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  • I am jealous about the Starmore.
    Are you sure you didn’t say something more… ah… colorful to the cat in the linen closet?

  • Donegal is looking fantastic ! I love those murky tweeds, reminicent of heathered moorlands.
    Happy New Year !

  • I love the sound of your cats. But then I’m a cat person.

  • I love that sweater. Can’t wait to see it done. Our cat, DD, who left us just before Thanksgiving, was a great sunspot hunter. I hope Kermit channels her great spirit. Happy New Year.

  • I hope you used clear plastic bags….someone in Massachusetts put a church’s Faith Quilt (a group effort) into a black plastic trash bag to transport it “safely” only to have someone else through it out thinking it was trash. Always use clear recycling bags for textiles……

  • Dear Ann,
    I thought that storing in plastic tended to cause fiber to rot. (Like who wants to be known for a rotted knitted yoga mat cover?)
    Those waskly kitties! Luuuvv the tail in the closet. At first I thought it was part of an evening gown, but then, it looked all too familiar…
    I, too, am sort of jealous about the Starmore (just saying), and wish I could attempt one (perhaps when I have knitted through my “happy” pile):) πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ :)–that’s a lot of happiness!)
    Keep on keeping on!
    LoveDiane

  • PS: How is it that all those “murky, tweedy” colors of yarn translate into lovely brightness?
    LoveDiane

  • Loving the kitties and the Donegal.
    Congratulations on getting to the tree before it got to you, as well.

  • I think the two gallon ziploc bags are a God-send. I throw in some cedar blocks and lavender sachets. I love the Starmore sweater and can’t wait to see the FO.

  • I too loved the donegal sweater. The pattern looks amazingly difficult. I received your Outside the LInes book for Christmas, and have read it cover to cover. While I wait for my yarn to arrive (Local knitting store in LA is bereft of anything I wanted) I am cranking our AT LAST a mohair cardigan I started knitting for my eye rolling teenaged daughter last year. Nearly Done! (Do to your inspirational writing). Which brings me to a point….it uses Rowan nightsilk mohair double strands. IN other words, would that not solve your mohair problem? This cardigan is knit up with two strands of finespun mohair, and I can’t imagine why you couldn’t do two different color strands in your cardi-cozy. It doesn’t seem as if it will be too hot….this cardigan I am now knitting just seems….like it will be a fluffy warm cardigan. So….anyway. Onward.
    By the way, ordered and gave as gifts both your books to my dearest elderly friend who went off to purchase yarn for the every day sweater this morning. Your work travels far and wide!
    Babs

  • I too loved the donegal sweater. The pattern looks amazingly difficult. I received your Outside the LInes book for Christmas, and have read it cover to cover. While I wait for my yarn to arrive (Local knitting store in LA is bereft of anything I wanted) I am cranking our AT LAST a mohair cardigan I started knitting for my eye rolling teenaged daughter last year. Nearly Done! (Do to your inspirational writing). Which brings me to a point….it uses Rowan nightsilk mohair double strands. IN other words, would that not solve your mohair problem? This cardigan is knit up with two strands of finespun mohair, and I can’t imagine why you couldn’t do two different color strands in your cardi-cozy. It doesn’t seem as if it will be too hot….this cardigan I am now knitting just seems….like it will be a fluffy warm cardigan. So….anyway. Onward.
    By the way, ordered and gave as gifts both your books to my dearest elderly friend who went off to purchase yarn for the every day sweater this morning. Your work travels far and wide!
    Babs

  • I too loved the donegal sweater. The pattern looks amazingly difficult. I received your Outside the LInes book for Christmas, and have read it cover to cover. While I wait for my yarn to arrive (Local knitting store in LA is bereft of anything I wanted) I am cranking our AT LAST a mohair cardigan I started knitting for my eye rolling teenaged daughter last year. Nearly Done! (Do to your inspirational writing). Which brings me to a point….it uses Rowan nightsilk mohair double strands. IN other words, would that not solve your mohair problem? This cardigan is knit up with two strands of finespun mohair, and I can’t imagine why you couldn’t do two different color strands in your cardi-cozy. It doesn’t seem as if it will be too hot….this cardigan I am now knitting just seems….like it will be a fluffy warm cardigan. So….anyway. Onward.
    By the way, ordered and gave as gifts both your books to my dearest elderly friend who went off to purchase yarn for the every day sweater this morning. Your work travels far and wide!
    Babs

  • You could always put up a sign saying “No stairway to heaven” like in Wayne’s World πŸ™‚
    Love the sweater, murkiness notwithstanding.
    All the best for 2009,
    Dawn

  • I have sighed over that sweater pattern for many years. And now I can look forward to your photoshoot when you are done it!
    Farewell to the tree! All hail the tree engineers!

  • Yeah! I can hardly wait for school to be back in session, too! I’m plum out of cooking ideas for three meals a day – not to mention mediating, entertaining, and supervising. I’m ready for some peace and quiet. But I’m sure I’ll miss them when they’re back in school.
    Love the Donegal! Go on – you can finish it.

  • Cats. There is no telling what they will go next. Ours are currently possessed by the devil we call Cabin Fever. A herd of manic buffalo could not make more noise.
    The St*rm*r* sweater is gorgeous. Wear it in warmth and good health!

  • I too love tweedy yarn- I have a few balls of Rowan Scottish tweed waiting for me to make something of them!
    Hurray for school! What is worse than having two kids home over break, is having two kids and hubby (he’s a teacher) home over break!!! I work full-time so each night I would come home to chaos- usually messy kitchen, daddy playing playstation and children playing upsupervised…
    Happy New Year!

  • Oooh, that Starmore. It’s on my “to do” list for this winter, only I have cheated. I replotted the chart to highlight the whirly-giggy thingies and will do them in an Ivory, Sand, and Pink colorway on a background of Kauni Deep Rose and 2 of something else (I forget). So only 2 strands and colors to worry about but with a multicolored end product. I think it’ll work.
    Thank you so much for all your fun and informative posts all this year. Have been a very happy faithful reader. Happy New Year!

  • I had a couple of cats who were from the shelter, and it took one of them a few weeks to get settled, but then she was all about the snuggles and the love. Hope you get the same.
    Had to laugh about the UFO’s — fair isle yoga mat could be steeked and become a kitty bed, could it not?
    And I LOVE that yarn!

  • I went through both my yarn and fabric stashes over the last two days and I am only keeping the happy piles, the rest is on it’s way out. It feels wonderful

  • Such a beautiful bit of knitting you have going there. I can’t wait to see the finished project.
    I am also waiting for the day you write a post wondering where some swatched or UFO is hiding and we your adoring public will have to bring up this stash-in-the-attic.

  • The yarn does look murky and dark in the bag, but comes together so beautifully in the sweater. Amazing.

  • The yarn does look murky and dark in the bag, but comes together so beautifully in the sweater. Amazing.

  • My Nora loves to crack open the hall linen closet and sleep behind the towels. Does give you a start when you reach in to get more towels and she reaches out to swat you. I have to warn guests about her. Now Nick, he just takes over the couch and zones out. You should use the swatches to make a kitty bed, I bet they would love it.

  • my stash is at its lowest
    just fine by this person
    you may have pink panther cats
    i can just see peter sellers
    opening the door and your
    ninja cats waiting for him
    some where in the rooms

  • I found your site and you almost had a new customer till I saw how thrilled you were over your new President. Y’all enjoy him, you hear? And I hope to the depths of my soul that everyone who ‘loves’ him gets exactly what they deserve.
    I’ll spend my money where I can find constitutionalists.