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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Garter stitch sweat and buttons

Well I've joined the ranks of other crazy knitter/bloggers who like to photograph their knitting by placing it on plants.

Here's the start of the blue purse on a hosta plant:

And here's the beginning of the candle-flame shawl on some blue fescue.


I started both projects on Sunday because I'm at a standstill with regards to my pink sweater. I'm totally lost as to how the pattern instructions want me to join the sleeves to the body. I've contacted an instructor and hope to get un-stuck either tomorrow or Thursday.

My plan was to work only on the blue bag. But knitting only in garter stitch was getting to me. I don't know if any of you do this but when I work solely in garter stitch, I end up knitting faster and faster. Like I'm running a sprint or something. In fact, I looked like Jennifer Beals in "Flashdance" when she was running in tight little circles with sweat flying off her elbows. I started to get painfully tight between my shoulder blades.

So I cast on for the candle-flame shawl (which had 18 rows of garter stitch to start). But last night I started the lace pattern. For me, knitting a lace pattern requires a lot of attention and I end up knitting at a snail's pace.

It's been fun switching between the two. It seems like sprinting and then yoga!

On another note, I went to Joann's fabrics today to look for a button for the pink sweater. Do you know that line in "You've Got Mail" where Tom Hanks says that ordering coffee at Starbucks gives you a defining sense of self? Such as, "I'm a grande, no-whip mocha". Well, I felt like that when looking for a button for my sweater. There were aisles and aisles of an overwhelming selection of buttons. Which button would I choose and what would that "say" about me?

Finally, I just laughed and said "Lighten up Gal!" So this is the button I chose (pictured on labrador violets). We'll see how it looks when I get the sweater completed.

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