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Marvelosity!

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Dear Kay,
I had a bad moment with the right front of this Pearl cardigan: increasing, decreasing, cabling all in one row. Forgot to increase. Reknit. Forgot to decrease while fixing the increases. Reknit. Forgot to cable when I was fixing the decreases, then the increases–ah, whatever. Three strikes is my rule: if I make three screwups in a row, I ditch out for a while.
But I got me mojo back, so I’m looking forward to the relative calm of the sleeves, which are nothing but slanting cables all the way.
Marvelous!
Never mind Pearl–I HAVE to show you something that pretty much takes my breath away. It’s Lene’s recently finished Margaret sweater, a design by Mary Neal Meador that appears in our latest book.
Really. Please go take a look at Dances with Wool! I really am bowled over by what she did–it’s fascinating to read her thinking, and to see how she made this pattern her own. So very inspiring.
Love,
Ann

25 Comments

25 Comments

  1. I did take a look at Lene’s Margaret sweater. It’s a work of art!

  2. Oooooo, that is pretty!
    Happy Valentine’s Day (just a little early), Ladies!

  3. It’s pretty amazing isn’t it? I’ve been following her progress. She is in another realm from most knitters.

  4. Oh, I was hoping one of you would call attention to Lene’s lovely Margaret! It was a wonderful sweater before, but she turned it into a work of art! Be proud, designers and authors! Your book is in good hands with Lene.

  5. I wish I could make 3 strikes the limit for the head of the bunny beast I’m knitting…but it needs to be done by tomorrow! Good luck on the cables!

  6. Lene is a marvel…I love her attitude about knitting. and photography. And dogs. And firewood.

  7. Love the pic with Kermit the Bamboo Needle Stalker in the background;)

  8. both of the sweaters are gorgeous. I’m finally on the sleeves of hubby’s Arab. Can’t wait until that is done.

  9. Good looking out, Heather! I was initially so enamoured of the progress of this sweater, that I had totally missed Kermit’s rapt vigil (vigilance for the circulars, that is).
    I like Lene’s version of the Margaret sweater, too. Wonder if she’ll ever decide to put some words on it…
    Can’t wait to see the sleeves with the diagonal cables; they’re mezmerizing. I love those cables.
    Looking good!
    LoveDiane

  10. Look at the kitty waiting for a chance to pounce on the needles again!

  11. Karmit is adorable. He must be fast becoming *Your* cat if he has such a big knitting interest.

  12. Kermit is adorable. He must be fast becoming *your* cat if he is taking such an interest in the knitting.

  13. tis friday the 13th
    as chitterchat would say
    ive but little time to trifle
    with such stuff as wool and mice
    for i’m sworn to guide my mistress
    and provide her with advice
    if my witch omits essentials
    i discreetly show her how
    to conduct her incanation-
    it just takes the right meow

  14. Do you know when the new UK magaine, The Knitter will be sold in the U.S. and where.
    Thank you – am enjoying your creative site.

  15. I love the idea of your blog, it’s wonderufl to see two people connecting with each other across the miles with more a quick text here and there! Aside from that, I love seeing the progress of your projects. I’m glad I’m not the only one who makes knitting blunders once in a while!

  16. Thank You! The pattern is beautifully sculpted, all I did is added little surface decorating. Thank You for providing the inspiration!

  17. It must be something in the air. The other night I realized that, after knitting 25 acres of garter stitch for my Rambling Rows afghan… I purled.
    (Only 378 acres left to go, woo!)

  18. Lene’s Margaret is incredible!

  19. Let’s always do ‘find the cat’ photos. He’s too funny!

  20. I love the kitty peaking over the edge of the table. He is so adoreable!

  21. You aren’t kidding. That is the most stunningly beautiful embellished knitted piece I have seen.
    That’s what I love about you: you readily recognize other’s work and accomplishments.

  22. Lene’s sweater is what I always seem to plan to do. Make a beautiful sweater and then give it a little more pizazz, but I never do. I get all the way there and then fall down on the finishing. It’s an amazingly gorgeous sweater!

  23. All those gorgeous cables … how can you NOT love that?
    And, Kay and Ann? I just gave you an award over at my writing blog, http://www.punctualityrules.com
    Come see!

  24. that sweater, THAT sweater, oh my heart, is one of those sweaters, you know, THOSE sweaters, that someday, hopefully, before I die or lose my hands in a disfiguring cotton gin accident, that I really, always dearly hoped I would, you know, actually knit. You are now officially, in my firmament, a rock star.

  25. that sweater, THAT sweater, oh my heart, is one of those sweaters, you know, THOSE sweaters, that someday, hopefully, before I die or lose my hands in a disfiguring cotton gin accident, that I really, always dearly hoped I would, you know, actually knit. You are now officially, in my firmament, a rock star.