There is NOTHING like sitting down with the pile of mail that has accumulated during a trip away from home. I LOVE mail. Any kind of mail. I like reading the newsletter that comes with my electric bill. I like being reminded to pre-pay for my Sequachee Valley Propane. I love my alumni magazine. I love it aaaaaaaaall.
I know you’re wondering, so I’ll just tell you: my Catalog Diet is sort of working. My incessant canceling of catalogs has not stemmed the flood, but the inevitable stack now focuses on my favorite subject areas: 1) Bed Sheets and 2) Wholesome Wooden Toys for My Children That I Will Never Buy Because They Like Yu-Gi-Oh Cards More Than Even Food and Water.
A pile of mail is great, but the email! That’s where the action is.
I’ve been reading your blog with Kay for a long time now, and saw that people were letting you know when they entered their knitted items in their local fairs. Well, I’m happy to report that I entered my Rogue sweater and she won a blue ribbon! Here’s a photo of my sweater with her ribbon.
That pattern is soo well written–this is my first adult sweater. The hood was a little scary, but by the time I got there I had so much faith in the designer I wasn’t afraid. Kitchener though–still sux. But with some help from reference materials I made it through even that. I would recommend this pattern to anyone who’s ready to take the plunge!
We pause to consider that Gaile’s blue ribbon is for her first adult sweater. Kudos for your fortitude, your dive-on-in-and-see-what-happens attitude! (And Gaile, which fair did you enter? Must update the Blue Ribbon Map.)
The pattern that launched a thousand hoodies, the cabley, hooded Rogue, in all its glory, is available from The Girl from Auntie. (Where, by the way, there is no end of gibble gabble. This blog is an absolute favorite of mine.)
Meanwhile, in Island County . . .
I have been following your state fair submission and I have some good news to share with you. I won three blue ribbons and a merit ribbon (sort of like an honorable mention) at the Island County, Washington, County Fair. Here is a picture of me with my award-winning hat and socks.
The hat is the Fair Isle Sampler Hat from the Winter 2004 Issue of Interweave Knits using Jamieson & Smith yarn, and the socks were knitted toe-up with a chevron stitch using Koigu.
Here’s a photo of my son in his sweater because even my husband says I look like a crazy lady in the picture at the state fair.
The sweater is my own design using Jo Sharp’s Desert Garden.
Aw, Julianne, that sweater is almost as adorable as your winsome boy. Sorry you wouldn’t model it yourself, but . . . Beautiful knitting! Braveaux!
And Inquiring Minds Want to Know . . .
The touchy question of why I don’t think I’ll be attempting the incredible Teva Durham short-rowed Fair Isle pullover has come up. Helen and Cara are all “You mean you saw it in real actual life and now you’re, like, not wanting to knit it?”
It’s like asking, “Why aren’t you bungee-jumping more often?”
Seeing that Short-rowed Fair Isle in the flesh at Knit Cafe was akin to deciding to try rappelling, walking up to the edge of the cliff, and realizing that the view from the top is just fine, thank you. It’s not like Fair Isle comes easily to me the way it does to some people. And the prospect of getting those short rows to behave when there are five or six shades of yarn in there . . . well, I’m all Yikes Scooby I’m Outta Here.
That said, would somebody please knit the thing so we can all watch?