Here’s the thrilling moment when the stitches are set up and ready to be grafted together:
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And the finished edge here:
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It really is satisfying, I have to say, though if this were a less furry yarn, I’d be spending a fair amount of time getting the Kitchener stitches to look all perfect. There’s a lot of sin in there, let’s just say.
(Oh–speaking of sin, hot debate here in Tennessee about the new 10% “sin tax” on tanning bed services. The Tennessean has the most wackadoodle commenters. We need to invite them over to Ravelry to kick up the crazy.)
Love,
Ann

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25 Comments

25 Comments

  1. My sister-in-law is stranded in Paris! I tell her to hop on the QEII, or maybe just hang around in Paris till Mother Nature calms down a bit, or people learn to build a better airplane. I like the fact that some unpronounceable volcano can really really mess things up, and there ain’t much we can do about it. But then, I am safe at home…
    Seriously now, that cuff looks marvellous and I shall have to try that casting off stuff.

  2. I have to say, I live under the flight path for Heathrow and I’m enjoying the peace and quiet, and perfectly clear skies. Of course after a while I’m sure the reality of being stranded on an island will get to me, but I have my knitting to keep me calm….. and they can always ship more yarn in on an boat!

  3. Heh. I don’t have a current passport, and ever since they changed the law and made it a requirement to have a passport to visit Canada (which is a one hour drive from me), I’ve been feeling irrationally trapped.
    Now keep in mind I have no reason to go to Canada in the foreseeable future, nor do I have the funds to visit any other country, but without a passport – I feel utterly trapped and occasionally panicky.
    So I get what you mean about the not being able to get to Europe thing.

  4. Heather, they interviewed someone on NPR yesterday who lived beneath the Heathrow flight path. Was it you? Eerily quiet, she said.
    I have a friend scheduled to fly to Paris for vacay this week. He is really bummed and trying to make all kinds of bargains with Mother Nature. I’m not sure that is wise… But I do feel his pain. Quel tragique!
    Cat on knitting reminds me of cats in boxes. How do they know?

  5. It may be better to not encourage the crazies!
    Love your sweater…You did a mighty fine job.

  6. Love the sweater. Just read in the paper about French high-school students who are stranded in Dallas. Quel horreur! They may be forced to go to Six Flags over Texas this weekend.

  7. Love that yarn! A sin tax, lol, on tanning…. seriously??
    They showed a woman here in seattle pissed at not being to fly, i think it was into amsterdam. I mean if she’d rather risk it and possibly crash…. i don’t get peoples though logic some days *shaking the head*.

  8. Ann, you have way more patience with a cat, then I would ever have, to let her sit there with her fanny smack in the middle of a brand new, luscious yarn sweater.

  9. Got my passport recently and I’m with you — even though I had no plans to go to Europe, just knowing I can’t makes me feel irritable. Guess I’ll go knit something instead.
    Your sweater is wonderful. Looks so soft and cozy!

  10. I see you have what my old quilt teacher used to call a “helper cat”. That would be a kitty who hangs around/and ON the (fiber) crafts as one is working on them. So nice to have company; lovely, really. Knit on!
    LoveDiane
    P.S. Sweater is lovely, too.

  11. “No leaners. No ballooners. No pinchies.” HAHAHAHAHAHA! I love it.

  12. Envy, envy, envy,envy, envy – that cardigan is just gorgeous! I am sooo taken with those Kitchener edges. That is SUCH a cool idea.
    The plane situation in Europe is getting quite boring. My mom is due in from England on Saturday and then we’re flying to Rome on Tuesday next. Ha…in our dreams I suspect. I just hope someone will refund us all the money if we can’t go….
    Can’t wait to see the cardigan finished!

  13. I too fantasize about traveling abroad at a moment’s notice (my passport is always kept current!) So the current volcanological situation calls for creative thinking. Shall I go old-school and take a liner to Europe? Or shall I fly down to Rio?
    Seriously, the sweater is looking fab, and the cat looks adorable. You know that cats love mohair, right?

  14. As an Ohioan stuck in Stockholm for the foreseeable future, I can tell you that Europe is not amused by the volcano situation. I only brought one tiny project to work on (socks), bought a crapload of gorgeous Swedish yarn, and now I just have to stare it at! Ack!

  15. I love the cosy knits and it seems the cat does as well.
    If you are thinking about flying you could all just come up to Iceland as there is no ash between Iceland and the US at the moment (and hopefully it stays that way as I will be flying to Boston next week). Here you could enjoy the rich tradition of Lopi-knitting and more.
    But to look at the light sides of this there are two big jokes here in Iceland at the moment:
    – The Brits asked Iceland to send them some cash, but as there is no C in the Icelandic alfabet we thougt they ment ash.
    – It was the last wish of the newly dead economy of Iceland that it’s ashes would be spread all over Europe.
    Greatings from Iceland ;)

  16. I love the cosy knits and it seems the cat does as well.
    If you are thinking about flying you could all just come up to Iceland as there is no ash between Iceland and the US at the moment (and hopefully it stays that way as I will be flying to Boston next week). Here you could enjoy the rich tradition of Lopi-knitting and more.
    But to look at the light sides of this there are two big jokes here in Iceland at the moment:
    – The Brits asked Iceland to send them some cash, but as there is no C in the Icelandic alfabet we thougt they ment ash.
    – It was the last wish of the newly dead economy of Iceland that it’s ashes would be spread all over Europe.
    Greatings from Iceland ;)

  17. You know, you don’t actually have to separate the sts onto two needles. Just thread up a needle, and start grafting, going down in the knit st on the needle, then up into the next knit st, skipping the purl, then drop the first, and look over the top at the other side, where you have knit sts and do the same. But make sure you go through the correct legs of each stitch, one of the pair is always towards the other side. If you can keep that in mind, it’s only one step!

  18. i am not mad at iceland
    the cat pose reminds me of a lutrec poster

  19. I was supposed to be in Berlin for my Uncle’s 70th. Our news coverage hardly mentions the poor people of Iceland and their troubles.
    I hope it stops errupting by June or I won’t make it to TNNA!

  20. As an expat Tennessean in Philly, I’ve got to say that the sin taxes up here are floating around 25% (for booze purchased in a bar), and they’re about to apply that to soft drinks. 10% on tanning beds is tiny potatoes.

  21. That last picture with the sleeve open looks like the picture of the robe in Bedtime for Frances where she was afraid of everything…Not that the sweater is scary – it just reminded me of that picture.

  22. The cat is just reminding you, “Hey, you’re not going to flee the country! You have a CAT to serve, remember?” (Notice that Cat is pointedly not reminding you of the other cat in the household….)

  23. If the yarn were less furry, you would be bothered by the kitty sitting on it.

  24. Wait–are you saying the tubular bind-off is just a bunch of kitchenering? I have been looking at this thing the wrong way the whole time! I feel like my eyes are finally open, and life will never be the same.

  25. What truly beautiful knitting, does that sleeve have two layers? how amazing
    Thank you so much for sharing
    Barbara