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  • Kay-you did exactly the right thing with the Noro. If the WIP is not making you happy then amen to dismantling and recycling. Every yarn has a home. Sometimes it just takes a while to figure out where.

  • Love the filthy dirty camp feet! That is a boy who had fun at camp 🙂

  • Um. Wow. Those *are* dirty feet! Holy cow. 🙂

  • I’m actually working on a blanket, too. A double-ten Stitch (Ravelry link: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/double-ten-stitch ) that I had PLANNED would be a series of smallish squares then sewn together, but I’m only around a few corners so far and it’s already about 20″ wide, so now it’s looking like it’ll be one, big square instead. Not what I had in mind in this heat! (Thankfully, the house is air conditioned.) Your Noro log cabin, though? Lovely, as always!

  • Love the log cabin version…go with that! You are creative enough to come up with a way to piece it together. Make sure you show us the finished project.

  • So much better in Log Cabin form!

  • LOVE the log cabin version and while I thought the shawl looked great I understnad your desire to better match yarn and pattern and stitch. I am one strip away from finishing my first Mitered Square and I love the pattern even more than when I bought it several months ago! However, I do have a slight hole in the center of my cross — I think I need to make sure my e-cast on stitches are tighter near the join next time? I am contemplating putting a faux quilting knot there (in the lighter Noro)but hoping to avoid breaking up the Noro color wonderfulness.

  • How can the same colorway look great as a log cabin and so aggressively fugly as a shawl? Oh, that Mr Noro. Soo mysterious.

  • a hint: when i knit with Noro, i first wind it on the ballwinder (named Harvey). that way i know how many knots ive got, and if they totally bugger up the colours. then i knit from the outside of the cake, with a small claw-type hair clip nearby. when the energized single just gets Too Much, i use the hair clip to pinch the working yarn to the cake and let it unwind. the log cabin looks way better than the Gaia, but we have already discussed the fate of my Gaia.

  • Our tastes are different; I like the Gaia but not sure I like the log cabin square. But you are the boss of your knitting, and you get to choose! Go forth and knit more squares.

  • I see what you mean about Joseph’s feet. If I had feet that colour Neil would not let me in the house, I suspect. But then I am not a 12 year old boy. To be truthful, Carrie’s look a bit mucky too.
    Assuming you and Olive were as excited as each other, what I want to know is:
    Did you wee yourself a bit with excitement like I am sure she did?
    B x x x

  • Good call on the log cabin, that colour combo sounds awful on paper (I struggle with pastels too, but can’t quite ignore them either..) but look amazing together in the garter square. I’m frogging an almost finished piece because of yarn/stich and pattern mis-match. Has to be done sometimes, if only to be able to sleep peacefully at night.

  • Certainly an example of courage in knitting–ripping out a nearly completed project. But the log cabin version looks so much younger/modern. (The shawl was a bit grandmotherly.) I like your decision.

  • such a sweet camp homecoming! aww…
    i am sad to see that Gaia go. looks like i’m alone here in preferring how that was turning out. of course, your log cabin blanket will be stunning, but i’m off to play Taps on my kazoo.

  • That photo of the kids with Olive just melts my stone-cold heart.

  • That yarn in the log cabin is stunning. The shawl was looking bland.

  • Hi Kay, have enjoyed watching the shawl, but I see what you mean with the colors, a dear Noro surprise! Guess that’s why we love it! Have a few to play with that I bought a few weeks ago at Colorful Stitches in Lenox,MA. I think maybe it’s time to do a blanket,your enthusiasum rubs off easy, and I am a sucker for starting something new!Dirty feet are the signs of happy kids…

  • I was totally gonna suggest that it was meant for yet another foray into Log-Cabining! No moss growing on you, Kay. And I agree – not in love with the shawl, adore the quilt square.

  • Well, be pleased that there were bales of dirty clothes. This probably confirms that clothes were changed. Some kids I know brought almost everthing home about as clean as they left.

  • What is it about kids and toothbrushing at camp? Camp #1, toothbrush never made the suitcase so she borrowed her tent-mate’s (allegedly). Camp #2 (which was a boat) – “oh, there was no extra water for washing, mom” – ick!!! Camp #3 – only a slight improvement, after inserting numerous tooth-brushing reminder notes in the duffel. Oy!
    They leave with a neatly organized bag of precisely labeled clean clothes; they return with a bag of dirt.

  • The best thing about the log cabins is that they are small enough to be awesome summer knitting. (I’m still working on my sock yarn version of the mitred crosses. If I’d stopped when a normal person would have stopped, I’d be done already.)

  • it is really beautiful as a log cabin blanket. amazing what a difference what and how you knit something makes. at first i was sure that they wre not the same yarn.

  • What a difference the shape and design make for the yarn!
    and sad to say, but they seem to continue bringing bags/baskets of dirty clothes home even from college.
    just read today (yesterday) that Craig Ferguson’s show from Paris is set to air next week. Must save some croissants or raspberries and creme fraiche.

  • Love that photo of Joseph, would title it simply ‘Coming home’ with a swell of theme music….

  • No judgment – knit what you want to knit! The log cabins look great and it looks like completely different yarn, which my brain is having a hard time digesting (in a good way, kind of like fiber).

  • Just came home from camp, myself. There was a little knitting, but mostly music. Missed the big black dog, too!

  • Is it? Could it be? Was Joseph (growing up–so handsome!) looking sad that the time had come to be separated from the little blond girl (foreground of the picture)? Was the little blond girl also feeling the separation? She, too, looks so sad.
    Will stay tuned for the next exciting chapter……
    Thanks for writing, Kay. Keep on keeping on.

  • Wow. You pulled off the Noro Lifestyle Lift with that one.

  • Good call on the Noro! I agree that it’s always subjective, but I think the colors look fresh and interesting in the log cabin, whereas they seem dowdy and fussy in the Gaia. But I admit to a lifelong struggle with pastels. The picture of the children and Olive nicely sums up what childhood summer should be.

  • Doesn’t matter what you knit. You knit good and it always look purrrty.
    Being a slower knitter than you, I must say it would have been hard for me to rip that beauty-full shawl work. However, I’m deep into log cabins myself these days…recently finished a Moderne Baby Blanket and now working on another log cabin based somewhat on Joseph’s coat of many colors but with fewer colors and more square-ish…so I do understand.
    P.S. My copy of Mason-Dixon Knitting Between the Lines is showing a bit of wear. I LOVE that book!

  • Great photos of Noro in transition. Wasn’t Gale’s workshop great?

  • Glad you ( and Olive) got to welcome the kids home!
    I so relate to the Gaia problem. I have some gorgeous Silk Garden Sock that I started to make a Gaia with, and I just rededicated it to a version of the shawl Concentric, partnering it with some like-colored Itata from Aruacania (I can never remember how to spell it). It is coming out gorgeous. With Noro – and I knit a lot of Noro! – you have to have the right pattern, and if you don’t feel the love it is always worth regrouping. Your square looks fantastic! It’s amazing how different the colors can look when placed in clumps rather than going for skinny stripes. (Having said that, I wonder what will happen to my half-pi-like shawl when it gets much bigger; but I sure am loving it now!)

  • Oh, and thanks for the inspiration for what to do with some Aya I bought a while back that I cannot – for the life of me – remember what I intended it for! Log Cabin it is!

  • Oh, the teeth were brushed…using someone else’s toothpaste. You know it. The new best bud. Here’s what happened. Child made it to the sink without the toothpaste but with the brush. Couldn’t be bothere to go back to pick up the paste, so borrowed the paste each time at the sink. New friend didn’t mind.

  • Hi Kay – You are not a PINKY-PURPLE color gal. If you were you would have enjoyed the knit on the GAIA shawl. The colors are fabulous and set each other off beautiful. That being said, I often have to delete one color from the yarn when I knit with Noro yarn. “That bright neon yellow in the middle of all those wonderful purples and greens?” Ugh. I love Mr. Noro’s colors, but for some garments, the occasional harsh color in my expert color eye does need to be removed for complete enjoyment of the yarn and resulting color combos. Best – Hester

  • Kay —
    For some reason, I looked at the ‘tweets’ column, and wanted to say a big ‘thank you’ for the link to the dyslexia font. My younger son is dyslexic, and we are constantly searching for ways to enhance his reading.
    Thanks again

  • Love those “hobbit feet”