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  • Kay, I think your Labyrinth knitting is sheer genius. Just sorry it doesn’t work for your blanket. But hang on to that knowledge/experience, it won’t be wasted…….
    Quite off topic – there is a long article on Xenobia Bailey in the Interweave special magazine on Crochet………

  • Welcome home, Kay. I think it was Cheryl who gets credit for counseling you toward simplicity. I’m more a “More is more” person. Ask Cheryl about the butter I got to make croissants–Plugra (that’s pidgin french for “more fat,” dontcha know).
    Nevertheless, I agree the labyrinth border doesn’t sing with the psycho squares. You can’t go wrong with stripes, but I liked the little fractal (sp?) looking mini psycho squares as a border.
    xo, c.

  • You’ve created a fabulous new knitter ! Maggie’s poncho is fantastic.Well done Maggie !
    The Labyrinth knitting is amazing.Very clever new technique.It really does look bad as the border though.Mitred stripes will be fab.It’s well on the way to being a most beautiful blanket.

  • Hooray for your new knitter! The poncho is adorable!
    Have you read Jacques Pepin’s autobiography? Great book for Child fans as well as Pepin fans.

  • i’m so proud of lovely maggie’s accomplishments at such a tender age….such a lucky girl to have an in-house educator at her side! i’m nearly weeping with joy!… your psycho squares are a thing of illustrious beauty… and isn’t it something else to have come full circle once again to ye ole faithful gartering stripe, solving the border conundrum!… knit on!

  • Love that your “ministry” is growing. I met a waitress at a restaurant last Friday night, and taught her how to knit Monday…and she caught on quickly. I’m doing my part to keep knitting in the forefront.

  • Welcome back to blogland Kay. I missed ya and I’ll really miss being able to be in NYC on Sunday. As Ann knows, I really did consider it but must recover both me and the shop from The Great Grand Opening. Have a great bee.

  • Welcome back! You were missed.

  • What a great poncho and what a great color too! Baked the Queen of Sheba cake on the Friday Julia passed away and I’ve been baking ever since! I bet I’ve gained 10lbs! I love that labyrinth border! Are you going to add it to something else? I’m thinking of doing a maze, but I want to do it without so much seaming.

  • Hey welcome back Kay! Your psychosquare blanket is looking amazing. I agree about the key border though – it’s very cool and will look great on a different blanket.
    Your niece looks so happy in her poncho! Pass on that knitting lurve!

  • VERY cool, Kay. You’re amazing. But you’re right, I think a basic border will look better. Still, what a great experiment. I’m very impressed.

  • Kay, Kay, Kay, Kay, KAAAAAY. Welcome virtually home. We virtually missed you.
    Re: Way to proselytize! Maggie looks to be a natural.
    I’m loving the drop stitch poncho–so girly.
    And as for the labyrinth border, how cool is that? Sometimes knitting just is. Let it be its cool self; it doesn’t need to go anywhere.
    BTW–How do you seam it? Do you just do little cul de sac seams? Can you do it without creating a zillion ends?

  • So impressed! Now, just curious. Do you think you would have been willing to conduct a 400 stitch experiment if you weren’t on vacation? Or is Debbie New’s pull that inexorable? My accomplishment for 2004 is finally losing my fear of yarnovers and entering the lace knitting world. Not quite up to par with mastering the labyrinth!
    The Coven. I SO love that. Four of the associates here at work have declared a passionate desire to learn to knit and we are having an inaugural session in one of the conference rooms next week. One of the recruits was chatting excitedly about our upcoming knitting session with me at a department meeting yesterday and I found myself nervously glancing around, worried someone would overhear us talking about (whisper now) knitting… Then I realized what was going on in my head and decided we have indeed come a long way (baby) if Gen X just doesn’t have the reticence about “girl” pastimes that we did when I was starting out. (Remember, I am of the dreaded floppy bow vintage. I still remember one of my law school roommates being absolutely shocked that I was wearing a paisley blouse — although it did have a bow tie — and wedgewood blue suit to interviews.)

  • Woo, hoo ! Another recruit brought safely over to the dark side. Before you know it she’ll be using her pocket money to enhance her stash and making herself late for school ‘cos she just has to finish that row. Result ! – for both Maggie and you !
    Labyrinth – well, it’s labyrinthine innit ? It’s lovely and I think stripes will do it proud.

  • Kay, I love love love your exploits. You the things that I dream of doing while droning away at my desk.

  • Welcome back, Kay!

  • Welcome back, Ms. Kay! Comme d’hab, this entry is filled with tons of photo goodness and wit, but I must say: Maggie is the shining star with her fabulous poncho. What a knitter!

  • Wow! Fab poncho & fab psycho-blankie!
    A huge welcome to the coven to Maggie – that poncho is a stunning item.
    As for labyrinthine borders – that’s one amazing piece of knitting (at my current knitting rate, it’d take another 3 months for me to have finished casting on – things have s-l-o-w-e-d a little here) but I don’t envy you the sewing-in of ends. But, I do concur that it’s not psycho-blankie material – it doesn’t do itself or the psycho squares justice, on a plainer blankie it’d really zing out.
    P.S. expedition (with camera) to House of Hemp is planned for tuesday.
    P.P.S. Lots of love to all attending the afghan sewing get-togethers, wish I could be with you.

  • Maggie ROCKS! She seems like a really cool kid, we need more like her. I love the way you photographed the blanket. It looks like it goes on forever. I imagine it carpeting an entire room.

  • Yay! Another knitter into the fold! Way to go Maggie, that poncho looks great!
    Kay, your labyrinthe border is very cool. Too bad it won’t work out for this project.
    And I have to say a little woohoo! to an ex synchro swimmer! I am a synchro coach and (ex)swimmer myself. What a great sport! WTG to the US Olympic team who wiped the deck with our Canadians. Not that we didn’t deserve it though…
    Welcome home!

  • Sarah (fish), You would not believe how much people make fun of me for having been a synchronette. But you know what? After a few drinks, if a pool is handy, everybody wants me to show them how to do a somer-sub and a ballet leg. I even had a bunch of well-served folks doing that ferris-wheel thingy where everybody has their feet around the neck of the next person, and you only get to breathe at the top of the circle? Nobody drowned, but everybody gained new respect for the sport. Just because it’s girly doesn’t mean it’s not difficult.
    Must admit I can no longer do a ballet leg that actually sticks up straight. It’s more of a ballet foot. LOL……xox Kay