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While it’s fab to be listed on KPC and all — you would not believe the traffic I get from them alone — the downside is that there’s not way to let the hundreds of people who’ve visited that there has been a correction to my Basic Earflap Hat pattern. An astute knitter pointed out a GLARING OMISSION to me (doh!) several weeks ago, so I immediately corrected the pattern (changes are in red). But lots of people had already snagged the pattern. And they’re coming back to report an unusual outcome of the nipple-y kind, lol. I apologize to all who have knit and wondered what the heck I was smoking!

So anyway, I’m putting up this post in the hopes that I at least catch a few more people before they knit it. Sigh.

And the wheel? As of 3 a.m., it’s in Illinois. If only UPS delivered on Saturday……

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First things first…happy birthday to me! My gift to myself? Letting my kids watch way too much television so I can spin. It’s sort of a win-win thing. Everybody’s happy.

Had a really productive day yesterday:

By the end of the day I might even be able to start plying this batch. It’s a good TV night! In the meantime, I’m just stalking the mailman. My BFL had better come today! Even though I can’t spin it ’til I finish my socks…

Speaking of those socks, I realized today that the yarn monkey is in a different time zone…it’s altogether possible that the dossiers could go out any time after 6 p.m. today. That would be fab! (Ack, I have to free up those US4s!)

More thanks to my wheel fund donors. We’re getting close!! Squee! It’s not too late to get in on the fun!

First and foremost, THANK YOU to everyone who has visited, told me I’m not crazy, linked to me, or donated to the wheel fund. I’m absolutely blown away! I’ve got a ways to go…and I have 650g of yarn to spin…but I don’t yet have that “omg, what have I gotten myself into” feeling, which is good. I’m 41% of the way to my starter wheel…or 25% if I get the level-wind flyer. We’ll see how much I can sell on eBay this week (yay for cleaning out the mystery bins) to help me along.

I’ve got freshly plied yarn to put in the mail to Amber tomorrow morning; there are gobs of roving for Robin either soaking, dyeing, or drying in various locations around my house; I’m stalking the mailman waiting for Cate‘s roving to come so I can start to dye it too….the list goes on.

I’ll be spinning my heart out this week because once Friday comes it will screech to a halt for SOCK WARS! I’m dying over the timing here — Thursday is my birthday, Friday is my daughter’s (gulp) 6th birthday and the beginning of Sock Wars, Saturday we’re having family over for both birthdays, Monday is the kid party. Hopefully the Int’l Socks of Doom will be simple enough for me to complete on Friday. A girl can hope, right? In my arsenal:

Now, to free up those US4 needles…

So I had this idea….

Please go and read it and then tell me if I’m nuts.

Thanks.

Addendum: total crackup…I had a dream last night that when I checked my gmail box this morning, Jenna Adorno had sent me $220. ROFL — why Jenna Adorno? I’ve never even knit Tempting. It is a great sweater though…anyway, I was all, “Jenna, I’m going to wait til I get my wheel to start on your yarn if you don’t mind, ’cause I want all 1100 grams to be consistent, you know?” LOL.

Well, actually, I’m not finished yet…but you know what I mean.

Also? Jodi, here is the beginning of the yarn that would be yours if you didn’t dislike wool so intensely:

Anyone have $500 to spare?? (sigh.)

I just dyed a pound of inca cotton. Two days later, it’s still drying. Does anyone know if I can tie it up well and throw it in the dryer?? This is getting ridiculous.

And speaking of tying it up…a word of advice…if you ever dye inca cotton, re-tie it yourself. Don’t trust the ties that are already there. My skeins are an absolute mess, and I am fearful of trying to wind them.

The process was kind of skeeery (real dye, gloves, chemicals, the whole can of worms) but a good learning experience. Not as purplish as I’d hoped, but no way am I going to overdye it. I don’t think I want to dye cotton again any time soon.

First, Blogger has been unbelievably wonky this week. I’m lucky if I can log in, let alone post. Surprising, as it’s been very reliable for me for the past three years.

Second, Photobucket. They changed their upload format, and I get an error every time I try to upload a photo. I’ll give it 24 hours…then, I’m outta there. (Can you say Flickr?)

Third, the original reason for this post.

Sigh.

I was on the cusp of knitting the last buttonhole row of the right front of the fab lace inset cardigan when I realized that I hadn’t started the armhole shaping at row 43. (Damn those patterns that don’t have charts/tell you to “reverse shaping” instead of giving you the instructions for the second side.)

I was going to tink the 15 rows. Really, I was. But in the end I just couln’d stand it…I threw caution to the wind and ripped, praying to God that I’d be able to get it all back on the needles with the lace pattern intact. And I did it!! (No guts, no glory…)

Lesson learned: don’t knit anything that requires this level of concentration while listening to a podcast that features the resolution of a slasher-murder-mystery, and therefore contains a ridiculous amount of screaming.

Another with my own handspun yarn…look, it’s very nubby:

It was spun from about 3oz. of merino/mohair pencil roving. There’s quite a bit left so I’ll probably make some matching mittens.

The boring stuff:
Earflap Hat, toddler, sized, knit on US10 needles.

A little swingy dress thing, it’s quite odd:

A bit of a disappointment…it looks cute on the trampoline, but not so cute when actually on the kid. She loooves it though, so that’s what’s important, right?

The boring stuff:
Swingy-dressy-thing, made up as I went along.
Knit in K1C2 Wick — 2 skeins Columbine, 1 skein Plum, on US3 (lace) and US8 needles.
Pattern notes: I knit the lace part first, on really small needles so it wouldn’t be extremely holey. Then I picked up stitches to knit the skirt and the body.