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Monday, March 06, 2006

Sleeveless Summer Shell

I've been so busy posting about my travels with Karen and Mimi that I've been remiss in showing you my latest knitting project. I'm knitting a sleeveless summer shell (say that 10 times fast!) for Karen. Hopefully, upon completion, it will look like this picture--except white instead of pink.

I purchased 17 skeins of Berroco Cotton Twist at The Yarn Garden. This yarn is 70% Mercerized cotton, 30% Rayon and made in Brazil. The white yarn has a nice shimmer to it.

This purchase precipitated the need for a yarn swift (on left) and wool winder (on right) so that I can wind all these hanks into center-pull balls. To be honest, I was a bit intimidated to buy this equipment. It seems like something a far more experienced knitter would buy. But then I thought about having to trek to a yarn store to get more yarn wound, so I bit the bullet and bought them. I placed these strange devices on a table in my garage. While winding I have plenty of time to contemplate my water heater!

I started the shell on 2/26 and have 8 inches of the back piece knitted so far. I'll keep you updated on my progress.

Of course, one can not knit a white garment while riding in a car. (Why not? you ask. Well, while traveling I must sip diet coke and eat small bites of things. And I'm a notoriously messy eater, especially in the car! And I refuse to soil my knitting) So on the recent trip to Cannon Beach, I started knitting another "poof" scarf.

Don't you think I look a bit maniacal in this photo? Of course, I had eaten several pieces of fudge so I was probably on a sugar high. And hey! with lots of sugar you can knit like the wind!


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